Lisa Guernsey

Senior Fellow & Strategic Advisor, Education Policy Program

Lisa Guernsey is Senior Fellow and Strategic Advisor with the Education Policy Program at New America. She also co-founded and leads the Learning Sciences Exchange fellowship program at New America. Guernsey 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 was a staff writer at The New York Times and The Chronicle of Higher Education and has contributed to national publications including Scientific American, The AtlanticThe Washington PostNewsweekTimeSlate, 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), Family Engagement in the Digital Age (Routledge, 2016), and Exploring Key Issues in Early Childhood and Technology (Routledge, 2019). Guernsey 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. She is currently on the LEGO FIRST Robotics Advisory Board. 

Guernsey holds a master’s degree in English/American studies and a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Virginia. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her two daughters. She is on Twitter @LisaGuernsey.

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