Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media heads to the printer!




Here is the cover, front and back! OUR MEDIA WORLD by Sr. Gretchen Hailer, RSHM and I, will be published by Pauline Books & Media www.pauline.org in January, 2010 (God-willing and nothing unforeseen arises). More information to follow!

Along with our 2007 book MEDIA MINDFULNESS: EDUCATING TEENS ABOUT FAITH & MEDIA (St. Mary’s Press, www.smp.org), with the publication of OUR MEDIA WORLD, teachers, catechists, parents, youth ministers, those engaged in pastoral ministry for parents, clergy, will have a consistent strategy K- 12 for engaging critically and mindfully through the lens of faith in popular culture and the media world. 


Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith and Media – it’s finished! Due out Jan 2010


Co-authors Gretchen Hailer, RSHM & Rose Pacatte, FSP of

Our Media World: Teaching Kids K-8 about Faith & Media


The book is due out in January 2010 from Pauline Books & Media, Boston (Pauline Books & Media Publishing House, Boston) . As soon as we get cover art we will post it!

Our Media World is a “stand alone” that will create, with our book Media Mindfulness: Educating Teens about Faith & Media (2007, St. Mary\’s Press) a consistent media literacy education strategy for K-12 to navigte our mediated, pop culture world.

Our Media World uses the lenses of critical inquiry, themes of Catholic social teaching, and a pedagogy of shared praxis within the context of faith formation to guide teachers, catechists, and parents in their teaching.

The Media Mindfulness strategy is based in theological reflection and social analysis.

Watch this space for more information as the publication date draws near!

We want to thank our editor at Pauline Books & Media, Sr. Christina M. Wegendt, FSP.


What are people saying about our first book, Media Mindfulness?

From St. Mary\’s Press site:

Media Mindfulness is a wonderful gift to people of faith. With easy-to-implement suggestions, it guides readers (and their students) in a sophisticated and reflective examination of the complex intersections between media and modern life. The book’s emphasis on good decision-making and thinking critically with an open mind and heart is a welcome addition to the field of media literacy education. It is a must-have for anyone working with youth groups in a faith-based context. Faith Rogow, Ph.D., Founding President, Alliance for a Media Literate America (AMLA)
A blockbuster resource for teaching about the media and media messages within a context of Christianity. Both authors have a wonderful reputation for their work in this area, and once again they have delivered a resource that is invaluable to anyone teaching about media literacy. John J. Pungente, SJ, Jesuit Communication Project, Toronto, Ontario
This is an important book on a timely and critical topic. By approaching media and popular culture from a perspective grounded in faith and Scripture, Hailer and Pacatte have given us a powerful, comprehensive resource for helping teens understand and thoughtfully reflect on the role media and technology play in their young lives. The four-part “media mindfulness” strategy gives educators, ministers, and mentors a framework and effective activities for engaging youth in thoughtful analysis of media and its influence on attitudes, behaviors, faith, and values. This book belongs in every church, youth ministry, and religious education program. Frank Gallagher, Director, Education and Media Literacy, Cable in the Classroom
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