One of our primary objectives at MLN is to provide tools for advocates to educate policymakers at all levels about Media Literacy – what it is, and the solutions it offers. This sample scope and sequence is intended to be used as such a tool, one of several in the MLN toolbox.
We join many others in striving to ensure that comprehensive Media Literacy education becomes standard in grades k-12. But the concept of “comprehensive Media Literacy education” can be complicated for advocates to explain and therefore difficult for policymakers to comprehend. This document, created by Dr. Katie Quartuch, a volunteer for MLN who is a primary and secondary school educator, is designed to illustrate what a comprehensive Media Literacy program in a K-12 school system might look like. She completed this document as part of her PhD work.
This document is not intended to be the final say in comprehensive media literacy, or even to be a recommended scope and sequence. Rather, it’s a tool for advocates, and will become the basis for a discussion among a diverse set of educators that we are launching today: the MLN K-12 Educator Brain Trust.
This Brain Trust will contribute to crafting a strong model scope and sequence document that in turn can be the foundation for any school district’s own policy. We don’t intend that the model developed would be mandated or imposed on a district. Rather it’s a way of bringing together thought leaders to develop a tool that will also be useful to jumpstart those districts’ own review of their Media Literacy policies and procedures.
With the release of this document, we are also asking that educators at the K-12 levels apply to take part in our Brain Trust. The first priority for the Brain Trust will be to review, revise, and then endorse an MLN scope and sequence.
[To apply, see this post]