Sandy A. Schmitz, Ph.D.

Sandy Schmitz
Assistant Director, Iowa Reading Research Center

Sandy Schmitz earned her Ph.D. in education administration at Iowa State University. She spent the first eight years of her career as a teacher for students who are deaf and hard of hearing and as a transition specialist serving students with disabilities transitioning from high school to post-school life. Dr. Schmitz has held leadership positions at the national, state, and local level ensuring compliance with the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, as well data analytics and systems improvement initiatives designed to improve outcomes for students with disabilities. During her tenure at national and regional centers, she has worked with state and local data teams to determine root causes of poor performance in outcome areas including reading and graduation. Her work also has included facilitating and coordinating internal and external stakeholder groups to ensure optimal collaboration and support towards improving systems.

Recent Blog Posts

Three teachers learning new literacy intervention

The Importance of Fidelity When Implementing Reading Interventions

Effective implementation of a literacy initiative that includes interventions calls on teachers to do so as intended, with high fidelity.
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Maintain Focus and Commitment with an Improvement Plan: The PROPeL Initiative

Create an improvement plan and follow it to student success when implementing a literacy initiative.
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Delivering the Message About Literacy Improvement Efforts: the PROPeL Initiative

Positive, student-focused messaging about a literacy initiative delivered to potential audiences via various mediums can gain support for the initiative from important stakeholders.