This summer has been filled with good-byes and welcomes. Today, Amanda Armstrong leaves her position as TEC Center Program Coordinator to begin her doctoral studies at New Mexico State University in Curriculum and Instruction. Much of the success of the TEC Center is due to her passion for connecting child development with digital media, research to practice, and how culture influences media use at home and in the classroom. We are sorry to see Amanda move on but happy about her new opportunities as a doctoral student, where she’ll study culture, educational learning technologies, and early childhood education.
We are thrilled to welcome Tamara Kaldor to the TEC Center team as our consulting Program Coordinator in the months ahead. Tamara is an Erikson graduate with an M.S. in Child Development, and brings over a decade of experience teaching and consulting with parents, educators, and leading international organizations to integrate technology to support the social-emotional and learning needs of ALL children. Tamara has collaborated with such organizations as UNICEF, UNESCO, International Society for Technology and Education (ISTE), NAEYC, the Interdisciplinary Council on Development and Learning (ICDL), Illinois Computer Educators (ICE), and currently works with Common Sense Media.
We are also delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Katie Paciga, Assistant Professor of Education at Columbia College Chicago, as the first Early Career Research Fellow for our collaborative work to move the NAEYC & Fred Rogers Center Joint Position Statement forward. For the next two years, Katie will focus on updating what we know from the research and emerging evidence-based practices inform the principles and guidelines from the 2012 Position Statement. She will also take the lead in exploring emerging research on how technology and digital media can support healthy social and emotional development, in keeping with the legacy of Fred Rogers. Katie is a published scholar with research interests in the role of media and technology in early literacy development.
We are excited about our new developments and the continuation of our work to support educators’ and parents’ use of digital tools to create healthy learning opportunities for young children. Please join us in welcoming our new team members Tamara and Katie and extending our congratulations to Amanda.