Executive Producer, WGBH Educational Foundation
Jillian works in the Children’s Media Group at the WGBH Educational Foundation, where she focuses on participatory design with learning scientists, pediatricians, parents, teachers, and children to create engaging digital resources that also help build the research base for early learning and development with technology. She is currently exploring how tablets can enhance preschoolers’ STEM learning, collaboration, and reflection, as well as preschool teachers’ professional development through the NSF-funded research and development projects Next Generation Preschool Math (Early Math with Gracie & Friends™) and Science. She is also working with pediatricians to develop interactive E-books and multimedia for young children and families to understand and manage disease diagnoses, such as Type I diabetes, and strengthen parent and child communication. Her previous work includes educational games and resources for popular PBS Kids series such as the Ready To Learn-funded Busy Day suite of math games for Curious George and the Arthur Family Health Web site, among many others. Jillian holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics, a Bachelor’s degree in Theater, and a Master’s of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.