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Heather Andrews
Heather Andrews is a doctoral student at George Mason University specializing in International Education with a secondary emphasis in Instructional Design and Technology. Her research interests include an investigation of how people in developing countries use media literacy to be critical consumers and producers of digital media content.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Addressing the Global Digital Divide through Youth Media Production
Presenters: Heather Andrews
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel


Nazir Alston
Nazir Alston
“Who are you?” they ask me. Well to answer everyone’s wonderful question, here you go!

I am Nazir Khadri Alston, I am a 16 year old, who was born and raised in the formidable city of Philadelphia. It can be a tough city to grow up in, but I have to make the best out of what I have. I don’t come from the most privileged circumstances, but i wasn’t poor either. I graduated from to a mediocre elementary, with kids who appeared lethargic with a grey future. I always had this exuberant ambition to succeed in life, and prove to everyone that I would do it. The cookie cutter American was something that I didn’t want to be. My family noticed this and helped make achieve this goal.

My father called up some of his friends to get me into one of the best public middle schools in Philadelphia, to help change the future that society tries to set up for everyone, to the future that I wanted. When i was there i met a lot of great teachers that gave me the tools I needed to succeed. I wasn’t a straight ‘A’, and i’m still not today. By me knowing this i knew that i had to play towards my strengths. I’m good at making money out of nothing and i’m a very talented person, who is hard working.

In the sixth grade i created my first youtube channel. This channel is name “TheMotoStation” I named it this because intend to have a dirt bike and vlog while i was on it. I never received the dirt bike so that idea was put to rest. I kept the name of the channel and recorded fashion videos, how-to videos, and vlogs and grew a following. Ever since the age of 12 I have been studying film and photography. I have a few more channel ever since the focuses around my skill set

My mom then helped me get into a new Performing arts high school, String Theory high School. I was a digital design major, for my freshman year. In this major we created a horror movie trailer and at the end of the year we had the freedom to create anything we wanted, so my friend Gio, Jaleel, and I created a comedy sketch and recorded it. The school was adding a TV broadcasting major for the next year so i signed up immediately. So for my 10th grade year I was in Tv broadcast which made me excited me for to go to school. During my 10th grade year I had a great time doing what I loved

The summer of 2014 I started to save up to get my first professional camera, by selling water bottle on the corner. I always wanted to start a business so I created a business plan and talked to my best friend Gio, who I created the end of the year project with. We both are ambitious, and moved forward with the business. We started doing business in the beginning of 2015. Now we the only students in school who are running a business for summer break rather than sitting around, or working for someone else.

Title: Merchants of Doubt
Moderator: Conference Kick-off event
When: Thursday 6:45pm
Where: String Theory School, 1600 Vine Street


Lynne Azarchi
Lynne Azarchi is the Executive Director of Kidsbridge, a NJ nonprofit dedicated to bullying prevention, character education, media literacy and diversity appreciation. She created the only ‘evidence- based’ youth tolerance museum in the U.S., where each year, more than 2200 elementary & middle school youth interact with docents in small group discussions.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Promoting cognitive and social-emotional learning with App Generation: Three frameworks to explore mindfulness and respectful connectivity using media literacy.
Presenters: Yonty Friesem, Lynne Azarchi, Carolyn Jacobs
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel



Emily Bailin
Emily Bailin is a doctoral student in the Education and Communication Ed.D. program at Teachers College at Columbia University. She holds a masters in Education, Culture & Society from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Her work involves critical media literacy, multimodality, storytelling, and culturally relevant pedagogies.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Exploring the Intersections of Production, Pedagogy, and Advocacy in Media Literacy Education: Possibilities for Research and Praxis
Presenters: Emily Bailin, Kelsey Greene, Deirdre Morgenthaler, Elizaveta Friesem, Donnell Probst, Yonty Friesem
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Bob Bauer
Bob Bauer completed his undergraduate education in Theatre Education from Brigham Young University and is currently graduate student at that same institution studying Media Education. Bob has been teaching theatre at the high school level for 10 years and film at that same level for 6. His passion is infusing media and theatre theory into educational practice.

Strand Youth Media
Title: Political Remix in Media Education: “It’s like Fan-Fiction for Social Justice…In the Classroom”
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Bob Bauer, Melissa Lee, Brandon Ostler
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Sarah Evelyn Bordac
Sarah Evelyn Bordac is the Head of Instructional Design for the Brown University Library. Sarah’s scholarly contributions focus on media and information literacy curriculum in undergraduate teaching and learning, which draw on her skills as a librarian, instructional designer, educational technologist in museum, library and higher education learning environments.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Media Literacy in Higher Ed: Digital Scholarship, Media Labs, and Information Literacy
Presenters: Sarah Evelyn Bordac, Carina Cournoyer, Scott Spicer
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel



Lu Ann Cahn
Lu Ann Cahn is the Director of Career Services for the School of Media and Communication at Temple University. She is also a national emmy award winning investigative journalist, an author, a professional speaker and a two time cancer survivor. The 8 time Emmy award winning tv reporter is helping to launch the next generation of communicators after a 40 year career in broadcast news; 27 of those years at WCAU NBC10 News In Philadelphia. Cahn’s inspirational memoir “ I Dare Me”, published by Penguin/RandomHouse, has been featured on The Today Show, CNN Headline News, Extra, Woman’s Day Magazine, BBC Radio. It’s based on Cahn’s blog documenting her year long journey doing something new every single day. Cahn frequently speaks, daring and inspiring audiences across the country to transform their lives by getting “unstuck” and off “the hamster wheel” with first time experiences.

Title: Merchants of Doubt
Moderator: Conference Kick-off event
When: Thursday 6:45pm
Where: String Theory School, 1600 Vine Street


Dr. Denise NJ Chapman
Dr. Denise NJ Chapman is a Lecturer in early childhood education at Monash University (Australia). Her research interest touch on inclusive literacies, semiotics, digital technologies, and culturally responsive partnerships. Denise is a member of the Learning with New Media Group. http://newmediaresearch.educ.monash.edu.au/lnmrg/denisechapman

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Mining to Connect to Culture: Using Minecraft for understanding and connection with new cultural ways of being and communicating
Presenters: Dr. Denise NJ Chapman
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Julie Coiro
Julie Coiro is an Associate Professor in the School of Education at the University of Rhode Island. She conducts research on the new literacies of the Internet, online reading comprehension strategy instruction, and effective practices for technology integration and professional development.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Designing and Implementing Professional Development in Digital Literacy: Lessons Learned from the Media Education Lab
Presenters: Julie Coiro, Rhys Daunic, Yonty Friesem, Renee Hobbs
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Michelle Cove
Michelle Cove Award-winning journalist, author, and filmmaker Michelle Cove is the Executive Director of MEDIAGIRLS (www.mediagirls.org), a non-profit organization that teaches middle-school girls how to critique the way girls and women are portrayed in pop culture, with an emphasis on creating empowering content.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: A Revolution to Make Over the Media
Presenters: Michelle Cove
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Jayne Cubbage
Dr. Jayne Cubbage is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communications at Bowie State University where she teaches broadcast journalism organizational communications. Her research interests include media audiences of color, media literacy and social networking. She is the Founder and CEO of the African-American Media Literacy Initiative, LLC.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Diversifying the Media Literacy Movement in the United States
Presenters: Jayne Cubbage
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: 5M3



