Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age

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Advancing Children’s Learning in a Digital Age

Michael Levine, Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, will be discussing his new book Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens. With Tap, Click Read, Lisa Guernsey of New America and Michael Levine tackle some of the most urgent concerns of the digital age: How do we encourage young children’s early literacy skills and promote a love of learning in the midst of a media landscape full of a dizzying array of games, videos, and apps? What will it take to create a future in which parents and teachers become adept at using media to build a foundation for children’s reading? Beyond traditional literacy, what are the digital competencies that today’s young children will need to master in an increasingly complex and interconnected world? The authors scan the marketplace of digital apps and games, and look at innovative models that use technology to encourage adult-child interactions to foster early literacy skills.

About Michael

Michael Levine is the Founding Executive Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.  The Center conducts research, develops prototypes, scalable models and design challenges, and convenes leaders to promote investments in high quality media experiences for children. Levine also serves in a senior executive position on Sesame Workshop’s leadership team, concentrating on public engagement and educational impact for the global non-profit.

Prior to joining the Center, Michael served as Vice President for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote knowledge and understanding of other world regions and cultures.  Michael previously oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media, and primary grades reform and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives.

Dr. Levine serves on New York City’s Universal Pre-Kindergarten Scientific Advisory Council, and is a Pahara-Aspen Education Reform Fellow. He has been a frequent adviser to the White House and the U.S. Department of Education and writes for public affairs journals, including a regular column for Huffington Post.  He was named by Working Mother magazine as one of America’s most influential leaders in family and children’s policy and serves on several nonprofit boards, including Classroom, Inc., Forum for Youth Investment, We Are Family Foundation, DigiLearn, the Leman School, and Journeys in Film. Michael received his Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller School and his B.S. from Cornell University.

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