Nancy Hechinger is on the full-time faculty at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunication Program. She has a diverse background in education–including multimedia and film production, the development of interactive museum exhibits, and publishing–and in the strategic uses of information and telecommunication technologies, focusing particularly on how technology might make science more accessible, and also promoting the teaching and learning of essential twenty-first-century skills. She was the founding Director of the National Center for Science Literacy, Education, and Technology at the American Museum of Natural History in New York. Prior to that she was a founding partner and the Director of Technology for the Edison Project, a private company that manages public schools using a comprehensive new school design with technology at its core. She was on the Senior Design Team of Apple’s Multimedia Lab (1988-1990).
Ms. Hechinger has lectured widely at schools and to education and public-policy groups about the potential of technology to enhance education and inspire children to learn, and participated in many of the seminal national conferences on education and technology; including the Department of Education, NSF, Office of Technology Assessment, and The Getty Museum. She sits on the Advisory Committee of the Women’s Rights Division of Human Rights Watch, and is a board member of Words Without Borders, an online magazine of literature in translation. She received her B.A. in 1969 from Sarah Lawrence College, and an MFA in Writing (Poetry) in 2009. Her poems have been published in Salamander, Red Wheelbarrow, NY Quarterly, and a chapbook, Letter to Leonard Cohen.