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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IRRC Blog

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

By
Michelle Hinzman, Ed.S., NCSP, Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
A look at what sight words are, why they are important to reading effortlessly, and how to teach them.
By
Emily Crandall
Emily Crandall, Iowa Reading Research Center student assistant, reflects on how her job has provided valuable experience with literacy best practices and made her a better writer.
By
Derek Rodgers, M.A.
A continued look at teaching writing fluency through timed practice, focusing on giving students’ immediate and corrective feedback, and monitoring student progress toward writing goals.