Free Webinar – Media Literacy, Tech Mentoring, and Peer Learning : Helping Families Help Themselves

Date: Wednesday, March 30, 2022
Time: 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
Place: Online at https://www.nysl.nysed.gov/libdev/earlylit/webinars.htm
Presenters: Dorothy Stoltz and Carrie Sanders
Cost: Free

Does your library harness the ability of families (no matter their starting point) by providing a foundation to grow their tech and media literacy skills alongside their general knowledge? In this webinar, you will learn tips and tricks for helping families grapple with the challenges of the current media and digital world through mentorship and peer learning! Attendees will be able to identify:

  • One common misconception around technology-centric learning
  • Two benefits of tech mentoring and peer learning to enhance media literacy and digital skill development
  • Three best practices through shared learning and discussion about peer-to-peer learning and customer mentorship

About the Presenters:

Dorothy Stoltz is serving on the advisory board for the IMLS Media Literacy PD Project for the Erikson Institute. She is retired director for community engagement at Carroll County Public Library in Maryland and previously worked in public libraries in Pennsylvania and Queens, NY. She was chair of the PLA/ALSC Every Child Ready to Read committee in 2014-2015, co-chair of the Maryland Family Engagement Coalition, 2014 -2021, and a member of the Maryland Early Childhood Advisory Council, 2014 -2021. Dorothy is a co-author for the ALSC white paper called “Media Mentorship in Libraries Serving Youth.”

Since 2016, Carrie Sanders has been the Youth Services Coordinator for the Maryland State Library Agency, where she provides consultation and training to youth services coordinators for all Maryland public libraries in the areas of early literacy, STEAM programming, teen services, family engagement, and other initiatives surrounding youth services. Previous experience includes a decade of service as a school librarian and fifteen years of public library work as a children’s librarian. She is passionate about helping library staff develop the skills, strategies, and awareness critical in creating equitable, inclusive library programs and services for all ages and populations of youth.

Questions?  Contact Sharon Phillips, Ready to Read at New York Libraries Program Director at Sharon.Phillips@nysed.gov

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