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 leads the organization’s early childhood initiatives. In this role, she collaborates with other EDC experts in children’s health, socio-emotional development, literacy, and STEM learning to expand our collective impact, both nationally and globally. She has led several multi-year research and development projects that have advanced the knowledge base about what works in educational technology, especially within families and schools in underserved communities. She writes extensively for a range of organizations and companies and edited the book, Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media, which includes a foreword by Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Alice Wilder. 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, Reuters, Christian Science Monitor, Axios, EdWeek, NPR, and the Washington Post.
Pasnik’s career began in Washington, D.C., at the Center for Media Education, where she regularly testified before the Federal Communications Commission and Federal Trade Commission. 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.”
Agency and Voice: Samarthya and Room to Grow
National Survey of Parent and Learning
The Ready To Learn Program: A Q-and-A with Shelley Pasnik
Finding the Sweet Spot: What Problems of Practice are Ripe for Knowledge Generation
"The Digital Babysitter Generation"
Axios, April 17, 2019
"As Parents Consider New Streaming Services, Is There Too Much Children's Programming?"
Reuters, April 12, 2019
Pasnik, S. (Ed.) (2019). Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media. New York: Routledge.
Silander, M., Grindal, T., Hupert, N., Garcia, E., Anderson, K., Vahey, P. & Pasnik, S. (2018). What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc., & SRI International.
Pasnik, S., & Hupert, N. (2016). Early STEM learning and the roles of technologies. Waltham, MA: Education Development Center, Inc.
Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (2016). Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015: How a federal program in partnership with public media supported young children’s equitable learning during a time of great change. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Develoment Center, Inc., & SRI International.
Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (2016). Dramatic change, persistent challenges: A five-year view of children’s educational media as resources for equity. Journal of Children and Media, 10(2),229-237.
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. New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Develoment Center, Inc., & SRI International.
This report, intended for early childhood educators, offers five evidence-based recommendations for integrating technology tools, such as computers and tablets, into a variety of early learning settings.
This report, intended for early childhood educators, identifies promising practices to support emergent bilinguals in a variety of early childcare settings.
This checklist provides early childhood educators with practical information about integrating educational technology in their classrooms.
This checklist provides early childhood educators with practical tips for supporting children’s bilingual learning within a rich classroom environment.