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Media Mentors: Helping Children Build Literacy Skills for the Digital Age

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With young children gaining access to a dizzying array of games, videos, and other digital media, will they ever learn to read? The answer is yes—if they are surrounded by adults who know how to help and if they are introduced to media designed to promote literacy, instead of undermining it. In short, these children and their families could greatly benefit from a media mentor. 
What exactly is a media mentor? Join Michael Levine and Lisa Guernsey, authors of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, and Chip Donohue, editor of Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors, to discuss this new term in the lexicon of 21st-century early childhood education. Media mentors can help children grow into strong, passionate readers who are skilled at using media and technology of all kinds—print, digital, and everything in between. Many libraries, for example, are already starting to support families in making smart media choices and instilling smart media practices with kids. What skills do media mentors need? How can they be supported? And how can more children gain access to them? Michael, Lisa, and Chip will kick off a discussion that explores the importance of these new roles. 
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Check out our last webinar in this series: Technology for Family Engagement in Early Learning Settings!
Date: Thu, Jun 16, 2016
Time: 10:30 AM PDT
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Host(s): Susan Hope Bard
 Presenter Information
Sheetal Singh
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At the Early Learning Lab, Sheetal works to build the capacity for innovation and the use of new technologies for preschools and community-based organizations working with families of children, birth to age 5. Her work at the Lab builds upon 15 years of experience in digital media and technology to solve social problems.

Chip Donohue, Ph.D
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Chip is Director of the TEC Center at Erikson Institute in Chicago and a  Senior Fellow and Member of the Advisory Board of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children's Media at Saint Vincent College. He is editor of Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years: Tools for Teaching and Learning (2014), and is editing a new book, Family Engagement in the Digital Age: Early Childhood Educators as Media Mentors (2016). In 2012 he received the Bammy Award and Educators Voice Award as Innovator of the Year from the Academy of Education Arts & Sciences. In 2015, he was honored as a children’s media Emerging Pioneer at the KAPi (Kids At Play International) Awards.

Lisa Guernsey
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Lisa Guernsey is the Director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America. Lisa leads teams of writers and analysts to tell stories, examine policies and generate ideas for new approaches to help disadvantaged students succeed.
Follow her on Twitter @LisaGuernsey.

Michael H. Levine
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Michael H. Levine is the Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop. The Center conducts research, builds multi-sector alliances, and catalyzes industry and policy reforms needed to advance high quality media experiences for vulnerable children. Michael serves on the senior team at Sesame Workshop where he focuses on educational initiatives and philanthropic partnerships for the global non-profit.

Follow him on Twitter @mlevine_jgcc.

Susan Hope Bard
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Susan is the training and education manager at TechSoup Global where she facilitates webinars and works to create engaging and exciting online trainings for nonprofits and libraries. Prior to joining TechSoup, Susan developed, managed, and delivered training programs for the American Red Cross and libraries.