APRIL 2018

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin   

Erin Reilly, President

David Kleeman
Vice President

Tony Streit  

Joanne Parsont

Sherri Hope Culver
Past President

Kristi Avram 
Steve Hargadon
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
David Cooper Moore
Deirdre Morgenthaler
Elizaveta Friesem
Yonty Friesem
Kelsey Greene
Jaclyn Siegel
Emily Keating
David Magolis
Pamela L. Morris
Tina L. Peterson
Theresa Redmond
Rebecca Reynolds
Benjamin Thevenin
Julie Smith
Evelien Schilder
Emily Bailin Wells
Jiwon Yoon


Catherine Burgess
Nneka Gigi
Donnell Probst

Deirdre Morgenthaler 


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Spotlight on Org Partner:
California Film Institute

NAMLE recently asked Joanne Parsont, Director of Education at the California Film Institute to share more about their organization. CFI supports its mission to celebrate film as art and education by presenting the 
MILL VALLEY FILM FESTIVAL and DOCLANDS Documentary Film Festival, exhibiting film year-round at the non-profit CHRISTOPHER B. SMITH RAFAEL FILM CENTER, and building the next generation of filmmakers and film lovers through CFI EDUCATIONClick here to read the full article. 

Photos by Tommy Lau

Children's Documentary Webinar Featuring Ellen Reynolds 
May 14th

A May 14th webinar from the  Media Education Lab  will feature Ellen Reynolds discussing the past, present and future of documentaries for children. See  here  for information about how to join the meeting.


Digital EngAGEment Conference Registration NOW OPEN

M.S. in Media Studies at Brooklyn College  will hold its second annual DIGITAL engAGEment Conference on May 18th at the Center for Worker Education in lower Manhattan. The Conference program can be found  here  and registration is now open via  this site.


Teacher Institute
: Image, Sound and Story for Grades 3 - 12

On August 7 - 9, 2018, the Jacob Burns Film Center will hold the Image, Sound, and Story Teacher Institute for teachers of grades 3-12.  Each grade level curriculum contains distinct and unique content, which will be explored as a group and within grade-based breakout sessions.  JBFC faculty will lead the experience, which will provide content, support and practice with technology, special screenings, and creative collaboration. Click here to learn more about fees, financial assistance, and credit. 


Media Smarts Offers new Game Data Defenders Free of Charge

Data Defenders , produced by the not-for-profit digital literacy organization  MediaSmarts  s hows kids how ad brokers try to collect their personal information and offers strategies to keep that information private. The online game is accompanied by parent and teacher guides and a lesson plan for grades 4 to 6 that further reinforces privacy learning. All materials, including the game, can be accessed free of charge on the  MediaSmarts website.


Student Voice has a New Platform on KQED Learn

KQED Learn is a brand new online space that  encourages student inquiry and collaboration in the classroom and beyond. It's a free, safe and flexible digital platform that supports academic research, media-making and the use of evidence in responding to current issues in STEM and the humanities.  Teachers can sign up their students with a simple online registration. KQED Learn provides resources for teachers to guide students as they respond to topics, make media and collaborate. Toolboxes are available as students need them, allowing them to complete assignments that stretch their capabilities.


Early Bird Registration is OPEN for the  Summer Institute in Media Literacy

Early bird registration for the 6th  Summer Institute in Digital Literacy  is open until June 30th. This year's program takes place from July 15-20 in Providence, RI and is a 42-hour intensive hands-on, minds-on learning experience for people from all walks of life.  Keynote speakers are NAMLE member and media literacy activist Nuala Cabral and her father, the legendary storyteller Len Cabral.  Their talk "Before There Were Screens, There Were Stories," considers the future of digital and media literacy by exploring the relevance, limitations and power of story.  The institute's motto is, "Everyone Learns from Everyone" and enables people from many different professions, fields and disciplines to learn from each other as they develop their digital literacy competencies in accessing, analyzing, creating and reflecting upon media texts and technology platforms, including those that are useful for academic success and those that are part of daily life.  Faculty members include NAMLE members  Kara Clayton, Yonty Friesem, Theresa Redmond, Kristin Hokanson, Renee Hobbs, Carla Carter, Troy Hicks  and others.


Facilitating Challenging
  Topics in the Classroom:  6-week Online Course  

Project Look Sharp is offering a 6-week online course that identifies key structures and approaches for creating safe and respectful dialog about "hot button" topics in the classroom. Learn how to  create an inclusive, collaborative classroom and bring up challenging topics in a way that promotes safety for open sharing.  This course will be offered in October, 2018 however   enrollment opens in May so that educators can secure PD funding and credit before summer vacation. Due to the highly interactive nature of the course, registration is capped at 25 participants. To register  visit projectlooksharp.org/learn.


PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification by KQED Launching in May

KQED has partnered with PBS to develop the  PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification,   launching May 1. This recognition demonstrates educators expertise in teaching students to produce media that matters and think critically about their role as media consumers and creators. Educators can build their media literacy skills by taking free courses on  KQED Teach . Participants who complete the certification will receive a certificate and digital badge to showcase their media literacy mastery and opportunities to lead virtual and in-person professional development events.   More information is available at  kqed.org/certification .


Development Director Needed
Free Spirit Media  is seeking a Development Director to provide leadership in crafting and executing strategic fundraising at Free Spirit Media. The successful candidate will be an experienced development professional, project manager, and relationship builder with the ability to multi-task and adhere to internal and external deadlines. The Development Director will also lead Free Spirit Media's Development & Communications department, which works to promote Free Spirit Media and its youth artists; garner financial support for the organization through philanthropic efforts that complement the organization's earned revenue models; and build an audience for youth media and organizational projects. A more detailed job description and Information about how to apply can be found  here .

CML and Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock Celebrate Successful Semester at Cal State

The  Center for Media Literacy was pleased to work with Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock's undergraduate journalism/diversity students at California State University, Northridge in fall 2017. At post-test, 78% of these students reported that they didn't learn about media literacy until their college class. This number reveals how little opportunity students had to engage with media literacy concepts in their K-12 experience.The students created service learning projects as part of their classwork. CML shares a few of the projects along with assignments completed during the semester on their website  http://www.medialit.org/student-made-media

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