Jaclyn Kahn Siegel is an educator at a private school for students with learning disabilities in Manhattan. For the past 7 years, she has taught a variety of middle and high school classes and created and co-advised various after-school clubs, including yearbook, media literacy, video production, and politics. Currently, she is the history department coordinator, and provides professional development on media literacy and tech-ed.
In 2010, Jaclyn earned a Reading Specialist MA from Teachers College Columbia University. Her inquiry into literacy, media, and learning led to her master’s thesis: “Using Educational Television as a Resource for Supporting and Fostering Emergent Literacy Skills”. Prior to graduate school, Jaclyn attended SUNY Oswego, where she double majored in Childhood Education and History. During all four years of her college career, Jaclyn worked in various capacities at WTOP-10, SUNY Oswego’s student-run television station. She became the General Manager her senior year. Pretty impressive for a non-com major!
Jaclyn pursued her interest in media literacy by joining NAMLE (National Association for Media Literacy Education) in 2011. Today, she is a member of their leadership council. She has presented at various national conferences since 2015 on the importance of media literacy education in special education.
Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal of Manhattan introduced Assembly Bill 940 in January 2015, and it has been referred to the Education Committee. If passed, this legislation would ensure the nearly 3 million public school students in the nation’s third largest state can build the media literacy skills they need for life in a media-saturated world. we need to build a strong, statewide coalition of supporters to get this bill passed.
If you are interested in getting involved in the New York effort, please let us know on the MLN contact page.
In New York, we are partnering with the National Association for Media Literacy Education
Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, Executive Director of NAMLE, is taking the lead on the legislative effort.
She can be reached at: