August – December 2020

August 25, 2020

APB Virtual Event
HighScope Educational Research Foundation

At 3:00 PM, a 20- minute welcoming conversation to a group of educators Moderated Q&A about her story and her work at Sesame Street.

August 25, 2020

HighScope Educational Research Foundation

Virtual Event

Given the stresses of the 2020 year, children are re-entering learning environments with new mental health and emotional needs. Whether in-person, hybrid, or all virtual, children and families are relying on us to create spaces of stability and comfort.

2,500+ early childhood educators

September 26, 2020

APB Virtual Event
MSCCA Conference by the Sea

B2 Minority Women in Early Childhood Education – Sesame Street and Sonia’s Story; 1.75 Child Development

Focus on the importance of diversity of the women in the early childhood workforce. In this presentation based on her book, The Revolution of Evelyn Serrano, speaker Sonia Manzano explores the impact that the Civil Rights Movement had on the Hispanic community. She examines how growing feelings of self worth in both the African American and Latino communities gave rise to social programs like Head Start and the United Farm Workers, as well as educational TV programs like Sesame Street. Manzano gives her personal take on how the whole movement made Latinos examine racial prejudices in their own groups and sadly, in their own families. Discuss how children need role models that are reflective of them and the workforce crisis in our field that must be addressed.

Pre-recorded video will be available to conference attendees to view at their leisure from 9/22/2020-9/29/220. It will also be presented live at 8:00am.

8:35am – 9:15am EST An interactive virtual live dialog with Sonia Manzano – in response to the 8am keynote. (This session will begin with an Introduction)

11:00am – 11:35am Keynote Speech: Topic: Minority Women- Minority Women- Sesame Street and Sonia’s story.

11:35am – 12:15pm EST An interactive virtual live dialog with Sonia Manzano – in response to the 11am session/keynote. (This session will begin with an Introduction)

September 26, 2020

Maryland State Child Care Association


Children and Television – writing for children or possible Sonia’s story  – Sesame Street – Minority Woman

860 Early Childhood/Child Care Teachers, Directors, Owners of programs – the attendees teach, care for and work with children ages birth to 5 and engage parents regularly.

October 13, 2020

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)
VIRTUAL EVENT – APM Speaker Series 2020, Philadelphia, PA
TOPIC: Education

SCHEDULE: 5:30-6:30 PM EST:
Sonia Manzano Attends Virtual Reception 6:30 PM EST:
Main Event Begins 6:45-7:05 PM EST:
Speech by Sonia Manzano 7:05-8:00 PM EST:
Sonia Manzano Participates in Panel with local leaders on topic of Education and event concludes

October 14, 2020

Asociación Puertorriqueños en Marcha (APM)


>APM is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of our community through direct service and outreach in the Philadelphia region.
APM impacts thousands of people each year by offering a full spectrum of bilingual and culturally sensitive social services related to education, health, human services, and community & economic development.

Topic: Education

Issues of Inequality, Race, and Community & Economic Development

In 2020, APM will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with a special speaker series.  The Education Speaker program is the second of four speaker series events tied to the social pillars of APM – education, behavioral health, community & economic development, and child protective services.  In addition to the Featured Remarks, the program will contain a panel of subject matter experts.

200 Community Members, and Donors/Supporters

October 20, 2020

Orange – The reThink Group, Inc.
We are a company that creates content for church leaders and kids and students.

Virtual Conference: Our conference is for family pastors and volunteers who lead kids and teenagers. Sonia Manzano to be interviewed live for 20-30 minutes and live Q&A from Audience (after pre-recorded breakout is aired). For Kid Ministry Leaders and volunteers (8-10K)

October 20, 2020


Orange – The reThink Group, Inc. – We are a company that creates content for church leaders and kids and students.

Becoming Maria Interview – 8,000-10,000 Kid Ministry Leaders and volunteers

December 2, 2020

7:30 pm at the Strand Book Store

Symphony Space’s Virtual Selected Shorts: New York Stories
Featuring F. Murray Abraham (Homeland), Matthew Broderick (Daybreak), Jin Ha (Devs), Sonia Manzano
(Sesame Street) & Karen Pittman (The Morning Show) celebrate the glories and challenges of life in Gotham with a selection of short stories, essays, and poems evocative of what some call “the greatest city in the world.” Hosted by comedian Wyatt Cenac (Wyatt Cenac’s Problem Areas).

Member $12  |  Non-Member $15
For more information, please visit

Collage of portraits of the guests

December 5, 2020

VIPKid International, Inc
Topic: The importance of virtual connection during this difficult time

VIPkids is an online education company that connects students with over 100,000 teachers globally through one-to-one personalized English language classes.

Our sessions will provide motivation, support, and professional development opportunities for teachers that are faced with unprecedented burdens and challenges in the current education climate.
Theme – Creating Joy Through a Screen
5,000+ online teachers from all over the world


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December 17, 2020