Rhys Daunic
Rhys Daunic is the founder and director of The Media Spot in Brooklyn where he has facilitated student media productions, and developed integrated media literacy curricula, primarily within New York City schools. Throughout his career, Rhys has produced short documentary videos from within learning communities to promote understanding of how media literacy and youth media production can expand traditional learning experiences.
Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Designing and Implementing Professional Development in Digital Literacy: Lessons Learned from the Media Education Lab
Presenters: Rhys Daunic, Julie Coiro, Yonty Friesem, and Renee Hobbs
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Belinha De Abreu
Dr. Belinha De Abreu is a Media Literacy Educator and Assistant Professor in Educational Technology in Connecticut. She is the author/editor of several papers/books including: Media Literacy in Action: Theoretical and Pedagogical Perspectives (Routledge, 2014) and Media Literacy, Social Networking, and the Web 2.0 Environment for the K-12 Educator (Peter Lang, 2011). Follow @belmedia

Strand:Explorers and Pioneers: Privacy Issues
Title: Who’s Watching Who? Big Data: Information Privacy in a Media Saturated World
Presenters: Belinha De Abreu, Tessa Jolls, Paul Mihailidis, Kat Stewart, Carolyn Wilson
When: Saturday 11:30am
Format: Panel


Helen J DeWaard
Helen J DeWaard is a former teacher and school principal, Helen DeWaard is an instructor of Media and Digital Literacies and Digital Teaching & Learning at Lakehead University, Orillia. She has a MET (Master of Educational Technology) from the University of British Columbia and a M.Ed. from the University of Toronto, OISE. Interests include the application of digital technologies to teacher education, digital storytelling, e-portfolios, mentoring in education, and designing, curating and activating learning with technology.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: The Canadian Digital Literacy Landscape
Presenters: Helen DeWaard, Matthew Johnson, Michael Hoechsmann
When: Friday 10:15am : Celebrating ME in Early Childhood
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel

Katerina Downward
Katerina Downward Educational Programs Associate, REACT to FILM
Katerina Downward graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Her degree in Culture and Politics focused on structural violence, intersectional identity and social activism whilst her certificate in Women and Gender Studies culminated in a thesis on LGBTQ activism in post-crisis Greece. Katerina was born and raised in Athens, Greece: a perfect breeding ground for her political restlessness and intellectual curiosity. She is an avid traveler and has spent time working in Australia, Tanzania, Peru, the United States and Greece in multiple organizations that are mobilizing around structural inequalities and propelling social change. In her free time she can be found on her mat, nestled in a book, cooking up a storm or daydreaming about Greek beaches.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: REACT to FILM: Combining Media Literacy & Civic Engagement
Presenters: Dahlia Grahm, Katerina Downward
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3



Lucy Eagleson
Lucy Eagleson obtained her Master of Fine Arts in Film and TV Production from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, and she produces and directs short documentary films. At OTL, she combines her passions by instilling in youth the importance of telling their stories, while providing them the skills to create digital content. At OTL, Lucy develops programming and curriculum, and teaches in-school and summer programs.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: Here I Am: Empowering youth to explore and communicate identity and personal perspective through digital media
Presenters: Lucy Eagleson
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Clustered Panel


Bobbie Eisenstock
Dr. Bobbie Eisenstock specializes in developing digital literacy strategies to mediate the social-psychological effects of convergent technologies on children, teens, and families. She teaches at California State University, Northridge where she is a Faculty Fellow at the Institute for Community Health and Wellbeing and directs the Get REAL! Project, a civic engagement collaboration with the National Eating Disorders Association/Proud2Bme On Campus initiative.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers/NAMLE’s Core Principles of Media Literacy Education/Youth Media
Title: Proud2Bme: Civic Engagement in a Hyper-Connected World
Presenters: Bobbie Eisenstock, Claire Mysko, Lauren Llanos
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel



Damiano Felini
Damiano Felini Assistant Professor of Media Pedagogy at the University of Parma, Italy, he is also member of the Editorial Board of the “Journal of Media Literacy Education”.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Quality MLE at school. Defining and evaluating good practices.
Presenters: Damiano Felini
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Elizaveta Friesem
Elizaveta Friesem is a PhD student in the Media and Communication program at Temple University, and a research assistant at the Media Education Lab, University of Rhode Island. In her research she combines principles of media literacy education and gender studies in order to develop curricula that promote gender equality.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Using Media Literacy Education to Create an Intercultural Dialogue in the Classroom
Presenters: Elizaveta Friesem
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: 5M3

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Finding an Intersection Between Media Literacy Education and Gender Studies to Help Students Reflect on Gender Stereotypes in the Media
Presenter(s): Elizaveta Friesem
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Exploring the Intersections of Production, Pedagogy, and Advocacy in Media Literacy Education: Possibilities for Research and Praxis
Presenters: Kelsey Greene, Emily Ballin, Deirdre Morgenthaler, Elizaveta Friesem, Donnell Probst, Yonty Friesem
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Yonty Friesem
Yonty Friesem is a PhD candidate and the assistant director of the Media Education Lab at the university of Rhode Island. His work and research in media literacy focus on the ways in which media production enhances cognitive and social-emotional skills in formal and informal settings.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Special Education: New Opportunities in Media Literacy Education
Presenters: Yonty Friesem, Jaclyn Kahn, Donnell Probst
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Designing and Implementing Professional Development in Digital Literacy: Lessons Learned from the Media Education Lab
Presenters: Julie Coiro, Rhys Daunic, Yonty Friesem, Renee Hobbs
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Exploring the Intersections of Production, Pedagogy, and Advocacy in Media Literacy Education: Possibilities for Research and Praxis
Presenters: Kelsey Greene, Emily Ballin, Deirdre Morgenthaler, Elizaveta Friesem, Donnell Probst, Yonty Friesem
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Promoting cognitive and social-emotional learning with App Generation: Three frameworks to explore mindfulness and respectful connectivity using media literacy.
Presenters: Yonty Friesem, Lynne Azarchi, Carolyn Jacobs
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Steven S. Funk
Steven S. Funk lectures in Critical Media Literacy, English Composition, and Critical Thinking at UCLA, American Jewish University, and two community colleges. To foster social justice through research, he addresses issues of inequity in media and education and, more specifically, analyzes how genderidentity and sexuality are represented (or underrepresented).

