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Monthly Email Update

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Stay up to date with the Iowa Reading Research Center by viewing archived monthly email updates from our director below. Click here to sign up to receive our monthly email updates in your inbox.

September 2019 - A third IRRC eLearning module, Effective Literacy Instruction, launches, a new staff introduction, and details of a new study taking place in juvenile justice schools.

August 2019 - Announcing the launch of the newest IRRC eLearning module, which features an instructional method and passage sets for practicing fluency.

July 2019 - A study this fall of new literacy curricula in the Marshalltown Community School District and its impact on students' writing skills, and introduction of new staff.

June 2019 - Looking beyond the notions of summer learning loss when researching summer reading.

May 2019 - Ongoing collaborations with Area Education Agencies and school districts on middle school literacy and new staff introductions.

April 2019 - Launch of the IRRC eLearning Dyslexia Overview module and introduction of new staff.

March 2019 - A discussion of writing additions to the Blueprint milestones and introduction of new student staff.

February 2019 - A look at the Iowa Early Literacy Survey results and a recap of the IRRC Legislative Reception.

January 2019 - A preview of the Jan. 24, 2019 IRRC Legislative Reception, a look back at the IRRC's most popular web resources from the past year, and an introduction of new student staff.

December 2018 - A look at IRRC involvement with colleges and universities.

November 2018 - Information about an IRRC survey for elementary schools and an introduction of new staff.

October 2018 - Details about a new AEA partnership and an introduction of new staff.

September 2018 - A look at results from our Effective Fluency Instruction for Fourth Graders study and an introduction of new IRRC staff.

August 2018 - An overview of the new Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative.

July 2018 - Information on the IRRC's involvement in a new literacy initiative in Kansas.

June 2018 - Updates on transitions in the Iowa Reading Research Center Advisory Council and among IRRC staff.

May 2018 - Appreciation for teachers as partners in research and for the inspiration they provide, ahead of Teacher Appreciation Week (May 7-11).

April 2018 - An overview of IRRC created literacy resources and information about how libraries are sources of more literacy learning. 

March 2018 - Details on a new IRRC study and introductions of new student staff members.

February 2018 - A recap of our Legislative Reception and other happenings at the Capitol.

January 2018 - Preview of our 2018 Legislative Reception and a recap of our Effective Literacy Strategy Instruction Training-of-Trainers event.

December 2017 - Interns focused on special education and literacy at the IRRC and we welcome a new staff member.

November 2017 - Information about an expansion of the PROPeL literacy initiative and information about National Novel Writing Month Young Writers Program.

October 2017 - An update on IRRC literacy professional development efforts.

September 2017 - An update on the IRRC's work with the Council Bluffs Community School District Summer Learning Program and a recap of other work this summer, and an introduction of new IRRC staff.

August 2017 - New literacy professional development to be delivered to the field via training-of-trainers, IRRC Advisory Council update, IRRC student staff.

July 2017 - Summer reading blog posts, update on the IRRC's work with the Ames Community School District, and #FridayReads Recommendations videos.

June 2017 - Recap of the inaugural PROPeL initiative conference, improvements to our blog, and update on IRRC's work with the Sioux City Community School District.

May 2017 - Information about a new set of translated blog posts and bookmarks for non-English speaking families.

April 2017 - A look at the IRRC's work with colleges and universities, featuring dyslexia training and an assessment data system.

March 2017 - Overview of IRRC website redesign, description and examples of types of IRRC blog posts, IRRC resources on the website.

February 2017 - Recap of IRRC Legislative Reception at the capitol and participation of IRRC staff in Iowa House and Senate Education Committee meetings.

January 2017 - Legislative Reception preview, announcement of PROPeL partners, new website preview and new Literacy Consultant Jen Knight

December 2016 - Intensive Summer Reading Program results

November 2016 - Forthcoming IRRC professional development and American Education Week recognition

October 2016 - "Practitioners and Researchers Overcoming Problems of Literacy” (PROPeL) program for alternative schools and juvenile justice facilities

September 2016 - IRRC Advisory Council update; Universal Screening dos and don’ts; and library card sign up month

August 2016 - Conclusion of Intensive Summer Reading Program; online dyslexia training for students in teacher preparation programs; introducing new communications specialist

July 2016 - Intensive Summer Reading Program visits; white paper on handwriting instruction; online literacy resource facilitation guides; and IRRC in the UI Mobile Museum

June 2016 - Intensive Summer Reading Program collaborators; IRRC and UI Mobile Museum and book giveaway

May 2016 - Intensive Summer Reading Program professional development; guest blogs; and National Teacher Appreciation Day

April 2016 - Intensive Summer Reading Program details and National Poetry Month

March 2016 - Website redesign and new content and National March into Literacy Month