Media Literacy Now is proud to announce the Claire Beach Award for a State Legislator who has advanced the cause of elevating media literacy education as a priority in their state’s K-12 schools.
Claire Beach was a member of the Media Literacy Now Board of Directors and a key voice in the development of the organization.
The award honors Claire Douglas Beach (1951-2022), who changed the world through her teaching and passionate advocacy for media literacy education. Claire was a member of the Media Literacy Now Board of Directors and a key voice in the development of the organization. She was the president and longtime member of the Action for Media Education advocacy group in Seattle when in 2016 she led the effort to pass legislation in Washington State that became the model for a bill that has been passed by five states, debated in numerous other statehouses across the country, and led to other advances in media literacy policy.
In her honor, a state legislator will be recognized for their commitment to advancing media literacy education in their state through legislation. Nominees are required to have sponsored or co-sponsored legislation that has passed, leading to increased support for teachers and school districts to integrate media literacy into K-12 classrooms.
Nominations will be received on a rolling basis until December 11, 2022. The decision will be announced in January 2023.