Governor Jay Inslee signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6273, March 29, 2016, Relating to safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools. Pictured: Inslee hands signing pen to Sen. Marko Liias. From Left: Liias, Carolyn Logue, representing the Washington Library Media Association, and Lynn Ziegler, Claire Beach and Michael Danielson of Action for Media Education

Governor Jay Inslee signs Substitute Senate Bill No. 6273, March 29, 2016, Relating to safe technology use and digital citizenship in public schools. Pictured: Inslee hands signing pen to Sen. Marko Liias. From Left: Liias, Carolyn Logue, representing the Washington Library Media Association, Inslee, and Lynn Ziegler, Claire Beach and Michael Danielson of Action for Media Education

State Will Lead in Educational Best Practices & Research

March 29, 2016

Washington State’s new, progressive media literacy law provides leadership for a growing number of states advocating for digital citizenship and media literacy education. Washington’s Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) is now empowered to develop best practices and recommendations for teaching literacy that encompasses both new media and new technologies.

“This launches a much-delayed conversation about education policy and the essential skills we need to be teaching our children today. We are one big step closer to creating an environment for comprehensive media literacy education – to include digital literacy and digital citizenship,” said Media Literacy Now President Erin McNeill. “Legislative momentum is surging in states across the country. Washington’s language, supporting schools to take action, will be a model for other states.”

Washington’s Action for Media Education collaborated with the national Media Literacy Now organization in sh