University of Iowa

Sean Thompson

Sean Thompson
Communications Specialist

Sean Thompson aims to use his skills as a communicator to help people and make a difference. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Iowa. He has worked as a journalist, presidential campaign staffer and most recently as public relations coordinator for the UI Huntington’s Disease Society of America (HDSA) Center of Excellence. In 2014, he received the Excellence in Family Service Award from the HDSA Iowa Chapter. Sean volunteers helping kids with cancer through UI Dance Marathon, running the Chicago Marathon each year to raise money for the kids since 2011.

Recent Blog Posts

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Using Mentor Texts to Learn From the Best and Improve Students’ Writing

Learn about selecting a good mentor text to teach students writing techniques and approaches through instruction and discussion.
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High-Priority Milestones and EL Considerations: A Deeper Look at the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative

More about the Iowa Reading Research Center’s new efforts to foster student achievement through improving literacy instruction.
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Literacy Professional Development Provides Evidence-Based Practices and Instructional Consistency

Greene County Community School District Reading Specialist Julie Neal talks about the IRRC’s structured professional development modules in this Q&A.