Media literacy

MDC teacher receives National Council of Teachers of English Media Literacy Award


Emilie Andrea Sendin

Emily Andrea Sendin, Miami Dade College (MDC) Padrón Campus English, Professor of Literature and Creative Writing, received the Media Literacy Award from the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).

The Media Literacy Award is a prestigious national award given to a single educator each year. It features NCTE members who have developed innovative approaches to integrating media analysis and composition into their teaching.

A selection committee noted “the breadth and range of ways Professor Sendin engages media literacy in his courses at Miami Dade College. The student project examples demonstrated strength within and across the four award criteria, particularly in terms of community collaborations and how students are challenged to create and analyze media texts. Media literacy principles were integrated into all of the projects described, and candid descriptions of the nominee’s successes and ongoing goals speak to the challenges of implementing this work. The committee appreciates the wide range of student projects and candid reflections present in the digital portfolio.

In her more than 22 years at the MDC, Professor Sendin has been named Endowed Teaching Chair, Fulbright Scholar, and Florida Campus Contact Service Learning Faculty of the Year. She earned a BA and MA in English with a concentration in Women’s Studies from Florida International University. Her areas of expertise are African American literature, postcolonialism and feminist theories, and media studies.

At MDC, she teaches Global Sustainability Studies and Earth Literacy, Service Learning, and Honors College courses. She is a founding advisor of Urbana, the award-winning, student-run literary and arts magazine at the Padrón campus. She is also the founding advisor of Hermione’s Army, a chapter of Fandom Forward, an international organization whose mission is to use the power of story for social activism. In addition, Prof. Sendin is the co-founder of FNE International’s 17-year-old Tengo un Sueño educational program. Her passions include books, art, travel, teaching, writing, and service.

The National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) is dedicated to improving the teaching and learning of English and language arts at all levels of education. For over 100 years, NCTE has worked with its members to provide journals, publications and resources; to provide the voice and expertise of educators as advocates for their students at the local and federal levels, and to share lesson ideas, research, and teaching strategies through its annual conference and other professional learning events.

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