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
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.


EDUCATION POLICY
Deepening Discussion of STEM for Early Learners, Part 2

In "Fostering STEM Trajectories," two huge hurdles appeared, public misunderstanding of STEM, and barriers placed on educators abilities.


EDUCATION POLICY and OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Software’s Economic Impact + The Drive for Talent

Join us for concrete numbers on software’s economic contribution—including related jobs and GDP figures.


EDUCATION POLICY
Fostering STEM Trajectories

EDUCATION POLICY
3 Facts and 3 Challenges to Keep in Mind about Pre-K This Election Season

As the election season heats up, here are 3 facts and 3 challenges about pre-K that could help to avoid myths and misunderstandings.


EDUCATION POLICY and NEW AMERICA
Lisa Guernsey Nominated for Shorty Award

Lisa Guernsey was selected in the Education category as a nominee for a Shorty Award.


EDUCATION POLICY
Digital Equity

The forum will highlight the results of a nationwide survey of lower-income families, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.


EDUCATION POLICY
Setting Priorities in 2016

In 2016, what should candidates be saying about early childhood education, and what should be the priorities for our youngest learners?