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Chapter Leader

Leanne-McGowanLeanne McGowan, president, NJ Chapter of Media Literacy Now

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.

www.letstalkaboutmedia.org

Follow Leanne on Twitter: @LTAMedia.

Contact Leanne: Leanne@MediaLiteracyNow.org

Current Activity

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.5594858

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

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Recent Activity

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Sen. Allen Named Chair Of National Organization

Sen. Diane Allen was recently named chair of the National Foundation for Women Legislators.
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New Jersey passes social media education law

In January, 2014, New Jersey passed what we believe is the first in the nation law requiring schools to teach safe and ethical use of social media.

Link to the law

History of the Bill

The Bill

SENATE, No. 1761
STATE OF NEW JERSEY
216th LEGISLATURE
INTRODUCED MARCH 17, 2014

Sponsored By:
Senator DIANE B. ALLEN
District 7 (Burlington)

SYNOPSIS

Requires Department of Education to encourage boards of education to offer instruction in media literacy.

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

As introduced.

AN ACT concerning the teaching of media literacy and supplementing chapter 35 of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes.

BE IT ENACTED by the Senate and General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

1. The Department of Education shall encourage each board of education to offer instruction in media literacy, including the means to demystify violent images, and shall study the feasibility of incorporating the instruction into the curriculum framework that is developed to implement the Common Core State Standards in English-Language Arts.

2. This act shall take effect immediately.

STATEMENT

This bill requires the Department of Education to encourage each board of education to offer instruction in media literacy, including the means to demystify violent images, and to study the feasibility of incorporating the instruction into the curriculum framework that is developed to implement the Common Core State Standards in English-Language Arts.

The bill implements a recommendation of the Assembly Task Force on Adolescent Violence.