Press from Teachers College Newsroom: Media Literacy: Catching up with the post-Google generations

Youth often understand more about the power that technology brings to education – its potential to visualize individualize, unite, empower and accelerates., suggested Emily Bailin Wells (Ed.D ’18) an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the TC Communication, Media & Learning Design program. “Young people are engaging in unprecedented multiple literacy practices,” she said. “We’re constantly trying to catch up and learn from them.”

Read the full article here.


Invited Speaker at Teachers College’s Annual Academic Festival (April 2019)

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Panel on Media Literacy at Teachers College at Columbia University’s Academic Festival 2019

In a “post-truth” era driven by digital media, students must develop skills that enable them to be critical thinkers as they both consume and create media messages. Media literacy is crucial to the development of America’s youth, and to their future participation in civic life. This panel will facilitate a timely conversation on the opportunities and challenges facing media literacy today, by bringing together different perspectives and approaches to media literacy education.

Moderator: Lalitha Vasudevan | Professor of Technology & Education and Director, Media and Social Change Lab, Teachers College


  • Ioana Literat | Assistant Professor of Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Yoo Kyung Chang | Lecturer, Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Emily Bailin Wells (Ed.D. ‘18) | Adjunct Assistant Professor, Communication, Media and Learning Technologies Design, Teachers College, Columbia University

  • Michelle Ciulla-Lipkin | Executive Director of National Association for Media Literacy Education

  • Jessica Wolff | Director of Policy and Research, Center for Educational Equity

Emily Talks About Critical Media Literacy for the Brainwaves Anthology Project


Emily joins The Media Spot!  

In September 2015, Emily joined The Media Spot, a small media literacy consulting company founded and operated by Rhys Daunic. As a curriculum content consultant and teacher educator, Emily works primarily with K-6 teachers to integrate media production activities into curricular units that foster critical thinking and creating composition.

The addition of Emily Bailin Wells has 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 working 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!
— The Media Spot

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