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  • “Adam Ruins Everything” on Election Day 2018

    To commemorate the 4th annual U.S. Media Literacy Week in the United States (Nov 5-9), I will host and moderate a special screening of “Adam Ruins Everything” (truTV) on Election Day (Tuesday, November 6th) at Montclair State University. This is a partnership between the COMM+MEDIA Research Collaboratory (which I founded) and the National Association for Media […]

  • The Debut of Healthy Teens [Blog]

    I recently crafted the blog healthyteens.us as an extension of the ideas in my new book, Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools. My goal is to create a collaboratory for ideas on how media literacy education in particular can cultivate healthy teens and healthy schools. I invite you to contribute. Here’s why: Widespread obesity, poor nutrition, sleep-deprivation, and highly digital and sedentary lifestyles are just a few […]

  • Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools: How Media Literacy Can Renew Education in the United States

    My second book, Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools: How Media Literacy Can Renew Education in the United States (in press, Rowman & Littlefield) is intended for educators across levels and contexts in the shared responsibility of building critical media health literacy among adolescents. While the topic of health in the U.S. is predominantly framed as an individual […]

  • Teachers as Curators

    After an interesting semester of online teaching both undergrad and graduate pre-service teachers, I am intrigued by the recent discourse on digital content curation. This emerging role intersects public relations, communication and media arts, information literacy, media literacy, news literacy (and others). Currently, curation is a highly relevant topic within my current role as teacher educator. When […]

  • Come PLAY online this summer

    I am teaching a three-week intensive online course (Integrating Technology Across the Secondary Curriculum) at Montclair State U. late summer (August 11-August 28). The course will be held within Canvas and will provide participants with hands-on experiences in creating educational and instructional technology environments that are student-centered, collaborative, inquiry-based, and emphasize critical thinking. The course explores […]

  • “This is Media” Screening and Panel Discussion

    Thanks to a grant from the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) and pivot tv, Montclair State University‘s College of Education and Human Services hosted a free screening of the 22-minute documentary “Eyes Wide Open: This is Media” on Wednesday, February 19th in University Hall 1050. A panel of communication and education professionals discussed digital and […]

  • Consider Co-Teaching

    This past week I had the privilege of conducted a brief 45-minute professional development session at a high-performing K-6 elementary school in northern New Jersey. In my initial consultation with the principal, we identified several areas of need. Yet, the one area that troubled him the most was the lack of authentic inclusion in classrooms […]

  • Co-Teaching Considered

    This past week I had the privilege of conducted a brief 45-minute professional development session at a high-performing K-6 elementary school in northern New Jersey. In my initial consultation with the principal, we identified several areas of need. Yet, the one area that troubled him the most was the lack of authentic inclusion in classrooms […]

  • Healthy Teens, Healthy Schools

    My second book is intended for educators across levels and contexts in our shared responsibility to cultivate critical media health literacy among teens. While the topic of health in the U.S. is predominantly framed as an individual choice and set of elective/learned behaviors, there are powerful institutional forces that both facilitate and impede widespread health literacy. […]

  • Media Literacy and Adolescent Health

    In 2010 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services identified health literacy as a priority area for national action in both the public and private sectors through A National Action Plan to Improve Health Literacy. The plan specifically identified the type of education where “students can learn to be critical thinkers and seekers of […]