Chapter Leader

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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. She can be reached at jaclynksiegel@gmail.com.

Next Steps for Media Literacy Bill in New York State

The first step is to get this bill on the Education Committee agenda so that it can go up for a vote. There are no hearings on bills in New York and there will be no opportunity for public comment.

Our push will be grassroots. We need you to show lawmakers that you support this. We need you to contact the assembly with letters, calls and emails.
  • STEP 1: Letters of Support to the Committee

We need individuals and organizations to send letters of support to our assembly members. For more information on how you can support current media literacy education legislation in New York, visit our New York Legislation page and click on each bill’s “What You Can Do” tab.

  • STEP 2: Co-Sponsors

We need to get other assembly members to co-sponsor the existing media literacy bills. We need our local leaders on board. Write, call, email your own local representative. You can find names and contact information here:

http://assembly.state.ny.us/mem/?sh=search

It’s time to start building support across the assembly right now so that when a media literacy bill comes up for a vote on the floor, it will pass!

History of the Bill

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal of Manhattan first introduced Assembly Bill 8347 in January of 2014 at the urging of both local and national media literacy advocates. These advocates, brought together Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, the executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) included: Rhys Daunic (The Media Spot/NAMLE Board Member), DC Vito (The LAMP/NAMLE board member), and Dr. Katherine Fry (Brooklyn College/The LAMP). Since then, several other media literacy bills have been introduced to the New York General Assembly. Click here for a full list of the existing and pending legislation in New York.