The 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 through research with students, professional learning for educators, and technical assistance for school districts.

Teacher studying for dyslexia endorsement
Iowa teachers can become dyslexia specialists through this endorsement program.
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Learn literacy instructional strategies and dyslexia overview information via our modules.
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Our research and evaluation projects are highly collaborative.


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Nicole DeSalle, M.F.A.
Engage the family with activities that practice English vocabulary, grammar, speaking, and more.
Ariel M. Aloe, Ph.D., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
In experimental studies, reading researchers try to establish a connection between a program or type of instruction and students’ reading performance by controlling for other things that might explain the outcomes.
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.
Things students should know about letters and why it is important that they know them for reading development.