Thanks to House Bill 1365, Washington state schools, districts, and ESDs can apply for grants that will support integrating Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship, or Synthetic Media (aka deepfakes) curriculum into classes.
There is great Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship curriculum out there. Educators need release time so they can figure out how to start teaching it in their classrooms, tailoring it to the needs of their communities, and learning from experienced professionals in the field.
The planning grant application window closed as of March 28, 2022, due to the full utilization of grant funds for this fiscal year (FY 21-22). The next grant application window for the one-year project grant (FY 22-23) is anticipated to be available early May 2022 (see below).
One-Year Project Grants
School district teams can now apply for a project grant for FY 2022-23 that involves integrating Media Literacy, Digital Citizenship, and/or Synthetic Media curriculum into Social Studies, English Language Arts, or Health classes.
Apply through iGrants – Form Package 1 | Due date May 26, 2022, at 4:00 pm
- Washington state school districts
- Washington state public schools
- Washington state tribal schools
- Washington state Educational Service Districts, if they will be offering support to small/rural districts in order to ensure equity of access
Past Grant Activity
Two-Year Project Grants have been awarded for FY 2021-22 and FY 2022-23. Teams from Franklin High School in Seattle and from Battleground, LaCenter, Longview, Vancouver, and Washougal School Districts will be working on integrating Media Literacy curriculum into classes and sharing their resources and best practices with other educators. Stay tuned for more about the results of these projects, which will be posted on the OER Commons Washington Hub.
Planning grants have been awarded for the remainder of FY 2021-22. Teams from Bellingham, Central Valley, Edmonds, Ephrata, Olympia, Tacoma, and Winlock School Districts, as well as Ballard High School in Seattle, will be working on plans for potential projects next year.
In 2019, SB 5594 allocated state funds for a two-year grant cycle administered by OSPI that allowed teams from schools, districts, and ESDs to develop and share openly-licensed curriculum units on media literacy and/or digital citizenship. These curriculum units can be found in the Media Literacy & Digital Citizenship Group on the OER Commons Washington Hub.