Presentation Title

Open Forum on Critical Media Literacy

Presenter Information

Jeff Share, UCLAFollow

Biographical Sketch

Dr. Jeff Share

(https://jshare.wixsite.com/jeffshare)

Jeff Share worked for ten years as a freelance photojournalist documenting social issues on three continents. His photographs were published nationally and internationally. The topics he documented ranged from children working and living on the streets in Latin America to famine relief in Southern Sudan for the United Nations World Food Program. For nine months in 1986, Jeff photographed a peace march in which 500 people walked across the United States from Los Angeles to Washington DC to protest for Global Nuclear Disarmament. His photographs from this protest won the First Prize News Features Series and the Oskar Barnack Award at World Press Photo, the Special Prize of the World Peace Council at Interpresss Photo, and the Olive Branch Award from the Writers' and Publishers' Alliance for Nuclear Disarmament and NYU's Center for War, Peace, & the News Media.

After a decade of photojournalism, Jeff changed careers and moved into education. He spent six years teaching bilingual primary school (Spanish and English) in the Los Angeles Unified School District. During this time he also earned his Master’s Degree researching the potential for teaching students to think critically about media. Through combining his experiences in journalism with his passion for teaching, Jeff ventured deeper into the area of media literacy. For a couple of years he left the classroom to work for the Center for Media Literacy as their Regional Coordinator for Training. In this position he wrote curriculum, designed trainings and lead professional development. As grant funding dried up, Jeff went back to school to earn his Ph.D. in the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Under the guidance of Douglas Kellner, Jeff researched critical media literacy and published several articles unpacking the essence of this new field of education. He served on the Media Commission of the National Council of Teachers of English and was a member of the Japanese American National Museum’s Educators Advisory Committee.

Jeff currently works as a Faculty Advisor for UCLA’s Teacher Education Program and continues his research and practice focusing on the teaching of critical media literacy in K-12 education. Jeff presents nationally and internationally at conferences, provides professional development at schools, and writes about critical media literacy. In 2015, Peter Lang published the second edition of his book, Media Literacy is Elementary: Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media. He created a highly successful course in Critical Media Literacy (ED466) that has become mandatory for all new teacher candidates in the Teacher Education Program at UCLA. In 2017, Routledge published the book he co-wrote titled, Teaching Climate Change to Adolescents: Reading, Writing, and Making a Difference.

Type of Presentation

Individual presentation

Brief Description of Presentation

I would like to moderate an open forum for all in attendance to discuss what they feel are key issues for critical media literacy. This session is intended to provide a space for non-hierarchical dialogue about the core concerns. I have selected this as an individual presentation with the idea that I will only facilitate and not present. The goal is to have a democratic space for sharing and discussing ideas.

Abstract of Proposal

This will be an open forum to discuss critical media literacy with the goal of exploring ideas, concerns, and goals. My hope is that this will lead to networking and generating theoretical as well as practical connections. For this to be successful it will need some structure. I propose we begin with group agreements and then I am happy to facilitate the group to assure that no one person dominates and everyone has the opportunity to pose questions and discuss their concerns.

Location

Session 7A (Grand Salon, DoubleTree)

Start Date

2-23-2019 3:35 PM

End Date

2-23-2019 5:05 PM

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Open Forum on Critical Media Literacy

Session 7A (Grand Salon, DoubleTree)

This will be an open forum to discuss critical media literacy with the goal of exploring ideas, concerns, and goals. My hope is that this will lead to networking and generating theoretical as well as practical connections. For this to be successful it will need some structure. I propose we begin with group agreements and then I am happy to facilitate the group to assure that no one person dominates and everyone has the opportunity to pose questions and discuss their concerns.