A New Vision for Literacy Research in Iowa

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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IRRC Blog

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

By
Sandy A. Schmitz, Ph.D., Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D., Jennifer Knight, Ph.D.

Address a literacy challenge by setting a SMART goal, establishing benchmarks in the journey toward that goal, tracking the entire process using progress monitoring, and modifying instruction when progress monitoring suggests you should.

By
Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

We examine the misunderstanding that over the summer, some students are losing months-worth of what they learned about reading during the school year.

By
Jennifer Knight, Ph.D.

Sentence expanding helps students write strong, clear, and detailed sentences. Teach students this writing technique through explicit instruction.