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October 24, 2023 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT

Debunking Disinformation: Empowering Educators with Tools and Strategies


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Debunking Disinformation: Empowering Educators with Tools and Strategies


October 24, 2023 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM EDT







English-Language Learners (ELL), Good for Parents
Grade Level Grades 6-12, Higher Education

About This Webinar

In an age where information is readily accessible with just a few taps on a screen, the ability to discern fact from fiction has never been more crucial. Middle and high school students—and even college students—who are at a formative stage in their cognitive and social development, are particularly vulnerable to the pervasive influence of disinformation. It can shape their worldviews, influence their decisions, and even impact their mental well-being.

Teachers occupy a unique position to address this challenge. They can provide students with the tools to critically evaluate sources, understand the motives behind disinformation campaigns, and navigate the digital landscape with discernment. In this upcoming webinar, veteran teachers will be highlighting the AFT’s recent Defining Mis- and Disinformation Toolkit and focusing on portions of the toolkit that seek to equip educators (and parents!) with the tools and resources they need to sensitively and responsibly respond to disinformation in the classroom and at home.


Toni Bourgea, English Language Arts Teacher, AFT Massachusetts

Andy Kratochvil, Senior Associate, American Federation of Teachers 

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9-12 Grade ELA Teacher, South Shore Vocational Technical High School

Growing up in NH, I wanted to be a juvenile officer, so I moved to Boston and attended Northeastern University; I received my B.S. in Criminal Justice. After graduating I worked as a law clerk in the Homicide Division at the Boston Police Dept. in “Southie.”  I applied to law school and graduate school. I decided to obtain an MS in Education. The second I stepped into a classroom, I knew this was the profession for me, so I left the life of law, but entered into a career path of education and eventually earned my CAGS degree in Administration too. I’ve just completed my 24th year of teaching ELA at South Shore Vocational Technical High School.  I’ve worn many hats at the school and taken on many roles - scorer, advisor, coach, night school instructor, dept. head, secretary and president our our teachers’ union, but none was as rewarding as when I ran the outdoor adventure and overseas clubs. We skied Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, California, Colorado, Utah and ended one year in Austria. During the spring and summer months I focused on overseas trips. I brought students, parents, staff, friends and family all over Europe. We toured 17 countries in seven years. No one came back to school the same.

This past summer I was one of 15 AFT teachers to teach ELA in Poland for two weeks to Polish and Ukrainian students. The best part of this experience was that I was able to take my 13-year-old daughter along with me. This shared experiences transformed us. It made us not grow in height but in our hearts as we learned patience, trust, empathy, understanding differences/similarities and adventure. I embraced this trip to Poland with my daughter and 14 other educators with the same goal. We did not return the same as we shared this experience together. I have continued to throw my hat into the AFT circle and enjoyed working alongside educators from all over the country. I love reinventing my role as educator.    

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Digital Strategist, AFT

Andy Kratochvil is an SML team member who loves hiking, video games, scary books, Mexican food, and finding great content for the Share My Lesson community.

He studied political science and French at California State University, Fullerton and received his Master’s in International Affairs from American University in Washington, DC. When he has the chance, he enjoys traveling back to his native California to enjoy body surfing in the Pacific Ocean, and, of course, the fantastic weather.

Professional Credit

Share My Lesson webinars are available for one-hour of PD credit. A certificate of completion will be available for download at the end of your session that you can submit for your school's or district's approval.

In addition, Share My Lesson has arrangements in place as follows:



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Webinar How to Respond to Disinformation_SML.pptx

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