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.

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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, FUTURE TENSE and NEW AMERICA
Down With Gadget Guilt

You shouldn’t feel bad about buying tech toys for your kids.


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?


EDUCATION POLICY
What Candidates Should be Talking about in 2016: Six Ideas from New America

Americans should know where candidates stand on the following six issues before they cast their votes.


Tech Toy Tension for the Holidays

Worried about what buying the latest gizmo or gadget for your child says about you as a parent? Don’t be, says Lisa Guernsey.


EDUCATION POLICY
Help kids ride tech waves safely

Information and communication technology can aid learning but supervision is required.


EDUCATION POLICY
Is tech hampering kids' reading? Authors say it's not that simple

A new book suggests that such broad generalizations don't capture what happens when children have access to new media. In Tap, Click, Read:


EDUCATION POLICY
How to tell if your child’s educational app is actually educational

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EDUCATION POLICY
How to Provide Kids With Screen Time That Supports Learning

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EDUCATION POLICY
How to balance digital devices and childhood development

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