Strand:Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Critical Media Literacy in Teacher Education
Presenters: Jeff Share, Steven Funk, Lily Ning
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel



Katherin Garland
Katherin Garland is assistant professor of English education at Florida State University. She prepares preservice teachers in an undergraduate and graduate program. Her research is centered on uses of popular media and 21st century literacies with high-poverty and predominantly African-American students. She also works with the Initiative for 21st Century Literacies http://www.initiativefor21research.org/.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Intersections of Literacy: How and Why Some High-School English Teachers use Popular Media for Instruction(GAPMIL) Action Plan for Asia-Pacific Chapter
Presenters: Katherin Garland
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Laura Gomez-Mesquita
Free Spirit Media Laura Gomez-Mesquita is Lead Teacher with Free Spirit Media’s in-school program at North Lawndale College Prep – Christiana campus teaching Digital Media and Documentary Production. She worked formerly with BRIC Media Education and freelanced with WETA-TV. She holds an M.F.A. in Film and an M.A.T. in Secondary Education

Strand: Youth Media
Title: Interdisciplinary, New Media, and Emerging Technology Connections in the Media Arts
Presenters: Laura Gomez-Mesquita, Max Foehringer Merchant
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Diana Graber
Diana Graber, a longtime media producer, is co-founder of Cyberwise.org. She developed and teaches Cyber Civics, a middle school digital literacy program and has taught digital literacy to graduate students while Adjunct Faculty at the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology (MSPP). She is a regular blogger for The Huffington Post.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Come to Our Classroom! Experience a New Middle School Digital Media Literacy Program
Presenters: Diana Graber, Cynthia Lieberman, Patti Connolly
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel


Dahlia Graham
Dahlia Graham is Director of Educational Programs, REACT to FILM
Dahlia Graham is a Teach for America alumna with a B.S. in Human Development from Binghamton University, and an M.A. in Teaching from Pace University. Dahlia currently runs both the Middle & High School Education Program and College Action Network for REACT to FILM. Dahlia is also the president and founder of Corazon de Dahlia, a non-profit organization that operates a center in Peru, with a mission to provide impoverished, marginalized Peruvian children and families the tools to change their own circumstances through education and community development. Dahlia grew up in Woodstock, New York, and has traveled extensively. Dahlia has spent time living in Israel, Peru, Spain, and New Zealand. She currently splits her time between the Hudson Valley and NYC.

Strand: Intergrating Youth Media/Modern Media Makers
Title: REACT to FILM: Combining Media Literacy & Civic Engagement
Presenters: Dahlia Graham, Katerina Downward
When: Saturday 11:30pm
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Makeda Mays-Green
Makeda Mays Green, Ed. M., is the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Digi Play, an independent consulting firm dedicated to creating quality content for young children. As an educational consultant for media companies, she evaluates the most effective ways to reach target audiences through curriculum design and usability research. She also creates and implements educational content across digital plat- forms, including online, video game consoles and mobile devices. Among her many consulting projects is The Journals of Mama Mae and Lee Lee, an immersive, child-directed storytelling app produced by Grammy Award-winning artist, Alicia Keys.

In addition to her role as an educational consultant, Green serves as the lead user researcher and curriculum specialist for Nick Jr. Games. In this capacity, she helps to develop award-winning interactive games and mobile apps across Nick Jr. brands (including Dora the Explorer, Wallykazam and Bubble Guppies).

Prior to her role at Nick Jr., Green worked as the director of education & research, digital media at Sesame Workshop (the creators of Sesame Street), where she supported the Workshop’s mission by focusing and examining the potential of current and emerging digital media platforms to deliver quality educational material to children and families.

Green has delivered several keynote addresses, given guest lectures at various universities (including Temple University, New York University and Harvard University) and been featured on a variety of media outlets, including WABC 7, iMediaconnection.com, MS- NBC.com and Good Morning America Now. She has served as a judge for the National STEM Video Game Challenge (sponsored by the Obama administration), and she is the proud author of Makeda: Moving Up in Media, an autobiographical short that details her journey into the children’s media industry


Kelsey Greene
Kelsey Greene has done media curriculum development for organizations such as Green Living Project, Project Look Sharp, and VSA Arts RI. She taught media education courses in video production, social networking and web design to foster youth in collaboration with Adoption RI and First Star URI Ram Academy. She has also taught high school and middle school media courses in the Central Falls, RI school district to at-risk youth.
She served as the website project manager for the Harrington School of Communications and Media at the University of Rhode Island and concurrently worked with professor Renee Hobbs at the Media Education Lab to continue her media literacy work.

Kelsey now serves as the Manager of Learning Resources for Convergence Academies, an education reform initiative out of the Center for Community Arts Partnerships at Columbia College Chicago.”

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Exploring the Intersections of Production, Pedagogy, and Advocacy in Media Literacy Education: Possibilities for Research and Praxis
Presenters: Kelsey Greene, Emily Ballin, Deirdre Morgenthaler, Elizaveta Friesem, Donnell Probst, Yonty Friesem
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Media Literacy Education and Green Cultural Citizenship
Presenters: Sox Sperry, Kelsey Greene, Antonio Lopez, Jennifer Rauch
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Simon Greenhill
Simon Greenhill is co-editor-in-chief of Global Student Square. A sophomore at the University of California, Berkeley, Simon plans to major in economics and minor in mathematics and Arabic. Fluent in three languages and an IB Diploma recipient, Simon is committed to bringing global awareness to high school students through journalism.

Strand: Strand: Youth Media
Title: Designing a Global Student Network at the Stanford School
Presenter: Casey Miller, Simon Greenhill, Beatrice Motamedi
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Peter Guitierrez
Peter Guitierrez, a former middle school teacher, Peter is currently a columnist for Screen Education. His work has also been published by School Library Journal, Booklist, BookShelf, Language Arts,The New York Times, The ALAN Review, The Graphic Classroom, and Teachers College Press. He is a lifetime member of NAMLE.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Pop Culture Scriptwriting: Common Core Meets Media Literacy
Presenters: Peter Guitierrez
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel



Nijideka Harry
Nijideka Harry is the President and CEO of Youth for Technology Foundation (YTF), an innovative non-profit organization focused on using the power of technology to transform the lives of people in developing countries. YTF’s strength lies in its ability to access market demands, design and administer customized educational technology and entrepreneurship training programs that uplift youth and women from poverty. Mrs. Harry earned her BBA from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She completed her post-graduate studies at Stanford University. Mrs. Harry is an Ashoka Fellow and in 2013 was awarded ‘Social Entrepreneur of the Year’ by the Schwab Foundation and the World Economic Forum.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: PeaceOpoly- a platform for civic engagement and social accountability while inspiring a generation of youth media journalists.
Presenters: Nijideka Harry, Lee Rother
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Clustered Panel


Jessica Harvey
Jessica Harvey bio coming soon.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Family Connections: Media Literacy in the Home
Presenters: Jessica Harvey
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Directors
Format: 5m5


Mamiko Hayashida
Mamiko Hayashida is a lecturer at the Faculty of Humanities, Fukuoka Jo Gakuin University, Japan. She has a master’s degree from the Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology at the University of Tokyo. She is a former broadcaster. Her research interests include media literacy practice especially focusing on “senders/broadcasters”.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: No Encounter, No Dialogue- Reconsidering ‘Connectivity’ Through Media Literacy Practices
Presenters: Mamiko Hayashida, Masako Miyata, Yuko Tsuchiya, Mariko Murata
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Maria Henkel
Maria Henkel is a research assistant and master student at Heinrich-Heine University Düsseldorf. Together with Dr. Sonja Gust von Loh she is currently working on the project “Media and Information Literacy in early Childhood”.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Media and information literacy education standards for children. An overview of international developments and strategies.
Presenters: Maria Henkel
When: Friday 11:30
Where: Directors
Format: 5m3


Renee Hobbs
Renee Hobbs is a Professor of Communication Studies and Director of the Media Education Lab (www.mediaeducationlab.com). As a teacher, researcher, advocate and creative media professional, she works to advance media literacy through scholarship and community service.

