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.

Students in class writing
See the high-priority reading skills students need to master at each grade level
Teacher with students raising their hands
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.

Emily Crandall
Reflecting on her reading practicum experience, Student Assistant Emily Crandall discusses how it prepared her for student teaching
Anna Gibbs, M.S., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D., Leah Zimmermann, M.Ed.
Teach students to use a word box to practice letter-sound correspondences or syllables for decoding words.
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.