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Janis KupersmidtJanis Kupersmidt

Janis Kupersmidt

Maggie AlterMaggie Alter

Maggie Alter

Samantha BenderSamantha Bender

Samantha Bender

Cory CampbellCory Campbell

Cory Campbell

Jared CooperJared Cooper

Jared Cooper

Melissa EnnisMelissa Ennis

Melissa Ennis

Kim GosnellKim Gosnell

Kim Gosnell

Kelsey HallattKelsey Hallatt

Kelsey Hallatt

Susan HawsSusan Haws

Susan Haws

Elyse KeefeElyse Keefe

Elyse Keefe

Christina V. MalikChristina V. Malik

Christina V. Malik

Kathleen MalleyKathleen Malley

Kathleen Malley

Hannah McCormickHannah McCormick

Hannah McCormick

Shiesha McNeilShiesha McNeil

Shiesha McNeil

Alison ParkerAlison Parker

Alison Parker

Taryn R. PattersonTaryn R. Patterson

Taryn R. Patterson

Sarah RabinerSarah Rabiner

Sarah Rabiner

Yvette D. RuffinYvette D. Ruffin

Yvette D. Ruffin

Tracy M. ScullTracy M. Scull

Tracy M. Scull

Rebecca StelterRebecca Stelter

Rebecca Stelter

Katie StumpKatie Stump

Katie Stump

Stephanie TepperStephanie Tepper

Stephanie Tepper

Shelley UptonShelley Upton

Shelley Upton

Richard Van HornRichard Van Horn

Richard Van Horn

Maaike van RestMaaike van Rest

Maaike van Rest

Kimberly VuongKimberly Vuong

Kimberly Vuong

Tara WeatherholtTara Weatherholt

Tara Weatherholt

Ashley WebbAshley Webb

Ashley Webb

Bryan WigginsBryan Wiggins

Bryan Wiggins



Media Detective is an activity-based, media literacy, alcohol and tobacco use prevention program that engages students from the first moment of class until the final lesson.  The program consists of ten lessons, approximately 45 minutes each in length, which have been based on established models of decision-making and research on message interpretation.  This program is the result of a collaboration among child clinical and developmental psychologists, media literacy experts, veteran teachers, students, and substance abuse prevention professionals.

Led by the dynamic detective duo, Snoop and Scoop (dog and cat mascots), students are taught to unravel the mysteries associated with media messages and advertisements by attending Media Detective School.  Students “enroll” in Media Detective School for two weeks and learn five clues to help them to solve the mystery of advertising.

The lessons consist of interactive activities, hands-on practice, and group work that teach critical thinking skills that build cumulatively upon one another throughout the program. Students discover the media world around them and apply these skills to better understand what messages are being sent to them, particularly pro-drug messages about alcohol and tobacco products. It is intended that students then apply those skills in everyday life to be able to stop and think before accepting media messages. It is hoped that students will question what they should do, think, buy, or believe in relation to media messages and become more active viewers who will make more informed choices. The lessons build skills progressively and are filled with many aha” moments as students take a closer look at the media and the world around them.

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