Category Archives: People

“Digital Play for Global Citizens” as a Framework for a Family Engagement Workshop at the Library

This summer, Oak Park Public librarians Anne Bensfield and Naomi Priddy hosted two workshops inspired by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center’s Digital Play for Global Citizens guide. As Multicultural Learning Librarian, Naomi manages the Multicultural Collection, a circulating collection of books and artifacts from around the world. Her goals are to create opportunities to explore different […]

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Peter G. Peterson

The Joan Ganz Cooney Center mourns the passing of Peter G. Peterson, an extraordinary international business and civic leader who was a founder and long-time supporter of the Center. Pete and his wife Joan Ganz Cooney have left an indelible imprint on the world through their contributions. He will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and […]


A Year of Deeper Thinking: Jason Yip On His Cooney Center Fellowship

Jason Yip was a Research Fellow here at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center in 2013-14. He is currently a Senior Fellow here as well as an assistant professor at the University of Washington. We asked him to share some highlights from his time here, as well as what he is doing now. Tell us a […]

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A Cooney Center Fellow Reflects on a Dream Come True

How on earth do I describe a dream come true? How do I explain what brought me here, why I sought out this special place? I’ll start with a quote from Fred Rogers: Those of us in children’s television are chosen to be servants. We are chosen to help meet the deeper needs of those […]


ESA’s Q&A with Michael Levine

The Entertainment Software Association (ESA) recently interviewed Michael Levine about his groundbreaking work in video games and learning, why games will become a common part of the workplace, and how his kids use video games to dominate their fantasy leagues. This was originally published in The ESA Newsletter and appears here with permission. Thanks for […]

Welcome Elisabeth McClure, Cooney Center Research Fellow

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 two years old learn better […]


Katz, Vaala, and Yip Named Senior Cooney Center Fellows

We are proud to announce a brand new fellows program at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Unlike the Center’s traditional Fellowship, which is annually awarded to early-career investigators, the Cooney Center Senior Fellowship program honors individuals for their past contributions as well as ongoing collaborations with the Cooney Center. Drs. Vikki Katz, and Sarah Vaala, […]


Designing Media for Underserved Families

A Collaborative Experiment On January 23, 2015, researchers, educators, and digital media professionals spent the day at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (aka the to imagine how to better support the needs and interest-driven learning of families with children through digital media. The “Designing Media for Underserved Families” event, funded by the National […]

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Farewell to One of Our Founders, Mel Ming, and a Warm Welcome to Our New Chairman, Jeffrey Dunn

At the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, we are constantly documenting the rapid changes in the digital media landscape, and we are now getting ready to embrace changes in our own neighborhood. This summer, Mel Ming, one of the Founders of the Cooney Center (along with former CEO Gary Knell) announced that he would retire after […]

The New Learning Times Profiles Michael H. Levine

This excerpt originally appeared on New Learning Times and appears here with permission. New Learning Times is produced by EdLab, a non-profit research, design, and development unit at Teachers College Columbia University. EdLab’s mission is to facilitate the future of learning through technology. Read the full post here (registration required). As Founding Director of the Joan […]