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Media Literacy In the Capital Cities

We're discussing the different approaches to media literacy education in the Capital region of Washington DC, in dialogue with colleagues from Brasilia, the capital city of Brazil. Learn about the different flavors of media literacy as it is practiced in public and private schools, in the city of Washington D.C. the city of Brasilia and around the two metro regions. Participating in the Seminar makes it possible to learn about experiences in both countries and also to get involved in projects that are being developed. 

Brazil has extensive experience in Media Literacy with practices organized by schools, non-governmental organizations and vehicles such as community radio. In the country, there are higher education courses in educommunication and entities such as the Brazilian Association of Researchers and Professionals in Educommunication (ABPEducom). Educommunication aims to create and strengthen open and democratic communicative ecosystems in educational spaces, through shared and supportive management of communication resources, their languages and technologies, 

This seminar is a partnership of the Media Education Lab with the Community Communication Program of the University of Brasília, responsible for the Project "Communication, Education, Social Mobilization and Access to Information", supported by the Foundation for Research Support of the Federal District (FAP-DF).

DATE: Thursday, March 4

TIME: 4  - 5 pm EST

LOCATION. Online. Click here to register. 

U.S. Participants:

Leah Clapman, PBS News Hour Student Reporting Labs

Regina Young, Loyola University Maryland 

George Mayo, Montgomery County Public Schoolls MD

Alex David, English Teacher, St. Mary's County Public Schools (MD)

Stephanie Flores-Koulish, Professor of Education, Loyola University Maryland

Kyle Plantz, National Association for Media Literacy Education

Brazilian Participants

Fernando Oliveira Paulino, professor at the Universityof Brasilia

Fernando Molina, professor at the University of Brasilia

Diogo de Oliveira, professor at the Federal University of Campina Grande (UFCG) and a visiting scholar at Cornell University


Overview of media literacy in the 2 countries

Discussion in small group breakout groups

a) Media Literacy and Media Outlets: dedicated to discussing media literacy measures developed from and in partnership with media outlets with special emphasis on the work done via PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs (Leah Clapman) and with students in the Federal District. 

b) Media Literacy and Elementary/Secondary Education: with the purpose to debate media literacy measures based on elementary and secondary education, with special emphasis on the work carried out in Montgomery County Public Schools, and English Teacher, St. Mary's County Public Schools and activities carried out with elementary school students at Fercal, Sobradinho, Sobradinho 2 and Planaltina.

c) Media Literacy and Higher Education: with analysis directed to media literacy measures from higher education, with special emphasis on the Media Education Lab, the Master's in Curriculum and Instruction for Social Justice, and Community Communication¬īs course and the Educommunication undergraduate courses.

Rapporteurs with synthesis, reflections and whole group brainstorms, conclusions and next steps