University of Iowa

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D.

Dr. Deborah 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

Blue jay in birdbath

Effective Literacy Lesson: Understanding Compound Words Through Their Two Word Parts

Teach students to read and understand a compound word by identifying the two words that make it.
Students filling out a graphic organizer

Effective Literacy Lesson: Making and Evaluating Predictions to Support Comprehension

An instructional sequence shows how to help students integrate new info with their mental representation of the text.
Students using computers for graphic organizers

Research Brief: Discussing a Vocabulary Graphic Organizer with an Online Partner May Help Students Learn Science Content

Students using the electronic organizer with online discussion showed a stronger path to increased science learning.