Ali Carr-Chellman

Instructional designer
Ali Carr-Chellman is an instructional designer and author who studies the most effective ways to teach kids and to make changes at school.

Why you should listen

A former third-grade teacher, Ali Carr-Chellman realized that traditional elementary classrooms weren't for her, in part because she was frustrated by the lack of innovation, agility, and readiness to change in traditional schools. She's now an instructional designer, author and educator, working on how to change and innovate within schools to make education work better for more kids. She teaches at Penn State University in the College of Education, working primarily with doctoral-level students to help produce the next generation of faculty with inspired research ideas and methods. Carr-Chellman also teaches online courses focused on helping practicing teachers learn how to improve their own instructional design practices and how to improve their classrooms.

Her recent research projects include "Bring Back the Boys," looking at ways gaming can be used to re-engage boys in their elementary education. Another projects asks prisoners and homeless people to think about how to reform schools, bringing new voices to the policy-making table.

What others say

“Wow. This was really something. I went to college for 3D Animations/Video Game Design and it was the only time in my entire life where I felt comfortable and good at something. I actually felt smart! I would go on and on about how awesome my school was and I just never wanted to stop talking about it. It's an amazing feeling knowing you feel smart about something.” — "someidiot23" on YouTube

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