Moonshoot Adds Professor Robert Calfee as Education Officer, Continues Building Talent

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Distinguished Stanford University and University of California, Riverside Professor joins startup teaching English to children globally

“Bob Calfee brings a wealth of academic and practical experience, and we are thrilled to have him joining Moonshoot as our Education Officer,” said Tom Kalinske, Moonshoot’s Executive Chairman

Moonshoot, a startup whose mission is teaching English to children globally through an online interactive gaming experience, today announced that Professor Robert Calfee has joined as its Education Officer. Professor Calfee is currently Professor Emeritus of Education and Psychology at Stanford University and Distinguished Professor of Education, Emeritus, University of California, Riverside. He is the former Dean of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Riverside and the former Associate Dean at Stanford University’s School of Education. He also served as the Chairman of Leapfrog’s (NYSE: LF) Educational Advisory Board from 2002-2007.

“Bob Calfee brings a wealth of academic and practical experience, and we are thrilled to have him joining Moonshoot as our Education Officer,” said Tom Kalinske, Moonshoot’s Executive Chairman. “Moonshoot is passionately committed to delivering results through its products. When a parent purchases our products, we have an important responsibility to them—we must provide a useful, effective start for their child in learning English. With Bob Calfee joining us, Moonshoot gains an outstanding academic leader who can ensure that we meet this important commitment.”

“In today’s ever-flattening world, English is a vitally important, yet extremely challenging, skill to build. Moonshoot’s vision of using engaging online experiences to help children everywhere learn English is compelling and innovative, and I am excited to be joining as its Education Officer,” said Professor Calfee. “Moonshoot’s approach has the potential to move the needle in important, broad impact ways. I have built a career studying, analyzing, and writing about early-learning language and literacy skills. I am greatly looking forward to the opportunity to combine my skill and knowledge with the talented team at Moonshoot.”

Dr. Calfee is a cognitive psychologist with broad interests. He has studied literacy assessment, effective instructional practices for helping all students become competent readers and writers. He has published over 200 research articles and several books, and is a frequent invited speaker at conferences across the US.

About Moonshoot
Moonshoot’s mission is to spark English learning in children globally. It was formed by co-founders Koji Kato (CEO) and Jay Jamison (President) in November 2007. Its executive team includes a strong roster of executives from the media, toy, and video game industries, including Tom Kalinske, former CEO & Chairman of Leapfrog, President of Knowledge Universe, CEO of Sega of America, and CEO of Mattel.

In February 2010, Moonshoot announced raising $6.6M in venture financing, led by Alsop Louie Partners and TL Ventures.

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