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 leads the organization’s early childhood work. 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, 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, 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.”


Speaking Highlights

White House Symposium on State Implementation of CS for All

Panelist, Finding the Sweet Spot: What Problems of Practice are Ripe for Knowledge Generation
Washington, DC
December 2016

Fostering STEM Trajectories Forum

Panelist, New America Foundation
Washington DC
May 2016

Positive Preschool Play: What Does Quality Mean in 2016?

Panelist, SXSWedu
Austin, TX
March 2015


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., & 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.

Selected Resources


This brief describes how EDC works with multi-sector partners to pioneer new ways to harness the power of digital tools to support families and enhance early teaching, learning, and health promotion.


This brief describes EDC’s deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time.