Shanna Kohn is the Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs at Sesame Workshop. She leads curriculum development, program design, and the creation of multimedia teaching and learning materials forAhlan Simsim,an early childhood development initiative serving the needs of Syrian children displaced by conflict in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, and Syria. This joint, five-year project with the International Rescue Committee is funded by the first MacArthur Foundation 100&Change grant.
Prior to working onAhlan Simsim,Shanna managed curriculum, content, and program design in collaboration with on-the-ground partners for global programs focused on a variety of outcomes--including shifting parents’ perceptions and capacity around meaningful play, improving global health outcomes, and promoting a whole-child curricula--in Jordan, Lebanon, KRI, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, and Mexico. Before working on international projects, Shanna worked as Editorial Assistant for the Sesame Learning team, creating multimedia content for preschool classrooms in the United States.
Shanna holds a BA in American Studies from Vassar College and an EdM in Educational Policy from Harvard Graduate School of Education.