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


Next Steps for Media Literacy Bill in New York State

IMG_2897The 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.  The letters will go to the sponsor, Linda Rosenthal, and Education Committee Chair Cathy Nolan.

Please let assembly members know about your connection to media literacy and why you believe it is so important. Letters can be any length.

As an example, here is NAMLE’s letter. [wpdm_file id=5] IMG_2883

Send letters to

Assembly Member Linda Rosenthal

Assembly Member Cathy Nolan

Subject line of emails should say

Bill # A.8347/Rosenthal

On your email, please also cc Jaclyn Kahn Siegel who is leading the NYS effort.

  • STEP 2: Co-Sponsors

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

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

History of the Bill

Media Literacy Now-New York Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal

Assemblymember Linda B. Rosenthal of Manhattan first introduced Assembly Bill 8347 in January, 2014. The bill was reintroduced in January 2015. 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.

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, the executive director of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), brought together a group of NYC media literacy educators: Rhys Daunic (The Media Spot/NAMLE Board Member), DC Vito (The LAMP/NAMLE board member), and Dr. Katherine Fry (Brooklyn College/The LAMP), who worked directly with Assemblymember Rosenthal.