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The Corona Multimedia Showcase

If we could ask children all around the world to create a media project that
would express what they were thinking and feeling during a pandemic, what
might they choose to tell us?

This question became the catalyst for a new and very exciting Action for
Media Education initiative, the International Corona Multimedia Showcase.
The Showcase was officially launched April15, 2020 with October 9, 2020 as
the deadline for entries.

We encourage you to visit the Showcase and view this festival celebrating the
talent thoughtfulness, humor and resilience of over 900 children and youth
age 3 through 19 and their families from 27countries and all continents (with
the exception of Antarctica).

Our special thanks to Dr. Tatyana Tsyrlina-Spady, our extraordinary
International Coordinator for the Showcase, our Showcase partners, the
International Janusz Korczak Association, Child Rights in Action and the
Northwest Center for Media Literacy, University of Washington and our many
showcase champions from around the world.

Note: We decided to briefly re-open the Showcase to accept entries over the
holiday season (December 15, 2020 – January 15, 2021). Although there was
limited publicity about this special Showcase addition, over 350 children and
youth and their families from 23 countries participated.

Seattle Times article about the Showcase:
https://www.seattletimes.com/life/corona-multimedia-showcase-seeks-to-
display-kids-creative-projects-made-during-the-pandemic/

 

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Media Literacy Grants Awarded!

Washington’s Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction made history when it recently announced the first group of recipients for our state’s new media literacy grant program. This is the first grant program focused on media literacy offered anywhere in the nation!
Funds were awarded through a competitive process to 12 school-based teams.

Grant Awardees for 2019-20:

  • Ballard High School (Seattle SD)
  • Bryant Elementary School (Seattle SD)
  • Castle Rock SD
  • Central Valley High School
  • Columbia River High School (Vancouver SD)
  • La Conner SD
  • North Central ESD 171
  • Port Townsend SD
  • Selah SD
  • Soos Creek Elementary School (Kent SD)
  • Tacoma SD
  • Whatcom Intergenerational High School

Teams could apply for curriculum grants of up to $25,000 or planning grants of up to $5000. The five teams receiving curriculum grants were Ballard, Central Valley High School, North Central ESD 171, Soos Creek Elementary, Kent SD and LaConner SD in collaboration with high schools in Burlington, Mt. Vernon, and Anacortes. The remaining six teams received planning grants.

All grant recipients will focus on developing media literacy-based curriculum units that can be integrated into social studies, English language arts or health classes. All units will be shared on the OER Commons Washington Hub so that they can be easily accessed by teachers across the state.

The new media literacy grant program was established with a $300,000 allocation from the 2019 Legislature. $150,000 was available for this grant round. The next grant cycle will be announced in Spring, 2020 when another $150,000 in funding will be available for distribution.

Action for Media Education (AME) continues to promote and advocate for media literacy education. Please follow us on Facebook. We encourage you to stay tuned to AME for more media literacy-related happenings in our state in 2020! 

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Grant Details Announced for K-12 Media Literacy Curriculum

History was made this month when the Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) announced its new media literacy education grant program, funded by recently passed legislation. The grant application package was released September 16, 2019. 

The submission deadline is 4 p.m., October 21, 2019.  

Grants will be awarded on a competitive basis to educational teams representing Washington’s K-12 system. Teams will be expected to develop and share openly-licensed curriculum unitsfocused on one of three subject areas:social studies, English language arts, or health. A unique feature of these units will be that they will be developed using a media literacy lens to address the content that is commonly considered in one of these subject areas. 

Check out this link for a 30-minute recording of the webinar that explains the new grant program, the PowerPoint for the webinar, and a Q & A document.

For more information, contact Dennis Small, OSPI Educational Technology Director, dennis.small@k12.wa.us