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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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.

Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D., Anna Gibbs, M.S.
An overview of text structures, why they matter for students’ comprehension of informational text, and a deeper look at text structure mapping as an instructional tool.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Grant Wood AEA prepares school teams to facilitate literacy achievement for adolescents with training and assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Gain a better understanding of the needs students with different disabilities have and the evidence-based literacy interventions that can help.