Teaching Youth to Critically Read and Create Media- Second Edition
Chapter 4. Voices from the Trenches: Elementary School Teachers Speak about Implementing Media Literacy
· 4 · voices from the trenches Elementary School Teachers Speak about Implementing Media Literacy For 3 years at Leo Politi Elementary School in downtown Los Angeles, a federally funded project called SMARTArt taught teachers and students how to think critically about media and create alternative media messages (Figure 4.1). When Project SMARTArt ended in June 2004, the outside partner organizations left the teachers and the students to continue on their own. The Music Center discontinued sending artists to Leo Politi Elementary School; the Center for Media Literacy stopped providing professional de- velopment, coaching sessions, and demonstration lessons; and AnimAction ended their animation workshops at Leo Politi. Since the majority of the money from the grant was paying for these services of artists and profes- sional development, when the grant ended, so did most of the support. The equipment and material that were purchased with money from the grant remains at Leo Politi, although only a small portion of the funding went to- ward purchasing equipment and resources, such as two televisions and VCRs, a couple of digital cameras, a computer for the animation software, and sup- plies like videos and books. Most of those items have been dispersed or are unaccounted for. Some of the resources that were developed or used during the grant have been posted on the Internet, such as media literacy lesson plans, a theoretical 66 media literacy is elementary framework for how to teach media literacy and a case study about Project SMARTArt.1 During the 3 years,...
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