This training is designed for upper elementary teachers and school professionals interested in implementing Media Literacy for Safe & Healthy Choices curricula in their schools. We also welcome parents, mentors or other youth serving professionals interested in bringing media literacy skills to the youth that they care for.
All attendees will receive 8 professional development CEUs and all NH educators will receive a copy of the curriculum.
Training Objectives (Participants will gain)
- An understanding of the basic principles of media literacy
- An understanding of the influence of media relating to multiple health topics (violence, aggression, and bullying, tobacco/alcohol use, and nutrition and healthy food choices)
- Familiarity with the logistics and content of the “Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices” curriculum
- Skills to integrate lessons into classroom time and across content areas
- An understanding of how to empower youth to lead safe lives through smart use of media through classroom art and media projects
- Skills to encourage personal, organizational, and community efforts to promote media literacy education and smart media consumption/use
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices, an evidence based curriculum for Grade 4, 5, and 6, is designed to be delivered by school staff. This may be a classroom teacher, a teaching team, guidance, health, media specialists or others.
The program has a strong focus on literacy, discussion, analysis, reflection and critical thinking skills. Lessons include hands-on creation of media with healthy messages. Additionally the curriculum includes media examples for analysis, parent lessons and a bonus lesson on social media as well as supplemental activities to build media literacy skills across multiple content areas including health, technology, language arts, civics and math.
Divided into units focused on Media Influence on: Violence and Bullying, Alcohol and Tobacco Use, and Food Advertising and Nutritional Choices, the curriculum utilizes various media including print advertisements, art, commercials, and video clips. Media updates will be made available on-line to keep the curriculum current and relevant.
Media Literacy for Safe and Healthy Choices has been evaluated in the Manchester schools by the Center on Media and Child Health (Children’s Hospital Boston, Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School). Evaluation results have been published in the Journal of Children and Media, May 2012. Program objectives are aligned with Common Core, and meet national and state learning standards in health promotion, disease prevention, theatre, art and media literacy.