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The Stories They Tell: Mainstream Media, Pedagogies of Healing, and Critical Media Literacy—A CLTV episode at Educator Innovator

March 6, 2018

Join April Baker-Bell, Raven Jones-Stanbrough, and Sakeena Everett, the authors of "The Stories They Tell: Mainstream Media, Pedagogies of Healing, and Critical Media Literacy," for a conversation about the ways mainstream media reinforce white supremacy and anti-blackness. The authors will also discuss how Black youth use social media as counterspaces and how critical media literacy tools can support young people in rewriting harmful narratives. Finally, they will elaborate on what responsibility English educators have to transform the status quo and counter racial injustice. The authors are joined by educator-scholars Cherise McBride and Nicole Mirra and the co-founders of Marginal Syllabus, Remi Kalir and Joe Dillon, for a discussion of the text, which is the featured article this month for Writing Our Civic Futures, which explores a range of scholarship on civic engagement and supports their web annotation at Educator Innovator.


Guests for this episode include:
  • Joe Dillon (host) , Teacher, Rangeview High School in Aurora Public Schools in Colorado and Denver Writing Project Teacher Consultant
  • April Baker-Bell , Assistant Professor of Writing, Rhetoric, and American Cultures at Michigan State University
  • Sakeena Everett , Director of Research and Outreach, Black Male Early Literacy Impact Project, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • Raven Jones Stanbrough , Assistant Professor, Department of Teacher Education at Michigan State University
  • Remi Kalir , Assistant Professor of Information and Learning Technologies at the University of Colorado Denver School of Education and Human Development
  • Cherise McBride , Teacher educator and PhD student at University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Education. Teacher Consultant with the Bay Area Writing Project
  • Nicole Mirra , Assistant Professor of Urban Teacher Education at Rutgers University


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