University of Iowa

Student Reading Success Through Research and Collaboration

Helping Students Read Better and Learn More

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students. We provide guidance for literacy instruction in schools by conducting research in practical settings to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices.

Students in class writing
See the high-priority reading skills students need to master at each grade level
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The IRRC is ready to help districts improve students' outcomes by working with educators to find evidence-based solutions to literacy challenges in the classroom
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Resources to support literacy development for students.


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Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Teach students to create keyword cards with mnemonics to help unlock and remember the definitions.
Anna Gibbs, M.S.
Effectively advocate for your child with a disability’s literacy education by thinking through your hopes and concerns.
Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
A reading fluency instructional approach involving practice with a partner and error correction.