Shelley Pasnik

director & vice president

sp@edc.org
tel: (212) 807-4255
fax: (212) 633-8804

Shelley Pasnik is Director of the Center for Children & Technology (CCT) and Vice President of the Education Development Center, where she leads the global nonprofit’s early childhood initiatives. At CCT, she directs 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.

In 2019, Shelley edited the collected volume, Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media (Routledge), which describes how educational media have played and are continuing to play a role in meeting the learning needs of children, parents, and teachers. The book is based on a $100 million federal program that uses media to improve the literacy and STEM skills of children in high-need communities. Shelley invited Sir Ken Robinson and Dr. Alice Wilder to write the foreword and recruited more than 45 leading children’s media producers, programmers, researchers, and community outreach experts to contribute. She also shares insights from this work at national forums, such as the White House Symposium on Early STEM Learning, the American Educational Research Association, Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

A spokesperson for the thoughtful integration of digital media in education, Shelley frequently talks with news outlets, including The New York Times, Axios, Christian Science MonitorEdWeek, Reuters, NPR, and The Washington Post. She has served on advisory boards, including Apple ConnectEd, Games for Change, Joan Ganz Cooney Center, and Global Action Project.

 

SHELLEY'S PROJECTS

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SHELLEY'S PUBLICATIONS

Early Childhood @EDC (Feature Article)
Survival of the Skilled (Feature Article)
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SELECT WRITING

Pasnik, S. (Nov 2018). Getting Ready to Learn: Creating Effective, Educational Children’s Media.

New York, NY: Routledge

Silander, M., Grindal, T., Hupert, N., Garcia, E., Anderson, K., Vahey, P. & Pasnik, S. (May 2018). What Parents Talk About When They Talk About Learning: A National Survey About Young Children and Science.

New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc., & SRI International.

Pasnik, S. (Mar 2018). New study on parents’ confidence and support for children’s science learning.

National Center for Families Learning.


https://www.familieslearning.org/blog/guest-post-new-study-on-parents-confidence-and-support-for-childrens-science-learning
Strauss, V., Pasnik, S. (Mar 2018). Survey: Parents want to help kids learn science—but many have no idea how. Washington Post
https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/answer-sheet/wp/2018/03/07/survey-parents-want-to-help-kids-learn-science-but-many-have-no-idea-how/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.0d10ae2cf889
Pasnik, S., & Hupert, N. (Dec 2016). Early STEM Learning and the Role of Technologies.

EDC white paper.


http://cct.edc.org/sites/cct.edc.org/files/publications/EarlySTEMTechWhitePaper.pdf
Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (Jun 2016). Reflections on the Ready to Learn Initiative, 2010 to 2015.

New York, NY, & Menlo Park, CA: Education Development Center, Inc. & SRI International.


http://cct.edc.org/sites/cct.edc.org/files/ms-resources/edc-sri-rtl-reflections-report-2010-2015.pdf
Pasnik, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., & Moorthy, S. (Mar 2016). "Dramatic change, persistent challenges: A five-year view of children’s educational media as resources for equity."

Journal of Children and Media10(2), 229-237.


http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/17482798.2016.1140483
Pasnik, S., Moorthy, S., Llorente, C., Hupert, N., Dominguez, X., & Silander, M. (Jun 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 Development Center, Inc. & SRI International.


http://cct.edc.org/sites/cct.edc.org/files/ms-resources/edc-sri-rtl-peg-math-study-report-2015.pdf
Pasnik, S. (Feb 2015). For the Love of Routines—and Research.

Post about Family Time with Apps: A Guide to Using Apps with Your Kids, published on the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop blog.


http://www.joanganzcooneycenter.org/2015/02/24/for-the-love-of-routines-and-research/
Pasnik, S. (Sep 2014). Six Questions for the EdTech Field to Think About When Designing for the 0 to 8 Set.

