Join us for an intimate conversation about the world of research, how to put theory into practice, a Q&A session and s’more sweet networking!
Date and Time: Monday, June 6th, 2016, 6:30pm
Location: The National Opera Center, 330 7th Ave, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001
More about our speakers:
Jennifer Kotler Clarke Ph.D.
Vice President, Content Research & Evaluation
Jennifer Kotler Clarke is the Vice President of Content Research & Evaluation at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and other educational programs for children. Dr. Kotler Clarke is responsible for research planning and creating logic models in order to maximize the impact of Sesame Workshop’s content on children, parents, and educators across the globe. She oversees research design, methodology, assessment and data analysis. She also develops and executes studies designed to inform the creation of educational material for children.
Prior to joining the Workshop, Dr. Kotler Clarke worked on an evaluation of a school-based violence prevention program at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has worked with numerous organizations such as the Center for Media Education, the Center for Research on Influences of Television on Children at the University of Texas in Austin and Georgetown University, where she coordinated the Children & Media Project while completing a postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Kotler Clarke also served as an adjunct professor at the Teachers College at Columbia University and Georgetown University.
Dr. Kotler Clarke graduated from Cornell University with a BS in Human Development and Family Studies. She went on to receive her master’s in Human Development from the University of Kansas and a Ph.D. in Child Development and Family Studies from the University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. J. Alison Bryant
Co-CEO and Chief Play Officer
PlayScience, PlayLab, & Sandbox
Alison is a leading researcher and expert on how technology impacts kids and families, learning in the 21st century, and consumer-driven product innovation. As Co-CEO and Chief Play Officer for PlayScience, she overseas insights efforts and leads innovation around branding, content creation and development for major global companies. Under her leadership, PlayScience has partnered with dozens of marquee family brands, including Sesame Workshop, Disney, Girl Scouts, Samsung, and many others. She founded PlayLab to create kid-friendly (and industry innovating) spaces – both real and virtual – for gathering insights. And her Sandbox brand brings the mission of helping organizations develop impactful play to life through a series of idea-generating and innovation-driving conferences, such as the annual Sandbox@MIT and Sandbox Sports (arriving in Fall 2016).
Prior to launching her own companies, Alison was Senior Research Director of Digital Research & Strategy for the Nickelodeon/MTV Networks Kids & Family Group. Before joining Nickelodeon, she was an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University. She has three edited books – The Children’s Television Community, Television and the American Family (2nd Ed), and Service-Learning in the University Classroom – and over 30 research articles and chapters. Alison earned her Ph.D. from the Annenberg School of Communication at the University of Southern California.