Dr. Yonty (Jonathan) Friesem is an Assistant Professor at Central Connecticut State University and the Associate Director of the Media Education Lab. His work and research in media literacy focus on the opportunities to enhance social and emotional skills of students and educators in formal and informal settings through the process of media production. Yonty is an award winning filmmaker who founded two media departments in high schools in Israel while being a board member of the national media production curriculum. Since 2011, he has developed curriculum and taught media literacy for at risk youth and giving professional development to teachers around the country. He has a M.A.in Leadership and Management in Education from the University of Tel Aviv and a PhD from the joint doctoral program in education at the University of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College. For more information, visit his website: www.DigitalEmpathy.net and follow on Twitter @yonty