Joanna is a learning designer at the Teaching and Learning Lab focused on the Harvard Teacher Fellows project. She is passionate about investigating the relationship between digital technology, the pedagogical practices of teachers, and how they impact learning and educational access — especially for low-income students of color.
She graduated in Spring 2016 with a Master’s in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. While at Harvard, she worked in the MIT Teaching Systems Lab investigating the competency based education systems needed to prepare teachers for the complex, technology-mediated classrooms of the future. She also completed a research assistantship at the Harvard John F. Kennedy School of Government’s SLATE (Strengthening Learning and Teaching Excellence Office) where she designed an online course on case-method teaching. Prior to graduate school, she was a part of the Collaborative Technology Team at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching researching on the affordances of virtual versus face-to-face interaction as effective pedagogical practices and working on how to integrate technology into education improvement work that adds value to accelerating collaboration and engagement among education networks at scale.