Katie Paciga

  • Dr. Kathleen A. Paciga, “Katie,” is an educator, researcher, and family gal. She earned a B.S. in Elementary Education and a B.A. in Spanish from Loyola University Chicago in 2002; a M.S.Ed in Instructional Leadership from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2006. She completed her doctoral studies in Curriculum & Instruction with a concentration in Literacy, Language & Culture from UIC in 2011.

    Katie began her career as an educator with six years of primary level teaching experiences in schools serving a low income and English language learning population. She connects those experiences to her college level teaching and teacher professional development. Katie presently is employed as an Assistant Professor of Education at Columbia College Chicago. Throughout her tenure in higher education, Katie’s teaching and research interests have specialized in the fields of early language and literacy development, teaching, and assessment with specific attention to the role of media and technology in those domains.Her work has been published in several peer-reviewed journals and much of it is indexed on Academia.edu. In July 2015 Katie received the first ever Early Career Research Fellowship from the TEC Center at the Erikson Institute and the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Media at St.Vincent College with generous funding from the Grable Foundation. The focus of her work with this appointment will be to move the NAEYC & FRC Joint Position forward. Throughout the two year fellowship, Katie will focus on updating what we know from the research and evidence base that underpin the principles and guidelines from the 2012 Position Statement. She will also take the lead in exploring emerging research on how technology and digital media can support healthy social and emotional development, in keeping with the legacy of Fred Rogers.

    Katie is also a mom to three young children and a wife to one very supportive husband. She’s passionate about reading children’s picture books (print and/or digital), gardening, hockey, and spending time with family and friends. You can follow her blog or find her on Twitter @kpaciga.

  • 2018 Events

    Masterclass • Mar. 25, Bologna, Italy • Register
    AppCamp • Jun. 1-3, Asilomar, CA • Register
    Highlights Retreat • Boyds Mills, PA
    Institute • Nov. 4-6, Lambertville, NJ • Register

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      Sanj KharbandaVP Digital Strategy, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

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      Valerie ConnellVP Product & Market Strategy, The Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic 2010

      "Top Notch conference with A-list attendees - a pleasure to be included with the best of the best!"

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      Kate WilsonFounder & Managing Director, Nosy Crow, Dust or Magic 2011

      "Relevant, invigorating and mind expanding: a great event. Warren's energetic, warm and informal style of communication and facilitation is key."

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      Krista MarksDust or Magic 2011

      "The best part is the inspiration that comes from being with a group of like minded, passionate, talented humans."

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM '13 Institute

      "Dust or Magic Fall is a must attend event to help increase chances of making successful children's new media products."

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      Charity GerbrandtCreative Lead, Disney Club Penguin, DM Institute '13

      "So great to share with like-minded people in a low pressure, no drama environment. Great size, space and leadership."

    • Kimberley SorensonThe Waterford Institute, Dust or Magic Highlights Foundation 2015

      "A wonderful opportunity to get down and dirty with a lot of different voices in a protected space. Inspiring + energizing on all conceivable levels -- many many thanks."

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      Jayne ClarePresident, Teachers With Apps, Dust or Magic Highlights 2015

      "Leaving with a wealth of new knowledge, friends, ideas and inspiration!"

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      Erin ReillyCreative Director, Annenberg Innovation Lab at USC, Dust or Magic eBook Retreat 2013

      "This was just the retreat I needed to learn and to be inspired by others." 

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      Scott TraylorPresident, 360KID, DM 2002-2010

      "Come for toys, stay for friendship; leave with knowledge."

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      Jesper LodahlCEO, SmartTots, Dust or Magic Hurricane Edition

      "Great crowd, great minds, great learning experience."

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      "Just soaked in all of it. Great environment!"

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      "Warren and Daren really made everyone feel relevant and comfortable. Perfect balance of healthy criticism and ideas for growth."

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      Aleen SteinCEO, Organa, Dust or Magic 2014

      "Even though I'm not making apps right now, exciting and relevant to my life."

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      While there is no shortage of conferences on kids and tech, Dust or Magic stands out in the crowd. This might be because attendees are required to leave their egos at home, or cast them into the ocean until the sessions are finished.