In 2010, leading advocate for Media Literacy Renee Hobbs wrote in her white paper on Digital and Media Literacy: A Plan of Action,
“To strengthen digital citizenship and make digital and media literacy part of mainstream education in the United States, a series of key steps, both large and small, will be necessary. In this report, a plan of action includes 10 recommendations for local, regional, state and national initiatives aligned with the themes of community action, teacher education, research and assessment, parent outreach, national visibility and stakeholder engagement.” (p. ix)
She proposed ten action steps to improve digital and media literacy education over the next three years. Those action steps are outlined below, and following blog posts will illustrate ways in which local area schools near the central Pennsylvania area can either meet these challenges, or will propose projects and resources that can help educators and administrators integrate media literacy into their high school curriculum.
Support Community-Level Digital and Media Literacy Initiatives
- Map existing community resources and offer small grants to promote community partnerships to integrate digital and media literacy competencies into existing programs.
Digital and Media Literacy: a Plan of action
- Support a national network of summer learning programs to integrate digital and media literacy into public charter schools.
- Support a Digital and Media Literacy (DML) Youth Corps to bring digital and media literacy to under-served communities and special populations via public libraries, museums and other community centers.
Develop Partnerships for Teacher Education
- Support interdisciplinary bridge building in higher education to integrate core principles of digital and media literacy education into teacher preparation programs.
- Create district-level initiatives that support digital and media literacy across K–12 via community and media partnerships.
- Partner with media and technology companies to bring local and national news media more fully into education programs in ways that promote civic engagement.
Research and Assessment
- Develop online measures of media and digital literacy to assess learning progression and develop online video documentation of digital and media literacy instructional strategies to build expertise in teacher education.
Parent Outreach, National Visibility, and Stakeholder Engagement
- Engage the entertainment industry’s creative community in an entertainment-education initiative to raise visibility and create shared social norms regarding ethical behaviors in using online social media.
- Host a statewide youth-produced Public Service Announcement (PSA) competition to increase visibility for digital and media literacy education.
- Support an annual conference and educator showcase competition in Washington, D.C. to increase national leadership in digital and media literacy education.
These action steps are provided as way to help develop Media Literacy within central Pennsylvania education, and hopefully strengthen the national principles outlined by the NAMLE. Renee Hobbs is an in-state supporter of Pennsylvania education, working at Temple University’s Media Education Lab. Watch her speak about the 10 action steps presentation below: