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The resources listed here are intended as a convenience to educators, librarians, parents and students. These websites are operated independent of Media Literacy Now. If you have a resource to add to this page, please let us know!

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SPOT 127 empowers teens to hone their storytelling skills through digital media skills. We continuously innovate our award-winning services to meet the needs of our communities through our free after-school program, and in-school and summer programs.

About-Face provides a variety of programs and resource that helps teen girls and youth learn how social media and other media affect them, and what they can do about it. Programs include in-class curriculum materials, virtual workshops and online programs for middle and high school students and live parent education programs via videoconference and webinars.

Big Picture Educational Consulting is a leader in the fields of film education and media literacy, specializing in resource development and educational outreach for film and media projects of all kinds. We leverage film as a powerful educational tool to enlighten audiences, spark engagement, inspire social change, and cultivate new generations of filmgoers and filmmakers. Our leadership shares over 25 years of experience in film, media literacy, curriculum development, community organizing, and education, and we bring this experience to bear for our clients, using their films to teach and edify complex and inspiring issues inside and beyond the classroom in savvy, substantive ways.

KQED offers a variety of resources including; KQED Learn which provides early childhood through upper elementary level, standards-aligned classroom resources and educator professional development courses; and KQED Teach’s Media Academy for Educators which offers a series of professional learning courses for PreK-12 classroom teachers, librarians and TOSAs.

Shaping Youth taps into the same persuasive tools & techniques of industry insiders to lift and reveal agendas, flip messages in a healthier direction, and instill critical thinking skills and information literacy on topics ranging from misinformation and marketing manipulation to data privacy and commodification.

The California Department of Education has separate, dedicated pages that address Media Literacy and Digital Citizenship.

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences hosts nearly 1000 middle and high school students from the Los Angeles Unified School District who participate in a unique media literacy program. Utilizing common core principles, the program is designed to help students become aware of media messages encountered daily, improve analytical skills to evaluate those messages, and encourage provocative and thoughtful interaction with the media.

Orange County Department of Education DOE: Media Literacy Training provides onsite media literacy training for youth in grades 4 through 12.

Outside the Lens empowers youth to use digital media to create positive change within themselves, their community and the world. We exist to ensure that all youth are able to critically create and consume media. Students without the access and education to digital arts and media literacies are often excluded from the opportunities of their more resourced peers, compounding the existing achievement gap.

The Colorado Department of Education has a dedicated page with Digital Literacy and Digital Citizenship Resources.

Welcome 2 Reality offers workshops, consultative services and conflict resolution associated with social media. They are committed to raising awareness of media literacy by educating and empowering individuals of how to use critical thinking skills to see these mediums for what they truly are. Click here to watch a video describing their approach to media literacy work in Connecticut.

I am Not the Media provides media literacy curriculum, workshops and conferences for teen organizations and schools in Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina.

Idaho Media Initiative, associated with Boise State University, provides and sponsors media literacy workshops, discussions and symposia in local schools, university classrooms and the community.  They offer lesson plans, guest lecturers and classroom resources to teachers and parents as well as tailored instruction for K-12 students.

ISpeakMedia Foundation is dedicated to advancing media literacy education through an evolving series of outreach programs.

Free Spirit Media provides teens and young adults in communities of color on Chicago’s West and South sides with a comprehensive foundation in media literacy and hands-on media production experience. Free Spirit Media runs in-school arts education, after school and summer digital media programs, and advanced Creative Workforce Development programs.

Hardy Girls Healthy Women provides programming for girls of most ages in central and southern Maine that gives girls opportunities to explore new areas of interest, to challenge themselves by learning new skills, and to build alliances with other girls while learning from women who are breaking free of stereotypes.

Home Inc. & Scholastic Media Association offers a Media Lab Partnership with schools which focuses on teaching video production and media analysis to educators and students.

MediaGirls offers a 10 week after school program that teaches participants to be critical of media messaging and learn to write and publish content speaking out against sexism and gender stereotyping. The organization also offers a speaker program for schools, community centers, youth groups and camps and health and wellness workshops.

Screen Savvy Kids aims to maximize the benefits and minimize potential risks of media use through media literacy education. SSK offers workshops for kids, presentations for parents, and trainings for teachers interested in integrating media literacy in their classroom based on national, state and district standards (including 21st Century Skills and Common Core State Standard Initiatives).

The Message is a movement to empower teens to become empowered adults. We use live music and popular culture to help them gain more control over how they are influenced by media messages. Our work focuses on media literacy, critical thinking, and healthy decision-making as keys to unlocking positive life outcomes.

