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Arielle Shanker

As a children’s media research professional with close to a decade of expertise, Arielle specializes in shaping and evaluating innovative, play-based, and delightful learning experiences tailored for ALL young audiences and families. Her unique skill set enables her to apply her deep understanding of early childhood learning to content development, consultancy, and user experience research.
Before venturing into research, Arielle was actively engaged as an educator in urban public school environments, where she seamlessly integrated anti-bias, anti-racist frameworks, the Reggio Emilia approach, and inquiry-based learning to effectively address the diverse and evolving needs of her young students. Additionally, she initiated a virtual summer camp during the pandemic’s peak to ensure that young learners had access to affordable and enriching opportunities. In both her teaching and camp initiatives, Arielle approached learning with a strong emphasis on equity and inclusion, always recognizing families as a child’s primary educators.
Arielle’s educational journey includes a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Dominican University, complemented by a Bachelor’s Degree in Organizational Studies from the University of Michigan. This well-rounded background equips her with a holistic perspective that she brings to her dynamic role in children’s media research.