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This course will provide you with all the tools to implement a media literacy for violence prevention curriculum in the elementary classroom and to facilitate informed, practical conversations about media. With a strong focus on critical thinking, analysis and deconstruction, this course will give you a greater awareness of some of the key issues pertaining to media literacy and the skills to help your students become more effective consumers and producers of media content.

About This Course

As educators, you most likely witness first-hand the impact of media on your students. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics Media exposure may contribute significantly to obesity, poor nutrition, cigarette & alcohol use, violent, aggressive and anti-social behavior, risky sexual attitudes and behavior, poor self-image and low self-esteem, nightmares, disrupted sleep, anxiety and lowered academic achievement. [Pediatrics, December 2006]

Of particular concern to many parents and teachers is the impact that media has on violent behavior. Media literacy has been identified as an effective intervention, but how do we teach media literacy to younger learners? In this two week, facilitated course you’ll be engaging in activities and online discussions to build your knowledge of media literacy and Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices, and evidence based curriculum for grades 4-6, with an eye toward practical implementation in the classroom.  Most of the activities are based on activities that you can actually use with your students so there is an explicit focus on learning the curriculum by experiencing it.


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Looking to test your mettle? Participate in all of the course's activities (we use the honor code around here) and if your work meets the 85% requirements, you'll receive a personalized certificate to showcase your achievement. You can also apply for course credit (if desired).

Course Staff

Sarah Shanahan, Education & Training Manager, Media Power Youth

Sarah has been working as a violence prevention and media literacy educator for over fifteen years. Through her work at HAVEN and Media Power Youth she has delivered media literacy and violence prevention programs to over 100,000 students and parents. As coordinator for the Governor’s violence prevention through media literacy initiative, she has also trained hundreds of NH educators in implementing media literacy in the classroom. Sarah has a BFA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College in Boston, a Master of Arts in Teaching from UNH, and is an ASTD Certified Trainer. She is also the winner of the 2011 National Sexual Violence Resource Center’s Visionary Voice Award for Violence Prevention and the 2009 NH Children’s Trust Unsung Hero Award.

Michael Weinraub, Blended Learning Specialist, Public Consulting Group

Prior to joining PCG, Michael was the Director of Innovative Professional Development for the New York City Department of Education where he led the implementation of several large-scale online learning initiatives throughout the district.  He began his career teaching in Kindergarten, 1st and 4th grade bilingual classrooms in Los Angeles Unified School District and was a Literacy Consultant and New York City Program Director with Teach For America.  As a faculty member at the Pace University School of Education in New York City, Michael taught over a thousand beginning teachers using facilitated online and blended learning models. Michael is done collecting master’s degrees; He has one in Teaching ESL and an MBA in Human Resource Management and he’s probably tweeting right now. Catch up with him on Twitter at @mweinraub87.
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Course Code: DC102F
Course Release: May 02, 2016
Estimated Effort: 8 Hours

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