University of Iowa

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. We provide guidance for literacy instruction in schools by conducting research in practical settings to evaluate the effectiveness of literacy practices.

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Learn literacy instructional strategies and dyslexia overview information via our modules.
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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


Find posts about literacy instructional approaches, reading research updates, literacy guidance for families, and more on our blog.

Carlos Grant, Ed.D., Adam Zimmermann, M.Phil.
Cedar Rapids schools are creating a shared literacy instructional vision and partnering with the Iowa Reading Research Center.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Learning handwriting and practicing it in the home and at school helps early readers learn to recognize letters.
Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed.
Consider the objective of the unit and what students already know, and then begin building a diverse set of texts for students to read.