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Monthly Update
May 2018

Meet the Team

Monthly Update

Donnell Probst

Executive Director

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin

Board of Directors

Erin Reilly
Sherri Hope Culver
Past President

David Kleeman
Vice President
Joanne Parsont

Tony Streit

Kristi Avram

Steve Hargadon

Tori Horton

Gonca Latif-Schmitt
Cynthia Lieberman

Lynette Owens

Daniel Rhone
Nicole Starr

DC Vito

Kelly Whitney

Leadership Council

Rachel Arteaga

Emily Bailin Wells

Caitlin Barry

Natasha Casey

Belinha S. De Abreu

David Cooper Moore

Elizaveta Friesem

Yonty Friesem

Kelsey Greene

Jaclyn Kahn Siegel

Emily Keating

David Magolis

Dee Morgenthaler

Tina Peterson

Donnell Probst

Theresa Redmond

Rebecca Reynolds

Laurie Chin Sayres

Evelien  Schilder

Julie Smith

Benjamin Thevenin

Jiwon Yoon

Student Leadership Council

Jimmeka Anderson

Catherine Burgess

Nneka Gigi

Jasmin Goodman

Alexis Romero

Zoey Wang

core principles

The purpose of  media literacy education is to develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression needed by critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today's world.



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TopIn this issue...

Media Literacy Week

U.S. Media Literacy Week
NOVEMBER 5-9, 2018

Planning for U.S. Media Literacy Week 2018 (MLW), is well under way! Last year there were 225 national
Partners, and we hope to expand that number this year! Being a Partner is easy--simply coordinate one or more events or activities and promote other MLW events online! As a Partner your organization's name and logo will be placed on the MLW map and Partner slideshow, and your event will be shared on the MLW calendar and on social media!
This year, we are introducing a new level of participation: Media Literacy Week Supporter
For $500, Supporters will receive all regular partner benefits, prominent Logo placement on the NAMLE website, multiple social media posts, a dedicated email blast about organization and MLW activities, and an organization profile in a special edition of our Organizational Partner Bulletin.
If your organization is interested in being a supporter, simply go here  and select "Media Literacy Week Supporter!"


Give Your Feedback!

Do you think we provide good enough civic education in the USA today?  We've joined a coalition of civic learning leaders to understand this question by conducting a nationwide survey of students, educators, school administrators, parents, civic learning providers, funders, academics and others. Please share your perspective!

The online survey will take less than 15 minutes to complete. It will ask you a few questions about who you are, how you personally relate to civic education, and what you think about the state of civic education today. 

Save the Date!

JUNE 26-28, 2019
Washington, D.C.

A Path Forward: 
Elevating Conversation, Unifying Voices



Positive Results from Media 
Literacy Program in Ukraine
Two years ago, IREX, a nonprofit organization, launched an 18 month media literacy education program called Learn to Discern in the Ukraine. The program gathered 15,000 citizens for small group round table discussions across the country where participants discussed their media consumption and analysis habits.  [ read more ]

Deseret News: How Media 
Literate are Your Kids
The Deseret News, a Utah-based news organization, published an article which outlines the difference between kids being digitally savvy and media literate. The article highlights the need for earlier interventions and includes commentary from NAMLE's executive director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin.  [ read more ]

Journal Star: Media Literacy is a Vital Skill
The Lincoln, Nebraska Journal Star discusses media literacy and how it affects citizens' ability to participate in their democracy. The discussion includes a review of Nebraska state education law and local media literacy programs conducted through the University of Nebraska in Lincoln. [read more]


CalendarMark Your Calendar

68th Annual International Communication Association Conference
Prague, Czech Republic
May 24-28 [learn more]

Media & Learning 2018: 
Video in Higher Education
Leuven, Belgium
Jun 14-15 [learn more]

2018 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy
University of Rhode Island
Kingston, RI
Jul 15-20 [learn more]

2018 Summer Institute
Midwest Education Technology Community (METC)
Jul 23-24
St. Louis, MO [learn more]

U.S. Media Literacy Week 2018
Nov 5-9, 2018 [ learn more]

Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference
Providence, RI
Nov 10 [learn more]

