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.)

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

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

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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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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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).