Media MindED is the brainchild of Founder Karen Davis, an impassioned teacher, Emmy-winning broadcaster, published writer and nationally certified journalism educator who is dedicated to teaching, researching, and finding solutions to best use digital and media practices to improve education. She brings a unique perspective to teaching and learning, having lived in 7 different countries, is bilingual, and spent years overseeing media enterprises throughout Latin America and Europe. In 2010, after decades in media, she transitioned into education full-time. She got a Master’s degree, guest-lectured at numerous universities and then began a decade-long journey at Miami Country Day School, teaching middle and upper school classes in broadcasting and journalism, civics and entrepreneurship. In addition, she worked closely with colleagues to develop professional opportunities to bolster their skills, partner in developing and designing curricula that wove media, digital and news literacies into K-12 classrooms and lessons, taking into account disparate ages and disciplines. The results were nothing less than monumental and it became her biggest desire to reach more K-12 educators and students. Media MindED is an extension of the work she began with colleagues over a decade ago.
Her publications and professional lectures have included: Design Thinking for Teens (2020), Journalism: The New Civics (2019), Best Practices for Teaching Digital Natives (2016), Developing Language Skills for Digital Natives through Broadcasting (2014), and Encouraging Bilingualism: A Review of ‘Bilingualism in Schools and Society: Language, Identity and Policy in Bilingual Research Journal, 2013.
Ms. Davis holds a MS.Ed from the University of Miami and a BA in International Relations and Spanish from Tufts University. Early in her career, she worked as a writer and political consultant, crafting media strategies, position papers, commercials, debate materials and preparing candidates for local, national and international governmental positions. She has won numerous awards for her work in newsrooms and entertainment TV, including work at NBC in New York, The Weather Channel, HBO International and MTV
Dr. Mary Avalos, Director, Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, University of Miami