Category Archives: Commentary

Learning Across Silos: An Integrated Approach to the Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai & Andy Russell
August 16, 2010

In our first post, we provided an overview of Newsweek’s coverage of America’s creativity crisis, which highlighted the crucial need for creativity and innovation in solving real-world problems. We began to explore skills and processes that have been associated with creativity and appreciate how your comments added to the discussion. … 







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Transforming Childrens Learning to Address Americas Creativity Crisis

by Ann My Thai
August 9, 2010

In today’s difficult job market, which candidate is most appealing, the one who received a perfect SAT score, or the one that can offer the most creative solutions to a complex problem, such as stopping the spread of oil along the Gulf Coast?   The July 10 Newsweek magazine cover story, … 







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It’s Not Just the Teacher, It’s What the Teacher Teaches, Including Life Skills!

by Ellen Galinsky
July 29, 2010

Reprinted from the Huffington Post, July 28, 2010, with permission from the author, Ellen Galinsky. A front-page story in the New York Times today (July 28) by David Leonhardt is provocatively titled “The Case for $320,000 Kindergarten Teachers”. In what is described as an “explosive” new study, Harvard economist Raj … 







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Revolution Needed for Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age

by Michael H. Levine
July 14, 2010

Reprinted from Huffington Post, July 5, 2010. Written together with Esther Wojcicki, Creative Commons Board Chair America is celebrating. The Fourth of July is a time for parades, parties, BBQs, fireworks—we certainly have much to be thankful for here in America, the most innovative country on earth. But one area … 







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You Say You Want a Revolution?

by Cooney Center Team
July 12, 2010

  Check out Esther Wojcicki and Michael H. Levine‘s Huff Post on Teaching Literacy in a Digital Age. Add your comments to the blog post or right here!  







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The Next Sesame Street Is Digital

by TechDrawl
June 2, 2010

TechDrawl‘s Dave Walters interviewed our Executive Director, Michael H. Levine on May 19, 2010: View video & read more!







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Contests as a Tool for Innovation

by Gary Knell
June 2, 2010

Reprinted from Gary’s Blog, May 2010. Gary Knell is Sesame Workshop’s President & CEO. Earlier this month, the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama opened entries for their Apps for Healthy Kids competition.  Via the competition, the USDA is offering a $40,000 prize pool for leveraging USDA nutritional data to … 







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Off to the FCC

by Gary Knell
June 2, 2010

Reprinted from Gary’s Blog, May 2010. Gary Knell, Sesame Workshop’s President and CEO reports on his visit to the FCC: It’s not every day you get to go to the FCC. But today, Elmo needs a chaperone. In February of 2009, Congress passed a bill which authorizes the FCC to … 







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Recharging at TED

by Michael H. Levine
June 2, 2010

Reprinted from the February 2009 Cooney Center Bits Newsletter: I had the pleasure of attending my first TED conference earlier this month in its new Long Beach, CA venue. I have watched TED talks over the years, but before founding the Cooney Center had not thought much about participating in the … 







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Education 1.0 and the Desire to Upgrade

by Scott Traylor
October 6, 2009

This post originally appeared on the Breakthrough Learning in a Digital Age blog. A new high school is being built near my office. The old high school had served its function well over time, but in recent years the level of maintenance necessary to keep the school functioning translated into … 







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