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 recently completed a master’s degree in Digital Media Design for Learning at NYU Steinhardt, having previously earned 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 K­12 classrooms. She is especially interested in research pertaining to game-based learning, the educational applications of mixed and virtual reality environments, and participatory design involving young learners and in-service teachers.

Outside of CCT, Elana serves as a 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. Elana also is a participant in the 4.0 Schools Essentials Fellowship, where she is developing The Legacy Project, a school-based program that uses design thinking to empower fifth graders to identify, research, and design sustainable solutions to problems that affect their school communities.