JUNE 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
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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
Jaclyn Siegel

Pamela L. Morris
Tina L. Peterson
Donnell Probst
Theresa Redmond
Rebecca Reynolds
Benjamin Thevenin
Julie Smith
Evelien Schilder
Emily Bailin Wells
Jiwon Yoon


Catherine Burgess
Nneka Gigi

Deirdre Morgenthaler 


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Spotlight on Trend Micro's Grand Prize Winners! 
This month we interviewed the winners of Trend Micro's What's Your Story? ContestWe're really proud of these young filmmakers and the responsibilities they show as good digital citizens," said Mike Scafati, a film teacher at Meadowbrook and leader of the school's K-8 digital citizenship program. "Leighton and Evan impressively combined their creative filmmaking skills with their experiences online trying to discern what's real and what's fake. It's nice that Trend Micro's Internet Safety for Kids and Families has provided this great platform for stu dents from all over the country to practice their digital citizens hip in an authentic and helpful way." Read the full article here


The Journalism Education Association continues to advocate for protection of student journalists' right to freedom of speech and press. JEA will sponsor a workshop geared toward developing and supporting the passage of student free expression bills July 9 at its Advisers Institute in Las Vegas. Workshop topics include finding a sponsor, working on the bill, advocating, hosting a lobby day, contacting legislators after the lobby day, and continuing to support the sponsors in what they request. 

Fact or Fiction: What Will it Take to Combat Misinformation and Disinformation in the Digital Age? 

Fact or Fiction: What will it take to combat misinformation and disinformation in the digital age?, took place on May 10th, and featured Michelle Ciulla Lipkin and several other experts and educators talking about the importance of media literacy and the promise of on-the-ground programs in schools and informal learning environments, in the U.S. as well as in other countries.  Archived video of the event is available   here . See this related   Slate article  by Lisa Guernsey on the results of a media literacy education program in Ukraine called Learn to Discern. 

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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 


Advanced Certification Course in Media Literacy for Teachers
The Pauline Center for Media Studies is offering an Advanced Certification Course in Media Literacy for teachers, catechists, parents, and anyone wishing to create that dialogue between faith formation and our media culture. The course meets July 15-21at the Pauline Center for Media Studies, 3908 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230. Among the topics covered will be: Media Literacy-What is It?, Theology of Popular Culture, Faith Formation in a Digital Age, Virtues and Social Media, Philosophy of the Media, Character Formation in a Media Culture, Pop Music and Media Mindfulness, The Church and Media: An Historical Panorama, How to Read a Film, Television and Media Mindfulness, and more! Fee is $250 for the week. Register at: http://media.pauline.org//certificate
This summer, educators in your networks can participate in digital media professional development opportunities. KQED Teach will be offering three facilitated media literacy learning opportunities for educators to increase their skills in podcasting, blogging and using media as core text. For example, Developing & Assessing Digital Writers (July 9-July 22) is a free, online bootcamp, where participants will learn how to plan, implement and assess a classroom blogging project with the support of fellow educators and special guest experts. 

The Summer Institute in Digital Literacy is a hands-on, minds-on experience like no other. This week-long intensive summer program, co-directed by Renee Hobbs and Julie Coiro at the University of Rhode Island, helps you develop leadership skills in digital and media literacy. This year's event features media literacy activist Nuala Cabral and her father, the legendary storyteller Len Cabral, whose keynote address is entitled, "Before There Were Screens, There Were Stories." Nuala and Len will consider storytelling in relation to civic and community activism and Nuala will be sharing her experience in bringing Philadelphia's POPPYN students to meet with youth media activists in South Africa. This will be held at the University of Rhode Island Downtown Providence Campus between July 15 - 20, 2018.

Media Smarts has launched a Digital Literacy Training Program, Digital Literacy 101, which is a suite of videos, professional development workshops and posters (suitable for use in classrooms and libraries) that help prepare teachers to make digital media literacy a part of their classroom practice: http://mediasmarts.ca/teacher-resources/digital-literacy-101

Free Documentary Resources from POV: Reexamine Media Narratives about Communities of Color with QUEST

Organizations and educators across the country are invited to screen QUEST through POV's free film screening program. Along with a DVD of the film, POV provides a discussion guide , standards-aligned lesson plan , and suggested reading list to provide context and support group discussions around the film. Learn more about these free resources here and sign up today on the POV Community Network . Questions? Reach out to the POV Engage team at events@pov.org .

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 .

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/
Teaching Students to Question Integrating Media Literacy and Critical Thinking in Social Studies
This July Project Look Sharp, Ithaca College's Media Literacy Initiative, will partner with the National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) to bring you a three- day training that will give teachers the skills practice, pedagogy, inspiration and material to effectively and continually integrate habits of inquiry and critical thinking into the social studies curriculum. The training will be offered from July 25th, 2018 to July 27, 2018 in Washington D.C. There are limited seats, so to save your spot, register here .
Summer Camps for Kids and Teens
Outside the Lens holds a variety of summer camps for children and teens that teach everything from photography to coding to filmmaking. Click here  to see their vast offerings and multiple locations in and around the San Diego, CA area.

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

Free Spirit Media receives $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 our vision and mission of transforming media and society through amplifying youth voices. 

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