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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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
A look at characteristics of student journalism that may motivate students to write and improve literacy skills through practice and instruction.
Kristin Panos, M.S., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D., Sean Thompson
A federal program that provides funding to help ensure high-quality education for children from low-income families also positively affects literacy instruction.
Anna Gibbs, M.S., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Through helping students define their possible selves, show them how becoming an expert reader can help them achieve their life goals.