Craig Watkins studies young people’s social and digital media behaviors. He teaches at the University of Texas at Austin, in the departments of Radio-Television-Film, Sociology, and the Center for African and African American Studies. Craig is also a Faculty Fellow for the Division of Diversity and Community Engagement at the University of Texas at Austin. He is the author of three books on youth culture including most recently, The Young and the Digital: What the Migration to Social Network Sites, Games, and Anytime, Anywhere Media Means for Our Future. In addition to serving as the Principal Investigator of “The Digital Edge” he is working to design and pilot new learning initiatives in both out-of-school and in-school settings.
Brigid Barron is Professor of Education and the Learning Sciences at Stanford’s GSE. Her research investigates how digital technologies can serve as catalysts for collaborative learning at home, school, and in the community with the goal of creating more equitable opportunities for the development of expertise and interest-driven learning. Current projects use a biographical unit of analyses to articulate relationships between the development of interests, learner pathways to expertise, personal social networks, and designed settings for learning. She is founder of The YouthLAB at Stanford, and a co-lead of the NSF-funded LIFE Center (Learning in Informal and Formal Environments), one of the national Science of Learning Centers, which investigates the social foundations of learning across diverse communities, contexts, and domains. At Stanford she teaches in the Learning Design and Technology MA program, the LSTD doctoral program and the DAPS doctoral program. She serves as Executive Editor of the Journal Cognition and Instruction. Dr. Barron is co-leading TELOS (Technology for Equity in Learning Opportunities), a new initiative at Stanford.
Muhammed Chaudhry serves as President and CEO for the Silicon Valley Education Foundation (SVEF). Under his stewardship, SVEF has become the leading education not-for-profit resource preparing students for college and careers in Silicon Valley. The foundation is dedicated to elevating scholastic achievement in the critical area of STEM. With Muhammed’s leadership the foundation has forged strong partnerships with the industry and education community to develop innovative programs to support public education.
Kris D. Gutiérrez is Professor of Language, Literacy and Culture at UC Berkeley Graduate School of Education. She was most recently a professor of Learning Sciences/Literacy and the Inaugural Provost’s Chair, University of Colorado, Boulder and Professor Emerita of Social Research Methodology at GSE&IS at UCLA. Professor Gutiérrez is a national leader in education, with an emphasis in literacy, learning sciences, and interpretive and design-based approaches to inquiry. Gutiérrez is a member of the National Academy of Education and is the Past President of the American Educational Research Association and the National Conference on Research on Language and Literacy. Gutiérrez was appointed by President Obama and confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a member of the National Board for the Institute of Education Sciences where she served as Vice Chair.