Senior Advisor on Early and Elementary Education Policy
Organization: New America Foundation
Director of the Teaching, Learning, and Tech Program
Lisa Guernsey is director of the Teaching, Learning, and Tech program and senior advisor to the Early and Elementary Education Policy program at New America. She also co-founded and leads the Learning Sciences Exchange fellowship program at New America. Lisa focuses on new approaches to help students and families succeed in the Digital Age, and her work involves leading teams of analysts and writers to translate research, examine policies, and generate new ideas for developing high-quality learning opportunities for underserved and historically disadvantaged populations. Prior to her work at New America, Guernsey worked as a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to several other national publications, including The Atlantic, the Washington Post, Newsweek, Time, Slate, and USA TODAY. She is co-author with Michael H. Levine of Tap, Click, Read: Growing Readers in a World of Screens (Jossey-Bass, 2015) and author of Screen Time: How Electronic Media – From Baby Videos to Educational Software – Affects Your Young Child (Basic Books, 2012). She has contributed to multiple books on technology and learning, including Technology and Digital Media in the Early Years (Routledge, 2014) and Family Engagement in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2016). Lisa has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine’s committee that led to the seminal 2015 report, Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation.
Guernsey holds a master’s in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. Lisa lives in Alexandria, Virginia with her two daughters. She is on Twitter @LisaGuernsey.