VP & Director, The Center for Children and Tech and EDC
Shelley leads a group of whip-smart people who think about learning and teaching. They’ve been together for a trend-defying number years and frequently return to the contribution educational research can make given persistent concentrations of poverty and inequity. As much as they are curious about emerging and established technologies, the group is even more taken with relationships: learning is human-intensive and places of learning are messier than research designs and policymakers want them to be. Shelley has collaborated with the US Department of Education, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, the Intel Foundation, the American Museum of Natural History, WNET, Carnegie Hall, Sesame Workshop, IBM, and many others who care about kids, teachers, families and communities. These collaborations have led to award-winning productions, such as Gracie & Friends with WGBH, as well as high praise; one teacher compared a set of middle school writing tools they created called Zoom In to bacon. Yes, bacon.