Lisa Guernsey

Deputy Director, Education Policy Program

Lisa Guernsey is deputy director of the Education Policy program and director of the Learning Technologies project at New America. She leads teams of writers and analysts to tell stories, translate research, examine policies, and generate ideas for 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 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 won a 2012 gold Eddie magazine award for a School Library Journal article on e-books and has served on several national advisory committees on early education, including the Institute of Medicine's Committee on the Science of Children Birth To Age 8.

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.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Integrating Technology in Early Literacy

EDUCATION POLICY
How to Bring Early Learning and Family Engagement into the Digital Age

Resources for Digital Age learning already exist, but localities are not often tapping into them to help families in need.


EDUCATION POLICY and FAMILY-CENTERED SOCIAL POLICY
Guiding Community Leaders on Family Engagement and Early Learning

Transforming communities into ecosystems that support families, early learning, and digital inclusion.


EDUCATION POLICY
Implications for PreK-12 Education in Trump’s "America First" Budget

The broad priorities for PreK-12 education center around school choice.


EDUCATION POLICY
What’s Next for STEM Education?

A presentation and discussion of new research on opportunities and challenges facing PreK-12 STEM education.


EDUCATION POLICY
Kids of the 'Digital Age'

Lisa Guernsey was quoted by KALB Central Louisiana about how screen time can aid child development.


EDUCATION POLICY
STEM Starts Early

STEM Starts Early provides key recommendations to improve opportunities for children to become confident learners in STEM.


EDUCATION POLICY
5 Questions about the Education Implications of the 2016 Elections

Here are some of our top questions—questions we hope reporters and education leaders will also be asking Trump and elected leaders.


EDUCATION POLICY
Building a Corps of Media Mentors: Why and Where to Start

A call for policymakers and leaders in education, including libraries, to get serious about supporting these new jobs.


EDUCATION POLICY
A New 21st-Century Job: The Media Mentor

Relying on technology by itself to help children learn in today’s digital age would be a grave mistake. They need other humans by their side


EDUCATION POLICY
A Tap, Click, Read Toolkit to Promote Early Literacy in a World of Screens

Tipsheets, videos, discussion guides, lists to app curators, and a quiz are now downloadable and free for all.


EDUCATION POLICY
First Things First!

Join Ed Policy and Ruby Takanishi about how improving the paradigm of primary school can decrease achievement gaps and increase success.