Alexia Raynal

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Alexia Raynal is an education researcher who develops and evaluates programs that use digital media to support learning for young and adult learners. She specializes in designing studies that prioritize the learning needs and goals of people who speak multiple languages or who identify as Latinx/Hispanic. Her underlying goal is to build sustainable equity frameworks in research.

At CCT, Alexia is co-Principal Investigator in La Fuerza-STEM, a project funded by the National Science Foundation that aims to promote informal science practices among Latinx families with young children using a culturally relevant telenovela and caregiver workshops. The study represents CCT’s first collaboration with Univision and Literacy Partners. In the early months of the Covid-19 pandemic, Alexia led an international implementation study that explored how preschool families in Mexico City used WhatsApp to engage in financial empowerment activities. The study built an entirely new model for virtual research using asset-based frameworks.

Alexia has extensive experience designing and conducting formative, summative, and mixed-methods research using descriptive, experimental, and quasi-experimental methods. She has lead sections of multiple projects in diverse content areas, including Ruff Family Science (informal science), AHA! Island(computational thinking), Crash Course (chemistry), Tools for Preschool(supportive learning environments), and Ready To Learn(engineering, informational text literacy, STEM).

Prior to joining EDC, Alexia was a research manager for the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop, where she fostered positive uses of technology and stronger home-school connections for families in the Latinx community. She began investigating technology adoption programs and the digital divide at Rutgers University in 2013, nearly a full decade before the global pandemic elevated public awareness about the social disparities in access to technology and technology skills.

A former ESL tutor and education publisher, Alexia brings expertise producing scaffolded preK–12 curricula and student-centered education programs built on growth mindsets.

Alexia earned an MA in Liberal Studies/Sociology from the Graduate Center at the City University of New York, and a BA in Communication Sciences and Digital Media from the Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Mexico. She was born and raised in northern Mexico.






Raynal, A., & Light, D. (in press). (2022). Appropriating WhatsApp for learning: How preschool families increased their voices in remote instruction

IEEE Xplore

Raynal, A., Lavigne, H., Goldstein, M., & Gutierrez, J. (2021). Starting with parents: Investigating a multi-generational, media-enhanced approach to support informal science learning for young children

Early Childhood Education Journal.