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Why is media literacy still the PK-12 curricular exception AND what impact strategies can educators follow to make media literacy part of the mainstream curriculum.

When/Where: Monday, 9:00-10:30am in Bromley.

Presenters: Douglas Lare, East Stroudsburg University; Eric Sheninger, New Milford High School, New Jersey; Greg Farley, Drew University and Monmouth University, New Jersey; Jay Starnes, Wallenpaupack High School, Pennsylvania. Presider: Alton Grizzle.

Objectives: Panelists discuss why media literacy has failed to impact school curriculum over the last 30 years, what new strategies might be followed that will influence Pk-12 curriculum over the next 10 years, and what role should NAMLE and higher education play in developing an effective Pk-12 media literacy curriculum.

Audience: PK-12 Schooling, Higher Education, Educational Administration & Policy

Description

This panel will focus on several key questions. Despite what may seem like obvious relevance, why has media literacy failed, for the most part, to impact school curriculum over the last 30 years? Furthermore, what new strategies might be followed that will influence Pk-12 curriculum over the next 10 years. Finally, what role should NAMLE and higher education play in developing an effective Pk-12 media literacy curriculum?

The panel brings a wide range of experience and expertise to these questions. Eric Sheninger has modeled effective use of technology as a principal, yet has struggled to bring his teaching staff on board. Jay Starnes has attempted to open his high school to the possibilities current technology offers, but has met high teacher resistance. He has developed compromise strategies that seem to be working. Gerald Zahorchak brings a very broad perspective and a unique angle as to how media literacy might more effectively influence current curriculum in a high stakes testing environment. Greg Farley has successfully introduced diverse technologies to a school district, but is now struggling to make faculty and administrators understand that media literacy involves more that the tools used to deliver the material. The facilitator, Douglas Lare, has experiences in both higher education and Pk-12 education and has successfully introduced media literacy to a wide range of students, teachers, parents and administrators.

Participant Involvement

The panel will each address the key questions, then an open discussion will follow.

Presenter(s)

  • Douglas Lare, East Stroudsburg University:
  • Eric Sheninger, New Milford High School: Eric Sheninger is the Principal at New Milford High School, located in Bergen County, NJ. He has emerged as an innovative leader in the use web 2.0 technology to engage students, improve communications, and help educators grow professionally. Eric is a Google Certified Teacher, ASCD 2011 Conference Scholar and was named to the NSBA 20 to Watch list in 2010 for technology leadership. He now presents and speaks nationally to assist other school leaders in effectively utilizing technology.
  • Greg Farley, Drew University and Monmouth University: Dr. Greg Farley was a teacher, coach and supervisor prior to becoming the Director of Technology at Matawan-Aberdeen Regional School District in 2009. Dr. Farley designs and teaches courses in the graduate education programs at Drew University and Monmouth University and conducts workshops and lectures on technology integration and 21st century literacies at school districts and universities in New Jersey and Pennsylvania. Dr. Farley’s dissertation focused on the observation and evaluation of K-12 teachers in cyberschools.
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