Pre-Conference Opportunities

As a kick off to the NAMLE conference, several pre-conference events will be taking place on Wednesday, June 26. You must be registered for the conference to attend a pre-conference event. There is no additional fee for the pre-conferences. Space is limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

***Attendees are asked to only sign up for ONE pre-conference opportunity.***

Media Literacy Research Symposium
8am – 4:30pm
American University
Constitution Hall
3501 Nebraska Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016

Come hear about the latest research in Media Literacy Education from over 50 separate presenters. Each researcher will be seated at a round table and will have the opportunity to present their research every 10 minutes, four consecutive times. Audience members will be seated at each table, moving to a new research presentation every 10 minutes. Following the 45 minutes of roundtable presentations, all audience members will participate in a 15-minutes Q&A session with the presenter of their choice.

Media Literacy Starts Young: Strategies for Media Mentorship in the Early Years and Early Grades
8:30am – 4:30pm
New America
740 15th Street NW Suite 900
Washington, DC 20005

There is no longer any doubt that today’s students need to develop stronger skills in media and digital literacy. Now researchers and educators are developing ways to ensure that opportunities for learning and exploration are available in children’s formative years to help provide a foundation for these new literacies. What does science and educator experience tell us about how to best activate children’s skills and capacities for creating and thinking critically with new technologies? Are today’s systems advancing equity in this space–or worsening gaps? How do we build an ecosystem of learning through media of all kinds–and how can media mentors and the burgeoning movement of media mentorship help? These are the questions we’ll be exploring in this workshop, as we bring together early childhood educators (including teachers and caregivers across the birth-to-3rd-grade age spectrum), librarians, museum educators, leaders of after-school programs, faith-based leaders, researchers, and digital and media literacy experts. Come to learn new strategies for working with young children, build new networks across sectors, and be inspired!This workshop will build on a 2017 symposium at the Technology in Early Childhood Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago. For more on that event, see this report.

Media Literacy in Practice: A Professional Development Opportunity for Middle and High School Teachers
10am – 4pm
555 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20001

10am – 1pm
Real Media Literacy for a Fake News World Conducting By NewseumEd : Using the phenomenon of fake news, attendees will explore the complexities of how information is created, spread and consumed, and be given tools to help students spot problem stories. Throughout this workshop, primary sources and case studies will be used to bring these issues to life while participants will explore strategies on how to help students use technology to discern misinformation.

2pm – 4pm
PBS Media Literacy Educator Certification Training Conducted by PBS Education: A PBS Media Literacy Educator can read (access, analyze, evaluate), write (create), and share (act) media effectively to support their own learning, as well as design and implement instruction and assess student learning in ways that support learners developing these same skills.

The competencies associated with achieving Certification are built into a series of eight micro-credentials hosted on Digital Promise’s Micro-Credential Platform. Each of the eight PBS/KQED micro-credentials address key competencies associated with reading, writing, sharing and teaching with media. Earning the full set of eight micro-credentials requires that the earner both possesses the competencies themselves and demonstrates their ability to effectively support their students in achieving them, too.

NAMLE Youth Media Making Workshop
*This event is sponsored by Britannica.
For High School Students Only
1pm – 5pm
American University

Join us for a youth media making workshop to explore civic engagement and hone your media literacy skills. The workshop will revolve around the questions: what does it mean to be an active participant in democracy and why is it important? Using Britannica’s new digital storytelling platform, LumieLabs, students will have a chance to participate in a workshop led by 22X20 a national initiative that aims to activate and facilitate increased and more diverse youth voice in the democratic process through media making in the lead up to the 2020 election. The workshop will include hands-on experience with LumieLabs and culminate in group projects to be shared on social media channels and websites of participating partners.