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The free, online education tool will incorporate the Newseum’s mission to champion the First Amendment with FAI’s mission to raise awareness — especially among students — of the lasting domestic and international effects of 9/11. In 2013, students from all 50 states and 16 countries visited the Newseum and participated in the museum’s free educational classes.

The Newseum is home to the 9/11 Gallery Sponsored by Comcast, which follows that tragic day through the eyes of the journalists who reported the story to a shaken nation and world. The gallery features front-page coverage of the attacks from Sept. 12, 2001, a broadcast antenna from the World Trade Center towers, and artifacts and photos from Bill Biggart, the only journalist killed in the attacks.

FAI’s generous gift will allow the Newseum to replicate its rich 9/11-related content on the Web and provide it to all students and teachers for free, including those who were very young or not yet born when the attacks happened.

“Our board believes that our curriculum and resources will be in good hands at the Newseum,” said Nancy Aronson, 9/11 family member and board member of the For Action Initiative. “They are an ideal partner to extend our work into a broader context.”

“We are honored that the For Action Initiative selected us to build on their organization’s vision and 10 years of hard work,” said Barbara McCormack, director of education at the Newseum. “We will take great care to ensure that teachers and students around the nation can meaningfully incorporate 9/11 lessons into the classroom, aided by our focus on media literacy and civic engagement.”

The “Teaching 9/11″ module is expected to launch in September 2015, one year before the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Other teacher and student resources are currently available on the NewseumED, including modules on the civil rights and women’s suffrage movements.

EDClasses & Training

  • From Facts to Firewalls: Leading Free Speech Debates

    Get the First Amendment background and media literacy techniques to help students understand where and how they can exercise freedom of expression in a world of social media and social protests.

  • Is It Fair? Evaluate Your Media

    Are accusations of bias clogging your news feed? Are your students quick to point out that something's unfair — but not as ready to explain why? Tune up your “fairness meter” to assess how objective or biased content really is.

  • The Civil War: From the Front Lines to the Front Pages

    Students see how technology affected news coverage and public perception of the Civil War, then create their own front pages with breaking news, maps and telegrams.

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