Is your state a leader in media literacy legislation? Find out by taking a look at this year’s U.S. Media Literacy Report, the first state-by-state progress report for media literacy education policy in K-12 schools.

To start, get the FREE Legislative Action Toolkit by completing the form below. The Toolkit contains sample letters you can send to your school administrators and state legislators, among other helpful information.

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.

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This document is not intended to be the final say in comprehensive media literacy, or even to be a recommended scopes and sequences.Rather, it’s a tool for advocates, and will become the basis for a discussion among a diverse set of educators MLN is convening: the MLN K-12 Educator Brain Trust.  (For application information, please go here.)

Use this video as a practical and engaging introduction to how Media Literacy works, and the problems it solves.

This report was prepared for the DemocracyReady NY Coalition, a statewide, nonpartisan,
intergenerational group that works collectively to advance the right of all New York students
to graduate from high school prepared for civic participation. Its recommendations come
out of nearly two years of research, analysis, and discussion by the DemocracyReady NY
media literacy committee, a diverse group of Coalition members who are educators,
researchers, and media professionals, as well as by the broader membership of the Coalition.

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This report is by New Mexico chapter leader Pamela Pereyra on the legislative advocacy effort of 2019.

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This study, funded as the result of MLN-supported legislation, is useful in demonstrating to policy makers the level of media literacy integration in one state’s schools. The status of media literacy education in Washington is likely to be reflected in other states. We are advocating for funding of similar research in all states. 

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Published December 2019

As required by House Bill 19-1110, the Media Literacy Advisory Committee has prepared recommendations in six
areas to provide for media literacy education in elementary and secondary schools in Colorado.
Key recommendations in this report include the following strategies to improve the media literacy of Colorado
students:
• Systematically address teaching media literacy in all schools.
• Communicate the critical role teacher librarians play in both digital citizenship and media literacy education.
• Convey a consistent, coherent message around media literacy that will engage all stakeholders.
• Ensure media literacy principles are clear and specific in the Colorado Academic Standards across reading, writing, and civics.
• Share vetted and research-based resources for media literacy education and professional development throughout the state.
• Fund professional development, teacher and student recognition, and grants for programming in media literacy.
• Form community partnerships to increase the effectiveness of media literacy education.

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Guidelines and Recommended Actions for Connecticut Department of Education,
approved January 2020 Board of Education 

The Digital Citizenship, Internet Safety, and Media Literacy Guidelines document created by the council provides various resources to support the establishment of a learning system that supports digital citizenship, Internet safety, and media literacy. Although not exhaustive, the resources create a road map for Connecticut educators, families, policy leaders, and community members to improve practices and methods regarding the safe, ethical, responsible, and effective use of media and technology resources. Districts may want to begin the process by using Appendix A, the District Checklist to Assist in the Development of a Comprehensive Learning System that Supports the Safe, Ethical, Responsible, and Effective Use of Media and Technology Resources.

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The newly updated Massachusetts History and Social Science curriculum framework for 2018 includes media literacy as one of 10 guiding principles:

Guiding Principle 8 An effective history and social science education incorporates the study of current events and news/media literacy. When teaching history and social science, teachers have a unique responsibility to help students consider events – including current events – in a broad historical, geographical, social, or economic context. The Framework’s News/Media Literacy standards for grade 8 and high school are designed to help students take a critical stance toward what they read, hear, and view in newspapers and on websites, television, and social media. Applying these standards, students learn to evaluate information, question and verify its source, distinguish fact from inference, and reasoned judgment supported by evidence from varying degrees of bias.

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Research on media health effects and media literacy as an intervention strategy.

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New app for classroom use

Learnics - Leading the new teaching and learning revolution through Learning Analytics Media Literacy Now is partnering with Learnics to offer teachers and students a FREE Chrome extension, the ThinkingApp, that could play a pivotal role in promoting media literacy in the classroom. The ThinkingApp provides teachers and students with meaningful graphic information about how research is conducted on the internet. Teachers and researchers across the country are currently using the ThinkingApp in ways that are significantly impacting the teaching/learning process and promoting media literacy.

Go to learnics.com for explicit instructions for how you and your students can use this FREE tool.

If you have questions, please contact Dr. Douglas Lare (clare@po-box.esu.edu).

Common Sense Media Research provides parents, educators, health organizations, and policymakers with reliable, independent data on children’s use of media and technology and the impact it has on their physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development.

Exploring Media Literacy Education as a Tool for Mitigating Truth Decay is a RAND Corporation report on the effectiveness of media literacy training in K–12 classrooms. The report offers a separate appendix that includes a comprehensive list of courses, programs, and other resources.

Civic Online Reasoning (COR) is a civics curriculum developed by the Stanford History Education Group as part of MediaWise. The project was supported by Google as part of their Google News Initiative. The curriculum provides free lessons and assessments to help teach students to evaluate online information. The site includes a section with links to the published research that form the basis of the COR curriculum.

The Journal of Media Literacy is published by the National Telemedia Council (NTC), the oldest ongoing media literacy organization in the US (1953).  NTC is a group of diverse professionals interested in establishing the field of media literacy as an accepted and independent academic discipline.

The Journal of Media Literacy Education, published by The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), is  an online interdisciplinary journal that supports the development of research, scholarship and the pedagogy of media literacy education.

The Media Literacy LibGuide was created by the Association of College and Research Libraries and is designed to give a basic start for researchers, librarians, and students who would like to find resources on the topic of media literacy.

The MediaWell Citation Library aggregates emerging and foundational research on topics related to digital dis- and mis-information. In addition to peer-reviewed research, the library contains conference papers, reports, and news articles.

The Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute produced the Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report: Framework, Child Development Guidelines, and Tips for Implementation and have published resources and presentations developed for their 2017 symposium Media Literacy in Early Childhood: A Critical Conversation.

The Indiana Department of Education provides a page with detailed  K-12 Media Literacy Standards.

The Minnesota Department of Education’s English Language Arts K-12 Standards address Media Literacy.

The Ontario, Canada Grades 1-8 Language Curriculum includes media literacy in their approach to literacy education.