Regan Vidiksis

researcher

rvidiksis@edc.org
tel: 212-807-4229
fax: 212-633-8804

Regan Vidiksis conducts research focused on enhancing the school readiness of preschoolers in high-needs communities and supporting teachers in integrating technology into early childhood settings in developmentally appropriate and meaningful ways. Her work expands the knowledge base regarding how to promote young children’s learning of early science, mathematics, engineering, and computational thinking, and she was named a 2014–2015 CADRE Fellow for her work in NSF Discovery K–12 STEM Research. Regan’s contributions span diverse areas of child learning, assessment, curriculum development, and teacher professional development. Across these areas, she examines the impact of media and technology on early learning, and how public media can help promote more equitable teaching and learning opportunities for all.

On Ready To Learn, a U.S. Department of Education-supported initiative led by PBS and CPB, Regan manages teams and contributes to studies to identify how public media can have a positive impact on young children’s STEM and literacy development. Her NSF-funded early childhood-focused projects include Integrating Science with Mathematics and Engineering: Linking Home and School Learning for All Young Learners, which extends the Next Generation Preschool Science project and aims to bridge the science, engineering, and math learning that happens at school with learning experiences at home, as well as make the resources accessible to Spanish-speaking families and dual language learners. Her work on the AHA! Island projects focuses on ways of defining and assessing young children’s understanding of concepts relating to computational thinking. Regan also contributes to other STEM education initiatives, including IDEAS: Inventing, Designing, and Engineering on the Autism Spectrum, an NSF-funded design-based implementation research project aiming to develop an Engineering Design program for middle-school children on the autism spectrum and their general education peers.

Regan has a Master of Science degree in Early Child Education and Special Education from Hunter College, and received a Bachelor’s Degree in English Literature and Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Prior to joining EDC, she worked as an early childhood special education teacher and evaluator, providing individualized services to young children in school, community, and home-based settings. She also has worked as the business manager of a therapeutic school for children with neurodevelopmental disorders of relating and communicating, such as autism.

 

 

REGAN'S PROJECTS