Summer always makes me feel nostalgic. I often find myself thinking back on my childhood summers when the calendar seemed to expand during the months of July and August, when 10 weeks of summer vacation seemed to last as long as the other 42 weeks of the year combined.
This picture sums up my childhood summers. That's me being held tightly by my mom on one of our vacations at the Jersey Shore with my brother and sister close by. I love this picture and the pure joy in our faces. Remember the days of jumping in a pool, cooling off and playing Marco Polo? I sure do.
Now that I work in the education space, summer brings on a whole new meaning. Sure, there is still the feeling of days lasting longer and an overall calmer vibe. But, there is also the unbelievably long list of things I want to read, watch, and write about now that summer is here. I am sure you also have an unrealistic list of things to do while you are on summer "vacation". What's on your reading list this summer? I'd love to know. I'm especially interested in new studies out related to media literacy and books relevant to our work.
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Speaking of Texas, we have big news from NAMLE's Board President.
This August, Erin Reilly will begin her appointment as Professor of Practice and Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at University of Texas Austin's Moody College of Communication. Erin will teach in the areas of Media Literacy, Innovation and Entrepreneurship with her first two classes focused on Audience Development and Engagement and the Emerging Media Landscape in Children's Media. Congratulations, Erin!
Congratulations are also in order for NAMLE's organziational partner, News-o-matic.
World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers Award for "Best Innovation to Engage Youth Audiences".
The winners of this year's WAN-IFRA North American Digital Media Awards were
announced on the night of June 26 during a special ceremony at the end of the first day of
Digital Media North America
Conference in New York. News-o-matic's Editor in Chief, Russell Kahn, had this to say about the honor. "
If we want to hook kids with current events and media literacy, we must be innovative with rich, multimedia engagement opportunities. This award from an international news
organization is validation of the work we've been doing - and the success we've had in getting the next generation involved with the news on a daily basis."
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I thought I'd leave you with my other favorite photo from my childhood summers. This one is taken at a park near our home in New Jersey. It's not the best picture in the world but there's something about the way my dad is holding on to me and my brother is helping that makes me happy inside. Just like summer is supposed to do.
Have a wonderful July!
||Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director firstname.lastname@example.org @ciullalipkin @medialiteracyed