Shelley Pasnik



Shelley Pasnik investigates how technology can improve teaching and learning within classrooms, schools, and communities. During her career, she has helped shape national policy on educational media, developed public education campaigns, and guided the production of children’s educational services.

At EDC, Pasnik has led several multi-year research and development projects that have advanced the knowledge base about what works in educational technology. She writes extensively for a range of organizations and companies, including PBS, for which she created the original Parent’s Guide to Children and Media. A spokesperson for the thoughtful integration of digital media in education, she is regularly featured on radio, TV, and Internet news outlets, including the New York Times, the Financial Times, EdWeek, NPR, and the Huffington Post.

Pasnik’s career began in Washington, D.C., at the Center for Media Education. She holds an MA from the University of Maryland, College Park.

“We must use all we know to create equitable learning opportunities, making sure children—all children—have a chance to flourish.”


Speaking Highlights

Building the Research Base for STEM Apps in Pre-K
Panelist, SXSWedu
March 2015
Beyond Screen Time: Early Learning and Digital Media
Panelist, Fostering Relationships and Building Skills, New America Foundation
Washington, DC
March 2014


Blog Posts

For the Love of Routines—and Research
The Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop blog, February 2015


The Leonard Lopate Show, WNYC, July 2011

Selected Publications

Pasnik, S., Moorthy, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., Dominguez, X., & Silander, M. (2015). Supporting parent-child experiences with PEG+CAT early math concepts: Report to the CPB-PBS Ready to Learn Initiative.