Shelley Pasnik is a vice president and the director of the Center for Children and Technology in EDC’s Learning and Teaching Division. As director of CCT, she oversees a large staff of researchers, instructional designers and technology specialists, in investigating the roles that technology can play in improving teaching and learning within classrooms, schools, and communities.
Currently, Pasnik serves as the principal investigator for the summative evaluation of the Ready to Learn Initiative, a federal program that uses transmedia to improve the math and literacy skills of children ages 2–8, especially those living in poverty. In addition to research and evaluation, she has helped shape national policy, developed public education campaigns, and guided the production of children’s educational services, both in the United States and abroad.
Pasnik sits on the boards of the Global Action Project and the Great Teaching Project, and has written extensively for a range of organizations and companies, including PBS, for which she created the Parent’s Guide to Children and Media. She is also a prominent spokesperson for the thoughtful integration of digital media in education and has regularly been featured in radio, TV, and internet news outlets like The New York Times, Financial Times, EdWeek, NPR and Huffington Post.
Pasnik holds a bachelor of arts degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a master’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park.