Rachel Hanebutt is a research and communication analyst for Global Family Research Project, where she conducts research on family engagement in libraries, afterschool programs, and digital media use. She works on the development of external communication plans and the creation of digital publications, and serves as the project manager for the organization’s website development. Her academic scholarship operates within the intersection of cognitive science, education, and interactive technology. Hanebutt is interested in applying family engagement research in the development of online platforms that support community-centered discussion of important topics, like civic education, information access, and school-community partnerships. She received her Ed.M. in mind, brain, and education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education and her M.A. in civic media, art, and practice from Emerson College. Previously, she worked as a graduate research assistant at the Harvard Family Research Project.

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