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
Public Libraries: Untapped Resource for Schools?

Unpacking a new study of public libraries, including how they work with families and help develop digital literacy skills


EDUCATION POLICY
Bringing Drama (and Literacy) to Early STEM—and Vice Versa

The moments of intense drama that children experience when they test out a new design are the engines that drive STEM practices.


EDUCATION POLICY
Early Learning in the Digital Age

EDUCATION POLICY
Don’t Take Away Your Teen’s Phone

Lisa Guernsey wrote a piece for FutureTense in Slate about teenage smartphone use.


EDUCATION POLICY
Raised and Confused

Lisa Guernsey was interview by Vice for a new parenting series, Raised and Confused.


EDUCATION POLICY
Our Take on New Paper: Rethinking Credential Requirements in Early Education

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
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
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.