As Vice President of Outreach and Educational Practices, Dr. Betancourt is responsible for the strategic branding and delivery of domestic and international outreach initiatives to assure the greatest impact and visibility. She also conceptualizes, develops, and delivers compelling new models for the delivery of outreach initiatives to a variety of diverse audiences and communities worldwide, as well as manages the versioning of these initiatives into multiple languages.
Jeanette works collaboratively with several Sesame Workshop divisions to assure that content, language, and educational strategies are appropriate for diverse ethnic and cultural groups. She has overseen content development for Sagwa, the Chinese Siamese Cat, and advised on the production of Dragon Tales. She is also the series content advisor for the award winning parenting programs, A Place of Our Own and Los Niños en Su Casa in association with KCET in Los Angeles. She has been involved in Healthy Habits for life outreach efforts in Colombia And teacher development in Jamaica. Prior to joining Sesame Workshop, Jeanette was the Director for Project Visiones, a bilingual vocational training program for Latino child care professionals at the Institute for Urban and Minority Education, Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her B.A. from Herbert H. Lehman College, City University of New York, an M.A. in Speech and Language Pathology from Hofstra University, an M.S. in Bilingual Reading/Special Education from St. John’s University, and an Ed.D. in Special Education from Teachers College, Columbia University.