Playing, exploring, and discovering inspired by media & technology


This past week, as part of my regular job, I co-presented and trained several public media stations and their community partners on a space and earth science curricula. The components of this curriculum include activities for children and families around space and earth science missions, the creation of spacecrafts, investigations, and play space-themed games. These […]

February 25, 2019

Adult learning theory & families


In my previous blog, I wrote about the need to engage families in playful learning experiences while thinking of them as adult learners, especially in a social context. According to Knowles (2015), andragogy refers to adult learning and the framework of helping adults learn. Pedagogy serves as a foundation for the development of thought, instruction and […]

February 18, 2019

Rethinking adult learning in family engagement programs


“Every function in the child’s cultural development appears twice: First, on the social level, and later, on the individual level, First between people and then inside the child.” – Vygotsky (1896-1934) Laughter, bewilderment, amazement, and revelation erupted amongst children and their families as they engagingly played with various tools, from the simple, low-tech measuring cups […]

February 10, 2019

Parent Engagement Bibliography


As researchers dive more in-depth into a topic to study, an annotated bibliography comes handy. The following Parent Engagement studies are in Bibliography format, describing ten research studies (including mix, qualitative, & quantitative). Balli, S. J., Demo, D. H., & Wedman, J. F. (1998). Family Involvement with Children’s Homework: An Intervention in the Middle Grades. Family […]

June 10, 2018

Life as a Doctoral Student


In honor of #NationalHigherEducation day, PBS SoCal featured two classmates and I on a blog post, discussing our first-year experiences as EdD students at Pepperdine University. We reflected on what the Doctor of Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Education in Learning Technologies means for the three of us. Read more here —> On #NationalHigherEdDay first year EdD […]

June 9, 2018