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Student Reading Success Through Research and Collaboration

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Helping Students Read Better and Learn More

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students through research with students, professional learning for educators, and technical assistance for school districts.

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Learn how to explore vocabulary words using a specialized graphic organizer.
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Anna Gibbs, M.Ed.
Learn three types of context clues for understanding vocabulary in a text and download a graphic organizer for children and teens to use when reading.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Recap of a study about predicting students with reading disabilities, which is crucial to providing needed supports as early as possible.
Seohee Park, M.A., Adam Reeger, M.S., Ariel M. Aloe, Ph.D.
Learn more about how statistical modeling can tell us what makes a good literacy assessment item.