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Update from Director of Student Engagement, Jamie Garfield
Tuesday, January 24

Last year, we told you about our pilot program at Watsonville’s Diamond Technology Institute charter school, and included the video of our experiment in providing local news to high school students in the county.

We’re now glad to tell how much that program has blossomed. This year, we’ve launched a program that provides full access to Lookout’s stories and information to all the high school students, served both by Santa Cruz City Schools and the County Office of Education. It’s a program that’s unique to us, and to Santa Cruz, and we thank those donors who have made the program possible.

I’m now working with educators and students through a variety of programs to make use of local news. Those programs include:

  • Santa Cruz County Office of Education’s (SCCOE) Digital Citizenship week, sharing Lookout as a local resource for quality news and information and providing media literacy lesson plans and professional development options for teachers.
  • Educator materials,created for high school teachers to easily use local news in their classrooms. includes a current event discussion guide, news quizzes, lesson plans, and other resources.
  • Stay tuned for our upcoming launch of Lookout’s Journalism Scholarship. A contest for high school students to submit a profile for a chance to be published &/or win $1,000! Students will write about members in their community who are making a difference.
  • United Way’s Jovenes Sanos and COE’s Student Leadership. Connecting with student projects and goals, leading workshops and highlighting student voices in our publication.

And there’s lots more, but that’s the top of it.

As we extend our offerings we want to hear from educators on how they want to use local news in their classrooms. On Feb. 2, at 5pm we are hosting our first High School Educator Session. A place for teachers to share their voices and help us make decisions that can help engage all the teachers and students across the county. If you are a high school teacher or you know one, sign up or share this link!

Our student engagement grows out of our mission: Helping make Santa Cruz County a better place for all. Lookout believes that all students deserve to know deeply about the place they live in, its joys and its problems. And we all know the key role they’ll have as future voters. Access to reliable, trustworthy journalism is a fundamental part of that. That’s why we’ve launched this program and look to extend it. If you are interested in learning more, or lending support, please let me know.


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