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Blake finds her way to Sesame Street

Jul 14, 2014
by Tom Iacuzio

Science education for kids has always been a passion for Sally Blake. Now, that passion has landed her a role in trying to figure out how better to bring it to viewers of the popular PBS show, “Sesame Street.”

Blake, professor of education at Flagler College, has joined a Sesame Workshop advisory committee looking at language and vocabulary development, as well as building curiosity around science, the arts and math. Sesame Workshop is the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street.

“The opportunity to work with an organization like Sesame Street, which has impacted the learning and development of thousands of children, is a privilege and honor,” Blake said.

She joins a panel of early childhood experts from the fields of health care, literacy, music, visual arts, science and math. They will discuss topics such as how language and vocabulary is nurtured in young children, how children’s curiosity develops and how it is connected to language development.

“This project is aimed at leveling the academic playing field in homes where children may not be receiving the support they need to develop scientific reasoning, academic language and the opportunity to develop and understand the world around them,” Blake said. “Everything we rely on is related to science.”

She was included on the panel because of her expertise on the introduction of science concepts with young children.

“I have been working in science education for 20 years in higher education,” she said.

She was thrilled that science education was included in the Sesame Workshop discussion.

“The research into inquiry reasoning and the creative potential of young children in science learning is finally gaining acceptance,” she said. “And I think Flagler College is the perfect home base for innovative programs and research into the learning and teaching of science.”
Whatever comes from her time on the panel, Blake is excited for the opportunity.

“I really hope to contribute to the future of our children and their families through this work. Our future depends on the education of our children and we can no longer be complacent about what happens to them,” she said. “All children, regardless of their language, background or home environments deserve the opportunity to develop their full potential.”

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