Rhode Island

Rhode Island 2017-03-21T16:08:18+00:00

Call to Action

New media literacy bill introduced.

See below for action steps you can take right now.

Current Activity

Announcing introduction of legislation to raise Media Literacy as a priority in Rhode Island schools

Michael Trofi, MLN chapter leader, worked with his senator, Sen. Adam Satchell, to introduce legislation that would raise media literacy as a priority within the basic education program in Rhode Island.

We will be gathering your testimony in the state to send to legislative leaders. Please contact us, sign up for the mailing list, or get in touch with Mike directly, to learn more about our work in Rhode Island, get connected, and get active. See below for steps you can take right now.

update: Jan. 26, 2016

Bill summary and text

This act would require the Department of Education to consider incorporating media literacy education in the basic education program.


The department of elementary and secondary education shall consider, in consultation with national or statewide organizations focused on media literacy, the incorporation of media literacy education into the board of education’s basic education program regulations.

For the purposes of this section “media literacy” means the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create and communicate using a variety of forms, including but not limited to, print, visual, audio, interactive, and digital text.

Please go here for more information about bill history and status

  • STEP 1: Look up your state senator and state representative

    Enter your address at Open States to find their contact information.

  • STEP 2: Copy and paste this letter into an email

    And fill in the missing information.
    Then send. That’s it!

    Dear Sen. ___________ / Rep. ________________________
    Our children live in a world with powerful 24/7 media. In the last decade, there has been a drastic increase in the amount of time children and youth spend with media: an average of 9 hours per day of entertainment media for teens and 6 hours for 8-to-12-year-olds, according to recent research by Common Sense Media.

    Used well, the media can entertain and inform our children in positive ways. However, since most children aren’t taught to use media thoughtfully, many media messages negatively contribute to public health issues such as poor body image, obesity, bullying and aggression, low self-esteem, depression, risky sexual behavior, and substance abuse, among other problems.

    The Media Literacy bill (S2089) sponsored by Sen. Adam Satchell, will help ensure that students have the skills to apply critical thinking to media messages and to use media to create their own messages. Media Literacy – a key 21st century skill – is critical to the health and well-being of America’s children, as well as to their future participation in the civic and economic life of our democracy.

    I urge you to support passage of S2089.
    Thank you.
    Your name
    Your address
    Your email and phone if you want the legislator to contact you.

Chapter Leader

Michael TrofiMichael Trofi has joined as our partner in Rhode Island through the Center for Civic Education, where he is state coordinator. Mike is also a member of the Rhode Island Legislature Civic Education Commission. He recognizes the importance of media literacy in civic education and engagement, and to the future of our democracy. He is now working to gather support for legislative action on comprehensive media literacy in Rhode Island.Mike has been actively engaged in promoting civic education through a wide array of programs, strategies and training throughout his career in education. He was a social studies teacher, chair of the social studies department in West Warwick, RI, and vice president of the West Warwick Teachers Alliance, for many years. He was also director of the West Warwick Professional Development Academy, and directed the work experience programs for disadvantaged youth.

Michael Trofi
Rhode Island State Coordinator
Center for Civic Education
Office phone: 401.823.1680