May 152016
 

NEWLY REVISED SUMMER INSTITUTE/COURSE taught by Diane Levin and Lexi Ladd and others at Wheelock, in conjunction with Mass Media Literacy

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Dates: July 5-8, 2016, 9am – 6pm

Format: One-week, on-campus intensive

Course Description: Examine the profound influence media and media culture are having on children’s development, learning and attitudes. Explore media’s impact on families, schools, and the wider society. In addition, examine strategies for counteracting the negative impact of media culture’s racism, sexism, violence, and commercialism in everyday life through media education, conflict resolution, advocacy, and more. Also explore potential positive uses.

Course may be taken either for non-credit or for 3 graduate or 4 undergraduate credits. CEUs are available.

Cost: Non-credit: $505 | 3 graduate credits: $3,160 | 4 undergraduate credits: $2,470 (All prices include a $10 registration fee.)

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Feb 262015
 

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Diane Levin recently announced TRUCE’s Family Play Plans in Boston Parents Paper.

“Families have been spending a lot of time at home together these past few weeks. It can be hard to figure out what to do and, in these times, it is very easy for children and parents alike to spend more and more time connected to screens and not a lot of time connected to each other.”

Read more at Boston Parents Paper.

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Feb 102015
 

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I recently spoke with Yahoo! Parenting about the recent cover of  Sports Illustrated and the message it’s sending to our children.

“Confusing” is the term So Sexy So Soon co-author Diane Levin opts for. “Starting from young age, children are figuring out, ‘What does it mean to be a boy? What does it mean to be a girl?’” Levin, a professor of education in the Department of Early Childhood Education at Boston’s Wheelock College, tells Yahoo Parenting. Catching sight of all that skin, glorified on the newsstand at the grocery store, “becomes an important part of what they understand as to what it means to be girl and what people value,” she says. “It shows them girls are supposed to be pretty, and how you look is really important. It says, ‘Don’t think about what lies underneath, just focus on appearance. Being sexy is what’s valuable.’”

Read the full article at Yahoo! Parenting.

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Feb 032015
 

This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post.

The young children in today’s early childhood classrooms deserve a chance to develop all of the skills necessary to succeed in school and in life. By focusing so narrowly on developmentally inappropriate academic skills, children are being deprived of the experiences they need to hone self-regulation skills, critical thinking skills, and the love of learning that will truly inspire them to work hard in school for the long haul.

– Public School Teacher & Parent, Washington, DC

Every time I hear or think about the immediate impact of the mandated Common Core State Standards on the young children of today, I get deeply concerned. Last month, Defending the Early Years, and the Alliance for Childhood released the report,“Reading Instruction in Kindergarten: Little to Gain and Much to Lose” which provides a research-based case for why teaching reading in kindergarten, as outlined by the Common Core State Standards (CCSS), is inappropriate for young children. And it describes what a developmentally appropriate, play-based kindergarten that lays the foundations for learning to read looks like. Continue reading »

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