As executive vice president of Education, Research and Outreach, Lewis Bernstein, Ph.D., establishes the educational agenda for all Sesame Workshop productions and creative executions. He oversees the development and analysis of research studies that assess the objectives of Sesame Workshop's projects.
Dr. Bernstein served as the executive producer of the nonprofit organization's most beloved and well-known series, Sesame Street. In his three years in that role, the series adopted a curriculum encouraging American children to respect the diversity of children from all over the world and an initiative to teach children about nutrition and exercise. His work won him and the Workshop three Emmy awards.
Formerly vice president of Global Sesame Street Productions, Dr. Bernstein has been integral to the success of the children's series internationally, training production teams from France, Spain, Holland, Germany, Kuwait, and Israel to develop their own versions of the program. Prior to this role, Dr. Bernstein served as the executive producer of Sesame English, a television series that teaches conversational English in foreign countries. In addition, he was responsible for spearheading the Israeli/Palestinian version of Sesame Street and served as the program’s executive producer.
Dr. Bernstein's association with Sesame Workshop began in 1972, when he came on board as director of Research, working alongside Jim Henson and Jon Stone to integrate entertainment and education.
Dr. Bernstein received a bachelor of arts in psychology from Queens College of the City University of New York, a master of arts in communications from Hebrew University, and a doctor of philosophy in communications research from Columbia University.