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March 12, 2014 - Advancing Children’s Learning In A Digital Age

Early Childhood Learning Is Changing


Who better to talk about changes in early childhood learning than Sesame Street.  It may come as no surprise to you that 95% of all Americans have watched the show by th time they are three years old, and the series is seen by children in over 150 countries.  Sesame Street is the recognized leader in early childhood learning, using their strong visual style, fast moving action, humor and music to engage and educate children from a wide variety of backgrounds and economic circumstances.

What they do so well is connect with children, being the bridge between home and school - bringing critical lessons in literacy and numeracy, emotional wellbeing, health and wellness, and respect and understanding.  At Sesame Workshop, they research, innovate, inform, improve, measure…repeat.  Cracking the code of learning is a continuous process for them.  This forum provided insights in to the opportunities to advance children’s learning in a digital age.

Featured Speaker - Dr. Michael Levine, Founding Executive Director - Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
and joined by local innovative educators:

Dr. Brenda J. Becker, Superintendent, Hempfield School District
Dr. Michael Leichliter, Superintendent, Penn Manor School District
Ms. Vickie Hallock, Supervisor of Elementary Education - Penn Manor School District
Mr. Pedro Rivera, Superintendent - School District of Lancaster
Mr. Patrick Jinks, President & CEO - United Way of Lancaster - School Readiness

Michael Levine

Dr. Michael Levine is the Founding Director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, an independent non-profit organization at Sesame Workshop.  The Center conducts research and builds multi-sector partnerships to scale innovation and investment in promising educational media technologies for children.  Michael has overseen 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 early childhood initiatives.  Michael has been a frequent advisor to the U.S. Department of Education and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Policy form Brandeis University and his B.S. from Cornell University.

Dr. Levine’s Presentation- Early Childhood Education Matters—The Littlest Learners, the Greatest Gains

Ms. Vickie Hallock -The Penn Manor/Millersville University Flipped Classroom Partnership

Dr. Brenda Becker - Breaking Out of The Agricultural / Industrial Model of Education

Pedro Rivera - Beyond the ABCs—The Power of Early Childhood Education