william & mary literacy lab

providing support for readers

despite considerable resources and reform efforts, the american public school system is failing to help a sizeable portion of children in reading. recent data suggest that one-third of fourth graders still read below a basic level of proficiency. the w&m literacy lab is an interdisciplinary initiative that aims to address these issues by providing tutoring, advocacy and educational opportunities for teachers. 

our goals

our goals are three-fold:

  • capitalize on both in-house expertise among faculty members and the service-oriented population of w&m students to provide k-12 students and their families in our local community with educational supports and services
  • leverage our partnerships and interdisciplinary strengths to offer conferences and courses on best practices
  • engage interested students and faculty in interdisciplinary research on the topic
our work

we provide local k-12 students with explicit, systematic and multi sensory tutoring to support their reading needs. we are developing opportunities for k-12 teachers to gain skills and knowledge in supporting students struggling with reading.

our team

kristin conradi smith
associate professor of reading education
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debbie ramer
clinical faculty and coordinator of the elementary education program
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