FREE NM Statewide Program to
Integrate Media Literacy
Media Literacy in the Middle School Curriculum in
Health, Social Studies, Science and English Language Arts
Teachers need community support and training to plan for and implement media literacy into curriculum as a daily practice. Learning how to strengthen those skills in professional communities is important.
The Teachers Transform: Media Fluency Professional Development Program by Media Savvy Citizens in partnership with UNM-College of Education and Human Sciences, will bring together experts, coaches, educators and those passionate to learn and collaborate. The program is a multidisciplinary approach to the field of media literacy.
Teachers Transform can help teachers develop the diverse toolbox needed to help students engage with the content and develop habits of inquiry, reflection, creation and participation with different forms of communication in the classroom.
Designed to assist teachers with developing and/or strengthening their media literacy in the classroom, our New Mexico statewide PD program aims to provide support, resources and networking opportunities face-to-face and virtually. Best of all, it’s FREE!
Teacher applicants from every middle school in New Mexico were invited to apply. Applications have closed & 60 lucky participants have been accepted into the program.
Media Literacy Week marks the program launch that lasts until May 2023.
Funding is through the New Mexico Legislature and New NM Public Education Department for 2022-23
WHAT NM TEACHERS GAIN
Teachers Transform: Media Fluency PD Program runs from November 2022 -May 2023
Media Literacy Education
Planning & Implementation Support
Peer Support & Networking
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WHO IS IT FOR?
This program is limited for 60 in-service New Mexico public middle school English language arts, social studies, science and health teachers. It's for teachers looking to integrate media literacy pedagogy and techniques with learning standards to help answer “how” for planning and applying techniques into existing curriculum as they align to the standards.
It is also for teachers interested in experimenting with media literacy as a teaching strategy in a safe & supported manner.
And it is for teachers committed to investing 50 PD hours, which includes the 25 hours at the three-day December conference in Albuquerque, in applying learning from the trainings to engage and prepare today's learners.
WHAT EXACTLY IS IT?
The program is a job embedded, statewide capacity-building program from November 2022-May 2023.
It is a collaboration between Media Savvy Citizens and the University of New Mexico’s College of Education & Human Sciences (COEHS) to learn what happens to the learning ecosystem when media literacy is introduced and integrated into curriculum and which ingredients lead to success.
Media literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate, create, reflect and participate using all forms of communication. In this program, teachers will learn media literacy competencies, remix planned units and implement them in the classroom.
The program is funded through the New Mexico Legislature and New Mexico Public Education Department for the 2022-2023 school year.
Module 1: Media Literacy BasicsGain access to a toolkit for media literacy foundations, including defining media and media literacy; core concepts of media literacy, and key media literacy questions to analyze and evaluate media.
Module 2: Author, Purpose & Target AudienceUnderstand and practice how to identify the author(s), purpose(s) and target audience(s) of different media texts.
Module 3: Symbols & TechniquesPractice how to identify different techniques in the form of language, form, symbols, production and persuasion techniques to grab and keep your attention.
Module 4: RepresentationBe able to find distinct points of view, values and omissions. Learn how stories get told represent a POV that may influence thoughts and actions through curation, bias and omission.
Module 5: Interpretation & EvaluationUnderstand and practice asking questions of media texts that will help you form opinions and make connections. You will learn that there are various interpretations of a media text.
“My experience with the Media Fluency Professional Development Program was, to say the least, transformative. It provided me with the content, community, and inspiration to successfully incorporate media literacy into my classroom in a way that is relevant and meaningful for this generation of students."
Rebecca Jackson, teacher participant from the 2020 program
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