Shanna Kohn

Senior Education Manager, Humanitarian Programs

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Shanna Kohn is the Senior Education Manager of Humanitarian Programs at Sesame Workshop. She leads educational content development for Ahlan Simsim, a localized version of Sesame Street in the Middle East, and manages the design of multimedia teaching and learning materials for Sesame Workshop’s humanitarian programs. The Workshop’s two large-scale humanitarian programs, generously funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the LEGO Foundation, deliver early learning and nurturing care to children and caregivers affected by the Syrian and Rohingya refugee crises and comprise the largest early childhood intervention in the history of humanitarian response.

Prior to working on humanitarian programs, Kohn 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 curriculum--in Jordan, Lebanon, the Kurdish Region of Iraq, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, South Africa, and Mexico. She also worked as Editorial Assistant for the Sesame Learning team, creating multimedia content for preschool classrooms in the United States. Kohn was recently asked to join the Workshop’s senior leadership Operations Team through an inaugural effort led by the President & CEO to broaden and diversify the voices that impact business decisions and operations.

Kohn holds a BA in American Studies from Vassar College and an EdM in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education.

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