Learning Sciences Exchange Fellowship

Breakthroughs and insights now emerge regularly from the learning sciences. However, these insights are slow to be accepted and integrated into schools, family support systems, and the social consciousness in positive ways. Too often, new findings are either left to wilt in inaccessible academic journals, contorted by splashy headlines, or too complicated to lead to real policy changes.

This is why the Jacobs Foundation, together with the think tank New America and the International Congress of Infant Studies (ICIS) created a new fellowship: The Learning Sciences Exchange (LSX). The LSX aims to create a conversation between scientists, journalists, entertainers, and policy makers. The programme responds to the needs of all three sectors which are usually operating in isolation from each other.

The fellows hail from Europe and North America. Each participant enjoys time for cross-disciplinary thinking. Fellows have the opportunity to write about ways to bring ideas in learning sciences to fruition and how to communicate them with the greatest influence. We envision that the 12 fellows discuss key issues by forming three teams – each composed of four people (one person from each sector). A team approach provides amazing opportunities for individuals to explore each other’s thinking from the perspective of the sector in which each is an expert. The team also comes to appreciate how each sector typically deals with new issues.

Duration: 2018 – 2020

Scope: Stipend for each fellow of 5’000 USD

Costs: 400,000 CHF

Detailed Information and FAQs


Jacobs Foundation (sponsor)
New America (implementing partner)
International Congress of Infant Studies (implementing partner)

Jacobs Foundation
Cathrin Jerie
Seefeldquai 17
P.O. Box
8034 Zurich



  • Meet the Fellows (A-Z)
    Rob Carpenter


    Rob Carpenter is a polyglot, the author of the forthcoming book “The 48 Laws of Happiness,” and has been a professor, startup entrepreneur, creative executive and entertainer. He currently directs the Emmy Award winning USC Media Institute for Social Change, and has worked on shows like Scandal, NCIS, Ballers, Lethal Weapon, and more. He passed a $40 billion transportation ballot measure in Los Angeles, and at 24 was appointed by the Mayor as the youngest Commissioner of Transportation in history. Carpenter previously sold a startup, volunteer-taught K-12 students in South Central LA and the Middle East, and released a celebrity-backed limited-edition fashion line benefiting humanitarian projects around the world. He is an active writer, producer, comedian, and actor in Hollywood, and is a leading millennial expert on entertainment education. He received his BA from Claremont McKenna College, MA from Northwestern University, and is finishing his doctorate at the University of Southern California.

    Sujata Gupta


    Sujata Gupta is an award-winning freelance science journalist whose writing focuses on issues related to food, ecology, and health. Her work has been featured in The New Yorker, NPR, Nature, High Country News, Discover, Scientific American, Wired, NovaNext, and New Scientist, among others. Gupta recently completed a Knight Science Journalism fellowship at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, MA, where she focused on weaving science into fictional children’s stories. Prior to the fellowship, she taught journalism at Champlain College in Burlington, Vermont and worked as a reporter and editor at various newspapers. Gupta spent several years as an English teacher in Japan and as a National Park ranger.

    Melissa Hogenboom


    Melissa Hogenboom is a senior science multimedia journalist at BBC Global News, where she specialises in telling evidence-based stories for a general audience. She has a track-record of reporting exclusive and often experimental topics in video, text and radio – from going troll hunting in Iceland, to searching for her cosmic twin in a parallel Universe, to tracing the footsteps of the world’s last Neanderthals. She is interested in telling stories with impact that reflect our changing society, to help inform our understanding of the world and our place in it. Recently, this approach has led her to look at how music is helping her father’s dementia and how it may be key to understanding the brain, to investigating the subtle biases that exist in our education system, which further divide society. Most recently, Hogenboom visited a high security Dutch psychiatric prison, as part of an in-depth look at the mental health of female prisoners, many of whom are victims themselves – of mental health problems, and of crimes worse than their own. Her journalism has been recognized by multiple awards, including the Webbys, the Kavli Science awards, and the British Association of Science Journalism.

    Sacha Kyle


    Sacha Kyle is an award-winning theatre and television director creating unique and inspiring productions for both children and adults. She holds a BA degree in Contemporary Theatre from the Royal Conservatoire Scotland and a Post Graduate degree in Play Therapy from Notre Dame Centre/University of Glasgow. Sacha is excited by creative risk taking and adventure and seeks to explore content which challenges form, structure and style in ways which are unusual or unexpected. It is this fusion of interest that has led to the creation of her original animated series in development for CBeebies, BBC and Sacha is also directing new television drama series for BBC children’s ‘Molly and Mack’. Working as a creative and artistic director within children’s education over the last 14 years she has also led theatre festivals around the world – most recently at La Rosey International school Switzerland and Marymount International school in Rome, Italy.

