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A video interview with

Lisa Guernsey

Early Education Initiative at New America

Lisa Guernsey is director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America. Her latest book, co-authored with Michael H. Levine, Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (2015), takes readers through homes, classrooms, e-book publishers, research labs, and the app marketplace to show how educators and parents can help children grow into strong, passionate readers using media of all kinds — print, digital, and everything in between.

You can watch the interview below, and see a selected list of Guernsey’s books.

Biography

Lisa Guernsey is director of the Early Education Initiative and the Learning Technologies Project in the Education Policy Program at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to examine policies, tell stories, and generate ideas on new approaches to help disadvantaged students succeed.  

Prior to her work at New America, Guernsey worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She has also contributed to several national publications, including The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Slate, and USA TODAY, and she is the author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (2012) and (with co-author with Michael H. Levine) Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (Jossey-Bass, (2015). For more information about digital media and literacy, including videos and toolkits for communities and educators, visit the Tap, Click, Read website.

Guernsey won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journal article on e-books for kids and has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine's 2014 Committee on the Science of Children Birth To Age 8. She holds a master’s in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Guernsey lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters.

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