Strand:Research and Praxis
Title: Designing and Implementing Professional Development in Digital Literacy: Lessons Learned from the Media Education Lab
Presenters: Julie Coiro, Rhys Daunic, Yonty Friesem
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Pushing Back: Using Popular Culture and Media Literacy Strategies to Teach Drug Prevention
Presenters: David Cooper Moore, Renee Hobbs
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Teacher Motivations for Digital and Media Literacy in Turkey
Presenters: Sait Tuzel, Renee Hobbs
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Michael Hoechsmann
Dr. Michael Hoechsmann is an Associate Professor of Education at Lakehead University (Orillia) and the co-author of Media Literacies (2012) and Reading Youth Writing (2008). The former Director of Education of Young People’s Press, a national news service by and for youth (Canada), he works with Media Smarts, Canada’s Centre for Digital and Media Literacy and actively participates in UNESCO-MILID.

Strand:Research and Praxis
Title: The Canadian Digital Literacy Landscape
Presenters: Michael Hoechsmann, Matthew Johnson, Helen DeWaard
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel



Kuha Indyer
Kuha Indyer, CSSp is a Nigerian Spiritan. Ordained a Catholic Priest in 2000, his passion for Media Work/Youth Development has taken him to Ghana, The Gambia, Burkina-Faso, Thailand, Brazil, Italy, USA, Germany, Holland and the UK. Presently he is the founding principal: Holy Ghost College, Sankera, Nigeria and PhD Student.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: Promoting Media Education in Africa: NIgeria as a Study Case
Presenters: Kuha Indyer
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel


Amy Petersen Jensen
Amy Petersen Jensen is the department chair in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts at Brigham Young University. She has served as the co-editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education and on the NAMLE Board. She is the editor of Arts Literacies and Education (2015, Routledge).

Strand Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Using Arts Education and the National Core Arts Standards to Enrich Media Literacy Education
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Amy Petersen Jensen
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Directors
Format: Panel



Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson is the Director of Education for MediaSmarts, Canada’s center for digital and media literacy. He is the designer of the comprehensive digital literacy tutorials Passport to the Internet (Grades 4-8) and MyWorld (Grades 9-12). He has contributed blogs and articles to websites and magazines around the world as well as presenting MediaSmarts’ materials on topics such as copyright, cyberbullying, body image and online hate to parents, journalists, academics and government bodies in Canada and around the world. Matthew is also an educator with nearly ten years’ experience teaching media education, film-making, English and special education among other subjects. A collection of his short fiction, Irregular Verbs and Other Stories, will be published in June of 2014.

Strand:Research and Praxis
Title: The Canadian Digital Literacy Landscape
Presenters: Michael Hoechsmann, Matthew Johnson, Helen DeWaard
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel


Tessa Jolls
Tessa Jolls is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy, a position she has held since 1999. She also founded the Consortium for Media Literacy, a nonprofit which provides research and a monthly newsletter publication.

Strand:Explorers and Pioneers: Privacy Issues
Title: Who’s Watching Who? Big Data: Information Privacy in a Media Saturated World
Presenters: Belinha De Abreu, Tessa Jolls, Paul Mihailidis, Kat Stewart, Carolyn Wilson
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel



Jin Kyeong Jung
Jin Kyeong Jung

Strand: Research & Praxis
Title: Making to Learn: Connective Dimensions of a High School Media Makerspace
Presenters: Phil Nichols, Amy Stornaiulo, Veena Vasudevan, Jin Kyeong Jung, Samuel Reed
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Jaclyn Kahn
Jaclyn Kahn is a History teacher at Winston Preparatory School, a private special education school in Manhattan.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Special Education: New Opportunities in Media Literacy Education
Presenters: Yonty Friesem, Jaclyn Kahn, Donnell Probst
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel



Bianca Laureano
Bianca Laureano is the Director of Education and Regional Programs at Scenarios USA. She has over two decades of experience teaching youth of color and immigrant youth in the US. Her background is in curriculum development, sexuality education, media literacy, and positive youth development.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Moving Beyond the Single Story: Using Film to Engage Under-Represented Youth
Presenters: Bianca Laureano, Tiauna Clark
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Clustered Panel


April Leach
April Leach bio coming soon

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Changing Ecologies of Literacy: Connecting Communication, Critical Thinking, and the Common Core
Presenters: April Leach
When: Friday 3:00pm : Celebrating MLE Research and Praxis
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Melissa Lee
Melissa Lee is currently attending Brigham Young University and is majoring in Media Arts Studies. She has focused on cinematography, editing, and producing while in the program and has worked on several student films. She is currently serving as the President of the Student Film Association at BYU.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: Political Remix in Media Education: “It’s like Fan-Fiction for Social Justice…In the Classroom”
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Bob Bauer, Melissa Lee, Brandon Ostler
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Han Liu
Han Liu, Ph.D is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Shippensburg University. His teaching and research interests include: Instructional Technology, Media Literacy, OERs, Digital Textbook, Personal Learning Environments

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Explosion of We-Media and iMedia in China’s Mass Education and National Awareness of Media Literacy
Presenters: Han Liu
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel



Ed Madison
Ed Madison, Ph.D. is an assistant professor at the School of Journalism and Communication, University of Oregon. The working title of his forthcoming book is “Student Engagement and the Common Core: Journalism’s Power in Language Arts” from Columbia University Teacher’s College Press.
Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Digital Skills and the Common Core: A Professional Development “Boot Camp”
Presenters: Ed Madison
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Interactive


David Magolis
David Magolis an Associate Professor of Mass Communications at Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania where he teaches media literacy and emergent media courses. His primary areas of research include multimedia communications, media literacy, and emerging media technologies.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Storify-ing your Media Literacy Curriculum
Presenters: David Magolis
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Ellen Malven
Ellen Malven is a doctoral candidate in the Childhood Studies program at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Ellen is interested in discourse analysis, adolescent media, youth literacy, and adolescent involvement in social issues.

