Meet the Advisors
When we develop new online games or new episodes for a PBS KIDS TV show, we work closely with educational experts and other advisors every step of the way, from building curriculum frameworks and reviewing game and show concepts, to testing early prototypes with kids. All the content created under the RTL 2010-2015 grant on PBS KIDS Lab was carefully vetted through our team of advisors.
En el desarollo de nuevos juegos en línea o nuevos episodios de un programa de televisión para PBS KIDS, trabajamos en estrecha colaboración con expertos en educación y otros asesores en cada paso del camino, desde la construcción de los marcos curriculares y la revisión de conceptos de juego y espectáculo, a las pruebas de los primeros prototipos con los niños. Todo el contenido creado con la ayuda de la beca RTL 2010-2015 para PBS KIDS está vetado cuidadosamente a través de nuestro equipo de asesores.
Art Baroody is a professor emeritus of curriculum and instruction in the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His research focus is mathematical learning, particularly the development of counting, number, and basic arithmetic concepts and skills during early childhood. Currently, he is studying the development of number and operation sense among preschoolers (3 to 5-year-olds) and the computer-assisted learning of reasoning strategies for determining basic sums and differences. Art has written a number of books, including Children's Mathematical Thinking: A Developmental Framework for Preschool, Primary, and Special Education Teachers; and Fostering Children’s Mathematical Power: An Investigative Approach to K-8 Mathematics Instruction.
Francis (Skip) Fennell is a professor of education at McDaniel College in Maryland, where he directs the Elementary Mathematics Specialists and Teacher Leaders Project, which is supported by the Brookhill Foundation. A mathematics educator who has experience as a classroom teacher, principal, and supervisor of instruction, he is a past president of the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators and the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Skip has played key leadership roles for the National Science Foundation and the U.S. National Commission on Mathematics Instruction. He was awarded the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics.
Jesse Schell is the CEO of Schell Games, the largest videogame studio in Pennsylvania. He also serves as distinguished professor of the Practice of Entertainment Technology at Carnegie Mellon University. Jesse has worked on a wide variety of innovative game and simulation projects for both entertainment and education, but he is best known for his award-winning book, The Art of Game Design: A Book of Lenses, and for Beyond Facebook, a talk at the 2010 DICE Summit where he described a future in which games and life become indistinguishable. He is a former chair of the International Game Developers Association, and in 2004 was named one of the world's Top 100 Young Innovators by MIT Technology Review.
Taniesha A. Woods is a senior research associate at the National Center for Children in Poverty at Columbia University. Her early childhood research and policy expertise are in the areas of early childhood mathematics education, teacher professional development, cultural competence, and early childhood systems-building initiatives. Taniesha is co-editing a book, Helping Early Childhood Educators to Teach Math, with Herb Ginsburg and Marilou Hyson. This book builds on the NRC report, Mathematics Learning in Early Childhood, which she also co-edited. Taniesha directs the Pathways to Early School Success Project, which uses community-based participatory research methodology to engage local-level early childhood coalitions in improving children’s school readiness outcomes through comprehensive programs and services.
Blair MacIntyre is an associate professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He directs the Augmented Environments Lab, which includes the Argon AR Web Project and the AR Game Studio. His research focuses on the design and implementation of interactive, mixed-reality and augmented-reality software, games, and experiences, aimed at understanding the potential of augmented reality as a new medium for games, entertainment, education, and work. He also runs an augmented reality consulting company, Aura Interactive, which aims to make augmented reality applications and experiences more mainstream.
Herb Ginsburg is a Jacob H. Schiff Foundations professor of psychology and education at Columbia University. With Carole Greenes, of Arizona State University, and Robert Balfanz, of Johns Hopkins University, Herb co-authored Big Math for Little Kids, a mathematics curriculum for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten children. He is the author of several books, including Entering the Child’s Mind: The Clinical Interview in Psychological Research and Practice; and Children’s Arithmetic: How They Learn It and How You Teach It. His main areas of interest are mathematics education, intellectual development, and testing and assessment.
Sabaa Rehmani is a game industry veteran with extensive experience developing digital and physical products for web and mobile. She has held key production roles (both internal & external) at Red Hill Studios, Mind Control Software, Electrified Games, Nukotoys, and Kidlandia, and has developed interactive content for leading publishers such as PBS KIDS Digital, the Pokémon Company International, Disney, Nickelodeon, Discovery Science, and Animal Planet. Sabaa currently manages the Production Department at Electrified Games, and is responsible for overseeing development efforts across original IP and work-for-hire projects.
