Board of Advisors



Linda Darling-Hammond is the Charles E. Ducommun Professor of Education at the Stanford University School of Education, where she launched the School Redesign Network, the Stanford Educational Leadership Institute, and the Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education. Darling-Hammond is author or editor of more than a dozen books and more than 300articles on education policy and practice. Her work focuses on school restructuring, teacher education, and educational equity. She was education advisor to Barack Obama's presidential campaign. Prior to her appointment at Stanford, Darling-Hammond was the William F. Russell Professor in the Foundations of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. Darling-Hammond was president of the American Educational Research Association and a member of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards. She has served on the boards of directors for the Spencer Foundation, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and the Alliance for Excellent Education. Darling-Hammond received her B.A. magna cum laude at Yale University in 1973, and an Ed.D., with highest distinction, in urban education at Temple University in 1978.


Rosemarie T. Truglio, Ph.D. is the vice-president of research and education for Sesame Workshop. During her seven years with Sesame Street, she has helped to ensure that the creative process always embraces the major curriculum points in a safe, sensitive, responsible and age-appropriate manner. Dr. Truglio is a widely published expert on child development, whose articles appear in child and developmental psychology journals. In 2001, she co-edited G is for Growing: 30 Years of Research on Sesame Street & Children with Sholly Fisch. A former assistant professor of Communication and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, Dr. Truglio also serves on the advisory board of the Children's Digital Media Center and the Council on Excellence in Children's Media at Annenberg School.


Carla Hannaford Ph.D. is a neurophysiologist and educator with experience as a professor of biology at the University of Hawaii and as a counselor for elementary and intermediate school children with learning difficulties. She presents and trains internationally on the neural basis of learning and educational kinesiology. In her best selling book, Smart Moves: Why Learning Is Not All in Your Head, Dr. Hannaford states that our bodies are very much a part of all our learning, and learning is not an isolated "brain" function. Every nerve and cell is a network contributing to our intelligence and our learning capability. Many educators have found this work quite helpful in improving overall concentration in class.


Megan Shaw serves as the Editorial Director for Earlychildhood NEWSmagazine, an online resource for teachers and parents of children from infants to age 8, currently reaching 70,000 parents and early childhood professionals. For the past 10 years, Megan has guided the editorial content of Earlychildhood NEWS by commissioning articles from early childhood experts on a variety of topics. Recently, she transitioned the publication from a traditional magazine format to its current online presence at Megan's duties also include management of the annual Directors' Choice Awards. Each year, Earlychildhood NEWS recognizes excellence in products for young children through this award program, which is recognized by early childhood professionals as assurance that products bearing its seal have received solid, unbiased appraisal and have been deemed excellent educational resources for the early childhood setting.


Hedda Bluestone Sharapan B.S, M.S. is Director of Early Childhood Initiatives at Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood. Hedda, who holds a B.S. in psychology from Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University) and an M.S. in child development from the University of Pittsburgh, came to Family Communications in 1966. She is responsible for communicating Fred Rogers' philosophy in multiple ways: she develops workshops for early childhood educators; works on books, articles, and brochures for parents, families, and professionals; and speaks around the country to educators, parents, and religious, business, and community groups. Her two daughters, she says, "in a very real sense grew up in Mister Rogers' Neighborhood."


Susan Linn Ph.D. is Associate Director of the Media Center of Judge Baker Children's Center, Instructor in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, and director and co-founder of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood. She has written extensively about the effects of media and commercial marketing on children. Her book, Consuming Kids, was praised in publications as diverse as The Wall Street Journal and Mother Jones. Her new book, The Case for Make Believe: Saving Play in a Commercialized World will be published by the New Press in April, 2008. Dr. Linn has lectured about play, and about the impact of commercialism on children, throughout the USA, and in Canada, Europe, Asia and South America. Her work has been featured in media venues such as Mister Rogers Neighborhood, Good Morning America, Today, Sixty Minutes, Dateline,and the acclaimed documentary The Corporation.


