In the digital age, young people and adults alike must negotiate an online information landscape where it is difficult to tell fact from fiction. Events taking place in Washington DC on January 6 and the global pandemic underscore the urgency of preparing students to understand, critique and create media as part of civic readiness. This webinar will cover the essential components of media literacy education and provide resources to equip education stakeholders to implement high-quality media literacy education today, as well as to advocate for equitable access to media literacy education across all New York schools.
To be prepared for civic life, students must learn to engage in productive conversations with people who hold positions different from their own. In this era of political polarization, teaching controversial issues is both more important and more difficult than ever. This webinar will explore the challenges of taking on contentious current issues in the classroom—including educators’ fear of pushback from parents and administrators. Panelists will discuss promising strategies to ensure teachers are prepared and supported in all schools and districts. And they will consider actions parents, students, educators, and policymakers can take to ensure these important civic learning opportunities are available to all New York students.
Developing Digital Citizens: Media Literacy Education for All Students, a new report from DemocracyReady NY, calls for immediate and decisive steps to require media literacy education in schools throughout New York State. Stressing that “the internet has become the new public square,” it asserts that “to be democracy ready, all students must be media literate.” The report defines what media literacy encompasses in an increasingly digital age, and establishes a clear framework to ensure that all students become media literate civic participants.
Please click here to download full report.
DemocracyReady NY is a statewide, nonpartisan, intergenerational coalition of organizations and individuals committed to preparing all students for civic participation.
Organizations (in formation)
Jason Clark, Metropolitan Black Bar Association
Shira Epstein, The City College of New York
Brett Levy, University at Albany, SUNY
Ioana Literat, Teachers College, Columbia University
Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Teachers College, Columbia University
Laura Smith, Teachers College, Columbia University
Michael A. Rebell, Executive Director and Professor of Law and Educational Practice
Jessica R. Wolff, Director of Policy and Research