NAMLE strives to help individuals of all ages develop the habits of inquiry and skills of expression they need to be critical thinkers, effective communicators and active citizens in today’s world. This change allows NAMLE to expand and become more inclusive and will encourage members of like-minded and related communities to join the NAMLE network.
Our Executive Director, Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, explains the decision: “NAMLE is committed to expanding the practice of media literacy education around the U.S. and beyond. To that end, NAMLE’s Board of Directors has determined that the most effective way to grow our community and increase our impact is to transition from our current model of paid individual and student membership to an open network of educators, academics, activists, media makers and students with a shared passion for NAMLE’s mission.”
NAMLE’s goal is to build a movement in education that proves media literacy is an essential part of learning, in and out of school. NAMLE would like to see every school in the U.S. integrate media literacy education across its curriculum.
“In order for NAMLE to have the greatest impact, we need to reach every corner of the education and media spheres and not leave anyone out of the discussion,” explained NAMLE President David W. Brown. “Eliminating membership fees for individuals and students allows everyone in the NAMLE network to gain access to more resources, more connections, and more opportunities.”