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    Stages Learning Serves as Incubator for New Harvard Graduate Student Interns

    Topics: Autism Technology, Adult (22+), Articles

    Back-to-school energy was in the air at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Fall Intern Fair where Stages Learning staff met and recruited eager and passionate new students who are excited about working with the autism community and are curious about how to leverage innovation and technology to reach young learners.

    “This is just what I am looking for!”

    There was a lot of excitement at the Stages table: CEO Angela Nelson, Instructional Designer Kristen Nichols, and former special education teacher and current Marketing Coordinator Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai connected with over eighty graduate students who spoke about their wide range of personal experiences and interests including international policy changes impacting students with autism and app design and tool development for students with special needs. All alumnae of the Ed school at Harvard, the Stages team were especially excited to speak with former ABA therapists who were familiar with Stages Learning Language Builder products and eager to join the team.

    Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai, Angela Nelson and Kristen Nichols.

    Available Internships 

    As in previous years, Stages Learning serves as an incubator and test kitchen for students at the Ed School at Harvard wanting to hone their skills in designing learning tools for students with special needs including autism.

    Over the course of the school year, Stages staff will be working closely with a select group of interns in the following areas:

    • User Experience and Interface Design, App Development & Marketing interns will assist with two new product launches under our new Link4Fun line targeting preschoolers, design new apps for special and general education, learn product curation skills, or work with us to develop new marketing strategies. Interns in this group will work closely with our team learning behind-the-scenes processes that have made Stages Learning the top provider of tools for language development for students with autism.
    • Community of Interest and Content Development interns will help grow our community of users and continue to develop our online presence with creative content, articles, videos, and strategic support. Interested interns can also be involved in product launch strategy sessions and video production activities.

    Stages Learning Materials was founded by a UCLA trained ABA Therapist in 1997, when Autism diagnosis first began to rise. Our top-selling autism education product, the Language Builder Picture Cards, was designed to specifically meet the learning needs of the individual with Autism. The Language Builder Series has become a staple in home and school programs throughout the world. Today Stages offers a full range of award-winning real photo products for autism education, special needs, and preshool education. Our innovative Language Builder App, as well as our other products, can now be found in pre-schools, day care centers, early childhood classrooms, autism programs, speech language programs, and homes around the world.

    Our content strategist and intern coordinator Leslie Stebbins, also a HGSE alumna, will work closely with the interns to ensure that their time spent with the staff of Stages is not only productive, but also a time of personal growth and contributes to our overall mission of designing effective learning tools for children. In the coming weeks we look forward to introducing you to our team of interns and highlighting their contributions. Stay tuned!

    For more information, contact Leslie Stebbins: leslie@stageslearning.com

    Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai & Kristen Nichols

    Written by Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai & Kristen Nichols

    Rebecca Pagitt-Mungai has over fifteen years of teaching and instructional coaching experience with a background in literacy instruction and special education. She had the pleasure of working with wonderful parents, faculty, and students in both public and independent school in Illinois, New York, and New Jersey. She has M.S. in Special Education from Bank Street College of Education and received an Ed.M. in Education Policy and Management from Harvard Graduate School of Education. Kristen Nichols has 25 years of combined experience in graphic, web, UX/UI, and instructional design, with a broad range of work that includes branding/ corporate identity, print and packaging design, environmental graphics, websites and web based tools, for a variety of industries. Her recent focus in better understanding how user experience influences learning in both physical and digital spaces. She is currently working on UX/UI design for some upcoming Stages products. Kristen recently received her Ed.M. in Technology, Innovation, and Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and has a BA in Art History from the University of Vermont.