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Shelley Pasnik

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Shelley Pasnik

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Shelley Pasnik leads a team that advances knowledge of how the thoughtful use of technology can support educators in enhancing learning, engaging families, and closing opportunity gaps. Her long-term research on young children and technology is providing evidence of effective strategies to foster school readiness and success—especially for young children living in impoverished communities—that is helping inform policy-making and practice in the U.S. and around the world.

Since 2006, Pasnik has served as the Principal Investigator of studies that are examining the impact of Ready To Learn, a federal program that uses transmedia to improve the literacy and STEM skills of children in high-need communities. She has published findings from this research in an extensive series of reports—including, most recently, Reflections on the Ready To Learn Initiative—and journal articles (e.g., The Journal of Children and Media and Early Childhood Research Quarterly). She also shares insights from this work at national forums (e.g., White House Symposium on Early STEM Learning and 2016 Fostering STEM Trajectories) and the conferences of organizations such as American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Pasnik and her team collaborate with the U.S. Department of Education, National Science Foundation, PBS, Corporation for Public Broadcasting, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Google, MIT Media Lab, MOUSE, Benton Foundation, SRI International, IBM, NySci, WGBH, Thirteen/WNET, Carnegie Hall, Global Kids, New America, Sesame Workshop/Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and IBM, among others. Currently, she sits on advisory boards for Apple ConnectEd and Games for Change; previously, she was a board member for Global Action Project (2003–2013).

Throughout her career, Pasnik has developed resources and written articles to support parents and educators in weaving technology-enhanced explorations into learning in the classroom and at home. These include the Parents Guide to Children and Media for PBS, a series of articles for Cable in the Classroom, and features for Discovery Education. She speaks frequently to national and local journalists and blogs for organizations such as Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning & Children’s Media and Joan Ganz Cooney Center.

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Vice President and Director

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Center for Children and Technology

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96 Morton Street, 7th Floor
New York, NY 10014

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(212) 807-4255

Jackie DeLisi

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Jackie DeLisi

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DeLisi

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Jackie DeLisi's research provides new insights into effective strategies to improve science teaching and learning both in formal and informal STEM education environments. Her primary research interests include understanding the intersections between school organizations, pedagogy and students’ adoption of scientific and engineering practices. Her work also focuses on instrument development, including determining psychometric properties, to measure school, teacher, and student outcomes.

DeLisi is co-Principal Investigator of the NSF-funded Science Fairs Under the 'Scope, a national research study of the implementation, outcomes, and cost of middle-school science fairs. She also leads several evaluation projects, including evaluation of the NASA-funded collaboration with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), which is creating engaging data visualizations using NASA data to teach students how to reason with large data sets and develop their climate literacy. DeLisi also leads the evaluation of Boston College’s Seeding the Future project, which infuses STEM content into BC’s College Bound program.

DeLisi was a lead developer of the National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded Inquiring into Science Instruction Observation Protocol (ISIOP) and collaborates with colleagues on the development of the Technology Observation Protocol (TOP Science). She also led EDC’s collaboration with Abt Associates on the joint evaluation of NASA’s Summer of Innovation and Explorer Schools projects.

DeLisi is a co-author of the report Visualizing Oceans of Data: Educational Interface Design and has presented findings from her work at the Annual Conference of the National Association of Research in Science Teaching. She collaborates with program developers and researchers at a variety of institutions including Boston College, Mass Bay Community College, GMRI, Purdue University, the American Museum of Natural History, the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, and Rutgers University.

Before joining EDC, DeLisi was a research consultant for TERC. She began her career as a middle school science teacher in the Denver Public Schools.

DeLisi earned a BA in Chemistry from New York University, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Colorado at Denver, and an EdD in Administration, Training, and Policy Studies from Boston University.

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Research Scientist

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Science and Mathematics Programs

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43 Foundry Avenue
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453-8313

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617-618-2642

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