The Board Room: March-May 2010

What’s NAMLE been up to this year?

These efforts connect directly to NAMLE’s Strategic Goals.

MAY 2010

  • New board members elected.  Welcome Erin Reilly, Annelise Wunderlich, Tim Oldakowski, Mark Hannah, and Andrea Ellis.  Sherri Hope Culver re-elected president and current board member, Cindy Pulley elected Secretary.
  • Inviting members to share information about their organization and program for a presentation by NAMLE’s president at the upcoming World Summit on Media for Children.
  • Kicked off Old Friends and New Friends Membership Campaign. Received generous matching gift donation for use during campaign.
  • Finalizing the various components of the new NAMLE website.  Hope to be sending a notice to all very soon letting you know when it’s live.
  • Strategic Planning for the 2010-2011 year will take place during NAMLE’s annual board retreat the first week of June.

APRIL 2010

  • Started election process for new 2010 board members. Added candidate information to website. Voting open NOW.
  • Finalized logo for the 2011 conference to be held July 21-25, 2011 at the Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA.  Theme? “Global vision: Local connections / Voices in Media Literacy Education”
  • Submitted an official comment to the Common Core Standards for English Langugage Arts developed by the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSO) and the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA CENTER).
  • Received generous matching gift donation for use during our May membership campaign.
  • Several current and past Board members and NAMLE members attended the Fred Forward Conference (connected to the Fred Rogers Foundation) on children’s media in Pittsburgh.
  • Went live with our new online membership portal!  Members can access their profile on the portal, update their content, connect with other members, and renew their membership.
  • Worked on a new member benefit with Edusite, an educational media website in the UK.
  • Finalized the design and content elements for the new NAMLE website.  Continued work on the transition from our current site to new site.

MARCH 2010

  • Early planning for the 2011 conference.  Location, date & theme selected.  July 21-25, 2011.  Sheraton Society Hill, Philadelphia, PA.  “Global vision/Local connections: Voices in Media Literacy Education”
  • Submitted official comment to the Federal Communications Commission on two “notice of inquiries”: the first on “Net Neutrality” and the second on “Empowering Children”.
  • NAMLE President Sherri Hope Culver and founding board member, Renee Hobbs, met with FCC Commissioner Clyburn to discuss the impact of media literacy on the FCC’s new broadband plan.
  • Updating and revamping our member database to an online system.  New system will allow members to create a profile and connect more easily with other NAMLE members.
  • Second edition of NAMLE’s Journal of Media Literacy Education just released.
    Added new member benefit with School Library Journal
  • Submitted paper and information to the new International Media Literacy Research Forum, of which NAMLE is a founding member.
  • Started strategic initiative to increase connectivity among NAMLE members by beginning efforts to revamp website.
  • Started “Marketplace” revamp allowing NAMLE to incorporate resources through Amazon and highlight vast amounts of media literacy content.

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