Shayna Cook

Policy Analyst, Education Policy Program

Shayna Cook is a policy analyst with the Education Policy program at New America. She was a member of the Early & Elementary Education team, and now works on the Learning Technologies project. Cook researches and reports on innovation in family engagement, new technologies, and digital equity issues concerning children from birth through third grade. She also writes about the early childhood workforce and school discipline issues that impact children in the early years and grades.       

Before joining New America, she taught pre-K and 3rd grade in the District of Columbia Public Schools and at a private early learning center in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Cook and her work have been featured in media outlets including Slate, Education Week, and The Washington Monthly. 

She 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
2014 Preschool Yearbook: Slow and Steady Is Not Good Enough

This week the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) released its highly anticipated annual State of Preschool Yearbook.


EDUCATION POLICY
#ThankATeacher: Reflections from New America's PreK-12 Ed Policy Team

For National Teacher Appreciation Week, New America's Education policy team shares stories of their most inspirational teachers.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Hollow Victory: Senator Murray’s Early Education Amendment

Earlier this month, the Senate HELP committee began its markup of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act on a high note.


EDUCATION POLICY
Why We Don’t Need to Get Rid of Common Core to Have Play in Kindergarten

EDUCATION POLICY
Will Congress Act Quickly to Save Federally-Funded Home Visiting Programs?

Next month, the federal funding for the country’s home visiting program is set to expire.


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A Survey to Map Early Literacy Initiatives Assisted by New Technologies

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President Obama’s Map for Meeting Families’ Child Care Needs

This year, President Obama has announced a plan to triple Child Care Tax Credits for families.


EDUCATION POLICY
A Changing Role for Head Start?

With Head Start up for reauthorization, many look to how it fits in with the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA).


EDUCATION POLICY
Reflections on 2014 from New America's PreK-12 Ed Policy Team

Some highlights in the world of education policy from 2014.


EDUCATION POLICY
Dance, Act, Sing: Using Play-Based Learning to Unlock "Tools of the Mind"

Only time will tell if DCPS students who began Tools at three-years-old will show greater academic and self-regulation skills in the future.


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Partnering to Reach Our Youngest Learners

Over $400 million in federal grants will fund Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnerships.


EDUCATION POLICY
Storify: Worthy Work, Still Unlivable Wages