University of Iowa

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Deborah K. Reed

Deborah K. Reed spent the first 10 years of her career as an English language arts and reading teacher as well as a reading specialist, working primarily with students exhibiting serious reading difficulties. Since 2003, she has been a researcher and technical assistance provider in numerous states. In 2015, Dr. Reed became the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center and joined the faculty of the University of Iowa College of Education. She has published extensively and continues to research methods for improving reading instruction and assessment, particularly for vulnerable populations.

Recent Blog Posts

Teacher helping student with activity

High-Priority Milestones and EL Considerations: A Deeper Look at the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative

More about the Iowa Reading Research Center’s new efforts to foster student achievement through improving literacy instruction.
Teacher being checked for fidelity

Defining Fidelity Categories When Implementing Reading Interventions

When tracking teachers’ fidelity during implementation of a literacy intervention, both use of the intervention components and quality of intervention delivery should be measured, keeping an eye out for both global and lesson-specific components.
Three students writing in class

Teaching Sight Words as a Part of Comprehensive Reading Instruction

A look at what sight words are, why they are important to reading effortlessly, and how to teach them.