BrainPOP Welcomes Kari Stubbs, Ph.D. as New Director of 21st Century Learning
New York, March 19 – BrainPOP, the award-winning creator of animated, curriculum-based online content, announces the appointment of Kari Stubbs, Ph.D. to the role of Director of 21st Century Learning. With more than 15 years of experience in the education, professional development and learning technology spheres, Dr. Stubbs brings a multi-faceted approach to the position. The National School Board Association included her on its 2006 list of “20 to Watch,” honoring emerging education technology leaders.
In her new role, Dr. Stubbs will focus on melding core subjects with practical frameworks that support teachers as they attempt to bring contemporary skills like global and technology awareness, financial literacy, innovative and creative thinking, and self-direction into their classrooms.
"We are thrilled to have Kari on staff," said Din Heiman, BrainPOP’s COO and General Manager. "Her passion for education, her professional experience, and her invaluable insight will be a tremendous asset to the company as we expand and enhance our 21st-century themes."
"As a long-time BrainPOP proponent, I’ve seen the tremendous impact it has. The topics covered and the creative manner in which they’re presented already make its resources an invaluable 21st-century learning tool," said Dr. Stubbs. "I’m so excited about joining the company and look forward to growing the ways we help children prepare for today’s world."
Dr. Stubbs holds a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Kansas, where her dissertation dealt with the use of technology in teacher training. Her resume includes positions with ePals, Inc., the Advanced Learning Technologies in Education Consortium (ALTEC), the University of Kansas, and Kansas City Public Television, among others. She has often written and frequently leads workshops on the subject of technology in education.
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BrainPOP (www.brainpop.com) creates animated, curricular content that engages students, supports teachers, and bolsters achievement – in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices. Our award-winning online resources include BrainPOP Jr. (K-3), BrainPOP, BrainPOP Español, and, for English language learners, BrainPOP ESL. We are also home to GameUp, an educational games portal for the classroom, and My BrainPOP, a tool that lets teachers create custom assessments and keep track of student learning. All resources are supported by our professional community, BrainPOP Educators. Mapped to the Common Core and aligned to academic standards, BrainPOP web sites and mobile apps support individual, team, and whole-class learning in traditional, blended, and “flipped” settings. Our global sites host more than 17 million visits per month, and our mobile learning apps - downloaded millions of times - continually rank among the highest in the major app stores' education categories.