Post on the importance for researchers of keeping equity at the forefront when studying media for early learning, on the Fred Rogers Center blog.


http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/blog/six-questions-for-the-edtech-field-to-think-about-when-designing-for-the-0-/
Pasnik, S. (Nov 2013). Study Shows Tech in the Classroom Boosts Math Skills for Youngest Learners.

Post on findings from the Ready To Learn Prekindergarten Transmedia Mathematics Study, in the Fred Rogers Center Blog.


http://www.fredrogerscenter.org/blog/study-shows-tech-in-the-classroom-boosts-math-skills-for-youngest-learners
Pasnik, S. (Jun 2013). Imagining Math—4-Year-Old Style

Post on teaching early math skills in the preschool classroom, on the Fred Rogers Center blog.

Penuel, W. R., Bates, L., Gallagher, L. P., Pasnik, S., Liorente, C., Townsend, E., Hupert, N., Dominguez, X., VanderBorght, M. (Dec 2011). Supplementing literacy instruction with a media-rich intervention: Results of a randomized controlled trial,

Early Child Research Quarterly, 27:1 (pp. 115-127)


http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0885200611000585
Pasnik, S. (Jun 2009). Location, Location: Combining data with digital mapping tools can get students thinking about a whole new sense of "place."

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-jun09
Pasnik, S. (Dec 2008). Can social entrepreneurs deliver more than Santa this December?.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-dec08
Pasnik, S. (Sep 2008). Keeping Score of Sports.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-sept08
Pasnik, S. (Jul 2008). Start Your Search Engine.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-july_aug08
Pasnik, S. (May 2008). The Numbers Game.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-may08
Pasnik, S. (Apr 2008). Get Down to Earth.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-apr08
Pasnik, S. (Jan 2008). New Year! New You!

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC. Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-jan08
Pasnik, S. (Dec 2007). Media-licious: Helping students cut through advertising gluttony and all-you-can-eat information buffets.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-dec07
Pasnik, S. (Nov 2007). Bye-Bye Byline? What does it mean to be an author in today's Web 2.0 world?

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-nov07
Pasnik, S. (Jul 2007). Claiming Space.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC. Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-july_aug07
Honey, M., Pasnik, S., & Fasca, C. (Jul 2007). Survival of the Skilled.

School Counselor. Alexandria, VA: American School Counselor Association.


http://cct.edc.org/publications/survival-skilled
Fadel, C., Honey, M., Pasnik, S. (May 2007). Assessment in the Age of Innovation.

(Commentary) Education Week. Bethesda, MD: Editorial Projects in Education.


http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/05/23/38fadel.h26.html
Pasnik, S. (Apr 2007). Celebrity vs. Celebrated Acts.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC. Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-Apr07
Pasnik, S. (Mar 2007). iPod in Education: The Potential for Teaching and Learning

Apple Inc. Cupertino, CA.

Pasnik, S. (Jan 2007). A Mindful MLK Day.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine. Washington, DC. Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-Jan07
Pasnik, S. (Oct 2006). Columbus Day Close-up.

Cable in the Classroom Magazine.Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/cicmagazine-oct06
(Jun 2006). PBS Parents Guide to Children and Media
http://www.pbs.org/parents/issuesadvice/childrenandmedia
Honey, M., Pasnik, S., & Fasca, C. (May 2006). Is having the right answer enough?

Threshold. Washington, DC: Cable in the Classroom.


http://www.ciconline.org/thresholdspring06
(Jan 2006). EdWeek Online Chat: "The Benefits and Drawbacks of Electronic Textbooks"
http://www.edweek.org/chat/transcript_01_12_2006.html
Pasnik, S. (Nov 2005). The Big Picture: Rich Media, Deep Learning.

Discovery Education. St. Peterborough, NH: United Streaming.

Pasnik, S. (Jun 2003). Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Youth Channel: An experiment in youth governance.

In K. Tyner (Ed.) A closer look: Media arts 2003 - case studies from NAMAC's youth media initiative. San Francisco: National Alliance for Media, Arts and Culture.