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Catherine Jhee

Director of Web and Strategic Communications
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Ms. Jhee is Director of Web and Strategic Communications at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, where she leads its digital media and publication efforts.

She is a writer, editor, and interactive producer with more than 10 years of experience creating and distributing educational and documentary content for organizations including POV Interactive, the award-winning website for the independent documentary series on PBS, the Columbia Center for New Media Teaching and Learning, Science Bulletins at the American Museum of Natural History, and Picture Projects. Catherine’s interest in children’s media research began as an undergraduate at Duke University. She received an MAH from the University at Buffalo in Comparative Literature and Media Studies and an MS from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. She has taught courses on documentary video production and filmmaking at the University at Buffalo and interactive design at the Cooper Union School of Art.

Recently posted by this author:

What Will it Take for Virtual Reality to Become Education’s Next Big Reality?

August 13, 2019

At the XR for Change Summit in New York City in June 2019, the Joan Ganz Cooney Center hosted a cross-disciplinary panel of experts to discuss the potential impact and pitfalls of virtual reality (VR) in the classroom. Michael Preston, the Cooney Center’s executive director, kicked off the session with … 







Remembering 2018 and Looking Forward to an Exciting Year Ahead

January 2, 2019

Happy New Year! We hope that you have enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with loved ones, and that you are as rested and ready to take on new opportunities and challenges in 2019 as we are! As we begin the new year, we wanted to take some time to reflect … 







Announcing the 2018-2018 FamLAB Spark Grant Recipients

October 18, 2018

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop is thrilled to announce the recipients of the Families Learning Across Boundaries (FamLAB) Spark Grants, a program designed to identify, support, and promote innovative approaches to help children and youth ages 3-12 learn more deeply across home, community, and school settings. These … 







Building Together on 10 Years of Innovation and Research

December 6, 2017

Attention all designers, developers, and researchers: Almost 50 years ago, Joan Ganz Cooney submitted a proposal to the Carnegie Corporation that led to the creation of Sesame Street. Inspired by a conversation with Lloyd Morrisett about how children were so captivated by television that they were effortlessly learning advertising jingles, … 







FamLAB: Learning Across Boundaries

November 16, 2017

Children’s learning experiences in home, school, and community settings are often disconnected from one another, and this challenge particularly affects those who are already under-served. How might learning be better linked to support children’s development? How are some communities innovating to address this persistent challenge and how can digital technologies … 







Introducing KIDMAP

April 26, 2017

Creating inclusive children’s media is a lot like creating a beautiful garden. It requires research, planning, and mindful effort. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center is pleased to announce our partnership with the Kids’ Inclusive and Diverse Media Action Project (KIDMAP), formerly known as Diversity in Apps. This collective, made up of … 







How Do You Find the Best Educational Apps?

December 21, 2015

Earlier this month the Joan Ganz Cooney Center released the latest in a line of tracking studies of the educational apps marketplace in collaboration with our colleagues at New America.  What we found was—to be blunt—worrisome.  Progress in the development of scientifically-informed early learning apps that parents and educators can … 







Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens

October 1, 2015

We’re very excited to announce that Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens, a new book by Lisa Guernsey and Michael Levine,  is now available for purchase online and in bookstores. In Tap, Click, Read, Lisa and Michael argue that in order to build strong literacy skills … 







Welcome Elisabeth McClure, Cooney Center Research Fellow

September 30, 2015

We’re pleased to introduce our newest Cooney Center Fellow, Elisabeth McClure.  She has just joined us this month from Georgetown University, where she is completing her PhD in Human Development and Public Policy. Elisabeth’s graduate work was inspired by research about the video deficit effect, which finds that children under … 







Slideshow: Intergenerational Game Design Workshop

May 22, 2015

On Saturday, May 9, 17 kids between 8-18 years old joined a 50+ adult in their life (parents, grandparents, relatives, or friends) for a free, three-hour video game design workshop at the Kennedy Center for Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. hosted by AARP and MentorUp, E-Line Media and the Joan …