The New Jersey effort will be led by Leanne McGowan. Leanne is dedicated to bringing inspirational media literacy programs with a gendered focus to children, while advocating for Media Literacy legislation and social change. As the founder of MeDIA (Media Education Developing Individual Awareness) and a media literacy consultant, she produces media literacy programs for schools, and after-school programs, workshops and community events, and presents her K-8 programs at Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum in Ewing, NJ. She is also developing mobile media literacy curricula for schools and other organizations interested in leveraging this essential 21st century skillset to increase student engagement, self-esteem, empathy, awareness and respect and to decrease bullying and gender bias among elementary and secondary school youth. The mother of three daughters, Leanne aspires to start children on their lifelong journey as critical thinkers about media. She is a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis with a Business Administration and Art History degree, and has a certificate in Media Literacy and Technology Education from Ithaca College. Leanne has been involved with cultural/educational programming for over 20 years.
Follow Leanne on Twitter: @LTAMedia.
Contact Leanne: Leanne@MediaLiteracyNow.org
New Jersey Introduces Media Literacy Legislation
Sen. Diane Allen, R–Burlington, has introduced a bill to advance media literacy in New Jersey. If passed, this legislation would ensure the 1.36 million public school students in New Jersey will be empowered with media literacy skills.
The bill requires the Department of Education to encourage boards of education in each city and town to offer instruction in media literacy. The bill, S-1761, has been referred to the Senate Education Committee.
“It’s very important for students to be involved in the world around them. They need to understand as they turn to the media what is fact and what is not. Media literacy skills would help them to compare and contrast what different information outlets are presenting.”
– NJ Sen. Diane Allen