Youth practice recording, interviewing, writing, rehearsing, editing, and presenting throughout media literacy programs, but what other skills do they practice and master in these programs that will help them in life?
An educator, researcher, and social change agent, I am inspired by listening to and feeling the power of stories. I firmly believe that education research, policy, and practice must be informed by the expertise of educators and learners, and I know that sharing the stories of these experts is one of the most important ways to do so. As such, I strive to listen and bring attention to stories throughout my work and my life.
I graduated from Swarthmore College in 2010 with a B.A. in Educational Studies and Sociology & Anthropology and a secondary teaching certificate in Social Sciences for Pennsylvania. After graduation, I worked as a Stoneleigh Junior Fellow at Research for Action in Philadelphia. My opportunities as a Stoneleigh Fellow and as an undergraduate allowed me to actively participate in the field of education and understand it as a tool for social change, helping me to engage in critical thinking, pedagogical development, and hands-on practice. I am excited to continue in this work as a researching practitioner who helps to develop social change agents among our youth.
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Educators offer instruction, support, guidance, opportunities, challenges, resources, but how do teaching and learning really occur in out-of-school media literacy education programs?
Literacies are reading, writing, composing, creating, producing, changing, adapting, and evolving, but what do we know about how new and traditional literacies are already connected in the lives of today's youth?
Youth say they want respect, voice, value, safety, support, challenges, and a sense that they are making a contribution to something goodin the world, so what can we learn from young people about what motivates them to engage and learn new skills?