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Carolyn Strom

Clinical Assistant Professor of Early Childhood Literacy and Innovation

Teaching and Learning


Dr. Carolyn Strom is an educator and classroom researcher whose work focuses on improving early literacy outcomes and reading experiences for young children. Specifically, her work centers on bridging the divide between scientific research and instructional practice. She collaborates widely with teachers, school districts, and curriculum developers; currently, she is leading an initiative for New York City preschool teachers called 'Cortex2Classroom,' which centers on the practical application of reading science and learning technologies in early childhood. Recent work also includes 'Tools or Toys,' a framework for curating early reading apps. Noodle Education named Carolyn as one of 67 Influential Educators Who Are Changing the Way We Learn.

As a state-certified reading specialist and former public elementary school teacher, Dr. Strom has spent the last two decades working at the intersection of research and practice. She has a PhD in Early Literacy from New York University and a Masters degree in the Science of Reading from the University of Southern California. She received her undergraduate degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Pennsylvania.


Early Childhood Education

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Literacy Education

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