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NAMLE AWARDS CYBER CIVICS FOUNDER FOR MEDIA LITERACY EFFORTS

Aliso Viejo, CA, July 1, 2017

The National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE) has announced that Journey School’s Diana Graber is the recipient of the Media Literacy Teacher Award for 2017.  This national award is given to a PK12 teacher who integrates the most effective media literacy curriculum that includes active inquiry and critical thinking about the messages we receive and create through all forms of media while helping to develop informed, reflective and engaged students.

Ms. Graber has been teaching her Cyber Civics digital literacy and citizenship curriculum to middle school students for the past eight years.  The program emphasizes critical thinking, ethical discussion and decision making about digital media issues... all through role-play, hands-on projects, and problem solving tasks.

“Diana’s ground-breaking program has solved the riddle of teaching kids how to become ethical and knowledgeable media consumers and producers,” says Shelley Kelley, Educational Director at Journey School. “She promotes social and behavioral skills throughout the curriculum.  Students are not only learning digital skills, but real life skills as well.  Every skill they’re taught can be directly related back to real life situations – and the students recognize this.  What was once simply taught as “Civics” at Journey School, easily transformed into “Cyber Civics.” And the kids, parents, teachers and myself as an administrator could not be happier with the change.”

Ms. Graber’s Cyber Civics program has caught on is now taught in over 29 US states and internationally. 

Selected by a committee composed of the NAMLE board of directors, educators and media literacy experts, NAMLE awards recognize people, programs, initiatives or organizations that have raised the visibility of media literacy education or media literacy; have helped citizens better understand media literacy education or media literacy; and have provided significant, outstanding resources that enhance the ability of educators to practice this kind of inquiry-based media literacy education.

The winners were formally presented with their awards on June 27 at this year’s NAMLE conference in Chicago.

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“The National Association for Media Literacy (NAMLE) has announced that Journey School’s Diana Graber is the recipient of the Media Literacy Teacher Award for 2017.

“The ground-breaking program has solved the riddle of teaching kids how to become ethical and knowledgeable media consumers and producers,” says Shelley Kelley, Educational Director at Journey School.

NAMLE awards recognize people, programs, initiatives or organizations that have raised the visibility of media literacy education or media literacy.

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