September 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
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 Media Smarts: Key Concepts of Digital Literacy 
Media Smarts most recent project is Digital Literacy 101, a training workshop for teachers that provides an overview of essential digital literacy skills and key concepts of media and digital literacy, familiarizes participants with the digital experiences of Canadian youth, and introduces the resources and tools that are available through MediaSmarts'  USE, UNDERSTAND and, CREATE  digital literacy framework. Director of Education, Matthew Johnson says: " What's probably most distinctive about MediaSmarts is our holistic approach to media and digital literacy. Rather than treating them as separate domains, we view digital literacy as an extension of media literacy that recognizes the continuing importance of the classic key concepts of media literacy." To read more please click here


A Civic Imperative for Media Literacy

22x20 is a campaign led by The Lamp and CIRCLE to broaden and diversify youth voice about public issues in the lead-up to national and local elections. Issues of media literacy rose to prominence during and after the 2016 presidential election, a context that illustrated the critical connection between media literacy and civic engagement efforts. While the two fields are often considered separately, their union enables a move beyond media and information  consumption , into action. Unifying media literacy and civic engagement reinforces the reality that civic media and information about public issues exists for a purpose: expression, discussion, and informed action.To read more about this please click here

  Children's Media Career Symposium

Students and early career professionals spent a wonderful spring evening at Temple University's Annenberg Hall for the Children's Media Career Symposium this past April. The event, organized by Sherri Hope Culver, explored new developments in the children's media industry and illuminated different avenues and career paths within it for interested students. The panel was led by David Kleeman, Senior Vice President of Global Trends at DUBIT International and NAMLE Board Vice President. Kleeman moderated a conversation between: Ed Greene, Vice President for Children, Youth, and Digital Media Literacy Initiatives at the Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network, Meredith Halpern-Ranzer, Chief Executive Tinkerer at TINKERCAST, Linda Simensky, Vice President of Children's Programming for PBS, and Michael Fragale, Vice President of Education and Children's Content at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. To read more about this event and watch the full video please click here. 

Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners

EDC's Literacy and Academic Success for English Learners through Science (LASErS) project is applying a content-rich approach in Hartford, Connecticut, a city where 18 percent of students identify as ELs. By using science as a context for language learning, LASErS works to boost the academic success of pre-K through grade 1 ELs in the city.  School policies for young English learners (ELs) have historically prioritized language acquisition as a means to achieve content area success. But new studies are showing that instruction in math, science, and social studies can help ELs develop critical literacy skills, too. Continue to read more about this project and its key activites here

DigCitSummit Toronto
Please join DigCitSummit Toronto on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 8am-4pm. The DigCit Summit provides the ideal gathering space for national and international Digital Citizenship influencers. The meeting format will be different than the usual conference. They will create conversations about concepts and opportunities with a goal toward cultural change.The Summit will foster cross-sector collaboration around Positive DigCit. The purpose of the additional free events is to involve not only the attendees but also the public/community. To register please click here.

Histories of Democracy
Lepage Center for History in the Public Interest at Villanova University will be hosting a two part series called Histories of Democracy. Part one: American Perspectives: Promises and Shortcomings will be held on Monday Oct. 29th and Part 2: Global Perspectives: Revolutions and Empires will be held on Monday Nov. 12th. These events are free and open to the public. To find our more informtion and register for these events please click here.

How Is Tech Changing the Way We Read? | Above the Noise

The new episode of Above the Noise discusses how the rise of social media and smart phone use has changed the way we read and the impact on literacy and brain development. Teachers can watch episodes and download discussion guides from KQED LearnReading has been an important part of the human experience for thousands of years, but believe it or not, that's not a long time on the evolutionary time scale. Before the internet, it made sense to read long texts in a linear fashion, but that's now changing as people are adapting to skimming shorter texts on their computers or phones. To watch this episode please click here.

Youth Voting Research 

CIRCLE  offers series of research that addresses youth voting trends, recent Presidential & midterm primaries, caucuses and elections, voting laws, what works in getting out the vote (GOTV), and local political parties and youth. 
Many efforts to increase youth voting focus on getting young people registered. That's a crucial component to driving electoral engagement, but it's only half the battle; we need to ensure that registered youth actually go out and cast a ballot on Election Day. To read more on the lastest reserach on
civic and political engagement of young American click here

Fact-Checking the Future: The News Literacy Project Expands Online
Classroom for Youth

The News Literacy Project (NLP) has launched a reimagined version 2.0 of its Checkology virtual classroom. It is  an enhanced e-learning platform educators can use to teach middle school and high school students the critical-thinking skills needed to assess news and other information. It features new lessons requested by teachers, improved interactivity and design, and game-like exercises where students can practice their news literacy skills. A key new functionality allows teachers to customize and sequence lessons based on their classroom objectives. To check out Checkology 2.0 click here. 


A Matter of Fact: Your Fool Proof Guide to Media Literacy Essentials 

Newseum has raided the reporter's toolbox to bring you their newest suite of media literacy tools! "A Matter of Fact" launches on Oct. 6 and will be demonstrated at Teacher Open House. Mark your calendars to visit them at and explore their latest free resources which will include:  11 lesson plans, i nfographics,v ideos, i nterviews with experts, and p rimary sources from the Newseum's collection. 

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
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October 17, 2018

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