The University of Iowa

Leah Zimmermann, Ph.D.

Leah Zimmermann
Assistant Professor

Leah Zimmermann has extensive experience teaching (and learning from) students with reading difficulties. She held several teaching positions in the District of Columbia Public Schools, serving as a middle school English language arts teacher and English learner teacher. Leah also has experience as a literacy coach and an education consultant, specializing in curriculum development. Leah served as a graduate student assistant at the IRRC for three years, during which she coordinated research projects, conducted literature reviews, and developed literacy resources for Iowa educators and families, and was a research coordinator at the IRRC in 2020.

Prior to entering the doctoral program in special education program at the University of Iowa College of Education, Leah earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Iowa and a master of education degree in elementary education from Marymount University. Her research interests include effective reading interventions and instruction for students with reading difficulties.

Recent Blog Posts

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Supporting Your Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning: Identifying Themes in Literary Text

Families can help their adolescents practice this comprehension skill as they look for clues in the text.
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Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning: Writing an Objective Summary

Teach and practice this high-leverage skill at home with the help of our resource.
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Supporting Your Children's and Teens' Home Learning: Selecting Texts for Standards-Aligned Practice

Three areas to consider when picking a text and a listing of websites with free texts to read.