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MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: How Advocates and Collaborators Passed New Jersey’s K-12 Information Literacy Curriculum Requirement
Thursday, February 16, 2023, 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM EST
Category: MLA Connect Advocacy Hour

MLA Connect Advocacy Hour: How Advocates and Collaborators Passed New Jersey’s K-12 Information Literacy Curriculum Requirement

Thursday, February 16, 2023
3:30 - 4:30 PM

Could Michigan be next? Earlier in January, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy signed into law the nation’s first statewide information literacy requirement for schools. The bill requires the state’s education department to gather a committee of educators, primarily those who are certified school library media specialists, to develop the learning standards for information literacy. K-12 students will now learn about how information is produced and spread on the internet, critical thinking skills, the difference between facts and opinions and the ethics of creating and sharing information both online and in print.

Join us and learn more about the advocacy efforts that got this legislation passed, who led the charge, who helped and when the work began. We encourage public and school librarians to attend! Please note that this Advocacy Hour will be held in the afternoon to welcome our school librarian colleagues.

Advocacy Hour conversations are always free to attend but registration is required.


Guest Speakers

We are pleased to welcome Olga Polites, New Jersey Chapter Leader of Media Literacy Now and Erik Bean, Michigan Chapter Leader of Media Literacy Now, as well as Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott, the 2022-2023 President of the New Jersey Association of School Librarians (NJASL) and Mary Moyer Stubbs NJASL's Legislative Consultant.

Media Literacy Now leverages the passion and resources of the media literacy community to inform and drive policy change at local, state, and national levels in the U.S. to ensure all K-12 students are taught media literacy so that they become confident and competent media consumers and creators. 

Olga Polites

Olga Polites
New Jersey Chapter Leader, Media Literacy Now





Eric BeanErik Bean
Michigan Chapter Leader, Media Literacy Now





Ewa Dziedzic-Elliott
President, New Jersey Association of School Librarians





Mary Moyer
Legislative Consultant, New Jersey Association of School Librarians





MLA Connect Advocacy Hours are an opportunity for the library community to learn more about MLA's advocacy and legislative priorities including funding, elections, property taxes, literacy, internet access, privacy, intellectual freedom, and more. Each month, we will address a new topic and share any pending legislation introduced in the House or Senate that could impact the Michigan library community. Open discussion and Q & A will follow the interview-style agenda.

Monthly sessions will take place generally on the third Thursday of the month at 10:00 am. Advocacy Hours are free to attend to anyone interested in joining the conversation! A maximum of 500 attendees can join each live event. Registered attendees will receive information and a link to access the meetings on the Zoom platform. 

Please note recordings of all MLA Advocacy Hours are available to watch for free and on-demand at MLA Connect On-Demand.

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