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Michael H. Levine is the founding executive director of the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, an action research and innovation hub devoted to harnessing the potential of digital media to advance young children's learning and development. The Center conducts research, incents breakthrough prototypes and design challenges, informs practice, and convenes leaders to promote investments in high quality media experiences for vulnerable youth.
Early Life and Education:
Levine grew up in New York City, where he attended William Cullen Bryant High School. He received a B.S. from Cornell University in Industrial and Labor Relations and a Ph.D. in Social Policy from Brandeis University’s Florence Heller Graduate School.
Prior to joining the Cooney 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, he oversaw Carnegie Corporation of New York's groundbreaking work in early childhood development, educational media and primary grades reform as Deputy Chair and Senior Program Officer. Dr Levine also served as a senior adviser to the New York City Schools Chancellor, where he directed dropout prevention, after-school, and early childhood initiatives.
Dr. Levine has served as an adviser to several government agencies including the White House, the U.S. Department of Education, PBS and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and writes frequently for policy-oriented and media industry audiences including The Huffington Post, Democracy Journal, and Education Week. He serves on numerous nonprofit boards and advisory councils, including the Forum for Youth Investment, Teach For America, We Are Family Foundation, and the Leman School.
- Barron, B., Cayton-Hodges, G., Bofferding, L., Copple, C., Darling-Hammond, L., & Levine, M. (2011). Take a Giant Step: A Blueprint for Teaching Children in a Digital Age. New York: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop
- Levine, M. H., & Gershenfeld, A.,(11 October 2010). "Scaling Up a Videogame-learning Link." Education Week. Retrieved from http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2010/10/13/07levine_ep.h30.htm
- Levine, M. and Gee, J.P.(Spring 2009). "TV Guidance." Democracy Journal(12). Retrieved from http://www.democracyjournal.org/12/6673.php
- Shuler, C., Ching, D., Lewis, A., Levine, M. H., "Harnessing the Potential of Mobile Technologies for Children and Learning" in Druin, A.(Ed.)(2009). Mobile Technology for Children Designing for Interaction and Learning. New York: Morgan Kaufmann. ISBN: 012374900X
- Thai, A., Lowenstein, D., Ching, D., & Rejeski, D., Foreword in Game Changer: Investing in Digital Play to Advance Children’s Learning and Health. (2009). New York: The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop.
- Gee, J.P., & Levine, M.H. (16 September 2009). "Let's Get Over The Slump." Education Week. Retrieved from: http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2008/09/17/04levine_ep.h28.html
- Levine, M. H. (November 2005) "Take a Giant Step: Investing in Preschool Education In Emerging Nations." Phi Delta Kappan 87(no. 3): p.196-200. Abstract
- Weatherley R.A., Levine M.H., Perlman S.B., Klerman L.V. (1987). National Problems, Local Solutions: Comprehensive Services for Pregnant and Parenting Adolescents.