Julie Wood is a creative expert in digital learning for kindergarten through grade 12. She works with media developers, publishers of educational content, designers, and educational organizations, as a consultant, speaker, and specialist in literacy and digital media. A former faculty member of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where she also directed the Jeanne Chall Reading Lab, Julie is currently co-authoring a book with British educator Nicole Ponsford, titled TechnoTeaching: The Ultimate Guide to Taking Control of the Global Classroom. In addition, Julie is developing a series of books for preschoolers for HarperCollins Publishers. Her guest blog appears on the Reading Rockets site: Connected: Literacy for Generation Z.
Sharon Darling is the president and founder of the National Center for Family Literacy in Louisville, Kentucky. Her organization's most recent work includes creating the award-winning Wonderopolis®, an interactive, online community that uses technology to infuse wonder into daily learning activities. Sharon advises governors, policy makers, business leaders, and foundations on education issues, and is a board member of multiple national organizations, including the U.S. National Commission for UNESCO and the PNC Grow Up Great Advisory Board. She has received many awards for her work in education, including the National Humanities Medal and the Albert Schweitzer Prize for Humanitarianism.
Rachael Walker, an education outreach and children’s literacy consultant, started her career at Reading Is Fundamental. She consults on a wide variety of educational programs and multimedia projects with a special focus on children’s literacy. She has more than twenty years of experience in developing key partnerships with nonprofit organizations, corporations, and public agencies to benefit at-risk children and families. She currently consults for Reading Rockets and is an advisor for Tales2Go, an award-winning audio story service for families, and serves on The Reading Connection Advisory Council. Rachael is also a columnist for Highlights Hello magazine and once served as executive director of Reach Out and Read of Metro DC.
Yuuko Uchikoshi is an associate professor at the University of California-Davis. Her research interests include bilingualism and bilingual education, educational television and multimedia, language acquisition, and literacy development. Yuuko serves on the education advisory board of Disney Junior, and is a consultant for the Center for Early Care and Education Research – Dual Language Learners. She was also a grant recipient of the Foundation of Child Development Young Scholars Program from 2005 to 2008.
Carole Greenes is the associate vice provost for STEM education, director of the Practice, Research and Innovation in Mathematics Education Center, and professor of mathematics education at Arizona State University. She is currently the principal investigator for a National Science Foundation-funded project that promotes STEM courses for high school students, and STEM applications for math and science high school teachers; a Helios Education Foundation project to engage middle school students in STEM explorations and provide professional development for middle school science and math teachers; and a C-12 Foundation – funded algebraic thinking curriculum development project for kindergarten through grade 7. Carole has been inducted into the Massachusetts Mathematics Educator’s Hall of Fame.
Rebecca Silverman is an associate professor in the College of Education at the University of Maryland. A former elementary school teacher, she specializes in language and literacy development and instruction, and she focuses on children with learning differences and children from low-income and English-learning backgrounds. Rebecca is the principal investigator of a federally-funded research project on investigating the vocabulary and comprehension development of monolingual- and Spanish-speaking bilingual children in grades 2 through 5, and another federally-funded research project on developing a cross-age peer tutoring program for vocabulary and comprehension with English learners and their non-English learning peers.
Beth Casey is a professor of applied developmental and educational psychology at Boston College’s Lynch School of Education. She is also the senior author of the Round the Rug Math series, six books for pre-k through second grade students that use an adventure story format to introduce different areas of math. The series was made possible by a National Science Foundation Instructional Materials Development grant, of which Beth is the principal investigator. She has published numerous articles in journals, including the Journal of Research in Mathematics Education and the Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. Beth’s research interests include how differences in thinking patterns influence learning, and how gender differences in spatial ability impact success in mathematics.
Alan Gershenfeld is founder and president of E-Line Media, a publisher of digital entertainment that engages, educates, and empowers. Prior to E-Line, he was CEO of netomat, senior vice president of Activision, and worked in the film industry in a variety of capacities. Alan is a frequent speaker and writer on games and media for learning, health, and social impact. He currently serves on the Board of FilmAid International and on multiple advisory boards, including We Are Family Foundation, Startl, and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center (Sesame Workshop). He is also on the advisory board and a former chairman of Games for Change.
Temple Ary coordinates the math program and teaches kindergarten through second grade at The Ramaz Lower School in New York City. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she tutors individual young children, mentors teachers, and conducts seminars for teachers of elementary school mathematics. Early in her career Temple discovered a love for teaching mathematics to young, disabled learners. She spent six years working at The Carroll School, a school for dyslexics. There she learned the importance of systematic, multi-sensory instruction. For 25 years, Temple has trained teachers in more than 40 schools how to use math manipulatives and models.