Strand:Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Media Literacy Education from a Childhood Studies Perspective
Presenters: Ellen Malven
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Directors
Format: 5m3


Kelly McBride
Kelly McBride is a writer, teacher and one of the country’s leading voices when it comes to media ethics. She is the Vice President for Academic Programs at the Poynter Institute. The world’s largest newsrooms, including The New York Times, The Washington Post, CNN, NPR and the BBC, frequently quote her expertise.

She has a journalism degree from Mizzou and a theology degree from Gonzaga. She spent 15 years as a daily newspaper reporter before becoming a media ethicist.

At Poynter, she has served as the director of the college fellowship program, ESPN’s ombudsman, and the founder of the Sense-Making Project, a Ford Foundation initiative examining the effects of technology on democracy. In 2015 she is lead faculty for the Leadership Academy for Women in Digital Journalism.

Kelly co-edited the groundbreaking book, “The New Ethics of Journalism: Principles for the 21st Century,” which argues for a new set of ethical guidelines for journalists, communicators and students and includes chapters by 14 thought leaders examining the challenges of building trust and ensuring credible media in service of community and democracy.

Title: Merchants of Doubt
Moderator: Conference Kick-off event
When: Thursday 6:45pm
Where: String Theory School, 1600 Vine Street


Max D Foehringer Merchant
Max D Foehringer Merchant is in his fourth year at Free Spirit Media has served in a variety of roles including: Program Assistant and Coordinator for the North Lawndale College Prep, and the Youth-Powered Documentary Program with the Pulitzer Center. Hailing from Minnesota, Max is devoted to media’s role in education and social dialogue.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: Interdisciplinary, New Media, and Emerging Technology Connections in the Media Arts
Presenters: Laura Gomez-Mesquita, Max Foehringer Merchant
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Paul Mihailidis
Paul Mihailidis is an assistant professor in the school of communication at Emerson College in Boston, MA, where he teaches media literacy and interactive media. He is also the Associate Director of the Engagement Lab at Emerson College, and Director of the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change. His research focuses on the nexus of media, education, and civic voices. His new book, Media Literacy and the Emerging Citizen (2014, Peter Lang), outline effective practices for participatory citizenship and engagement in digital culture. Under his direction, the Salzburg Academy on Media and Global Change, a global media literacy incubator program, annually gathers 70 students and a dozen faculty to build networks for media innovation, civic voices and global change. Mihailidis sits on the board of directors for the National Association of Media Literacy Education. He has authored numerous books and papers exploring media education and citizenship, and traveled to around the world speaking about media literacy and engagement in digital culture. He earned his PhD from the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Borderless Citizens: How a participatory generation is reshaping Global Culture
Presenters: Paul Mihailidis
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel


Alan Miller
Alan C. Miller, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, is the president and CEO of the News Literacy Project. He was a reporter with the Los Angeles Times for 21 years before leaving the paper in March 2008 to establish the project. He spent nearly 19 years in the paper’s Washington bureau, the last 14 as a charter member of its high-profile investigative team. He received more than a dozen national reporting honors, including the George Polk Award, the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting and the Investigative Reporters and Editors Medal for breaking the 1996 Democratic National Committee campaign finance scandal.

Title: Merchants of Doubt
Moderator: Conference Kick-off event
When: Thursday 6:45pm
Where: String Theory School, 1600 Vine Street


Casey Miller
Casey Miller is a rising freshman at the University of Oregon, with a planned major in journalism. She recently accomplished a newspaper-to-magazine transition as editor-in-chief of her high school publication, La Puma. In the past, Miller has freelanced for the Huffington Post and worked for summer program Newsroom by the Bay. Miller is a founding editor for Global Student Square.

Strand: Strand: Youth Media
Title: Designing a Global Student Network at the Stanford School
Presenter: Casey Miller, Simon Greenhill, Beatrice, Motamedi
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Masako Miyata
Masako Miyata is associate professor of the Faculty of Media Theories and Production at Aichi Shukutoku University, Japan. She received a M.A. from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. Her research interests include media design theory and practice. She also has an interest in the process of emergent shape generation by non-professionals.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: No Encounter, No Dialogue- Reconsidering ‘Connectivity’ Through Media Literacy Practices
Presenters: Mariko Murata, Yuko Tsuchiya, Masako Miyata, Mamiko Hayashida
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


David Cooper Moore
David Cooper Moore David Cooper Moore is a Philadelphia-based filmmaker and media educator. He has contributed curriculum, video resources, and scholarship to various schools, non-profits, academic centers, and media companies. He is a co-author of the book Discovering Media Literacy, a teacher’s guide to elementary and middle-level digital and media literacy education. You can learn more about his work online and find him on Twitter at @dcoopermoore.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Pushing Back: Using Popular Culture and Media Literacy Strategies to Teach Drug Prevention
Presenters: David Cooper Moore, Renee Hobbs
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Assessing Media Literacy by Examining Students’ Questioning Habits
Presenters: Theresa Redmond, Evelien Schilder, David Cooper Moore
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Directors
Format: Panel


Pamela Morris
Dr. Pamela L. Morris is an Assistant Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse specializing in new media. Prior to her current career, she worked at IBM for 12 years as a programmer and project manager. Her research studies the uses and effects of technology on communication processes.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Connecting Young Citizen Journalists using CNNs iReport in the classroom
Presenters: Pamela Morris
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel


Beatrice Motamedi
Beatrice Motamedi is executive director of Global Student Square and a John S. Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University. A California credentialed teacher and former staff writer for the San Francisco Chronicle, Beatrice is a Dow Jones News Fund Distinguished Adviser and California Journalism Educator of the Year (2012).

Strand: Strand: Youth Media
Title: Designing a Global Student Network at the Stanford School
Presenter: Casey Miller, Simon Greenhill, Beatrice, Motamedi
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Kyoko Murakami
Dr. Kyoko Murakami is Director of the Asia-Pacific Media and Information Literacy Education Centre, Program Manager of CultureQuest Japan, and Lecturer at Hosei University in Japan. She is also International Steering Committee member of the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy. Her research interests include MIL and civic participation, children/students’ collaborative activities and cross-cultural/inter-cultural understanding.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Struggling with Culturally Embedded Obstacles to Media and Information Literacy: The Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL) Action Plan for Asia-Pacific Chapter
Presenters: Kyoko Murakami
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel


Mariko Murata
Mariko Murata, PhD, is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University. She received her doctorate from the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies, the University of Tokyo. Her recent publication is ‘Museums as Ideology: Media Studies on Objects and Spaces (Jimbun Shoin, 2014). She is currently editing a book on media literacy.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: No Encounter, No Dialogue- Reconsidering ‘Connectivity’ Through Media Literacy Practices
Presenters: Mariko Murata, Yuko Tsuchiya, Masako Miyata, Mamiko Hayashida
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Claire Mysko
Claire Mysko is an internationally recognized expert on body image, leadership, and media literacy. She serves as the Director of Programs at the National Eating Disorders Association, where she oversaw the launch of Proud2Bme, the organization’s youth program. Claire is the author of the award-winning guide for girls, You’re Amazing! A No Pressure Guide to Being Your Best Self and the co-author of Does This Pregnancy Make Me Look Fat: The Essential Guide to Loving Your Body Before and After Baby.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers/NAMLE’s Core Principles of Media Literacy Education/Youth Media

