NAMLE invites you to a very special professional development opportunity:

Yes, And…
A NAMLE Preconference Symposium
on Media Literacy Education in Early Childhood
June 25, Temple University Center City
The 2015 NAMLE Conference: Celebrating Connectivity Across Cultures
June 26-27, Philadelphia Westin Center City

Digital media are part of children’s lives – it’s time to stop debating whether to use technology in early childhood and start focusing on how. So, we offer Yes, and…

Yes to using technology, and asking “Now what?”

The “Yes, And…” symposium will provide an upbeat, interactive, day-long opportunity to engage with thought-leaders in a conversation about what media literacy education looks like in early childhood settings.

We’ll reach beyond simple technology integration or teaching traditional subjects with new technologies to ask:

  • What can we reasonably expect as media literacy outcomes for children six and younger?
  • Which current media literacy education methods are developmentally appropriate for children aged 3-6 and what do we still need to invent?
  • How can we use digital and media technologies in ways that help children build the critical inquiry skills that are at the core of media literacy education?
  • What are the existing success stories and how can we use them as a foundation to expand the practice of media literacy education in early childhood?

Guided by former NAMLE President and co-author of The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy: Critical Thinking in a Multimedia World, Dr. Faith Rogow, the pre-conference day will be a mix of interactive presentations, discussion, problem-solving, idea exchanges, reflection, and a bit of fun.  Because this is a symposium, all attendees are expected to be active participants and will be asked to read key documents ahead of the event.

A portion of the afternoon will be a videotaped idea exchange, where invited speakers and spontaneous volunteers will give 2-5 minute presentations on their best ideas for preschool or early primary level classroom activities and lessons.  Presenters will be asked to sign a release so we can post the ideas on NAMLE’s YouTube channel, and a follow-up webinar will introduce this resource to the field-at-large.

To stimulate diversity of thought, the group will be an intentional mix of media literacy veterans and newcomers, child care providers, administrators, teachers, teacher-educators, researchers, policy makers, librarians, and thought-leaders in the field. The growing list includes:

Vivian Vasquez – award-winning educator and professor; author of Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood and Negotiating Critical Literacies with Young Children

Lisa Guernsey – author, How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child and Dir., Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation

Roberta Schomburg – Carlow University Prof. of Education Emerita, Fred Rogers Center Fellow, former NAEYC Vice-President, and co-author of the FRC/NAEYC Position Statement on Technology in ECE

Cyndy Scheibe – Exec. Dir., Project Look Sharp, Prof. of Psychology, Ithaca College and co-author of The Teacher’s Guide to Media Literacy

Karen Wohlwend – Indiana University professor and author, Literacy Playshop: New Literacies, Popular Media, and Play in the Early Childhood Classroom

Karen Nemeth – DLL specialist and co-author of Digital Decisions: Choosing the Right Technology for Early Childhood Education

Ed Greene – Sr. Consultant, Hispanic Information and Telecommunications Network; former Dir., International Outreach – Sesame Workshop

David Kleeman – SVP, Insights Programs and PlayVangelist at PlayScience

Gail Lovely – founder, Suddenly It Clicks! and co-author, Using an iPad with Your Preschooler

Michelle Ciulla Lipkin – Exec. Dir., National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

Tanya Smith – Program Coordinator, Fred Rogers Center

Sue Polojac – Dir. of Programming, PAEYC

Shimira Williams –  Director of TekStart, a STEM-based before and after-school program; current liaison for NAEYC’s Technology Interest Forum

As an added bonus, every participant will receive a copy of Vivian Vasquez’s Technology and Critical Literacy in Early Childhood.  Cost for the Symposium is only $75.

And that’s not all…

The Preconference Symposium is just a warm-up for the June 26-27 biennial conference of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (

The 2015 theme – “Celebrating Connectivity Across Cultures” – brings together a unique mix of educators, media literacy practitioners, scholars, content producers, media-industry leaders and others passionate about media literacy education to share their work and learn from one another. It will also include the UNESCO Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue Annual Conference hosted by Temple University and the Center for Media and Information Literacy.

Join us for an event that will transform your practice and, very possibly, influence the discourse in the field for the next decade and beyond.