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Current projects:

  1. Elizabeth Thoman Media Literacy Archives: CMIL has acquired the archives of Elizabeth Thoman, the founder of the Center for Media Literacy.
  2. UNESCO Global Chair in Media and Information Literacy: CMIL has been honored with a Global Chair that has given us many opportunities such as the MILID Yearbook.
  3.  Research study on privacy in MIL Education EnvironmentsCMIL is currently working on a research study with UNESCO-UNAOC and the University Network on Media and Information Literacy to explore the frequency, methods and impact of privacy issues.
  4. New Media Technology Charter School (NMTCS)CMIL worked with the school to create a integrated media literacy curriculum.

Previous projects:

  1. K-CAPA High School Media Literacy Program: A program to help undergraduate students gain teaching and media literacy skills that they can apply in media and documentary classes.  
  2. New Media Technology Charter teaching “circle”: Project Manager David Cooper Moore meets weekly with a small group of teachers for an intensive, eight-week session including brainstorming, coaching and lesson-planning focused on media and information literacy and focused on the specific and ongoing needs of the participating teachers
  3. Visiting Fellow:  During 2013 the CMIL is hosting a visiting fellow from Korea, Sojin An. Sojin is an accomplished director with EBS (the Korean Educational Broadcasting Service) and media literacy advocate. She is exploring issues relating to children in Media.
  4. Annual meeting 2013: “Meet the Sproutlets”
    Each year the CMIL holds an annual event to introduce students and the community to key players in the children’s media community. This year we met executives from the children’s cable network, SPROUT, including executives from programming, marketing and product. After the presentations, the students, guests and speakers had an opportunity to network and learn more about the field.
  5. International Children’s Media presentation
    During this presentation visiting fellow Sojin An screened two of her films, one of which was nominated for an international children’s Emmy award. the screening was followed by a presentation about Korean children’s programming.
  6. Annual meeting 2012:  “Children and Digital Media: Trends, Challenges, and Inspiration”
    For this annual event students and guests were treated to inspiring presentations from Erica Branch Ridley (Sesame Workshop) and Makeda Mays Green (Nickelodeon) about their work in children’s media and the future of the field. The event was also an opportunity for students to meet leaders in children’s media and learn about their career path.
  7. Hunger Games Symposium:
    This event was a co-production from the CMIL and the Center for Media and Destiny.  Scholars and authors provided insights into the power of the Hunger Games brand on the heels of the release of the first film. CMIL Director Sherri Hope Culver presentation was titled, “Searching for Reality in a Fictional World: How The Hunger Games Plays on Our Enjoyment of and Knowledge of Reality TV”.
  8. My Pop Studio:  Members of CMIL were part of the team that developed My Pop Studio, an online interactive game designed to teach media literacy skills to preteen girls. The website integrates games, blogs, and user-generated content with development in critical thinking.
  9. Philadelphia Youth Media Collaborative (PYMC): CMIL is a founding partner of the PYMC. The Collaborative brings together the myriad of organizations in the Philadelphia region working in youth media in the areas of production, professional development, and education to build and enhance the youth media community and distribution of their creative projects.