University of Iowa

Derek Rodgers, Ph.D.

Derek Rodgers
Assistant Research Professor

Derek graduated from the University of Iowa College of Education with a Ph.D. in special education and a master’s degree in educational measurements and statistics.

Derek’s research interests include content-specific and methodological topics. While earning his doctorate, he worked as a graduate research assistant for the Iowa Reading Research Center and completed a confirmatory factor analysis that examined the relationship between different writing measures. He has experience doing research that is related to measuring the academic outcomes of students with disabilities with the goal of better understanding and improving the literacy skills of students with academic challenges.

Recent Blog Posts

Teacher helping student with writing

Teaching Writing Fluency Through Feedback and Progress Monitoring Toward Goals

A continued look at teaching writing fluency through timed practice, focusing on giving students’ immediate and corrective feedback, and monitoring student progress toward writing goals.
Student writing with teacher in the background

Using Timed Practice with Repeated Writings to Promote Sentence-Writing Fluency

Writing fluently allows students to focus their thinking on more complex writing aspects. Help students improve this important skill using timed practice.