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Media Literacy Project Grant

Thank you to all who submitted the

2023-2024 Media Literacy Project Grant application!!

Congratulations to all!


Grant winners for 2023-2024

Debra Cavaliere, Northport-East Northport UFSD, Western Suffolk BOCES 

Tara Lallbachan, Brentwood UFSD, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Jenna Landon, Cato-Meridian CSD, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

Kelsey LaPort, Sayville UFSD, Eastern Suffolk BOCES
Jessica Sciarrone and Rachel Hludzinski, Rocky Point UFSD, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

Melissa Slater, Chenango CSD, Broome-Tioga BOCES

About the Grant:

The New York State Educational Media/Technology Association provides annual Media Literacy Grants in the amount of $1,250 for certified teachers in New York State who are working with Pre-K-12 students on media literacy.  Eligible educators must work in a district that participates in the media service at a BOCES or Big 5 that is an EMTA member. Media Literacy is defined as the ability to comprehend, design, and produce media. It includes critical thinking skills used to evaluate and analyze information in a variety of formats. Media Literacy is essential to be able to distinguish between fact and fiction.

The purposes of the grant are to:

  • Support educators who provide resources and services that correlate to state and national learning standards for instructional excellence promoting media literacy.

  • To provide funds for research projects or demonstration projects that can be replicated in other areas across the state and nation.

Examples include:

  • A film literacy course held after school

  • Learning about the effective creation and use of media in student work

  • Using video effectively in your lesson plans       ​


Past Grant Recipients: 


  • Carissa Smith, Southern Cayuga CSD, Cayuga-Onondaga BOCES

  • Lindsey Valentine, Ossining UFSD, Putnam-Northern Westchester BOCES​

  • Melissa McParland, Hauppauge UFSD, Eastern Suffolk BOCES


  • Amanda Eighmey, Pavilion CSD, Genesee Valley Educational Partnership

  • Karen Fenner, Westhill CSD, Onondaga - Cortland - Madison BOCES 

  • Anne Lotito-Schuh, Deer Park UFSD, Western Suffolk BOCES


  • Amelia Estevez-Creedon, Riverhead CSD, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

  • Michelle Robinson, Smithtown CSD, Western Suffolk BOCES 

  • Deborah Nobles, Spencerport CSD, Monroe 2 BOCES



  • Julia DeMaio, Connetquot Central School District, Eastern Suffolk BOCES

  • Michael Neumire, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES

  • Jessica Jacobs-Broedel, Morrisville-Eaton Central Schools


  • Shauna Stiles, Maine-Endwell Middle/Sr. High School, Maine-Endwell CSD

  • Leslie Cartier, Baker High School, Baldwinsville CSD


  • Lindsay Cesari, Durgee Jr. High, Baldwinsville CSD

  • Tonya Lackey, Westport CSD

  • Christine Santimaw, P.V. Moore High School, Central Square CSD



  • Roma Mattott, South Lewis High School

  • Karen Tomidy & Laura Hann, Attica High School: Stream Team

  • Amelia White & Ellen Richmond, Letchworth High School

2015-16: Tina Laramie, Vernon-Verona-Sherrill High School

2014-15: Lisa LaBrake et. al., Sweet Home High School




  • Mary Alice Brunell & Rory Malone, Oswego Middle School

  • Jennifer Flower, Argyle Central School


2011: Nick Lawrence, East Bronx Academy

2010: Randal Tyner, Jackson Heights Elementary, Glens Falls School District  

2009: Lisa LaBrake and Peter Dobmeier, Sweet Home HS

2008: Madonna Figura, Wellsville HS

2007: Peter Mahan, Hannibal HS

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