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

Student practicing handwriting at home

The Continued Importance of Handwriting Instruction

Learning handwriting and practicing it in the home and at school helps early readers learn to recognize letters.
Mother and child reading together

Caregiver Involvement When Reading Books to Children

Children’s literacy development benefits when they discuss four key elements of stories read by their caregivers.
Teaching using Structured Literacy

An Explanation of Structured Literacy, and a Comparison to Balanced Literacy

An explicit or implicit approach to literacy learning? See why the former approach tends to work better for all learners.