A Media Mentorship Forum and Workshop: New Directions for Guiding Through the Digital Deluge (Day 1)

The need for media mentorship gained tremendous urgency this year. Educators and parents continue to be deluged by new types of media and digital tools. Becoming an informed citizen now demands new skills in filtering out disinformation and learning mindsets that advance media literacy. And the Covid-19 pandemic means more and more of our learning experiences are mediated by digital media and technology, with questions of digital equity front and center.

Join us for a national forum on how media mentorship meets this moment, with three 90-minute sessions over three days co-hosted by Chicago Public Library, Skokie Public Library, and Schaumburg Township District Library. Speakers from across the country will address key questions about equity and access, family engagement, media literacy, and learning in the age of Covid and beyond. The final day is an open workshop for librarians and other educators looking to develop innovations and build new outreach efforts into their programming for 2021.

Tuesday December 1: Centering Equity, with Librarians as Sources of Literacy and Access

3 pm CT – Welcome & Framing
-Lisa Guernsey, Director of Teaching, Learning & Tech at New America
-Mary Ellen Messner, Acting Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
3:15 pm – A Keynote Conversation on Internet Access & Learning in the Time of COVID-19
-Jessica Rosenworcel, FCC Commissioner with Cecilia Kang, Tech Reporter for the New York Times
3:30 pm – Where Libraries, Digital Equity, and Innovation Meet
-Paolo Balboa, Manager of Programs and Data, National Digital Inclusion Alliance
-Carrie Sanders, Youth Services Coordinator, Maryland State Library
-Dorothy Stoltz, Director for Community Engagement, Carroll County Library, Md., and author Inspired Thinking: Big Ideas to Enrich Yourself and Your Community
3:45 pm – Moment for Reflection
3:50 pm – What is Media Mentorship?
-Lisa Guernsey with Claudia Haines of Homer Public Library in Alaska and co-author of Becoming a Media Mentor: A Guide for Working with Children and Families
4:05 pm – Modeling Moments of Media Literacy: The Story of Hartford Public Library and the Learn to Discern Program
-Nygel White, YOUMedia Program Coordinator, Hartford Public Library, Connecticut
4:20 pm – Q & A
4:30 pm – Conclude Day 1



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