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Former Associate Laura Conrad

Laura Conrad is a former associate on Chemonics’ Education and Youth Practice.

by Laura Conrad

How We Get to 100 Million Improved Readers

Reading is essential for learning across all academic subject areas. As children progress through school, schools, teachers, and communities must help them to become critical and independent readers and learners. Their future depends on it. This is why USAID and its partners, like Chemonics, aim to improve literacy for 100 million children. Research suggests that…

Reading Is Thinking: Using Read-Alouds for Comprehensive Literacy Instruction

Phonics teaches kids the most basic building blocks of literacy: how to read and pronounce the letters, letter groups, and syllables that come together to create meaning. But phonics-based education for children can and should be more than learning to recognize words. When coupled with interactive exercises, learning to read can unlock children’s imaginations and…