Gloria DeGaetano is the founder and CEO of The Parent Coaching Institute, (PCI), the originator of the parent coaching profession. An internationally and nationally acclaimed educator, author, keynote speaker, and noted media literacy expert , Ms. DeGaetano, has over 30 years experience working with children, teachers, and parents as a classroom teacher, reading specialist, district administrator, university instructor, speaker and consultant.
Ms. DeGaetano conducts trainings for school districts, social service agencies, and parent/community organizations throughout the world. She is a sought-after favorite for keynotes and workshops at major national and international conferences because she shares her real-life experiences with wit and humor, to convey compassion and empathize with her audiences.
Ms. DeGaetano, a best-selling author, has written Screen Smarts: A Family Guide to Media Literacy (Houghton Mifflin, 1996); Stop Teaching Our Kids to Kill: A Call to Action Against TV, Movie, and Video Game Violence (with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman) (Crown Books, 1999), and manualsfor educators and child advocates, including Television and the Lives of Our Children and the Media Smarts Series for Students K-5 (Jalmar Press, 2004). An educational video producer, Gloria’s projects include TV and Video: Children at Risk; Media Literacy: An Impact Video for Youth, and Maximizing Your Child’s Potential: Healthy Brain Development in a Media Age, the first parent education video in the nation about the impact of screen machines on young brains. Her latest book Parenting Well in a Media Age, has won the 2007 i-Parenting Media Award for excellence. Ms. DeGaetano’s books and articles have been translated into Spanish, German, Danish, Romanian, Korean, and Turkish.
A respected voice for children and parents, Ms. DeGaetano’s ideas and articles have appeared in numerous publications including McCall’s Magazine, Parenting Insights, Seattle’s Child, Portland Parent, Eastside Parent, American Baby Magazine, The Boston Globe, Committee for Children Newsletter, the American Academy of Pediatrics Newsletter, and Catholic Faith and Family Magazine.
An innovative industry leader, Gloria has appeared on the Today Show to discuss Baby Einstein videos and has been interviewed on many national radio shows, including NPR’s Fresh Air and Marketplace, and The Tavis Smiley Show. Ms. DeGaetano has been featured in television documentaries produced by ABC and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation. The Parent Coaching Institute has been featured on news programs by NBC-affiliates throughout the country and in newspapers and magazines, including Newsweek, Parents Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, La Tribune, The London Times, The Observer, Better Homes and Garden, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, American Way of American Airlines, The Chicago Daily Herald, Redbook, Ladies Home Journal, and Spirit Magazine of Southwest Airlines.