JULY 2018

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin   

Erin Reilly, President

David Kleeman
Vice President

Tony Streit  

Joanne Parsont

Sherri Hope Culver
Past President

Kristi Avram 
Steve Hargadon
Alicia Haywood
Tori Horton
Gonca Latif- Schmitt
Cynthia Lieberman
Lynette Owens
Daniel Rhone
Nicole Starr
Kelly Whitney
DC Vito


Rachell Arteaga
Caitlin Barry
Natasha Casey
Laurie Chin Sayres  
Belinha S. De Abreu
Max Foehringer
Elizaveta Friesem
Yonty Friesem
Kelsey Greene
Emily Keating
David Magolis
David Cooper Moore
Deirdre Morgenthaler
Pamela L. Morris
Tina L. Peterson
Donnell Probst
Theresa Redmond
Rebecca Reynolds
Benjamin Thevenin
Jaclyn Siegel
Julie Smith
Evelien Schilder
Emily Bailin Wells
Jiwon Yoon


Catherine Burgess
Nneka Gigi

Nirvana Guzman


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Spotlight on Villanova University's Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest

Villanova University's Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest has created a resource called, "6 Steps To Historical Literacy." When readers find historical information, a historical statement, or a reference to historical fact in any online media, they encourage them to ask themselves these questions above and think critically about the information they encounter. Director,  Jason Steinhauer, says " We are consuming incredible amounts of media, and a significant percentage of its contents are historical in nature. That has an effect on what we know about the past, what we believe to be true, and how we study history. Historians have an obligation to be a part of these conversations on media literacy..." To read the rest of the article please click here


  Survey on Media and Information Literacy                     with Youth Perspectives

The CMIL is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, "Survey on Media and Information Literacy with Youth Perspectives" co-authored by CMIL Director, Sherri Hope Culver and Alton Grizzle, Program Specialist for Media and Information Literacy, UNESCO. This publication is part of the UNESCO book series on Internet freedom. This report combines research findings from two related research studies carried out for UNESCO. The first is research into youth perspectives on privacy through a survey designed as part of a larger study on citizens' response to MIL competencies, which started in 2015. The second is a survey on privacy in MIL programmes globally conducted through the UNESCO-UNAOC UNITWIN Cooperation Program on MIL and Intercultural Dialogue (MLID University Network). To read the book, you can download it for free here .

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Book Reviewers Needed for JMLE

2017 was a good year for media literacy books and we are looking for people to review books about media literacy for the Journal of Media Literacy Education. Book reviews help people make good decisions about what to read and use. NAMLE members can add a book to the list, volunteer to write a review, or just take a look at the amazing titlesNAMLE members are encouraged to review the guidelines for reviewing books and media resources. Questions about submitting a book or media resource review can be directed to Michael Robb Grieco at mrobbgrieco@wswsu49.org

4th Annual Digital Citizenship Summit
Please join Digital Citizenship Institute in their   4th Annual Digital Citizenship Summit , as well as their partnership with METC , a resource of EducationPlus. Come join them for two days of learning, collaborating and networking about Digital Citizenship on September 21 & 22! On Friday, September 21st, METC will host their 3rd annual DigCit Day and on Saturday, Sept 22nd, the Digital Citizenship Institute , will host "from the classroom to the boardroom" at the DigCitSummit. It's going to be a weekend that brings together digital citizenship advocates and experts to their host partner, Webster University . Please   register here. 
Digital Citizenship Curriculum
  Common Sense Education's free K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum has you covered! Students need digital citizenship skills to participate fully in their communities and make smart choices online and in life. Educators need resources to keep up with today's fast-changing media and technology landscape. Join Kelly Mendoza and Jamie Knowles from Common Sense Education to learn about exciting updates for fall 2018, on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm EDT. This edWebinar is designed for all K-12 teachers, librarians, and tech coordinators. There will be time to get your questions answered after the presentation. Please RSVP here.

Media Smarts just launched a video, tipsheet and web section on finding and verifying information on health and science topics. Two of the most important kinds of information we look for online are about health and science. These can have a big effect on decisions we make about our own lives and our opinions on controversial issues. Using this resource students will be able to understand the importance of verifying online sources. Please check out Media Smart's  web section  and video and tip sheet.

  The News Literacy Project  offers limited on-site professional development workshops for educators, as well as an online series twice a year. Their current topics include: an overview and rationale for the field of news literacy, a survey of the misinformation landscape, news literacy as a means of encouraging 21st-century civic engagement, and a hands-on introduction to using digital forensics in the classroom. For more information and the online fall semester calendar please click here .

     Youth Media Literacy Education

Media Power Youth   provides youth media literacy education programs. Bring a media literacy workshop to your school or community and empower kids to make safe, healthy choices through smart use of media. They can customize a workshop based on your needs and audience. Youth learn the basics of media literacy and apply their skills to a specific health topic (i.e. violence, bullying, alcohol, tobacco, vaping, healthy eating, body image, self esteem, depression). Students will also delve into critical health-focused media literacy skills and then apply their learning to create their own productions, often a Public Service Announcement (PSA). All aspects of pre-production, production and post production are included, empowering participants to be both critical media consumers and positive message makers. To arrange a youth media program for your school, please contact them here.

Digital Leadership Training for Students 

#ICANHELP provides interactive programs focused on social media issues tailored specifically to elementary school, middle school and high school students. They also provide multi-school Digital Leadership Training to equip students with everything they need to take steps against negativity online. Workshops for parents are also available. They offer assemblies for elementary school, middle school and high school. The content covered in each assembly varies by age. You can  check out their descriptions here . Also, feel free to contact them if you have specific questions.

           Social Media As a Tool

Social Assurity  courseware takes the world-changing advantages of social media for granted. This course teaches your students to use some familiar tools for an unfamiliar purpose-the smart pursuit of a great college education.
In no time, students learn to use Facebook or Instagram to curate a digital self-portrait that accurately reflects their interests and achievements-both in and out of school. Add a LinkedIn profile for community building, a YouTube channel for video presentations, and a Twitter feed for outreach, and students have a multi-faceted presence, based on today's best practices, designed to focus colleges on their passions, potential and character. Students will grow a network of like-minded young people and potential mentors in their fields of interest.  To learn more ask their representative: jeff@socialassurity.com

Digital Learning for the K-8 Classroom

In order to make teacher training more accessible, Teachaway and Teachers College, Columbia University have reduced the price of their Digital Learning for the K-8 Classroom course from $595 to $395. S et yourself up for success this summer, enroll in online digital literacy training and maximize student learning outcomes in your classroom.

6 Week Online Course: Confidently Facilitate Challenging Topics in the Classroom

Sox Sperry, Project Look Sharp's Curriculum Developer, drew upon his expertise (as a a sustainability educator, as well as his experience working with men who had been convicted of domestic abuse) to identify key structures and approaches for creating safe and respectful dialog about "hot button" topics in the classroom. The course begins October 16, 2018. Enrollment is open now so educators can secure PD funding and credit. Due to the highly interactive nature of the course, registration is capped at 25 participants. For more details visit www.projectlooksharp.org/learn/challenging-topics/

Grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Free Spirit Media received $650,000 grant from the John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to Strengthen Inclusive Journalism as part of the Jack Fuller Legacy Initiative. Free Spirit Media is humbled and grateful for this vote of confidence in their vision and mission of transforming media and society through amplifying youth voices. 

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