Hello, World

by Michael Preston, PhD
March 19, 2019

I’m deeply honored to join the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an organization widely recognized for its work to advance learning for kids, educators, and families of all backgrounds.

In 1966, Joan Ganz Cooney and her colleagues were determined to harness the power of television to address literacy gaps in early childhood. These early efforts led to the creation of Sesame Street, now in its 50th year, which reaches 100 million children and families in more than 140 countries.

The Cooney Center was founded in 2007 on the same principles of innovation and equity, to ensure we set a high bar as we mobilize technology and media to support children’s intellectual, socio-emotional, and physical development.

My career has traversed K-12 and higher education; classroom, school, and district-level innovation; curriculum development, teacher learning, and educational research; software development; and the creation of multi-sector partnerships to achieve shared goals.

I expect I will be drawing from all of these experiences as we explore new frontiers and new literacies, support and translate research into action, and guide the field toward better opportunities and outcomes for kids.

I’m grateful to my terrific team here, our board, and particularly to the Cooney Center’s founding Executive Director, Michael Levine, who now serves as Sesame Workshop’s Chief Knowledge Officer. And I’m really looking forward to meeting the Cooney Center community as we start writing our next chapter!