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Links to Professional Organizations and Resources

Project Look Sharp is a media literacy initiative of Ithaca College that develops and provides lesson plans, media materials,  training, and support for the effective integration of media literacy with critical thinking into classroom curricula at all education levels, including integration with the new common core standards.

The National Association for Media Literacy Education is a national organization dedicated to media literacy. The NAMLE vision is to see media literacy be highly valued by all and widely practiced as an essential life skill for the 21st Century. NAMLE’s mission is to be the leading voice, convener and resource to foster critical thinking and effective communication for empowered media participation.

Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. We empower parents, teachers, and policymakers by providing unbiased information, trusted advice, and innovative tools to help them harness the power of media and technology as a positive force in all kids’ lives.

NYSCEA is the umbrella organization consisting of professional educational associations that meet to learn from the NY State Education Department about the latest Department initiatives and issues, as well as to find common ground and formulate collective positions. Core among those initiatives and issues are concerns that impact the access for the students of New York State to a world class education.

These online self-paced lessons for blended learning, funded by the Walmart Foundation, are designed to enhance the literacy skills of struggling readers in grades 5–8.  Each uses videos, interactive activities, note taking, reading, and writing to present students with an engaging science, social studies, mathematics, or English language arts topics.

MediaSmarts is a Canadian not-for-profit charitable organization for digital and media literacy. MediaSmarts has been developing digital and media literacy programs and resources for Canadian homes, schools and communities since 1996. 

The Powerful Voices for Kids program is a university-school partnership program designed to strengthen children's ability to think for themselves, communicate effectively, and use their powerful voices to contribute to the quality of life in their families, their schools, their communities and the world.

UNESCO is responsible for coordinating international cooperation in education, science, culture and communication. It strengthens the ties between nations and societies, and mobilizes the wider public so that each child and citizen:

  • has access to quality education; 

  • may grow and live in a cultural environment rich in diversity and dialogue, where heritage serves as a bridge between generations and peoples;

  • can fully benefit from scientific advances;

  • and can enjoy full freedom of expression; the basis of democracy, development and human dignity.

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