We are excited to announce that Emily Bailin has joined The Media Spot! The addition of Emily Bailin this past September brought new talent, perspective, and energy to our mission of working with schools to weave media literacy into core pedagogical design. Collaborating behind the scenes on our media literacy scope and sequence and directly in schools she is helping us dovetail digital infrastructure, communication flow, and curriculum design to allow core media literacy concepts to support and enhance emerging initiatives in K-12 education like STE(A)M, interdisciplinary project-based learning, sustainability literacy, digital citizenship, maker spaces and computer science.
Emily’s scholarship in education, youth media production experience, and passion for social justice and empowering students through media is already positively impacting what we do! Read more about Emily’s background below, and look for her at TMS schools near you!
Emily is a doctoral student in the Communication & Education program at Teachers College, Columbia University. She holds an M.Ed. in Education, Culture and Society from the University of Pennsylvania. Emily’s academic interests include new media literacies, multimodal storytelling practices, youth media production, identity work, critical pedagogies, and culturally relevant teacher education. She has a background in media literacy education, with a specific focus on the relationship between mass media and popular culture and young people’s identities. She works with young people and educators to create media texts as a way to tell their stories, reflect on their lived experiences, and critically think about and talk back to social issues and popular culture images and messages.
Over the last few years, Emily has run a middle school media arts elective at a charter school in Morningside Heights and a high school digital storytelling after-school program in East Harlem. Emily has also co-taught a graduate course for pre-service teachers, “Exploring Cultural Diversity: Implications for Art Education” with Dr. Olga Hubard at Teachers College.
Emily has been a member of the National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE) since 2010 and was named an inaugural member of NAMLE’s Student Leadership Council in 2014. As a member of the SLC, she helps to grow the organization’s visibility, membership, and professional development opportunities and writes the Organizational Member Spotlight profiles for the monthly e-newsletter. Most recently, Emily co-chaired Modern Media Makers, the youth media strand of the biennial NAMLE Conference, in June 2015.