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Kristin Conradi Smith

Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin Associate Professor of Education, Coordinator of Elementary Education Program

Office: 3111
Phone: (757) 221-6212
Email: [[keconradi]]
Social Media: @KConradiSmith
Area of Expertise: Reading motivation, classroom texts, struggling readers


Kristin Conradi Smith is the Dr. Virginia L. McLaughlin Associate Professor of Reading Education at William & Mary. She has taught both pre-service and in-service teachers, on various literacy topics, for over a decade at W&M, NC State, and the University of Virginia (where she completed her master's and doctoral degrees in Reading Education). In addition to two co-edited books, she has published over 25 articles on topics such as better understanding students who struggle with reading, text complexity and reading motivation. Kristin also serves on three editorial review boards.

Kristin's current research involves examining how texts are used in the elementary classroom. This includes attention to which texts are used (and why) and the contexts and tasks associated with text use in the classroom.

Kristin's teaching experiences are varied. She has taught kindergarten, second and fourth grades in Camden, New Jersey, and Richmond, Virginia. She also worked as a Title I Reading Coach for grades K-3 in Camden and as a summer school literacy teacher at the middle school level in Charlottesville, Virginia. Additionally, she brings extensive clinical reading experiences, having most recently directed the NC State Reading Clinic from 2011-2015.

Ph.D. in Reading Education, University of Virginia, 2011
M.Ed. in Reading Education, University of Virginia, 2007
B.A. in Linguistics, William & Mary, 1999