MARCH 2017

Bulletin Editor
Deirdre Morgenthaler 
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin   

Erin Reilly, President

David W. Brown
Past President

Kelly Whitney
1st Vice President

Tony Streit  

Joanne Parsont

Kristi Avram
Sherri Hope Culver
David Kleeman
Cynthia Lieberman
Kim Osborne
Lynette Owens
Nicole Starr
Federico Subervi
DC Vito

Rachell Arteaga
Caitlin Barry
Karl Carter
Belinha De Abreu
David Cooper Moore
Elizaveta Friesem
Yonty Friesem
Kelsey Greene
Jaclyn Kahn Siegel
Emily Keating
David Magolis
Deirdre Morgenthaler
Tina Peterson
Theresa Redmond
Rebecca Reynolds
Laurie Chin Sayres
Evelien Schilder
Julie Smith
Benjamin Thevenin
 Jiwon Yoon


Emily Bailin
Catherine Burgess
Roma Dash 
Donnell Probst
Zoey Wang

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Send us a message to let us know what's new with you.  Email us now with the subject header, 
"Org Partner". 
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April 17, 2017

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Core Principles of Media Literacy Education

The purpose of media literacy education is to develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression needed by critical thinkers, effective communicators, and active citizens in today's world.  

2017 Conference To-Do List!
1) Check the Conference 2017 website regularly for updates!

2)   Register today for Conference 2017 to take advantage Early Bird rates!

3)  Promote your organization or product by participating as an exhibitor or advertising in the program book!

See you in Chicago! 
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This month's Organizational Partner Spotlight is on the social media helpline iCanHelpline.orgThe idea grew out of Anne Collier's nearly 20 years' work in youth online safety. She knew, from following the research and her work on three national task forces, that schools were struggling with how to deal with cyberbullying and other problems students face in digital media. She also knew from her work with educators and risk prevention experts that though there are many resources available to schools on the prevention side of online risk, there was very little on the intervention side of the problem. That's why  was created. Click here to read the full article and to learn more about
Discount for NAMLE Partners & Members

New Day Films is offering NAMLE partners and members a special discount! New Day Films is a distribution cooperative of independent filmmakers. Their collection is made up of films on social justice issues that cover timely subjects such as Immigration, Sociology, LGBTQ and Women's Studies, Disabilities, Mental Health, Environment, Aging, Ethnic Studies and much more. For your University, Library, school or organization, please go to their website ( and enter the following code: NAML15 for a 15% discount on all titles. Discount ends on May 31, 2017.

Free Spirit Media
Summer 2017 Internship

To learn more about the Free Spirit Media 2017 Summer Internship click here

Created Equal Project Enters Second Year

The Jacob Burns Film Center (JBFC) is proud to announce that the Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story project enters its second year of implementation this spring. Growing from two schools in Brooklyn to four, this collaborative initiative between the JBFC and the Brooklyn Historical Society (BHS) provides an engaging look at the civil rights movement. Expanding on traditional literacy instruction to include viewing and analyzing media, Created Equal: Image, Sound, and Story empowers students as historians, storytellers, media makers, and social activists as they grow to understand how the past and the present are connected, shaped, and shared. During professional development sessions with the JBFC, participating teachers put themselves in the role of their students by completing all components of each of the curriculum's three units of study: photographing a campaign about school segregation, writing a protest song, and producing a short documentary film. These partner educators will go on to implement the curriculum in their classrooms in April, and cap off the experience with a presentation of the students' short documentary films at BHS in early June. Funding for this initiative is provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Fake News, Media Literacy, & the Role of Our Nation's Schools

Read New America's Anne-Marie Slaughter and Lindsey Tepe article about Fake News, Media Literacy and the Role of our Nation's Schools here.

Creative Workforce Development Initiative

The Creative Workforce Development Initiative is a new system that builds the national creative workforce, provides advanced professional development, job and entrepreneurship training, and capital investment to creative businesses, institutions and community organizations. This new era will be defined by creativity and anchored in the creative impulse. It's not a matter of "if," but "when." Read more here.


Digital Engagement: Media Literacy in the 21st Century

The M.S. in Media Studies of the Department of TV and Radio at Brooklyn College is hosting its inaugural DIGITAL EngAGEment Conference on May 5, 2017 in downtown Manhattan. This year's theme:  "Media Literacy in the 21st Century" brings together leading scholars in media literacy education, including many NAMLE members. Information about the Conference including registration information can be found here  and you  can get tickets here.

Upcoming Workshops and Events

History Made Real - 1-Day workshop  April 20th in Colorado

Find the Facts in the Fiction - 1-Day Workshop on April 21st in Colorado

Get the Facts - Free Webinar on Thursday, April 13th.  

Important Legislation Hearings in California on  April 19th

The Center for Media Literacy encourages media literacy advocates to attend hearings and testify in favor of including Media Literacy Education in two proposed pieces of legislation in California. While SB135 and SB203 advocate funding for "digital citizenship", they do not include media literacy education and online safety in its definitions or initiatives. Hearings on this bill take place April 19th in Sacramento.


We the Voters: 20 Films for the People

We the Voters: 20 Films for the People is an anthology of short films with accompanying educational materials developed by PBS Education. With local elections coming up around the nation, it's the perfect time for educators to incorporate some of these FREE media resources into your curricula and focus on the people and issues your community could be voting on in the coming months. Email for more information about free programming for your school or community group including student screenings, professional development workshops, webinars for educators, and more.

Video Series: Leading a Media Decoding

There are many stories about the problems in education, but unfortunately fewer about solutions. Teachers are busy. Engaging students is difficult. Educators have to increasingly teach to the test and meet state standards to prepare students for college and the workplace. Many sites on the Internet provide data, resources, and information - but few show you how to use them.  To help bridge this gap, Project Look Sharp at Ithaca College has developed a series of videos   to help K-12 educators lead discussions based on a Constructivist Media Decoding philosophy. These 5-10 minute long videos show how teachers can engage all students by employing objective-based questioning strategies to deconstruct carefully chosen media documents.

Real News, Fake News or Opinion? 
Teaching Our Students to Discern the Difference

How do we teach our students to discern differences in this post-truth era?
KQED has ideas, lessons, and resources to use in the classroom. You'll want to adapt them to suit your needs or cater them to meet the ability level of your students.


Connect The Dots shows you how your data is connected by analyzing it as a network. Analyzing the connections between the "dots" in your data is a fundamentally different approach to understanding it. This tool shows you a network diagram to reveal those links, and gives you a high level report about what your network looks like.  DataBasic is a suite of free easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data. These simple tools make it easy to work with data in fun ways, so you can learn how to find great stories to tell.

Connect the Dots - Databasic
Connect the Dots - Databasic

Let NAMLE know  
what you are up to!

If you have something you'd like to share in our next Organizational Partner Bulletin,  please complete and submit this Google Form by April 17, 2017, we will follow up with any questions, but if you have any supporting materials or images (including your logo), please email those separately to MJ Robinson at  OR upload them here .