Michael Levine

Michael Levine is the founding director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an action research and innovation lab devoted to harnessing the potential of digital media to advance young children’s learning and healthy development.   Prior to joining the Center, Dr. Levine served as Vice President of New Media and Executive Director of Education for Asia Society, managing the global nonprofit’s interactive media and educational initiatives to promote understanding of Asia and other world regions, languages and cultures. Previously, Dr. Levine oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York’s groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media and primary grades reform, and was a senior advisor to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, afterschool, and early childhood initiatives. Dr. Levine serves as an informal adviser to the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and writes for policy-oriented groups such as the National Governors Association, Democracy Journal and Education Week.  He was named by Working Mother magazine as one of America’s most influential leaders in shaping family and children’s policy and serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including the Forum for Youth Investment, Teach For America, the US Department of Agriculture’s Healthy Apps Challenge, and Talaris Institute.


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