WEBINAR | The Power of Media and Muppets: Bringing Early Learning to Refugee Families

Date & Time: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:15pm
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Sesame Workshop and NYU have joined forces to tackle one of the biggest issues of our time—the refugee crisis. Building on Sesame’s long history of creating localized media for children around the world and NYU’s expertise in evaluating early childhood programs, Ahlan Simsim —or “Welcome Sesame” in Arabic—is bringing early learning and nurturing care to children affected by conflict across the Middle East, in partnership with the International Rescue Committee. 

Join the Sesame Workshop Alumni Network and the NYU Alumni Association for a behind-the-scenes look at how Sesame Workshop is building on its legacy of creating international versions of Sesame Street and adapting to respond to the unique needs of displaced children and families today.

Panelists will discuss how Sesame Workshop’s approach to delivering early education through media has evolved over its 50-year history and how Sesame is applying its model of combining production, curriculum, and research to Ahlan Simsim. Learn how NYU’s research will lay the groundwork for others to adapt and build on Ahlan Simsim’s models to support early childhood development for children in crisis, wherever they may be.

Panelists Include:

  • Lewis Bernstein, President, Lewis J. Bernstein and Associates; Former Executive Producer, Sesame Street; and Former Executive VP of Education, Research and Outreach, Sesame Workshop
  • Scott Cameron, Executive Producer, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
  • Chary Cole, Executive Director, Blue Butterfly, and Former Senior Vice President of Global Education, Sesame Workshop
  • Shari Rosenfeld, Senior Vice President, International Social Impact, Sesame Workshop
  • Hirokazu Yoshikawa (GSAS ‘92, ‘98), Principal Investigator, Ahlan Simsim and Co-Director, NYU Global TIES for Children

Moderated by:

  • Cheryl Gotthelf (WSC, ‘78), President and Founder, Cheryl Gotthelf Consulting, and Former Vice President of Schools Division, Sesame Workshop

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NYU Global TIES for Children is an international research center at NYU New York and NYU Abu Dhabi which aims to improve the design, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies to promote children’s holistic development in low-and-middle-income countries and conflict-affected areas, in collaboration with their partners. This event is sponsored by the NYU Alumni Association and Sesame Workshop Alumni Network.


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