Rebecca Paulson Stone

In 2022, Rebecca accepted a new position as the Technical Unit Director for Education at Creative Associates International. In this role Rebecca will lead Creative's education technical team to grow their education portfolio and provide evidence-based technical assistance to development programs globally.  Previously Rebecca was a Principal Researcher and Program Director at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) where she was for almost 10 years prior to moving to Creative.


At AIR, Rebecca oversaw the collection and dissemination of evidence on early grade literacy (EGL) within the LAC region and worked with local partners to develop the capacity of stakeholders to apply that evidence to policy and practice.


The RedLEI network was born out of this program. Based at the Universidad del Valle in Guatemala and consisting of 6 universities in the region, RedLEI is a network focused on building evidence on EGL and advocating for the use of evidence in policy and practice.


Earlier, she worked on a range of programs at AIR. She provided technical assistance to a USAID-funded Arabic remedial reading program in Egypt for upper grade students, worked with the Ministries of Education in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan to set early grade reading standards, managed a UNICEF-funded formative assessment project in Ethiopia and other projects.


Rebecca is also an adjunct professor in the International Education concentration at UMass Amherst, teaching a course on "How children in developing countries learn to read" as part of the online graduate certificate in early grade reading. She really enjoys teaching this course as it pushes her to keep up with the latest evidence in her field and she loves interacting with students from all over the world.


Rebecca hasn't traveled much during the pandemic but is itching to get back on the road very soon. While being grounded she has had more time at her home in Wilbraham, MA.with her two young children, Cameron (9) and Kyla (7). [3-22]




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