Presentation Title

Studies in Transformative Community Media: A College Radio Station as a Conduit for Community Education

Biographical Sketch

As a lifelong educator and political scientist researcher and practitioner, Karla has taught in pre-school through university settings. Over the last 40 years, she has served as a classroom teacher, school administrator, non-profit founder and director, social entrepreneur, and organizational development consultant. Karla works to promote radicalism, activism, and authentic change in collaboration with individuals and communities seeking self-determination. Karla specializes in Participatory Action Research inclusive of Phenomenology, Portraiture, and Critical Auto-Ethnography. Her work has supported the integration of creative writing, media, and reflection along with the implementation of experiential/travel/place-based education for the purpose of transformational learning. She is faculty at Goddard College in Vermont and the Principal Institute in Colorado. She is also the founder and director of Teach & Lead, LLC, an educational consulting agency. She has a weekly radio show on WGDR, “Ethereal the Possibilities of a Floating Particle of Dust” which has been called the Seinfeld of community radio. She has two beautiful and intelligent children, four exceptionally lovely grandchildren, and two adorable dogs. She lives in a renovated trailer on 10 acres in East Hardwick, Vermont.

Type of Presentation

Panel submission

Brief Description of Presentation

Representatives of TCM program including educators and staff and programmers from WGDR will provide information about the curriculum and structure of this innovative critical media literacy program connected to a College radio station. We will also have involve the audience in hands-on opportunities to engage in various activities associated with courses embedded in the overall TCM program.

Abstract of Proposal

Studies in Transformative Community Media (TCM) is a scope and sequence of courses that provide an opportunity for the participant to hone skills in the field of Critical Media Literacy that relate to audio art and technologies, production and consumption of radical media, and the building of individual and collective capacities to deeply engage with others. This educative process develops and utilizes a practice that requires active listening, the bridging of the emotive self to the vocal self, situated storytelling, and the integration and application of social ecological frameworks with the lens of Paulo Freire's conscientization. TCM coursework is designed to deconstruct theories that inform practice in the field of community media. TCM's function within the context of Popular or Community Education, is, in part, to inform the role of the educator in and out of the conventional classroom. Media Studies fits especially well in the field and landscape of Popular Education. Historically, community-based organizing uses media to achieve its identified outcomes; critical media literacy requires people to engage with self, others, and the world to do activist work. Additionally, the role and dissemination of ethical news and information sharing is an integral piece of any learning for all educators. A forum for media production can be a learning laboratory; in this case WGDR, Goddard College Community radio, becomes a site of knowledge production in the 21st Century. Cultural creatives, change agents, activists, and artists can engage in this course of study for the purpose of transformation of self and world through media.

Course #1: Listening

Course #2: Rendering-Production

Course #3: Marketing

Course #4: Introduction to the Landscape of Audio Media

Course #5: Journalistic Ethics

Course #6: Voice

Course #7: Practicum in TCM

Start Date

2-23-2018 4:00 PM

End Date

2-23-2018 5:00 PM

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Studies in Transformative Community Media: A College Radio Station as a Conduit for Community Education

Studies in Transformative Community Media (TCM) is a scope and sequence of courses that provide an opportunity for the participant to hone skills in the field of Critical Media Literacy that relate to audio art and technologies, production and consumption of radical media, and the building of individual and collective capacities to deeply engage with others. This educative process develops and utilizes a practice that requires active listening, the bridging of the emotive self to the vocal self, situated storytelling, and the integration and application of social ecological frameworks with the lens of Paulo Freire's conscientization. TCM coursework is designed to deconstruct theories that inform practice in the field of community media. TCM's function within the context of Popular or Community Education, is, in part, to inform the role of the educator in and out of the conventional classroom. Media Studies fits especially well in the field and landscape of Popular Education. Historically, community-based organizing uses media to achieve its identified outcomes; critical media literacy requires people to engage with self, others, and the world to do activist work. Additionally, the role and dissemination of ethical news and information sharing is an integral piece of any learning for all educators. A forum for media production can be a learning laboratory; in this case WGDR, Goddard College Community radio, becomes a site of knowledge production in the 21st Century. Cultural creatives, change agents, activists, and artists can engage in this course of study for the purpose of transformation of self and world through media.

Course #1: Listening

Course #2: Rendering-Production

Course #3: Marketing

Course #4: Introduction to the Landscape of Audio Media

Course #5: Journalistic Ethics

Course #6: Voice

Course #7: Practicum in TCM