Title: Proud2Bme: Civic Engagement in a Hyper-Connected World
Presenters: Bobbie Eisenstock, Claire Mysko, Lauren Llanos
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel



Brady Nash
Brady Nash is a high school English and Film Studies teacher at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School in Austin, TX. He is particularly interested in how different mediums can be melded in classes concerned with textuality and the production of written and multimodal texts.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Video Games as Teachable Texts for Connecting Students to Diverse Narratives and Intercultural Exploration
Presenters: Brady Nash
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Phil Nichols
Phil Nichols is a PhD student in Reading/Writing/Literacy at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. His research centers on relations among media pedagogy, youth literacy practices, and the history of science/technology since WWII.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Making to Learn: Connective Dimensions of a High School Media Makerspace
Presenters: Phil Nichols, Amy Stornaiulo, Veena Vasudevan, Jin Kyeong Jung, and Samuel Reed
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Aaminah Norris
Aaminah Norris, The Director of Education for The Representation Project, received her doctorate in Education from the University of California, Berkeley. Norris’ research and teaching interests include 1) ways that emerging technologies influence the literacy practices of students from traditionally under-resourced communities, the relationships between gendered and racialized identity processes in urban learning environments and the use of digital and social media, and how 21st century critical pedagogical approaches inform the learning of African American and Latino/a students. Prior to coming to The Representation Project, Norris was an English teacher, and an administrator in urban schools and not for profit agencies for 15 years.

Strand:Youth Media
Title: Miss Representation: How Film and Curriculum Support Youth Media Making
Presenters: Aaminah Norris
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3



Brooke Oberwetter
Brooke Oberwetter is the manager of external affairs for policy in Facebook’s Washington, DC, office, where she manages Facebook’s relationships with think tanks, public policy advocacy organizations, and other third party groups. She also helps manage Facebook’s safety roadshow program, teaching parents, teachers, and young people about the tools, settings, and resources available on Facebook that help keep people safe. Prior to joining Facebook, Brooke worked as an analyst on the public affairs team at New Media Strategies in Arlington, VA, where she focused on regulatory issues. She served as manager of strategic communications at the USTelecom trade association, and has worked in public policy research roles at the Competitive Enterprise Institute and the Cato Institute in Washington, DC. Brooke attended Denison University in Granville, Ohio, and pursued her Masters in Public Policy at American University in Washington, DC.


Brandon Ostler
Brandon Ostler is studying Media Arts at BYU and minoring in Communications and Family Life. Before BYU, he served a two-year LDS mission in Milan Italy and is fluent in Italian. Brandon is currently a live graphics operator for the Utah Jazz and BYUtv and video operations manager at Addo Recovery.

Strand Youth Media
Title: Political Remix in Media Education: “It’s like Fan-Fiction for Social Justice…In the Classroom”
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Bob Bauer, Melissa Lee, Brandon Ostler
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel


Ramona Pringle
Ramona Pringle is a professor and media producer. Ramona wrote and directed the interactive documentary project “Avatar Secrets”. Ramona is a faculty member at Ryerson University’s RTA School of Media, and Creative Director of the Transmedia Zone. Ramona has spoken at SXSW, NXNE and diy days, and is a regular digital media expert for major Canadian outlets.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Active Audience and Connected Content: Exploring the APPumentary Format as an Educational Resource
Presenters: Ramona Pringle
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Interactive


Donnell Probst
Donnell Probst is a professional photographer, full-time Media Studies student at Arizona State University, and a special education parent mentor assisting parents and students in accessing supports and services through the public school system. Donnell is also on the NAMLE Student Leadership Council and servesas editor of the NAMLE Monthly Update.

Strand:Research and Praxis
Title: Exploring the Intersections of Production, Pedagogy, and Advocacyin Media Literacy Education: Possibilities for Research and Praxis
Presenters: Emily Bailin, Kelsey Greene, Deirdre Morgenthaler, Elizaveta Friesem, Donnell Probst, Yonty Friesem
When: Friday 11:30
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel



Brandi Ray
Brandi Ray is a doctoral student at Baylor University. Her areas of interest include media literacy and social justice. Her current dissertation research explores teachers working to integrate educational technology and media literacy principles in a K-12 school setting. Brandi has been nominated for Baylor University’s Graduate Teacher of the Year two two consecutive years for her work with pre-service teachers.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: A Key Role of Media Literacy for P-12 Teachers: Vetting the Curriculum
Presenters: Brandi Ray, Gretchen Schwarz
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel


Jennifer Rauch
Jennifer Rauch studies alternative media, social activism and cultural movements, including people who challenge prevailing assumptions about media. Her research appears in journals such as Media, Culture & Society; Popular Communication; and Communication, Culture & Critique. New work on unplugging rituals (Explorations in Media Ecology) and Slow Media as cultural resistance (Routledge Companion to Alternative & Community Media) is forthcoming in 2015.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Media Literacy Education and Green Cultural Citizenship
Presenters: Sox Sperry, Kelsey Greene, Antonio Lopez, Jennifer Rauch
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel



Theresa Redmond
Dr. Theresa Redmond is an Assistant Professor at Appalachian State University specializing in media literacy, instructional design, and multimedia production. Her research focuses on pedagogy in teaching and learning with, through, and about media, and on how media and technology impact literacy, fluency, engagement, and expression in the digital world.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Assessing Media Literacy by Examining Students’ Questioning Habits
Presenters: Theresa Redmond, Evelien Schilder, David Cooper Moore
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Directors
Format: Panel


Sam Reed
Samuel Reed III is a noted teacher, blogger, and social entrepreneur in Philadelphia. His passion includes arts in education, media literacy and understanding youth culture. He currently teaches at the U School in Philadelphia and is
a regular blog correspondent with the Philadelphia Public School Notebook. He is a 2014 BMe Leader awardee and has developed and runs BoysWriteNow, and GirlsonFire programs that engage boys and girls in art and writing.

Title: Merchants of Doubt
Moderator: Conference Kick-off event
When: Thursday 6:45pm
Where: String Theory School, 1600 Vine Street


Erica Branch Ridley
Erica Branch Ridley
Throughout her 20+ years in Digital Media and Broadcast TV Erica Branch Ridley has earned multiple Emmys and worked for leading Network, Cable and Public Broadcasting organizations.

As VP and Executive Producer of Creative Development and Production for the Hispanic Information Telecommunications Network ( HITN ) Erica oversees the creation of digital games and print classroom materials to advance the learning of early Spanish-speaking English Language Learners under a Ready to Learn grant through the U.S. Department of Education.

Prior to her current role, Erica served at Sesame Workshop as VP of Production for an educational Pre-K pilot and led the digital strategy for The Electric Company where she was recognized with numerous awards including a Daytime Emmy Award for The Electric Company’s website.

