In the aftermath of the Parkland Florida school shooting

In the aftermath of the Parkland Florida school shooting — the latest in a series of horrific tragedies:  We wholeheartedly agree with the statement below by Larry Magid of Connect Safely about the amazing high school students who are demonstrating media literacy skills to make their voices heard. The Empowerment Spiral teaches Awareness, Analysis, Reflection, and Action. 

January Newsletter/Leadership Letter for Global MIL

ESL and Media Literacy.  While teaching English as a second language isn’t often a focus of discussions for media literacy, the number of ESL students alone should argue for more emphasis and visibility for this educational imperative. CML interviewed Raul Alberto Mora, Ph.D., who emphasizes language learning and critical media literacy in his work with university students and preservice teachers in Medellin, Colombia, as well as Camilo Andres Dominguez-Cruz, a native of Colombia, who now teaches ESL in a North Carolina primary school, Sallie B. Howard School for the Arts and Education. Find it here.

Connections Newsletter Nov. 2017

New issue on Gender Representation in Media. The representation of gender in media has long been a subject of fascination as well as critical analysis and change management for those advancing and practicing media literacy. We highlight two organizations addressing these issues worldwide.  Read the November issue of Connectionhere

Just Published in Pediatrics

"Developing Digital and Media Literacies in Children and Adolescents," by Kristen Hawley Turner, Tessa Jolls, Michelle Schira Hagerman, William O'Byrne, Troy Hicks, Bobbie Eisenstock and Kristine E. Pytash, Pediatrics 2017.  Learning environments no longer depend on seat time in factory-like school settings. Learning happens anywhere, anytime, and productivity in the workplace depends on digital and media literacy. To create the human capital necessary for success and sustainability in a technology-driven world, we must invest in the literacy practices of our youth.  This article makes recommendations for research and policy priorities.