JLI programs are designed to support the development of both students and their teachers.
We train, manage, and place JLI Educators in schools to work alongside teachers, offering realtime professional development that enhances teacher training and student learning. Our JLI Educators serve as reverse mentors; many are millennials with extensive journalism, media, and technology skills that are largely missing within the predominant teaching workforce. JLI Educators are NOT “fixers” – we don’t take the perspectives that teachers or schools are broken. Rather, JLI Educators are collaborators who work with teachers toward realizing shared goals.
We are growing an online community of practice where educators can access a repository of JLI resources, including video tutorials, podcasts, and lesson plans. JLI Master Educators also facilitate live webinars, lead on-demand trainings, and provide realtime one-on-one or group consulting services.
Educators generally agree on the importance of cultivating students’ critical thinking skills, but for many the term remains elusive. Viewed through a critical lens, information intake still largely remains a passive process. JLI cultivates a deeper level of student engagement that we call informed thinking; one that our research indicates can better prepare young people to effectively navigate a more complex and nuanced world. Informed thinkers are more than savvy consumers. They become effective problem solvers, emerge as content creators, and learn to advocate for public good.