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Trisha Callella, Ed.D.

Education & Experience: Welcome

About Trisha Callella

Director of Global Product Partnerships, Digital Promise

Educational Psychologist (Ed.D.) - Learning Sciences

Learning experience designer - digital, analog, & hybrid

Published author of 54 teacher resource books


former Director of Innovation and Instruction

former Director of Educational Technology

Research + Design + Implementation + Iteration + Publications

Focused on making a positive difference in the world.

Passionate learner driven to innovation in education and creative technologies. 

Always searching for like-minded people with a similar vision of what is possible.

Thrives in futurist think tanks at the intersection of learning, technology, and neuroscience.


AI and machine learning


creative, exponential technologies

rockets & rocket launches

data science

personalized learning

robotics, 3D printing, laser cutting

Education & Experience: About Me

Leadership Experience & Background

Apple Distinguished Educator

Director of Global Product Partnerships

June 2019-present

Work at the intersection of edtech, education, and learning sciences research helping companies design and develop features to support learner variability.

Director of Innovation and Instruction

September 2016 - July 2019

  • Organizational leadership specializing in change and innovation

  • Talent and capacity building with district leadership, principals, coaches, and teachers

  • Advise on next steps and designs for scalable success

  • Designed and ran Escape Rooms

  • Design, organize, and lead professional learning conferences

  • Created scalable models of integrated STEM implementation and K-12 coding/programming

  • Created and aligned frameworks of learning, vision, and purpose driven strategic learning

  • Created and leads the Saturday Exploration Academy

  • Created and leads Parent STEAM Exploration Nights at schools

  • Designs professional development for various stakeholder groups

  • Implemented and led the 3 year Future Ready plan

  • Proficient in all Apple, Google, and Microsoft suites

Consultant & PTN Facilitator - Cotsen Foundation

January 2005 - Present

  • Co-created Learning Experience Design webinar series 

  • Multimedia producer of Cotsen's Learning Experience Design videos

  • Created, designed, and led the 4 day Integrated Learning Institute

  • Co-created the Principals Tech Network - 2015 to present

  • Created Change Implementation Matrix as a series of specific factors and indicators for qualitative analysis of school innovation readiness

  • Facilitator working with principals on technology integration across multiple school districts

  • Create, organize, & lead multi-district conferences centered on pedagogy integrating technology Coaching principals in customized best practice for tech implemention across grade levels at various school sites

  • Cotsen demonstration teacher 2007-2013; Cotsen mentor 2005-2007

Faculty, Teachers College - Western Governors University

June 2018 - Present

  • Research evaluator for Capstones, final research studies, and all courses in the Masters in Education program of the Teacher's College

  • Expertise in evaluative feedback, personalized learning, online learning, and competency based education

  • Proficient in multiple online learning management platforms including Microsoft

Vice President, Curriculum - Code to the future

May 2016 - December 2016

  • Led special projects nationwide and remotely

  • Designed and wrote integrated computer science and robotics curriculum for coding/programming immersion schools across the country

  • Trained school districts in the League of Innovative Schools in computer science in grades K-8

  • Co-facilitated strategic meetings with Superintendents within the League of Innovative Schools across the United States

Director, Learning Designer, & Instructor - ESTAD

October 2015 - May 2016

  • Learned the business and legal side of start-ups

  • Led strategic meetings with venture capitalists and interested parties

  • Designed and created cross curricular coding, programming, robotics, stock market, and entrepreneurship series of classes

  • Designed then personalized each module to each group of students

Director of Educational Technology - Los Alamitos USD

March 2014 - June 2016

  • Designed and helped build the first STEM + NGSS focused Makerspaces in schools

  • Led educational technology integration across all schools K-12

  • Modeled, trained, coached, and designed integrated STEM curriculum

  • Created the scope and sequence for tech tool implementation across K-12

Learning Experience Designer

January 2012 - Present

  • Designed Escape Rooms for the Cotsen Foundation and RUSD

  • Created and led EdCamp Long Beach at the Aquarium of the Pacific

  • Created and led EdCamp Los Alamitos 

  • Created and led conferences across Southern California

Author - Creative Teaching Press

June 1994 - August 2012

  • Published author - 46 teacher resource books and 6 emergent readers

  • Researched, designed, wrote, and edited original content

  • Editor and manuscript evaluator

Course Instructor - University of La Verne

January 2002 - December 2005

  • Designed and taught 5 different upper division Master's level courses for the Master's in Reading program

  • EDUC 515 - The Reading Process: Theory and Application
    EDUC 514 - Diagnostic Teaching of Reading: Basing Instruction on Diagnosis EDUC 514 Lab - Applied Diagnostic Instruction in Reading
    EDUC 510 - Advanced Reading Methodology
    EDUC 417 - Children's Literature

  • Customized coursework to students

  • Led the Reading Lab which involved Master's students implementing what was learned in coursework with students at school sites

Education & Experience: Experience
Laptop Writing


Google Suite

Apple Suite

Microsoft Suite

iPad Apps

Laser Cutting

Multimedia Design

Numerous Tech Tools

White File Folders

Learning in Progress

Adobe Suite
Data Science
Designing for AR/VR

Tidy Desk

Volunteer work


Habitat for Humanity

Cotsen Education Foundation

Animal Rescue Organizations

Advisory Boards

Education & Experience: Skills


 Certificate Program 2020

  • Effective Online Course Design

University of Oxford

Doctorate - March 2015


  • Concentration: Educational Psychology- Learning Sciences/Cognitive Sciences

  • Dissertation: STEM + Design Thinking Implementation

Masters - January 2002

University of LaVerne

  • Master of Arts in Education

  • Concentration: Literacy Development

Education & Experience: Education

conference speaker
&  learning designer

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NSTConference 2019
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.EDU19 Monterrey, Mexico
Model Schools Conference
CUE Conference Presenter
MIT Solve
EdCamp Long Beach
Education & Experience: Portfolio

Rocket Launches

Education & Experience: Interests

"Be the change you want to see in the world."


Education & Experience: Quote

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