The University of Iowa

Completed Projects

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The following research and evaluation projects have been completed by the Iowa Reading Research Center.

Implementing a Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Literacy Instruction in Middle Schools

Partner Education Agency

Grant Wood Area Education Agency

Duration 

2017-2019

The goal of the project was to provide organizational framework for tiered literacy instruction in middle schools that addressed the focus areas of collaborative data review, reading strategies, and leadership for implementation. Grant Wood Area Education Agency also wanted an approach that could be differentiated and applied to a variety of middle school structures and needs. Iowa Reading Research Center Director Dr. Deborah K. Reed provided professional learning support and general consultation.


Green Hills Area Education Agency Literacy Professional Development Evaluation

Partner Education Agency

Green Hills Area Education Agency 

Duration 

2018–2019 & 2019–2020 school years

The goal of the project was to evaluate the effectiveness of the Green Hills Area Education Agency’s literacy support services for teachers participating in professional development and follow-up coaching on foundational skills instruction. The Green Hills AEA Literacy Team and Iowa Reading Research Center created a protocol for teacher observations and collection of fidelity of implementation data. The Iowa Reading Research Center analyzed data from classroom observations and student test scores. 


Sioux City Community School District Small-Group, Skills-Based Literacy Instruction Elementary School Implementation

Partner School District

Sioux City Community School District

Duration 

2016–2017 and 2017–2018 school years

The goal of the project was to implement small-group, skills-based literacy instruction in its elementary schools. Iowa Reading Research Center Director Dr. Deborah K. Reed provided professional learning on small-group, skills-based literacy instruction and a 21-day phase-in model. The Iowa Reading Research Center analyzed student test data to determine the effectiveness of the small-group, skills-based literacy instruction delivered by teachers.