Daniel Light

research scientist

tel: (212) 807-4223
fax: (212) 633-8804

Daniel Light, a Senior Scientist at EDC's Center for Children and Technology, has a background in qualitative and quantitative sociological research methodologies. His work focuses on the social issues of school reform and technology integration across school systems both in the US and internationally. Dr. Light did his doctoral research on the role of technology integration in high school reform in an urban school district. He is currently project manager for the evaluation of an international professional development program supporting the introduction of technology and project-based approaches into teaching and learning.

Dr. Light is particularly involved in educational technologies in Latin America. He has done project work throughout the region with longer involvement in projects based in Costa Rica, Argentina, Brazil, Guatemala, and Peru. Dr. Light has worked with technology integration projects in Peru and Guatemala and was the co-director of a study on seven successful SchoolNets in Latin America. His international experience includes research on technology projects in Latin America for a World Bank policy paper, the evaluation of a collaborative project between Latin American and North American public school teachers.

Dr. Light has worked with technology integration projects throughout the United States, working on projects including the evaluation of youth development and school-to-work programs, the design of technology-related needs assessment instruments, impact studies of technology use with students, and the role of guidance counseling in helping students plan for the future. He received a Ph.D. in sociology from the New School for Social Research. He was an invited researcher for a year at the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain. Daniel also received an M.A. in international affairs from Carleton University, Canada, an M.A. in sociology and historical studies also from the New School for Social Research.



(Jan 2009). Sube que Sube: Cuentos de portátiles y habichuelas mágicas.

Primer Congreso de Innovación Educativa con Tecnología, Viña del Mar, Chile. (Keynote Address)

(Jan 2009). Un nuevo modelo para evaluar la tecnología en la educación: vincular lo que hacemos con lo que sabemos. (Presentation)

Invited Speaker, Universidad de EAFIT, Medellín. Colombia.

Zucker, A., & Light, D. (Jan 2009). Laptop Programs for Students.

Science(323), 82 - 85.

Light, D., Manso, M., & Noguera, T. (Jan 2009). An Educational Revolution to Support Change in the Classroom: Colombia and the Educational Challenges of the Twenty-First Century Policy Futures in Education,

7(1), 88-101.

(Jan 2008). Educational Technology Integration in Developing Countries: Lessons from Seven Latin America SchoolNets.

(Paper Session). Comparative and International Education Society Conference (CIES), 2008.

Long, L., Rivas, L., Light, D., & Mandinach, E. (Jan 2008). The Evolution of a Homegrown Warehouse: TUSDstats.

In E. Mandinach & M. Honey (Eds.), Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning (pp. 209-232). New York: Teachers College Press.

(Jan 2008). Evaluating Educational Technology Interventions: How do we know its working?

(Keynote Address.) Symposium on Education and Technology in Schools: Converging for Innovation & Creativity, 2008, Bangalore, India.

Brunner, C., & Light, D. (Jan 2008). From Knowledge Management to Data-Driven Instructional Decision-Making in Schools: The Missing Link.

In A. Breiter, A. Lange & E. Stauke (Eds.), School Information System and Data-Based Decision-Making (pp. 37-48). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang.

Mandinach, E., Honey, M., Light, D., & Brunner, C. (Jan 2008). A Conceptual Framework for Data-Driven Decision-Making.

In E. Mandinach & M. Honey (Eds.), Data-Driven School Improvement: Linking Data and Learning (pp. 13-31). New York: Teachers College Press.

(Jan 2007). Expert Panel in School Administration,

Ministry of Education, Chile, 2007. Advised ministry personnel on the integration of technology into public schools and the use of data-driven decision-making.

Breiter, A., & Light, D. (Jan 2006). Data for School Improvement: Factors for designing effective information systems to support decision-making in schools.

Educational Technology and Society 9(3) 206-217.

Light, D., Manso, M., Rizzi, C., Verdi, M., Noguera, T., Perez, P., et al. (Jan 2006). REDAL (Redes Escolares de América Latina): Una investigación de las mejores prácticas.

Montevideo, Uruguay: IDRC- Canada.

Breiter, A., & Light, D. (Jan 2006). Data for School Improvement: Information systems to support decision-making in schools in the United States of America.

In A. Breiter, E. Stauke, N. Busching & A. Lange (Eds.), Educational Management Informational Systems: Case Studies from Eight Countries (pp. 45-56). Aachen, Germany: Verlag.

Light, D., McMillan Culp, K., Menon, R., & Shulman, S. (Jan 2006). Preparing Teachers for the 21st Century Classroom: Current Findings from Evaluations of the Intel Teach to the Future Essentials Course.

New York: EDC/Center for Children and Technology.

Kanaya, T., Light, D., & McMillan Culp, K. (Jan 2005). Factors Influencing Outcomes from a Technology-Focused Professional Development Program.

Journal for Research in Technology Education, 37(3), 313-329.

Light, D., Mora, C., & Brenes Monge, M. (Jan 2005). Formative Evaluation of the Costa Rican Pilot of the Intel® Teach to the Future Workshop on Teaching Thinking with Technology.

New York: Center for Children and Technology.

Brunner, C., Fasca, C., Heinze, J., Honey, M., Light, D., Mandinach, E., et al. (Jan 2005). Linking Data and Learning: The Grow Network Study.

Journal of Education for Students Placed At Risk, 10(3), 241-268.

Pérez, P., Vilela, A., Light, D., & Manso, M. (Jan 2004). Learning from the pioneers: Best Practices as exemplified in the TELAR network.

In Bonilla, Marcelo and Gilles Cliche (eds.), Internet and Society in Latin America and the Caribbean. Ottawa: IDRC/FLACSO.

Pérez, P., Light, D., Vilela, A., & Manso, M. (Jan 2003). Learning from the pioneers: A Study on the Best Practices of the network TELAR.

Interactive Educational Multimedia (6), 17-39.

Light, D., McMillan Culp, K., & Honey, M. (Jan 2001). A New Model for Evaluating Educational Technology: Connecting What We Do with What We Know.

TecnoEducar. San Jose, Costa Rica.

Light, D., Vilela, A., & Manso, M. (Jan 2001). Aprendiendo de los Pioneros: Una Investigación de las Mejores Prácticas de la Red TELAR.

In M. Bonilla & G. Cliche (Eds.), Internet y sociedad en América Latina, investigaciones para sustentar el diálogo. Quito, Ecuador: FLACSO/IDRC.

Light, D., McDermott, M., & Honey, M. (Jan 2001). Project Hiller: The Impact of Ubiquitous Portable Community on an Urban School.

New York: Center for Children and Technology.

Campbell, Patricia, Ellen Wahl, Morton Slater, Elisabeth Iler, Babette Moeller, Harouna Ba, and Daniel Light (Jan 1998). Gateways to Success.

Journal of Women and Minorities in Engineering.

Campbell, Patricia, Ellen Wahl, Morton Slater, Elisabeth Iler, Babette Moeller, Harouna Ba, and Daniel Light (Jan 1997). Gateway to Higher Education.

In Some Things Do Make a Difference for Youth: A Compendium of Evaluations of Youth Programs and Practices. Washington, DC: American Youth Policy Forum.