The Joan Ganz Cooney Center‘s mission is “to catalyze and support research, innovation and investment in digital media technologies to advance children’s learning.” Joan Ganz Cooney’s 1966 landmark study “The Potential Uses of Television in Preschool Education” led to the creation of the Children’s Television Workshop in 1968 and the debut of Sesame Street a year later. In 2006, The Joan Ganz Cooney Center was established and its focus is how emerging media help children learn. The Center disseminates research and policy reports. One of its most recent publications entitled “Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning” analyzes the key industry trends and innovations, as well as academic and industry projects, in order to make the case for the use of educational media to accelerate children’s learning and for its economic benefits to society. The author Carly Shuler draws on interviews with research, policy and industry experts “to illustrate how mobile technologies such as cell phones, iPod devices, and portable gaming platforms might be more widely used for learning.”
Education Week is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, July 7, 2 – 3 p.m. Eastern Time.
” ‘On the Front Lines of Schools’ is the latest chapter in a series of seminal reports that represent the critical voices in the dropout debate: students, parents, and now, teachers. The report identifies ‘expectation gaps’ and the need for more support at home as major factors in the rising tide of high school dropouts. The study gives voice to hundreds of educators, including teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members.” Read more about and register for this webinar here.
“On the Front Lines of Schools: Perspectives of Teachers and Principals on the High School Dropout Problem” is a report by Civic Enterprises. The descriptions and full text of this report and other reports published by this organization may be accessed from the Civic Enterprises website. Some of these other reports include:
- Grad Nation: A Guidebook to Help Communities Tackle the Dropout Crisis
- One Dream, Two Realities: Perspectives of Parents on America’s High Schools
- Engaged for Success: Service-Learning as a Tool for High School Dropout Prevention
- Achievement Trap: How America is Failing Millions of High-Achieving Students from Lower-Income Families
- The Case for Reform: Raising the Compulsory School Attendance Age
- Rebuilding Rwanda: From Genocide to Prosperity through Education