Pre-Conference Information

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On June 26, 2017, several pre-conference events will be taking place at Roosevelt University and surrounding areas. Space is limited for these events and advance registration is required, though free with NAMLE conference registration.


8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Erikson Institute

The Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute, along with the National Association for Media Literacy Education, invite you to a pre-conference gathering of thought leaders in early childhood and technology.

Featured speakers include Faith Rogow, Lisa Guernsey, Michael Levine, David Kleeman, Jim Gray, Little Miss Flint, Ellen Wartella, Maria Alvarez, Claudia Haines, and Ed Greene.

If you are interested in attending this pre-conference event, please contact MJ Robinson at

Pre-conference led by Tamara Kaldor and Chip Donohue.


10am – 4pm at Roosevelt University

As a kick-off to the conference, a small group of representatives from across the field will participate in a day-long, facilitated conversation to discuss the interconnectedness of modern media and civic life.  The gathering will be designed to bring together stakeholders, both young and long-standing, in dialogue, to share varying and common perspectives, and together formulate action steps for the field in the years ahead.  Together, the participants will seek to understand:

  • What actions, individually and in community, do we — youth, educators, artists, neighbors — take to transform the civic and media landscape?
  • What are our desired futures for our selves, our communities, our media, and our country?
  • What are the existing stories, practices, and media that cultivate civic life and media literacy?
  • What are the emerging practices, systems, dynamics, and initiatives that can cultivate more active civic life and greater media literacy?

Through storytelling circles, visual mapping, and project-based learning, participants will tackle pressing questions for the field and propose concrete steps to advance both media literacy and civic participation.  The event is intended to model an approach to dialogue that media educators, activists, youth leaders, and others can use within their own practice and organizing efforts.

The pre-conference is co-hosted by the Chicago Youth Voices Network, Free Spirit Media, The Alliance for Media Arts and Culture, and 14 Black Poppies drawing upon their expertise in facilitation and intergenerational dialogue.  

If you are interested in attending this pre-conference event, please contact MJ Robinson at 

Pre-conference led by Jason Wyman, Celi Tamayo-Lee, and Emily Bailin Wells.


9am – 1pm at Roosevelt University

This half-day workshop is a creative exercise during which researchers, industry professionals, and educators will come together to brainstorm and reflect on the intersections of human + machine.

The use of Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning, and deep learning have begun to appear more frequently in news and websites. AI promises high levels of accuracy and offers opportunities to relieve humans from menial work, freeing us to live life to the fullest.  

However, AI also raises ethical considerations common to the media literacy world. It is incumbent upon us, as media literacy educators, to look closely at our relationships with such applications and the values we place on them. In this workshop, we will tackle real-world problems to better understand what AI is, explore the values and ethical norms of AI, and discuss how these important topics relate to work in classrooms and the future of media literacy.

If you are interested in attending this pre-conference event, please contact MJ Robinson at

Pre-conference led by NAMLE Board President, Erin Reilly.

Erin Reilly

NORTH AMERICAN GAPMIL SUB-CHAPTER MEETING. a joint effort between Canada and the U.S. through UNESCO

1pm – 5pm at Roosevelt University

The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) is a groundbreaking effort to promote international cooperation to ensure that all citizens have access to media and information competencies. Be part of this exciting opportunity to contribute to the media literacy field internationally.  We will form GAPMIL North American Working Groups and a Steering Committee at the meeting.

 Working groups include:

·      Advocacy/Policy Development

·      Outreach/UNESCO Liaison

·      Research/Policy Development

·      Steering Committee/Operations for GAPMIL

If you are interesting in attending this meeting, please register at

Pre-conference led by Tessa Jolls.

Michael Hoechsmann as GAPMIL North America Sub-Chapter Co-Chair (Canada)
Tessa Jolls as GAPMIL North America Sub-Chapter Co-Chair (U.S.)