Diane Levin Professor of Early Childhood Education, Wheelock College

Diane Levin is internationally recognized expert helping professionals, parents and policymakers understand and respond to the impact of various societal forces-such as violence and sexualization, and media and commercial culture-on children's development, learning and behavior. She is a founder of 3 advocacy organizations: T.R.U.C.E—Teachers Resisting Unhealthy Children's Entertainment, which helps professionals help parents deal with the impact of media and promote quality play; Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, which works to end the commercial exploitation of children; and, Defending the Early Years, which advocates for appropriate early childhood practice that counteracts inappropriate aspects of many recent school reform mandates. Levin is a Professor of Early Childhood Education at Wheelock College and her 9th book, Beyond Remote-Controlled Childhood: Teaching Young Children in the Media Age comes out in August 2013.