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Nicole Dreiske

A recognized leader in the development of screen-based programs for enriching children, Nicole Dreiske is the Executive Director of the International Children's Media Center, and founded the first nd largest international children's film festival in the U.S. As director of the Chicago International Children's Film Festival for 26 years, Dreiske was the first festival director world-wide to get the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to recognize a children's event as an "Academy Qualifying" festival. Her achievement meant that winners of a children's film festival in the short film category could compete for the Oscars for the first time. 

Dreiske curated the International Children's Film Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music for sixteen years, the Wisconsin International Children's Film Festival for six years and continues to curate the ICFilmFest, a world class touring festival of international films for children. Dreiske consults with arts, education and civic organizations, on strategic and intentional arts programming and has launched numerous festivals nationally and internationally. 

From 1975-1993 Dreiske conducted an intensive eighteen-year interdisciplinary study, titled "Matrix and Multiplicity" focusing on accelerative learning processes and techniques for peak performance. She has presented seminars developed from this research at hundreds of national and international venues, including businesses, universities and convention centers.

Over the past twenty-five years and working with five-thousand children each year, Dreiske has conducted numerous workshops and seminars focusing on media and education. Since 1997, her landmark methodologies and pedagogies for early childhood have been presented at the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and its local Chicago chapter, the Chicago Board of Education, the Illinois Teacher's Union, the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Peditrics, Illinois Public Health and Safety, the Partnership for Media Education, the World Summit on Media for Children and numerous other organizations. 

Dreiske innovates approaches for integrating technology and media into twenty-first century classrooms in ways that empower children and address new Common Core frameworks. ICMC's acclaimed Screen Smart program uses neuroscience-based techniques to improve literacy skills, critical thinking and social emotional learning.

She is the author of THE UPSIDE OF DIGITAL DEVICES How to Make Your Child More Screen Smart, Literate and Emotionally Intelligent (HCI Books; May 2018). The book is based on her decades long research in the field as well as her work with children in schools and communities around the world. 

Dreiske lives in Chicago.

For more information on Nicole or to book her to speak at your next event, please contact:

workshops@icmediacenter.org or (773)-528-6854