Mission to movement: Quarterly updates on NLP’s movement building work


June – August 2022

Each quarter, through these updates, we’ll keep you in tune with the work our network of educators is doing and how that work is shifting the media literacy education landscape across the U.S. to create a future founded on facts.

Our community of invested supporters makes NLP ’s work both inside and outside of the classroom possible. And our stakeholders’ commitment and interest allow us to continue to impact the emerging media literacy movement and fuel an achievable national initiative that equips people of all backgrounds for active civic life

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Movement Builders in the Field

Media Literacy Education Landscape.

Movement Builders in the Field

NLP’s NewsLitNation News Literacy Ambassadors and district partners defend democracy and promote news literacy in their classrooms and at the school district level.

District Fellowship Program

NLP’s District Fellowship Program brings together district leaders to build a sustainable and actionable plan for news literacy education implementation in their districts. During their two-year commitment to this program, fellows perform a needs-assessment and identify the grades and disciplines in their districts best suited for news/media literacy integration. They then work with NLP to create a scalable implementation plan.

  • NLP launched the application process and selected five districts to make up cohort one of the District Fellowship Program:
    • Canyons School District in Sandy, Utah.
    • Greater Albany Public Schools in Albany, Oregon.
    • Iowa City Community School District in Iowa City, Iowa.
    • Las Cruces Public Schools in Las Cruces, New Mexico.
    • North Salem Central School District in North Salem, New York.

Ambassador Updates

The News Literacy Ambassador Program supports local community organizing efforts to fight misinformation and pursue a mutual objective of creating a more news-literate generation of news consumers. Connect with an ambassador near you for events, presentations and to discuss the unique needs of educators in your school district or region.

  • In June, with the help of news literacy ambassador Amanda Escheman, NLP, the Colorado Education Association and the Colorado Sun wrapped up a cosponsored three-part web series designed to help teachers navigate news literacy curriculums. Watch all three webinars here!
  • For the 2021-22 school year, NLP’s ambassadors held 26 events — workshops, webinars, presentations, panel discussions, student contests and community meetings — reaching 3,828 educators and librarians. This represents more than four times the number of educators reached last year.

Partnership Spotlight

  • Miami-Dade County Public Schools and NLP hosted the PitchIt! essay writing contest to empower students to be civically informed and engaged. Essay topics covered some of the most important issues of our time and explored how students can help combat misinformation or work to protect freedom of the press. Over 100 students participated, with 15 finalists and eight winners.
  • In partnership with the New York City Department of Education, NLP held a PitchIt! contest with 100 student participants. Read more here.
  • NLP is a Flip Discovery Partner! Flip (formerly known as Flipgrid) by Microsoft is a social learning platform that allows educators to interactively explore lessons and resources and share them with students. NLP’s education team has developed 77 topics and 9 collections on Flip for educators, resulting in over 147 hours of video response engagement with members of the Flip community. Check it out here.
  • NLP’s research and design team collaborated with our partner, the New York Department of Education’s Civics for All team to create a Confirmation Bias & Motivated Reasoning infographic to be shared in schools and classrooms across the district. Check it out here.
  • We’re expanding! Our most recently secured partnerships include the Oregon Department of Education, Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Institution, Forward Learning of Puerto Rico and Hawaii Department of Education.

Media Literacy Education Landscape: Updates and Movement Wins

Through a partnership with Media Literacy Now, NLP receives monthly reports that provide a status update for all bills and laws related to media literacy, news literacy and digital citizenship in each state and at the federal level.

Current Landscape Snapshot

We’ll keep you up to date on the latest district, state and federal media literacy education standards changes.

States mandating some form of media literacy education prior to graduation: Illinois, Texas
States currently providing funding for media literacy education: Connecticut, Michigan, New Mexico, Utah, Washington
Other states with statutes encouraging media literacy: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Ohio, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Texas, Washington
Read more about the education landscape here.

Movement wins

Los Angeles Unified School District is a longtime partner of NLP and recently identified news and media literacy as an essential skill for all students, grades K-12, and as a graduation requirement as part of Critical Mass Media studies. The district has designated NLP’s Checkology® virtual classroom as a preferred curriculum to acquire these skills. Dharma Hernandez, coordinator of professional development design, Division of Instruction, meets monthly with NLP’s senior director of partnership strategy to determine next steps to ensure a successful district implementation of NLP resources and programs. She advocates for Checkology in the district and has begun conversations with the Science and STEM departments to include our new set of lessons.

More Updates

Washington Post’s Valerie Strauss showcases The Sift

Washington Post education reporter Valerie Strauss features content from The Sift®,  NLP’s free weekly newsletter for educators, in her blog throughout the school year. Detecting impostor content on social media and other news literacy lessons (Sept. 25, 2022) Out-of -context Clarence Thomas photo — and other news literacy lessons (May 19, 2022) ‘News and information…

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