Diana Sharp is a learning scientist with a Ph.D. in Cognitive Psychology. She currently leads the Blended and Online Learning Research Alliance for the Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southeast, working with members from the Florida Office of Virtual Education, the South Carolina Office of Virtual Education, and the Florida Virtual School. She also served as the North Carolina liaison for the REL Southeast’s Improving Low-Performing Schools alliance.
Diana is a member of the early childhood workgroup for the Sulphur Springs Neighborhood of Promise, an initiative of researchers and service providers dedicated to dramatically improving the educational success of children in low-income families in Tampa, Florida. She is also the designer of the Fascinate Forward project, an early-stage initiative designed to help low-income families connect with local museums, zoos, libraries, and parks, with technology-enhanced materials to support parents in leading effective learning conversations with their children during and after each visit.
Prior to joining RMC, Diana spent 13 years at Vanderbilt University’s Learning Technology Center as the director of the Young Children’s Literacy Project. Her work was funded by major grants from the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, the Office of Special Education, and the James S. McDonnell Foundation. In 2012 she was named a global leader in early literacy and technology by Microsoft’s Global Strategic Education Partnerships division.