Elana Blinder


tel: 212-804-2411
fax: 212-633-8804

Elana comes to CCT with over ten years of teaching experience in preschool and elementary education, and holds certifications in Childhood Education, Gifted Education, and ESOL Education. She has an MA in Digital Media Design for Learning from NYU Steinhardt, an MA in Education from the University of San Francisco, and a BA in Film Theory and History from Columbia University.

At CCT, Elana works on a variety of humanities- and STEM-focused projects aimed at supporting and enriching learning in K­-12 classrooms. She is especially interested in research pertaining to game-based learning, the educational applications of mixed and virtual reality, and equitable approaches toward conducting participatory design with K-12 students and teachers.

Outside of CCT, Elana serves as an adjunct instructor at NYU, where she teaches a course on "Integrating Educational Technology in Teaching and Learning" to undergraduate and graduate-level pre-service teachers. She also volunteers as an education design mentor for the student organization Design for America, where she previously served as a project lead for a student team designing game-based learning experiences for the National Historical Landmark S.S. Columbia, the oldest remaining excursion steamship in the United States. As a recent participant in 4.0 Schools' Essentials Fellowship, Elana developed and refined The Legacy Project, a school-based program that uses design thinking to empower upper-elementary and middle-school students to identify, research, and design sustainable solutions to problems that affect their school communities.