Shayna Cook

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Shayna Cook is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She is a member of the Learning Technologies project. 

Cook researches and reports on innovation, new technologies, and digital equity issues concerning children from birth through third grade. She is a former teacher who graduated from American University with a master’s degree in education, focusing on policy and leadership. She holds a bachelor’s degree in classics from Howard University.

All Work

EDUCATION POLICY
Integrating Technology in Early Literacy

Poor Shaming—But This Time in the School Cafeteria

New Mexico's recent legislative action against lunch shaming shows how states can stop schools from shaming students living in poverty.


EDUCATION POLICY
The Ready to Learn Program: A Q-and-A with Shelley Pasnik

Examining a federal program for research-based media that promote early learning, particularly for children in low-income families.


EDUCATION POLICY
Academics vs. Play: The False Dilemma That Some Principals Face

Abbie Lieberman and Shayna Cook wrote a blog post for NAEYC regarding the connection between children’s play and learning.


EDUCATION POLICY
Multilingual Paraprofessionals Highlight Barriers to Entering the Teaching Profession

A new paper uses focus group data with multilingual paraprofessionals to explore barriers to entering teaching.


EDUCATION POLICY
Teacher Talent Untapped

This report highlights the barriers multilingual paraprofessionals face in entering teaching in their own words.


EDUCATION POLICY
Interview: Taking a Look at Pre-K Teachers’ Implicit Biases

Do early educators’ implicit biases impact their behavioral expectations and recommendations for suspension and expulsion?


EDUCATION POLICY
Cyberbullying Prevention: A Case for Starting Early

What parents and educators should recognize is that addressing cyberbullying may require starting with early education.


EDUCATION POLICY
New Guidance on Using ESSA to Support Early Learning

The U.S. Department of Education released new non-regulatory guidance on the Every Student Succeeds Act and early learning.


EDUCATION POLICY
Quality Improvements for Child Care Cross the Finish Line

Last month, the Obama Administration pushed quality improvements for child care across the finish line.


EDUCATION POLICY
Integrating Technology in Early Literacy

A new brief analyzes the impact of early learning and family engagement programs around the country.


EDUCATION POLICY
Integrating Technology in Early Literacy