[ONLINE] - A Media Mentorship Forum and Workshop

New Directions for Guiding Families, Educators, and Kids Through the Digital Deluge

Recordings of the events can be found below.

The need for media mentorship gained tremendous urgency this year. Educators and parents continue to be deluged by new types of media and digital tools. Becoming an informed citizen now demands new skills in filtering out disinformation and learning mindsets that advance media literacy. And the Covid-19 pandemic means more and more of our learning experiences are mediated by digital media and technology, with questions of digital equity front and center.

Join us for a national forum on how media mentorship meets this moment, with three 90-minute sessions over three days co-hosted by Chicago Public Library, Skokie Public Library, and Schaumburg Township District Library. Speakers from across the country will address key questions about equity and access, family engagement, media literacy, and learning in the age of Covid and beyond. The final day is an open workshop for librarians and other educators looking to develop innovations and build new outreach efforts into their programming for 2021.

This forum and workshop are made possible with a grant from the McCormick Foundation.

Tuesday December 1: Centering Equity, with Librarians as Sources of Literacy and Access

  • 3 pm CT - Welcome & Framing
    • Lisa Guernsey, Director of Teaching, Learning & Tech at New America
    • Mary Ellen Messner, Acting Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
  • 3:15 pm - A Keynote Conversation on Internet Access & Learning in the Time of COVID-19
    • Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner with Cecilia Kang, Tech Reporter for the New York Times
  • 3:30 pm - Where Libraries, Digital Equity, and Innovation Meet
  • 3:45 pm - Moment for Reflection
  • 3:50 pm - What is Media Mentorship?
  • 4:05 pm - Modeling Moments of Media Literacy: The Story of Hartford Public Library and the Learn to Discern Program
    • Nygel White, YOUMedia Program Coordinator, Hartford Public Library, Connecticut
  • 4:20 pm - Q & A
  • 4:30 pm - Conclude Day 1

Wednesday December 2: The Connections between Media Mentorship and Media Literacy Development

  • 3 pm - Welcome Back & Overview of the Day
  • 3:05 pm - Helping People Develop Media Literacy
    • Donnell Probst, Associate Director, National Association for Media Literacy Education
    • Jimmeka Anderson, Founder of I AM not the MEdia and consultant for the National Association for Media Literacy Education
    • Amy Koester, Learning Experiences Manager for Skokie Public Library and editor of Young Children, New Media, and Libraries
  • 3:30 pm - Share Out: Tools and Resources
  • 3:45 pm - Moment for Reflection
  • 3:50 pm - The Media Literacy in Early Childhood Report
    • Alexis Lauricella, Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute
    • Jenna Herdzina, Program Manager, TEC Center at Erikson
    • Angela Hubbard, Program Officer for the Association for Library Service to Children
  • 4:10 pm - Q & A Plus: What Will This Mean for Parents?
  • 4:25 pm - Planning for Tomorrow
  • 4:30 pm - Conclude Day 2

Thursday Dec 3: Designing for 2021: Workshopping New Ideas & Making this Real

  • 3 pm - Welcome Back & Mission of This Last Day: Practical Application!
  • 3:05 pm - A Conversation on Computational Thinking, Media Mentorship, and On-the-Ground Learning with Double Dutch
    • Claudia Haines with Shimira Williams, founder of CC Busy and STEM is Beautiful
  • 3:30 pm - Family Engagement & Innovative Programming
  • 3:45 pm - Moment for Reflection & Goal Setting
  • 3:55 pm - Breakout Sessions: Workshop Your Goals & Make Plans
    • Facilitators include:
      • Claudia Haines
      • Amber Creger
      • Amy Koester
      • Caroline Broeren
      • Stuart Griner
      • Dorothy Stoltz
      • Elaine Czarnecki
  • 4:15 pm - Report Back
  • 4:25 pm - Carrying the Work Forward
  • 4:30 pm - Conclude