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.

Grace Cacini and Natalie Schloss
Free consultation appointments for families of children with dyslexia and other reading disabilities.
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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.


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

Meg Mechelke
Read tips on how to implement reader’s theatre in the classroom and download free reader’s theatre scripts.
Kate Will, M.A.
Selecting stories that reflect students’ interests and backgrounds can be a useful tool for increasing classroom participation and engagement.
Sam McVancel, Ph.D.
Learn more about the mental health impacts and strategies to help children with dyslexia.