NAMLE Calls for Presentation Proposals for Media Literacy Education Conference

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Michelle Ciulla Lipkin
Executive Director of NAMLE

The National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), a network of organizations and individuals dedicated to advancing media literacy education, is calling on educators and practitioners to submit proposals for presentations that support media literacy education in both traditional classrooms and non-traditional learning environments at its forthcoming annual conference, scheduled to take place from July 14 to 15, 2023.

NAMLE will be given special consideration to a proposal if it provides an innovative format that prioritizes attendee engagement; embraces student-led inquiry and practice; and reflects diverse, equitable, and inclusive practices.

Conference sessions will cover a variety of professional development needs, including Foundational content knowledge around core media literacy concepts; Expert sessions from experienced teachers on how to teach media literacy; Teacher-led modelling and discussion of specific ways students learn and practice media literacy skills; and Approaches to assessment.

With proper attribution, presenters may submit presentation proposals which demonstrate how they have contextualized existing tools and/or approaches for their specific learning environment/learner needs in one of the following areas:

  • Teacher practice and pedagogy: Effective and innovative strategies for teaching media literacy concepts and skills in the classroom.
  • Student learning and practice: Engaging lessons, activities, and assessments to help students become more media literate.
  • Media literacy content knowledge: Content-specific sessions dedicated to further understanding the core concepts of media literacy.
  • Assessment: Tools, artifacts, strategies or methods for assessing media literacy skills development in the classroom.
  • Technology, tools, and resources: Innovative materials, technology, tools and/or exploration of specific curriculum or source material.
  • Research: Priority will be given to research presentations that provide specific teacher resources for how the research informs classroom practice. Research with the following focus will be given priority:
    • Pre-kindergarten through higher education
    • Classroom or teaching focus
    • Research that directly involves classrooms, educators and pedagogy, or students.

All presentations will be 45 minutes in length but priority will be given to proposals that allot time for attendee engagement, discussion, Q&A, or general participation.

Presentation format is flexible and potential formats might include:

  • Individual/joint presentation: A traditional format in which 1-2 individuals lead the presentation.
  • Roundtable: 3-5 participants who each contribute their expertise.
  • Moderated panel discussions: A panel of 2-3 individuals and a moderator provide insight, discussion, and expertise on a specific topic or issue in media literacy education.
  • Classroom and student demonstration: A session that models classroom teaching and activities directly.
  • Train the trainer model: Provides educators/practitioners with the tools and knowledge to then teach other teachers/practitioners in their community.

For persons interested in submitting a proposal, the folling information will be needed for their online proposal submission:

  • Biographical information for ALL Presenters/Authors:
  • First and Last Name
  • Full Name and Pronouns
  • Affiliation
  • Title/Role
  • Email address
  • Biography (100 characters)
  • Primary focus in media literacy
  • Primary audience/setting
  • Session information
  • Title of session
  • Type of session (individual/joint, round table, panel, demonstration, train the trainer)
  • Brief description of the session (2000 characters)
  • Describe the tools and strategies to engage your audience
  • Describe the benefit to educators
  • Focus area of presentation
  • Subject area focus
  • Target audience
  • Level of knowledge required to understand your presentation (beginner, intermediate, expert)

Presenters must accept or reject the invitation to present at the conference by responding by email (conference@namle.net) within two weeks of notification of acceptance.

Once a presenter has accepted the invitation to present, he/she is responsible for registering and submitting the reduced speaker conference registration fee of $75. This fee includes full access to the online conference platform, both days of programming, and all recordings.

Proposals should be submitted online on or before February 1, 2023, 11:59 p.m. PST at https://www.tfaforms.com/5033585.