Category Archives: People

Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph.D.

On Being a Fellow

by Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph. D
February 25, 2011

Editor’s Note: Want to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center team? Apply to be the 2016-2017 Cooney Center Fellow! We are accepting fellowship applications now through April 4, 2016. “This can be a pretty quirky place–do you think she would feel comfortable here?” Apparently, this is one of the questions that Michael Levine asked … 







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Lecture at the Edward Zigler Center in Child Development

by Catherine Jhee
February 10, 2011

If you are in New Haven on Friday, February 11, we invite you to attend the Zigler Center’s weekly social policy lecture series. Michael Levine will present a preview of Always Connected, a collaboration with the Sesame Workshop that will be published this spring, and The Impacts of Media Multitasking … 







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What’s the good stuff?

by Pam Abrams
February 10, 2011

In my first week on the job at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center I learned about two terrific Websites — Poptropica and Whyville. I dutifully recommended them to my brother and sister-in-law, who are ever in search of “good” digital media for their 8-year-old. “Thanks so much for these,” Debbie … 







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Cooney Center Fellows Program: Now Open for Applications

by Lori Takeuchi, Ph.D.
February 2, 2011

Want to join the Cooney Center Team? Apply to be the 2011-2012 Cooney Center Fellow! The Cooney Center Fellows Program encourages research, innovation, and dissemination to promote children’s learning. Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and practice in … 







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Looking Back to Move Ahead: Some Reflections on 2010

by Michael H. Levine, PhD
December 22, 2010

This past year has been a difficult one for many families, especially for the nation’s most vulnerable children. By some estimates, nearly half of all young children in the U.S. are at risk of falling into poverty should their parents face more economic stress. And the litany of disturbing statistics … 







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Podcast on iPhones, Educational Apps, and Young Kids

by Catherine Jhee
December 16, 2010

Check out this great interview about the Cooney Center’s report report, “Learning: Is There An App for That?” with Carly Shuler, the study’s co-author, and Lisa Guernsey, Director of the Early Education Initiative at the New America Foundation. They discuss the phenomenon of the “pass-back” effect, in which parents share … 







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Grantmakers for Education Remarks

by Gary E. Knell
November 5, 2010

The following remarks were delivered by Sesame Workshop CEO Gary E. Knell at the Grantmakers for Education annual conference last week. The end of World War II was a pivotal moment in our nation’s history – it was the first time in 150 years that the government made a serious … 







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Welcome Our New Cooney Center Research Fellow, Dr. Becky Herr Stephenson!

by Cooney Center Team
September 13, 2010

The Cooney Center is thrilled to announce our new 2010-2011 Research Fellow, Dr. Becky Herr Stephenson. Becky received her Ph.D. in 2008 from the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Southern California. Her research interests include media literacy, teaching and learning with digital media and popular culture, and … 







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Catching the Cooney Center Bug: Reflections on My Summer Internship at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center

by Mariel Goddu
September 13, 2010

Stepping onto the elevator at 1900 Broadway for the first time, I took a deep breath and-for the hundredth time since leaving my apartment-lovingly instructed myself to Chill. Out. It was the first morning of my summer internship at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and I was scared. Scared, but … 







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Raising the Next Digital Generation

by Gabrielle Cayton-Hodges, Ph.D.
August 18, 2010

There is something wonderfully simple about my 5-month-old daughter’s inexperience in our digital universe. I was three years old when the nation watched a woman in runner’s uniform hurl a hammer at “Big Brother” during Super Bowl XVIII. The world was invited to watch in awe and wonder how new … 







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