Support your students to develop media literacy skills, like critical thinking and responsible media consumption and production. This course aims to address the pressing need for students to develop media literacy skills, including critical thinking, discernment, and sharing abilities. Media literacy is not just an essential subject, but also an engaging approach to support teaching in all disciplines. The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) and National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) both have issued position papers on the importance of media literacy to each of their disciplines. Through the Media Literacy Institute, participants will gain the skills to effectively utilize the Center for Media Literacy's evidence-based frameworks and pedagogy to create engaging media literacy lessons that empower students. The course will employ active learning techniques that are sure to yield "Aha!" moments. By the end of this program, educators will have the confidence and knowledge to foster media literacy in their classrooms.

Course Details

  • This institute is an intensive 16-hour course. Participants will meet virtually for 5 two-hour sessions (Monday-Friday, July 31-August 4, 9-11am PDT). They will also complete approximately 1.5 hours of reading and asynchronous coursework between sessions.
  • The registration fee for this course is $200.
  • Registration includes up to 16 clock hours for Washington state educators.
  • Registration is limited to 30 participants. Please join our waitlist if the course becomes full. We will contact you in the event that a seat becomes available or an additional date/time of the course is created.
  • We strive to make our learning experiences accessible to all. Please contact us at about your accessibility needs for this course.

Course Objectives

  • Understand basic media literacy theory, and see how to apply CML’s 5 Key Questions of Media Literacy.
  • Gain practice with close analysis, facilitating a media literacy class, including uncomfortable subjects, become a confident presenter and co-learner.
  • Get direct feedback and coaching from experienced practitioners.
  • Learn to integrate media literacy into lessons and your curricula.

Meet the Instructors

Tessa Jolls is President and CEO of the Center for Media Literacy. She was awarded the 2020 NATO Fulbright Security Studies Award in Brussels, as well as Visiting Scholar positions at American University/Brussels, UCLouvain. In 2015, Jolls received the Global Media and Information Literacy Award, in recognition of her work in Media and Information Literacy and Intercultural Dialogue, from the UNESCO, in cooperation with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). She focuses on designing, implementing and evaluating media literacy programs, and providing professional development.

Michele Johnsen is an Affiliate of the Center for Media Literacy.  She focuses on human rights, public diplomacy and the effects of digital communication on democracy and culture. Michele has spoken at numerous universities and conferences.

Monika Hanley is an Associate of the Center for Media Literacy.  She focuses on Disinformation and its impact on the social fabric of democratic societies. She has held media and digital literacy trainings for students and adults, and worked on online course development, facilitating the scaling of media literacy programs.


This course is a collaboration between UW Center for Excellence in Media Literacy and the Center for Media Literacy.

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