Dr. Carolyn Strom is a clinical professor, classroom researcher, and former first grade teacher whose work focuses on improving early literacy outcomes for young children, particularly those from historically marginalized groups. Specifically, her work centers on bridging the disconnect among neuroscience research and instructional practices used in public schools, preschools, and daycare settings. She collaborates widely with districts, teachers, and ed tech organizations; currently, she is leading an initiative for New York City early childhood educators and families called 'Cortex in the Classroom,' which centers on the practical application of reading science and learning technologies in early childhood.
Carolyn is a recent recipient of NYU Steinhardt's Teaching Excellence Award (2023) and has published her work in The Reading Teacher, The Reading League Journal, and The Handbook of Learning Disabilities. As a state-certified reading specialist, classroom teacher, and professor, Dr. Strom has spent the last two decades working at the intersection of research and practice in the field of early reading. She has a PhD in Early Literacy from NYU, a Masters degree in Reading Education from USC, and a BA in English from the University of Pennsylvania. She maintains a clinical practice in NYC where she works with children who have dyslexia and related reading difficulties.