Transformative Culture Project provides education and employment in photo, video and media production services for youth living in low income neighborhoods. A second program, Network (ED) works with individual students to foster interest and production in the creative arts through curriculum and mentoring.

Regional Education Media Center Association of Michigan (REMC) consists of 28 local regional educational media centers. They provide toolkits for both media literacy and digital citizenship.

SchoolJournalism.Org is a site for students and teachers provides hundreds of lesson plans and resources related to journalism, news and media literacy and civic education. Whether you want to learn, teach or create news and information using digital media tools or increase your understanding of the First Amendment and democracy, this site can both inspire and instruct.

Montana Media Lab at the University of Montana School of Journalism provides workshops that address news literacy and digital storytelling for rural and Native American youth in schools across Montana.

Media Power Youth provides curricula, professional development, and workshops to build media literacy knowledge and critical-thinking skills to navigate a media-rich world. Our mission is to teach youth to consume and create media safely and responsibly, reaping all of its benefits while recognizing the influence it can have on physical and mental health, decision-making, and relationships.

Media Savvy Citizens specializes in media literacy professional development, including training, mentoring and workshops.  Their goal is a future where New Mexico youth are future-ready, media-fluent, engaged and connected with their community.

Jacob Burns Film Center supports educators with curriculum for innovative literacy education. Pre-K through grade 12 programs focus on critical analysis, creative collaboration, and multimedia communication.

The Media Spot offers workshops and curriculum development for K-12 and higher in media literacy. They also offer training to educators and professionals.

WeTeachNYC Media Literacy Toolkit was developed by the New York City Department of Education. The toolkit is a collection of resources designed to inspire students to think critically and includes articles, videos, protocols and hands-on activities.

I am Not the Media provides media literacy curriculum, workshops and conferences for teen organizations and schools in North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia.

Project Look Sharp is a nonprofit, mission driven outreach program of Ithaca College committed to helping K-16 educators enhance students’ critical thinking, metacognition, and civic engagement through media literacy materials and professional development.

Open Signal: Portland Community Media Center offers workshops in video production, media literacy, digital storytelling, and animation to young people 12-18. They offer customized programming to schools, groups and nonprofits. They host a year-round club to youth interested in media; summer camps, and classes on field production, editing and animation.

Center for Media and Information Literacy is a hub for research, outreach, education, and professional development on issues involving media literacy and information literacy locally, nationally, and internationally. Our work is strategically aligned around the areas of scholarship, media institutions and the media industry, and children’s media.

Rough Cut supports, creates and advocates for media production and literacy education programs in schools. They help schools create professional quality recordings, videos, and websites as well as provide semester long online courses to high school students in the field of media.

I am Not the Media provides media literacy curriculum, workshops and conferences for teen organizations and schools in South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia.

Beauty Redefined® is a nonprofit promoting body image resilience, based on the research and advocacy of co-directors and twin sisters Lindsay & Lexie Kite, PhD. Through online education and activism, speaking events, and a forthcoming book (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, fall 2020), Beauty Redefined teaches people how objectification warps their body image and self-worth. We are all more than a body®, and when we can see more in ourselves and others, we can be more.

EPIK Deliberate Digital seeks to foster collaboration, conversation, and connection involving parents and youth, non-profits, businesses, government entities, educational institutions, faith-based organizations, and others to help create a positive digital culture.

Virginia Department of Education provides grade specific Media Literacy lesson plans for grades 3-12.

Action 4 Media Education (AME) promotes and supports media education in homes and schools as well as in community groups serving youth. AME implements large scale media literacy projects and provides a wide range of resources for both parents and educators.

NW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy, located in the College of Education at the University of Washington, provides training in media literacy education to educators, health professionals and adults working and living with youths and conducts research examining the impact of media literacy education.

Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction Substitute (OSPI) published the Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy Report, the detailed results of a survey of how schools and libraries are integrating digital citizenship and media literacy education in their curriculum. The OSPI also provides a dedicated page of resources for both topics: Digital Citizenship & Media Literacy Resources.

 

Association for Media Literacy (AML) is a Canadian-based association of teachers, librarians, consultants, parents, cultural workers, and media. AML offers a variety of classroom resources (lesson plans, frameworks, online resources), training programs, workshops, consulting and a Media Studies Additional Qualifications course for teachers in Ontario.

IREX Learn to Discern (L2D) is an international media literacy organization whose programs and resources have been used in public health initiatives, classrooms, libraries, community centers, fellowship programs and peer-to-peer networks.

MediaSmarts is a Canadian-based organization that has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. They support adults with information and tools so they can help children and teens develop the critical thinking skills they need for interacting with the media.