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

Girl writing on a word box

Teaching Letter-Sound Correspondences and Syllable Types for Word Identification

Teach students to use a word box to practice letter-sound correspondences or syllables for decoding words.
Teacher pointing to text on the projector

Text Structure Mapping: A Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension of Informational Texts

An overview of text structures, why they matter for students’ comprehension of informational text, and a deeper look at text structure mapping as an instructional tool.
Anderson, Johnson, and Klostermann Q&A

Turning to Systematic Improvements to Boost Middle School Literacy Achievement

Grant Wood AEA prepares school teams to facilitate literacy achievement for adolescents with training and assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center.