Technology and Society Committee Luncheon Forum

Assessing Civic Online Reasoning in an Era of Fake News

Tue Jan 10
Hangen Szechuan Restaurant
11:45 am to 1:00 pm
Education, Media, Internet Media


Sarah McGrew
Assessing Civic Online Reasoning in an Era of Fake News

Sarah McGrew is a researcher, curriculum developer, and teacher educator for the Stanford History Education Group (SHEG). Founded in 2002 by a team led by Sam Wineburg, SHEG redesigned how Stanford prepared history teachers to face the challenges of urban schooling. The Stanford Teacher Education Program (STEP) became the incubator for new ideas about teaching students how to read historical texts and think about them in creative ways. Free curriculum materials produced by SHEG (see have been downloaded over 3.5 million times.

Sarah earned a B.A. in Political Science and Education from Swarthmore College before completing STEP. After STEP, she taught world history in Washington, D.C. for five years. She is now a doctoral student in the Stanford Graduate School of Education.

Sarah will give an overview of SHEG, describe projects to develop and validate assessments that measure students’ abilities to evaluate digital information, and present the results of a report just released by SHEG that details the inability of students to judge the credibility of online news, for example not being able to tell an ad from a news article.

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