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Digital and Media Literacy Institute

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22, 2017

This institute, in its third year and this time, offering advanced as well as regular sections, will focus on the Project’s latest thinking around the integration of digital and media literacy with tried and true reading and writing workshop methods and curriculum. It will introduce participants to our latest and most successful methods for authentically tapping the power of digital tools and media within the workshop classroom in an aim to foster digitally literate students. Instructors will show how new media can dramatically affect regularly taught concepts in writing, such as the role of the audience and importance of supporting ideas with evidence. You will also learn how to effectively use multimodal texts to increase comprehension, as well as digital and media production within the reading and writing workshop. Across the institute, you will not only learn how to support students as self- navigators and digital citizens, but you will foster your own digital literacy skills as well while engaging in your own reading and writing of multimodal texts.

The institute will also discuss media literacy, supporting strategies for media criticism and the ways that this work authentically integrates author’s intent or purpose across the various types of texts that kids encounter.

A particular emphasis will be made on balancing the importance of maintaining high quality and content expectations while producing and encountering writing and reading in dazzling new mediums. The goal of this institute is for participants to leave with armloads of strategies, resources and ideas for bringing 21st century learning back to their schools.

We are excited to build on the energy and excitement from our past institutes and plan to share our best work from last year’s institute while integrating our revised and latest thinking. We have also extended this year’s institute to include K-1 teachers as we believe that this work is just as important for our youngest learners.


  • Teachers and instructional leaders who work with students in grades K-8
  • Must have access to digital tools in their building sites.
  • Will bring and have a basic knowledge of digital devices such as laptops or tablets.
  • Time will be set aside each day for institute participants to take part in participant-run think tanks and Ignite sessions so as to ensure as many voices as possible can contribute to everyone’s shared understandings. Preference will be given to educators willing to either present or actively participate in these events.


This institute will take place at the Teachers College campus.
Teachers College, Columbia University
525 W 120th Street
New York, NY