Before Sesame, she worked in several business units of Viacom, as Executive Producer and Sr. Director of TV Land Digital; where she led creative direction and production for TV Land and Nick@Nite websites and won numerous awards, including a Primetime Emmy and Sr. Producer of Nickjr.com where she coordinated TV, web development, design and technology to extend the Nick Jr. brand. She led the first successful TV/Web convergent efforts for preschoolers creating the first fully interactive experiences for Blues Clues, Dora the Explorer and Little Bill among other notable kids shows. Erica also spearheaded Nickrjr.com’s first transition into a website for moms.

Several years in traditional TV provided the perfect foundation with experiences such as creation and production of an award-winning live-action children’s TV show, “Storyporch” for Black Entertainment Television, which garnered a National Education Association Award and 2 nominations for the NAACP’s Image Award. Her earlier career experiences included CBS-NEWS on the award-winning show 48 HOURS and at WNBC-TV working on public affairs shows and network specials.

Erica was honored by was honored by Multichannel News and Broadcasting & Cable Magazines with a Multiethnic TV Executive Leadership Award for her noteworthy role in reflecting onscreen diversity in digital media.


Michael RobbGrieco
Michael RobbGrieco recently completed his doctorate in Media & Communication from Temple University with a dissertation on the history of media literacy. He’s a researcher with the Media Education Lab, associate editor of the Journal of Media Literacy Education, and founder of the Media Lunacy for Media Literacy blog.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Media Lunacy for Media Literacy: Resources for Using Silly Media for Savvy Media Use
Presenters: Michael RobbGrieco
When: Saturday 11:30pm
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Irving Lee Rother
Irving Lee Rother, PhD is a multi-award-winning Canadian media educator whose experience includes teaching, volunteering, consulting, advising, and designing media education curriculum at the school, university, provincial, and international levels across a variety of disciplines with diverse educators and students.

His passion for media education is evident in his many volunteer projects he personally initiated or was invited to participate including Nigeria, Kenya, South Africa, Uganda and Palestine. As well Dr. Rother worked at the ministry of education in Jordan and Qatar.

Strand: Youth Media
Title: PeaceOpoly- a platform for civic engagement and social accountability while inspiring a generation of youth media journalists.
Presenters: Lee Rother, Njideka Harry
Where: Independence
When: Saturday 3:00pm
Format: Clustered Panel



Jun Sakamoto
Jun Sakamoto “Professor, Director for Librarian training course,Faculty of Lifelong learning and Career studies, of Hosei University
President of Asia-Pacific Media and Information Literacy Education Centre ”

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Intercultural Dialogue by video letter and digital storytelling between China and Japan
Presenters: Jun Sakamoto
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: 5M3


Cyndy Scheibe
Cyndy Scheibe is the Executive Director of Project Look Sharp and Professor of Psychology at Ithaca College. A well-known speaker on media literacy education, she was a founding board member of NAMLE and is co-author of The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World (2012, Sage/Corwin).

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Cultural Paradigms and Key Concepts- Lessons from Iran, Bhutan and Beyond
Presenters: Cyndy Scheibe, Christopher Sperry
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Molly A. Schlesinger
Molly A. Schlesinger is a developmental psychology doctoral candidate and a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship at the University of California, Riverside. Her research examines the how social cognitive development and culture relate to young children’s learning from and perceptions of media.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Young children’s STEM interests and gendered stereotyping
Presenters: Molly A. Schlesinger
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3


Evelien Schilder
Evelien Schilder has a background in both Communication Science (B.Sc. & M.Sc.) and Instructional Design and Technology (Ph.D.). She combined her passion for communication and education by specializing in media literacy education. She studied and taught media literacy at Appalachian State University and wrote her dissertation study on media literacy assessment.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Assessing Student Achievement in Media Literacy Education
Presenters: Evelien Schilder
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Assessing Media Literacy by Examining Students’ Questioning Habits
Presenters: Theresa Redmond, Evelien Schilder, David Cooper Moore
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Directors
Format: Panel


Gretchen Shwarz
Gretchen Schwarz is a former high school teacher of English and German. Her interest in media literacy began while she was at Oklahoma State University. Now she teaches a graduate course in media literacy education and does scholarly work in m.l.e and graphic novels.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: A Key Role of Media Literacy for P-12 Teachers: Vetting the Curriculum
Presenters: Gretchen Shwarz, Brandi Ray
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel


Jeff Share
Jeff Share has worked as a photojournalist, elementary school teacher, and curriculum designer and trainer. He is currently a Faculty Advisor in the Teacher Education Program at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). In 2015, Share published the second edition of, Media Literacy is Elementary: Teaching Students to Critically Read and Create Media.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Critical Media Literacy in Teacher Education
Presenters: Jeff Share
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Using Critical Media Literacy to engage English Language Learners
Presenters: Jeff Share
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Directors
Format: Clustered Panel


Art Silverblatt
Art Silverblatt is Professor of Communications at Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri. He is the author numerous books and articles on Media Literacy. He is Vice President of Gateway Media Literacy Partners and a Founding Member of DIMLE (Digital International Media Literacy E-book Project)

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: The Digital International Media Literacy eBook Project (DIMLE) Net-Working Communities
Presenters: Art Silverblatt, Antonio Lopez, Jessica Brown
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Fartousa Siyad
Fartousa Siyad and her colleagues Kayf Abdulqadir and Hodan Hujaleh make up the media production company, Specs and Veil. They create humorous YouTube videos for various audiences.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Muslim, Female, YouTubers Speak Back: Collaborating on a Documentary for Teacher Education
Presenters: Fartousa Siyad, Diane Watt, Kayf Abdulquadir, Hodan Hujaleh
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Christopher Sperry
Christopher Sperry bio coming soon.
Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Leading a Constructivist Media Decoding
Presenters: Christopher Sperry, Cyndy Scheibe
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Salon 1
Format: Interactive

Strand: Intergrating Youth Media/Modern Media Makers
Title: Students Asking the Right Questions; Students Speak About Media Literacy; Diversifying Our Texts; Including All Students
Presenters: Christopher Sperry
When: Saturday 11:30pm
Where: Independence
Format: 5M3

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Cultural Paradigms and Key Concepts- Lessons from Iran, Bhutan and Beyond
Presenters: Cyndy Scheibe, Christopher Sperry
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Sox Sperry
Sox Sperry

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Media Literacy Education and Green Cultural Citizenship
Presenters: Sox Sperry, Kelsey Greene, Antonio Lopez, Jennifer Rauch
When: Saturday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Amy Stornaiuolo
Amy Stornaiuolo is Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania in the Reading/Writing/Literacy division of the Graduate School of Education. Her research examines adolescent and young adults’ digital literacy practices in networked spaces and teachers’ uses of digital technologies for educational purposes in and out of school contexts

