Now Accepting Applications for the 2016 Leadership in Digital Literacy Awards

PROVIDENCE, RI -- In an attempt to continue to showcase new leaders who are advancing digital literacy locally, nationally and internationally, the Media Education Lab announces the opening of a competition for the 2016 Leadership in Digital Literacy Awards.The award will be presented to two individuals who demonstrate exemplary evidence of leadership in helping bring digital literacy into schools, libraries, homes and communities.

According to Charles Coiro of the Leadership Academy at the U.S. Coast Guard and one of the faculty members at the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, "Leaders have a clear vision for how digital literacy advances learning. They inspire others by modeling the way and challenging the process. Leaders in digital literacy enable others to act and encourage the heart. In whatever setting you act, or whatever role you play, you can be a leader in digital literacy." 

This summer, two winners of the Leadership in Digital Literacy Awards receive free tuition to attend the 2016 Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, to be held July 24 - 29, 2016. A panel of judges will select two awards, one for a first-time participant and one for a returning participant who will enroll in the Tier 2 Leadership track. Each award is valued at $750. 

"We are on the lookout for educators, librarians, media professionals and youth media leaders who inspire and demonstrate how to implement programs that make a difference in their communities," said Renee Hobbs, co-director of the Graduate Certificate Program in Digital Literacy and a professor at the University of Rhode Island.

All are welcome to apply for the 2016 Leadership in Digital Literacy Awards. Two winners will be selected. One will receive an award to attend the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy, Tier 1. Applicants who have previously participated in the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy will be considered for the Tier 2 award. Award winners will be selected by the faculty of the Summer Institute in Digital Literacy based on the following criteria: 40% understanding and appreciation of digital literacy, 40% evidence of leadership qualities, and 20% style. 

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Sunday, February 21, 2016