Nelson Davis has been a broadcast media executive for over 30 years. His postions have included, Programming Executive for NBC Television Network; Executive Producer for Name That Tune an the Jeopardy pilot for Merv Griffin; and Executive Producer for 500 episodes of Making It! America's most lauded small business TV show. For the past eleven years Davis has served on the board of the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation.



Rhonda Clements, Ed.D, is a professor in Physical Education & Sport Pedagogy at Manhattanville College. Dr. Clements received her Doctorate of Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, from the Department of Movement Sciences and Education. Since that time, she has authored or edited 9 books and more than 20 articles in the area of movement, play, and game activities for children and has presented at more than 100 national and international conferences. Dr. Clements was one of eight experts to contribute to Active Start: A Statement of Physical Activity Guidelines for Children Birth to Five Years,which was sponsored by the National Association for Sport and Physical Education. In addition, Dr. Clements is the past president of the American Association for the Child's Right to Play (IPA/USA), and she has also served as a consultant to numerous state education departments, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to train Native American Head Start specialists, NAEYC, Sesame Street, Sesame Place, Nick Jr. Family Magazine, the Disney Channel, Crayola Crayons, and Parental Wisdom. She conducted a national survey for Wisk Laundry Detergent aimed at investigating the extent to which children are playing outdoors today.


Michael Rich, MD, MPH is Founder and Director of the Center on Media and Child Health at Children's Hospital Boston, committed to pursuing research, developing interventions on negative health effects of media, and creating health-positive media. He is Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at Harvard Medical School, Assistant Professor in Society, Human Development, and Health at Harvard School of Public Health, and practices adolescent medicine at Children’s Hospital Boston. Dr. Rich is a former filmmaker and writer who worked in the film industry for 12 years, including two years in Japan as assistant director to Akira Kurosawa on Kagemusha, before attending medical school at Harvard.


Eric Jensen is a former teacher with a real love of learning. While most of his experience is with secondary students, he has taught at every level, including at three universities. His academic background is in both the liberal and the science arts. He's currently a member of the Society for Neuroscience, NY Academy of Science, and is completing his PhD in psychology. Eric blends the science of teaching with the reality of today's instruction. Jensen has appeared on over 240 television and radio stations, including CNN. Articles on his work have appeared in USA Today, CNN, Wall Street Journal and major educational journals. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Learning with the Body in Mind, Teaching with the Brain in Mind, and Enriching the Brain.


Craig Buschner, Ed.D. is a professor with the Department of Kinesiology at California State University, Chico. Dr. Buschner's teaching responsibilities include Foundations of Childhood Physical Education and Motor Development in Children. He is a member of the editorial boards for the Journal of Teaching Physical Education, Physical Educator, and the Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, and is the author of Teaching Children Movement Concepts and Skills: Becoming a Master Teacher, as well as numerous articles and book chapters. Dr. Buschner is currently serving as President of the National Association for Sport & Physical Education.


Dr. Rebecca Isbell is Director of the Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development and a professor of early childhood education at East Tennessee State University. She received the Distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching in 1994. Dr. Isbell has a wide variety of teaching experiences that have influenced her thinking about young children and their families. These include teaching music in grades K-5, teaching three-year-olds, teaching graduate students, and supervising early childhood student teachers. Her many publications have inspired early childhood professionals to create environments that work, are aesthetically pleasing and include centers that match the unique interests of the children in the classroom. Instructors in college classes throughout the United States and Canada have used her two textbooks, enriching their understanding of children's literature and creativity and the arts. The Complete Learning Center Book is a classic in the field and continues to be a major source for center design. Her newest book, The Learning Spaces for Infants and Toddlers, provides this same usable framework to spaces for infants and toddlers.


Joan Almon is the Chair of the U.S. Alliance for Childhood (, a broad-based group advocating social change for children to improve their overall health and well-being. The Alliance currently places a special focus on the restoration of creative play in the lives of children. Joan was a Waldorf kindergarten teacher in Maryland for nearly 20 years and then spent a decade consulting with Waldorf early childhood centers in North America, Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.