Strand: Research & Praxis
Title: Making to Learn: Connective Dimensions of a High School Media Makerspace
Presenters: Phil Nichols, Amy Stornaiulo, Veena Vasudevan, Jin Kyeong Jung, Samuel Reed
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel


Kat Stewart
Kat Stewart is Senior Director for the Cable Impacts Foundation, formerly known as Cable in the Classroom. She is a specialist in the areas of digital citizenship and the effective use of media and technology in the classroom. She advocates for 21st century readiness for every student and has an active interest in education policy and reform.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers: Privacy Issues

Title: Who’s Watching Who? Big Data: Information Privacy in a Media Saturated World
Presenters: Kat Stewart, Belinha De Abreu, Tessa Jolls, Paul Mihaildis, Carolyn Wilson
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 1
Format: Panel



Denise Tayloe
Denise Tayloe co-founded PRIVO in 2001 and is a recognized leader, subject matter expert and authority in permission and identity management. She has more than 20 years’ experience in business development, sales, finance and the development of companies innovating and providing business and technology related services.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Conquering US Child Online Privacy Mandates: Empowering Educators with Consent Tools to Grant Kids Access to Online Media Resources
Presenters: Denise Tayloe
When: Friday 11:30am
Where: Directors
Format: 5m3


Benjamin Thevenin
Benjamin Thevenin received his PhD from the University of Colorado in Boulder. Benjamin’s studies focus on the relationships between youth, media and politics, and in particular, how we can better prepare young people to become thoughtful citizens, consumers and creators of media. At BYU’s TMA department, he teaches classes on creativity, children’s media, documentary, and media education. Benjamin also leads the Hands on a Camera project, a service-learning program in which BYU students teach media production and analysis skills to local youth. Benjamin lives with his wife Emily and two boys in the beautiful Wasatch mountains.

Strand: Intergrating Youth Media/Modern Media Makers
Title: Political Remix in Media Education: “It’s like Fan-Fiction for Social Justice…In the Classroom”
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Bob Bauer, Melisssa Lee, Brandon Ostler
When: Friday 3:00pm
Where: Independence
Format: Panel

Strand Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Using Arts Education and the National Core Arts Standards to Enrich Media Literacy Education
Presenters: Benjamin Thevenin, Amy Petersen Jensen
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Directors
Format: Panel


Stephen Tippett
Stephen Tippett bio coming soon

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Democracy and Civic Participation in Collaborative Online International Learning
Presenters: Stephen Tippett, Mauricio Miraglia
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 3
Format: Clustered Panel


Yuko Tsuchiya
Yuko Tsuchiya is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Economics, Hiroshima University of Economics, Japan. She received M.A. in communications from New York University and M.A. in information studies from the University of Tokyo. Her research currently focuses on media literacy and digital storytelling for community engagement.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: No Encounter, No Dialogue- Reconsidering ‘Connectivity’ Through Media Literacy Practices
Presenters: Yuko Tsuchiya, Mamiko Hayashida, Masako Miyata, Mariko Murata
When: Saturday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Sait Tuzel
Dr. Sait Tuzel is an Associate Professor at the University of Canakkale Onsekiz Mart. He has a Master`s and Doctor`s degree in Language Arts Instruction. He is a visiting Scholar at the Harrington School of Communication and Media at University of Rhode Island, and staff at the Media Education Lab during the academic year of 2013-2015.

Dr. Tuzel has been working with media literacy and multimodal literacy education in primary school and he was a consultant for
Media Literacy Education Curriculum and Language Arts Curriculum in Turkey. In this time, he developed research on cultural stereotypes and its eliminated with online media. Also he focus on Turkish Teachers’ media and digital literacy motivation. He has published several articles in the scholarly journals about media literacy integration with language arts and children`s comprehension progress of multimodal texts. Contact Sait at saidtuzel@gmail.com

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Teacher Motivations for Digital and Media Literacy in Turkey
Presenters: Sait Tuzel, Renee Hobbs
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel



Veena Vasudevan
Veena VasudevanVeena is a doctoral student at UPenn’s Graduate School of Education. Her research looks at youth media making, youth activism and urban schools. Veena holds a masters in public administration and prior to her doctorate she worked with local and state districts on developing educational resources and technology to support teachers.
Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Making to Learn: Connective Dimensions of a High School Media Makerspace
Presenters: Veena Vasudevan, Phil Nichols, Amy Stornaiulo, Jin Kyeong Jung, Samuel Reed
When:Friday 1:45 pm
Where: Salon 2
Format: Panel



Diane Watt
Diane Watt is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Werklund School of Education at the University of Calgary. She is collaborating with 3 Somali-Canadian, Muslim, female YouTubers to learn about their DIY media making practices and what this work means to these youth. Together they are producing a documentary video to share their story with community, research, educational, and youth audiences. For more information about this project visit their website at: http://muslimfemaleyoutubersspeakback.com

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Muslim, Female, YouTubers Speak Back: Collaborating on a Documentary for Teacher Education
Presenters: Diane Watt, Kayf Abdulquadir, Hodan Hujaleh
When: Friday 1:45pm
Where: Salon 3
Format: Panel


Gregory Williams
Gregory Williams is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Instructional Psychology and Technology at Brigham Young University. In addition to his interest in media production, learning cultures, and creativity, Greg is studying the role of empathy in instructional design. Beyond school and work he enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with his wife and son.

Strand: Explorers and Pioneers
Title: Popular Culture By Design: Building a Crowd-Sourced Database of Pop Culture Media Clips for Media Literacy Teachers and Instructional Designers
Presenters: Gregory Williams
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel



Melda Yildiz
Melda N. Yildiz is a global scholar, teacher educator, author and edupreneur. 2009-2010, Melda served as the first Fulbright Scholar in Turkmenistan. Since 1994, she taught Media Literacy Education, Multimedia Production, Women Studies, Asian Studies, and Global Education to P-16 educators and teacher candidates. Melda worked as a Media Specialist, taught video and media production to grades 9-12, and published and presented featuring Educational Media, Global Education, and Multicultural Education in many national and international conferences. She received her Ed.D. from University of Massachusetts on Math & Science and Instructional Technology. She received an M.S. from Southern Connecticut State University on Instructional Technology. She majored in Teaching English as a Foreign Language at Bogazici University, in Turkey.

Strand: Research and Praxis
Title: Transforming Teacher Education through Media Education: Transdisciplinary Participatory Action Research
Presenters: Melda Yildiz
When: Friday 10:15am
Where: Salon 2
Format: Clustered Panel


Jiwon Yoon
Dr. Jiwon Yoon (Ph.D., Temple University) is an Assistant Professor of Media Studies in the Department of Communication at Roosevelt University (Chicago, USA). She has taught media literacy education in various educational settings, such as after-school programs, summer programs, public schools, and youth media centers, in South Korea, China, and the U.S.

Strand: Intercultural/International Dialogue
Title: Media Literacy in South Korea: Use of Media Literacy for Multicultural Education
Presenters: Jiwon Yoon
When: Saturday 11:30am
Where: Salon 3
Format: 5M3