Dr. Renee Cherow-O’Leary is President of Education for the 21st Century, a research and consulting company in New York City that creates, develops and evaluates educational materials in all platforms for schools, media organizations, and non-profits.  She was a research director at Sesame Street for seven years and was the National Coordinator of a pioneering media literacy project in seventeen cities called Creating Critical Viewers sponsored by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Her clients include National Public Radio, Sprout, Disney, Wonderplay, Barnes&Noble, and many others. Her work has expanded into human rights education and her clients have included the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Plural+ Youth Video projects for which she designed an extensive curriculum, the Upstander Project using film to develop empathy, forgiveness and social and emotional development and the U.S. Institute for Peace.  She works with many media groups in New York and Los Angeles and is on the Advisory Board of the Brooklyn Academy of Music and has been a consultant to the Museum of the Moving Image. Dr. Cherow-O’Leary is a former professor of English Education at Teachers College, Columbia University and of Arts, Culture and Media at Rutgers University, Newark campus.  She was a Visiting Scholar at Harvard in the Arts in Education program and her current research interests include philosophy for children, the educational role of children’s museums, and the future of education in an era of accelerating social change.