Site Overview: What's Where and How to Find It
Site Re-Design and Re-Launch 2015
The Center for Media Literacy (CML) has evolved along with the technology now available in the global media world. We continue to see CML as an "onramp" to media literacy for people everywhere -- people who are seeking the skills needed to access, analyze, evaluate, create and participate in the media culture surrounding them.
This website offers more than 1000 pages of content related to media literacy and to media literacy education. Our extensive Reading Room, which can be accessed through the "Research the Field" section, contains current and historical archives addressing an astonishing range of topics -- enjoy! With this website relaunch, we are introducing more than 60 new in-depth issues of Connections newsletters covering a range of topics, from Big Data to social media to foundational ideas and practices for media literacy. An additional 60 MediaLit Moment classroom activities are also included for ready use by teachers everywhere.
Our goal is to present media literacy in a fashion that is easily understood and that is consistent. These foundations are necessary to have a discipline with credible programs that are replicable, measurable and scalable, and CML's methodology allows for an approach that can be utilized world-wide. We welcome you to our website and to the field that offers citizens a path to lifelong learning - media literacy.
CML President and CEO
Site Re-Launch Summer 2010
2002 Welcome Letter from Elizabeth Thoman, Founder and Tessa Jolls, President and CEO
Topic and Subject Pull-down Menus
The CML MediaLit Kit site offers a host of excellent teaching materials available and searchable by topic or subject area. Choose one of the topic or subject areas in the pull down menus above and voilà, a collection of key background articles, practical teaching ideas, recommended books, videos and teaching resources plus relevant links to significant sites. These topic areas will continue to be expanded as resources and connections are identified and evaluated. Subscribe Now!
CML MediaLit Kit
The CML MediaLit Kit, a framework for learning and teaching in a media age, contains the tools necessary to launch a media literacy program and to sustain it. CML's basic framework, lessons, curricula, assessments, professional development modules, books, articles and case studies on the Theory, Practice and Implementation of media literacy programs can be found, as well as translations of basic materials
CML's online reference center contains background articles, core research studies and timely reports as well as an historical archive documenting the development of media literacy in the United States. You'll find the history and the legacy of thinkers, leaders and doers whose unheralded work plowed the ground for the seeds of media literacy to take root.
To honor the pioneering Media&Values magazine (published 1977–1993), we've selected an archive of more than 300 articles, interviews and reflection/action columns from 63 issues. By linking each one to teaching ideas and recommended classroom resources, the archive provides a snapshot of the early media literacy field as well as an historical foundation for exploring many media issues still with us today.
Best Practices explores how media literacy ties into the world of education and showcases classroom applications – from standards to case studies to start-up teaching activities. A central feature is CML's MediaLit Kit" which succinctly summarizes and articulates the core concepts, key questions and basic principles of media literacy as a new vision of literacy for the 21st century. Consider it a framework for learning and teaching in a media age.
This section provides an overview of what's needed to prepare teachers for incorporating media literacy across the curriculum as well as practical suggestions and resources for getting started and how CML can help. Administrators will also find ways to address how media literacy can transform the learning community and engage students in their own learning.
Associates Learn about the individuals, companies and educational organizations that complement and contribute to our goal of bringing media literacy to every child, every school, every home in America.
Whether you are seeking inspiration or information, CML has professional experience to draw upon and share, either from our highly qualified staff or from our wide network of colleagues. As a longtime leader in the field, CML has the credibility, flexibility and expertise to partner effectively with organizational entities, large and small.
Learn about our Philosophy of Education, our organizational history and news.
Sent free to thousands of subscribers monthly, the CML Connections e-letter, published through the Consortium for Media Literacy, brings you announcements and reviews of new resources for learning (and teaching) about media, links to relevant articles, reports and studies you can download, plus information and commentary about events at CML and in the field of media education.
Check here to find quick answers to questions most often asked about CML and media literacy in general, about educational and training opportunities, resource recommendations and what you need to get started in teaching media literacy.
CML Special Projects
Over the years, CML has developed several unique projects on important topics in the media literacy field. Learn more about:
- CML MediaLit Kit: A Framework for Learning and Teaching in a Media Age
- Media Literacy: A System for Change
- Beyond Blame: Challenging Violence in the Media
- A Recipe for Action: Deconstructing Food Advertising
- Smoke Detectors!