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.

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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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Certification for Iowa college and university students studying to become educators
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Resources to support literacy development for students.


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

Sean Thompson, Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
More about the Iowa Reading Research Center’s new efforts to foster student achievement through improving literacy instruction.
Annika Wasson
Using digital resources to both consume and react to books can motivate children to read more.
Jessica Sidler Folsom, Ph.D., Sandy A. Schmitz, Ph.D., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
When tracking teachers’ fidelity during implementation of a literacy intervention, both use of the intervention components and quality of intervention delivery should be measured, keeping an eye out for both global and lesson-specific components.