Carrie Lewis



An expert in early education, literacy and teacher professional development, Carrie Lewis has more than 25 years of experience designing, implementing, and managing programs that improve access to quality education around the world.

Skilled in materials development, Lewis is most interested in linking schools with their local communities to achieve quality education. She has used mother tongue instruction and interactive audio instruction to design programs that are both context relevant and sustainable and has created professional development programs for local teachers. Her work has supported systemwide reform efforts in Qatar, Benin, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Madagascar, the Comoros, Malawi, and Zambia. She currently leads the Africa Primary Science Program, a study of one EDC’s earliest science education projects.

Lewis has an MSEd in elementary education from Fordham University and is fluent in French.

“Mother tongue instruction just makes sense. It meets learners at a familiar point and brings them to the wider world, making them ready to learn.”


Speaking Highlights

A Look at Instructional Practices Through Inquiry Based Science: Kenya’s Curriculum Reform

Annual Conference of the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES)
Atlanta, GA
March 2017

Digital Materials Development for Low-Resource Contexts

Global Reading Network, International Mother Language Day
Washington, DC
February 2017

Implementing Scalable and Cost-Effective Early Childhood Programs

Vancouver, British Columbia
March 2016

Maximizing Young Students’ Literacy Learning: Mother Tongue Initiatives that Support Acquisition of Multi-literacies in Multiple Languages

Washington, DC
March 2015

Selected Resources


This brief describes EDC’s deep commitment to ensuring that all young children have the support they need during the critical early childhood window of time.