2018 Information & Media Literacy Conference
University of Passau
Nov 23-24 [learn more]

MembersM-Passion ed: Meet our Members
Benjamin Thurn
Media Literacy Educator

"In joint partnership with the U.S. Embassy in Kabul and New Delhi, my colleagues and I organize camps, workshops, and teacher trainings that focus on 21st century media skills and how to implement them into the classroom. Our latest project was an intensive, week-long media camp with teachers from 7 different regions of India. Teachers participated in media literacy classes, during which they learned about the Key Concepts of media literacy as well as how to apply these concepts to what they consume and produce. Teachers also learned the fundamentals of photography, videography, recorded original songs, and investigated how to bring these skills back to their home classes.  [ read more ]

Want to recommend an M-Passioned NAMLE member who should be in our next feature? Contact Evelien Schilder at

CFP Extended: L2DL Symposium  
The L2 Digital Literacies (L2DL) Symposium has extended the deadline for the Call for Digital Presentations. The symposium will take place from October 15-20 online and at the University of Arizona in Tuscon. This year's theme is "Participation, Equity, and Inclusion."
Submission deadline: Jun 18  [ learn more ]

CFP: METC 2019
The 36 th Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) is now accepting applications for presenters for the 2019 Conference to be held February 11-13, 2019. 
Submission deadlines: Jul 18 (workshops) & 
Sept 1 (sessions)  [learn more]

CFP: Global MIL Week 2018
Academic papers, case studies, and project-related presentations are now being accepted for the Global Media and Information Literacy (MIL) Week 2018 Feature Conference. It will be held on October 24th and 25th in Kaunas, Lithuania. Topics for papers and presentations should be within the field of MIL and address the connection of MIL Cities as dynamic environments of media, information, and technology as well as innovative ways to advance MIL development among people.
Submission deadline: May 30 [learn more]

CFP: Northeast Regional 
Media Literacy Conference
The Northeast Regional Media Literacy Conference (NRMLC) invites session proposals from media literacy practitioners related to critical media literacy. This year's theme is "Media Literacy in Times of Uncertainty." The conference will be held on Saturday, November 10, 2018 in Providence, Rhode Island.
Submission deadline: May 31 [learn more]

MA in Civic Media
Columbia College Chicago
Columbia College in Chicago announced a new Master's in Civic Media program that will combine media practice and civic engagement to drive social change.  Students in the program, which launches in January 2019, will work with diverse communities to create, design, deploy, and assess civic media projects that strengthen democratic participation, inform city planning, and shape public policy, among other objectives. [ learn more ]


New Issue: Journal of Media 
Literacy Education
The Journal of Media Literacy Education, the official journal of NAMLE, just released the latest issue, JMLE 10.1. The journal is an online, open-access, peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education. [read more]

What's Your Story? 
Winners Announced!
The winners of the 2018 What's Your Story? video contest have been announced. You can view the winners and their videos online! [watch now]
Lessons for Media Literacy
This list of curriculum lessons includes resources created at the Media Education Lab plus other great lessons that are aligned with the theory and practice of media literacy. The list includes lessons for lower elementary, upper elementary, middle and high school by subject, college students, adults, and teachers. 
Generation Citizen: 
Civics Curriculum
Generation Citizen's civics curriculum is an action
-based, in-class program during which students choose an issue they care about, develop a focused, strategic plan to address the issue, take real action, and then reflect on their successes, challenges, and plans moving forward. Each semester culminates in a Civics Day, in which student representatives from classes in each city present their plans to other students, community members, and public officials. [ learn more]
Digital Respons-Ability
Digital Respons-Ability offers professional development and continuing education units on digital citizenship in partnership with Utah Valley University. The course was developed through research running holistic and deep dive digital citizenship workshops for Grades 3-12. Topics include media literacy, digital citizenship, gamification, experiential learning, digital laws, online privacy, and more! 

EmploymentEmployment Opportunities 

Indie Grits Labs Internship
The Nickelodeon
Columbia, SC [more info]
Substance Use Media Literacy 
Project Coordinator
Department of Health/Mental Hygiene
Queens, NY [more info]
Media Literacy/Video & Newscast Production Teacher
Palm Springs Unified School District
Palm Springs, CA [ more info]
Faculty - Radio/Television/Film
Austin Community College District
Northridge, TX [more info]

For more listings, visit our organizational 
partner The Alliance's  job bank
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