We Need Media Literacy Too

This week Education Week published the  article "Where Do Biases Start? A Challenge to Educators" composed by Darius D. Prier, Ph.D., that focused on biases educators may have towards African American young men due to media's representation of them. In order to address this issue, one recommendation Dr. Prier suggests for teacher educators programs is to include media literacy in …

We Give New Media and Technologies Value

My exploration of children's literature, new media and technologies continues to uncover similarities and best practices early childhood professionals and parents can apply to their work or interactions with young children.  Recently, I reread an article by Katrina Willard Hall, Ph.D. published in Young Children.  In her article "Reflecting on Our Read-Aloud Practices: The Importance of Including Culturally Authentic Literature", she states …

A Reflection on Media’s Impact on Early Childhood Parents and Professionals

As an educator, aunt, elder cousin, and caring adult, I cannot ignore the substantial amount of negative news stories and media stereotypes  about people of color, individuals from other countries, those of varying abilities, and persons of different orientations or the lack of representation of diverse groups.  This is an issue that stems from historical and social factors that are …

From Children’s Literature to New Technologies: Cultural Relevance in New Media and Digital Tools

This week I had the pleasure of speaking with my colleague Jane Fleming, Ph.D., faculty member at Erikson Institute and founder of Kids Like Us, on issues of traditional and digital media, technology, and diversity.  Jane has conducted research in the area of urban children's literature and has been actively involved in helping teachers find high quality …