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Cooney Center Fellows Program applications now available

Written by Elyse Eidman-Aadahl
February 03, 2011

The Cooney Center Fellows
encourages research, innovation, and dissemination to promote children’s learning. Fellows participate in a wide range of projects and, in doing so, develop broad exposure to scholarship, policy, and practice in the field of digital media and learning. This professional development program offers opportunities to:

  • Conduct research on digital media use among elementary school-age children;
  • Publish research that responds to practical industry and practitioner needs;
  • Expand the influence research has in government, education, philanthropy, and industry decision making; and
  • Develop new skills and perspectives that are critical to becoming a leader in the field of digital media and learning.

Current and former Fellows have led research investigations and published reports and articles on digital media innovations, industry trends, and policy solutions. They have also developed public presentation and media outreach skills, organized major cross-sector convenings, and contributed to the overall growth of the Cooney Center.

For a period of one year beginning in Fall 2011, the Fellow will work in residence at the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, which is located in New York City. The Fellow will undertake an independent research project of his/her choosing, which he/she should outline in the application process. Fellows also play a substantive role in ongoing Cooney Center projects and initiatives, and participate in the day-to-day operations of the Center, including publication production, annual leadership forum planning, and contributing to the Website and newsletter. Fellows occasionally travel to present research for dissemination and professional development purposes.

The Cooney Center Fellows Program attracts a wide range of applicants with expertise in digital media and/or in the fields of communication, child development, education, learning sciences, psychology, computer science, design, and public policy. Early career investigators, including recent graduates of masters and doctoral programs and current doctoral students, are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due March 31, 2011.

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