ICMC in the Press

NBC Chicago’s LeeAnn Trotter Visits Women’s View Program

at Cook County Jail

Arts and Culture reporter, LeeAnn Trotter joined Nicole Dreiske and participants of the Women’s View Film Festival Curation program at the Cook County Jail on April 8, 2024. You can view the full story here: https://tinyurl.com/2c5t2zpm

Nicole Dreiske Moderates a Panel at HuffPo’s How to Raise a Kid Conference

“A one-day event from HuffPost Parents for moms and dads who survived the baby years and now have children who are starting to navigate the world on their own.”

Stream the Conference here!

Women Curate A Film Fest From Cook County Jail

“Dreiske’s thoughtful arrangement is taking shape in a windowless and vacant tier of Division 5 at the Cook County Jail. A guard in a control booth looks through a pane of glass to a large, echoey day room surrounded by empty cells.”


WorldScene at Cook Country Jail During Pandemic 

“Created by ICMC Executive Director Nicole Dreiske, “WorldScene” aims to help cultivate personal agency and self-determination while empowering individuals in custody to develop greater empathy and form positive connections with friends, family, and members of the opposite gender.” –Reel Chicago

Online elementary school is a mess, but one educator says she’s got an answer

“I created Fast Focus to help teachers restore that energy they have in the classroom,” Dreiske said of her semi-new program. “It gives teachers super fast brain-body exercises that unify the classroom focus. It improves students’ connections to remote learning without taking time away from lesson plans.” –New York Daily News

Get the Lead Out! A Highway to Health Blog

“A quick follow up to our “Highway to Health” about lead poisoning and abatement, this guest blog by Nicole Dreiske will give you the key facts you need to avoid lead poisoning.” –Dave Nemo Show

Techniques for educators in a virtual classroom setting

“When it comes to our children and learning, what’s the best way to make sure e-learning can live up to the classroom experience? Nicole Dreiske talks about her company’s goal to change the way children view and engage in media.” -FOX32

Teach Your Children Well– The Physical Side of Remote Learning

“Remote learning requires a parent-child partnership. As we muddle through this pandemic, parents are faced with the issue of keeping kids engaged in their schoolwork. What was once an entertainment device, is now a tool for learning. So how to keep your child engaged in a remote learning environment? Get physical.” –You Don’t Say…

E-learning strategies to help students focus in the classroom

“Together, these tools can provide educators and parents techniques for keeping students engages and actively learning, with less risk of falling behind this fall and in the future.” -FOX17


ICMC Executive Directive Discusses her Book in this Episode of Off The Shelf

Author Explains What’s Most Important in Dealing with Kids and Screen Time

“It’s become one of the toughest day-to-day jobs for parents – protecting children from what they see online and regulating how much screen time they’re getting every day. [Dreiske] says the solution is found in how they are engaging and interacting with that screen.” – WKRC

Designation of ‘Gaming Disorder’ Fuels Parents’ Fears About Addictive Video Games

“The problem [about gaming addiction] is, there isn’t enough dialogue on the matter between parents and kids, Dreiske says. She wants parents to communicate better with their kids, and even play games with them to get a sense of the habits, reactions, and intensity.” – CLTV

Executive Director Nicole Dreiske on Fox News

“We don’t include all those great family interactions, that we’ve built up, with screens. One of the things that parents need to do a little bit more is spend time with their children, with these screens.”– Nicole Dreiske on Fox 32

Shout Out: Nicole Dreiske, Authored Book on Kids and Digital Devices

“Technology isn’t bad. It’s what we do with our minds while using screens that counts. I teach kids that there’s more going on in their minds than what they see on screens, that they’re unique individuals with great potential, purpose and creativity. They just need to turn on the mind before turning on the screen.” – Nicole Dreiske for the Chicago Tribune

Meet Nicole Dreiske of International Children’s Media Center in River North

“My approach is different because it’s based on wishes voiced by parents (and teachers and pediatricians and counselors) who told me what they want from technology for their children. I took their lists to heart and put together a fun, neuroscience-based approach drawn from my experience with accelerative learning and inquiry-based methodologies.”– Nicole Dreiske for Voyage Chicago

The Crisis Zone: What to Do About The News

“While my instinctive adult response may be to corral and contain the child’s emotions, we can turn these disturbing media moments into opportunities for family bonding if we talk less, listen more and ask questions.”– Nicole Dreiske for PTA’s Our Children

Screen Plot

“In school workshops, Dreiske says, she “first primes children’s minds” and then guides them through a close analysis of a short video or app as if it were a storybook. In addition to drawing on literacy skills during screen time, she encourages children to talk about what the character was feeling and how they, as the viewer, felt about it. It’s important for all of us to turn on our minds before turning on our screens.” – Nicole Dreiske for JWC Media

Interview with Nicole Dreiske: ScreenSmart™ Kids Are Kinder, Smarter, Closer

“You already teach your children social skills, empathy and civility by example and instruction. Because digital devices are social media tools, it’s logical for us to extend those social skills to phones, tablets and computers.”– Nicole Dreiske for MovieMom