When taught spelling using the right approaches, struggling readers can improve their spelling ability. That is the message Iowa Reading Research Center Director Deborah K. Reed imparted upon attendees at “Celebrating Iowa’s Successes – Early Literacy Symposium” in Des Moines on Jan. 23.
A new Iowa Reading Research Center initiative will provide expert training in literacy instruction, need-based improvement planning, and continuous support to four local education agencies in order to bring improved literacy outcomes for students facing multiple challenges.
Literacy research and technical support services at the Iowa Reading Research Center are one of several initiatives led by faculty at the University of Iowa College of Education to empower kindergarten through 12th grade students by facilitating learning and growing reading. For IRRC Director Deborah K. Reed, it is her previous experiences as a teacher primarily working in inner city high schools and with juvenile offenders that inspires her commitment to literacy research.
In addition to receiving research-based interventions and customized instructional approaches, students with learning disabilities often just need someone to be their advocate. The Learning Disabilities Association of Iowa (LDA-IA) is recognizing Iowa Reading Research Center Director Deborah K. Reed as one of the leading such advocates in the state, naming her the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year.