    Megan McClelland


    Megan McClelland, Ph.D., is the Katherine E. Smith Professor of Healthy Children and Families in Human Development and Family Sciences at Oregon State University (OSU). She serves as Director of the Early Childhood Research Core at the Hallie Ford Center for Healthy Children and Families at OSU. Her research focuses on optimizing children’s development, especially as it relates to children’s self-regulation, early learning, and school success. Her recent work has examined links between self-regulation and long-term outcomes from early childhood to adulthood, recent advances in measuring self-regulation, and intervention efforts to improve these skills in young children. She works with colleagues and collaborators around the world and is currently involved with a number of national and international projects to develop measures of self-regulation and improve school success in young children.

    Catherine de Lange


    Catherine de Lange is biomedical features editor at New Scientist magazine, where she commissions and writes articles across a range of subjects specializing in neuroscience, health, and genetics. In addition to New Scientist, her work has appeared in in New Scientist, Nature, The Observer, The Guardian, Nature Outlooks, The Washington Post, Cosmos Magazine, Slate, SciDev.Net, BBC Future, Green Futures, and more. She holds a bachelor’s degree in Human Sciences from University College London, and a master’s in Science Media Production from Imperial College London.

    Janna Pahnke


    Janna Pahnke, Ph.D., is Head of Research & Monitoring at Haus der Kleinen Forscher, a nonprofit foundation based in Berlin focusing on early childhood education in Germany. There, she is responsible for the scientific basis of the foundation’s activities, for quality development, and the coordination of external studies and advisory boards. She holds degrees in psychology and child development from the University of Tuebingen and Tufts University in Boston, and a Ph.D. in cognitive development from the University of Heidelberg.

    Meredith Rowe


    Meredith Rowe, Ed.D., is a Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her work focuses on uncovering how variations in children’s early communicative environments contribute to language development and in applying this knowledge to the development of intervention strategies for low-income families. Rowe received her doctoral degree in Human Development and Psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 2003 and then was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Chicago for several years. In 2009, she was appointed Assistant Professor of Human Development at the University of Maryland, College Park, and she moved to Harvard in 2014. Rowe was the recipient of several grants from the National Institutes of Health, including a Pathway to Independence (K99/R00) early career Research Transition Award, and a recent Exploratory/Developmental Research Grant (R21) to fund her intervention work. Her research is published widely in top journals in education and psychology, including Science , Child Development , Developmental Science , and Developmental Psychology .

    Lisa Scott


    Lisa Scott, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida and Director of the Brain, Cognition and Development Research Laboratory. She received her Ph.D. from the Institute of Child Development at the University of Minnesota studying early brain development and the importance of early experience. She subsequently completed post-doctoral research at the University of Colorado examining the neural mechanisms underlying learning in adults. Scott’s program of research utilizes a multimethod approach to understanding how infants, children, and adults perceive and learn. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation since 2011, including a CAREER Award, she has been funded by the US Army Research Institute for the Social and Behavioral Sciences, and she has published in interdisciplinary journals including Psychological Science, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Child Development, Neuropsychologia, and The Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Science, and Infancy.

    Jill Shinderman


    Jill Shinderman is the principal of Barclay Square Media, a creative development shop and producer of children’s media properties. With more than 20 years of expertise in animation and early childhood education, Shinderman continues to fuse research-based practices with creating content and experiences for youth and family audiences. She is the creator and executive producer for over twenty children’s and family cross-platform media properties, in addition to helming the boutique publishing venture, Barclay Square Books. With a background in education and the arts, her work and research has been presented at the American Educational Research Association and the American Evaluators Association. Shinderman serves on the Board of Trustees for the Westside Neighborhood School, and is a member of the California Institute of the Arts – Community Arts Partnership Council (CAP). She is also an Executive Producer and Writer for the award winning, PBS Kids series, Splash and Bubbles.

    Elizabeth Shuey


    Elizabeth Shuey is a Policy Analyst at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) where she works primarily on issues related to early childhood. She was formerly a Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) Policy Fellow in the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In the past, Shuey worked at RTI International, the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston, and was a Doris Duke Fellow for the Promotion of Child Well-Being. Shuey received her doctorate from the Eliot-Pearson Department of Child Study and Human Development at Tufts University and was recognized with the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (American Psychological Association Division 37) Dissertation Award. She also holds a Master’s degree in clinical psychology from The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and a Bachelor’s degree from Oberlin College. Shuey is committed to using research to inform policy and practice to better serve families with young children.

    Katie Whitehouse


    Katie Whitehouse is the Program Manager for Early Childhood Success at the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at National League of Cities. She works to improve early childhood systems in cities across the country by building the capacity of mayors, city council members and city staff to implement policies and programs that support young children and their families. She enjoys thinking about how to integrate early childhood issues into other sectors and issue areas including community development, economic development, and transportation. Whitehouse holds a bachelor’s degree from Trinity University in San Antonio, TX and a master’s degree in public affairs from the University of Texas LBJ School of Public Affairs. In her free time, she enjoys riding her bike, reading the New Yorker, and eating her way around DC.

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