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 a B.A. 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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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.
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News You Can Use: Student Journalism Instruction and Effects on Literacy Skills

Student journalism strengthens literacy skills by providing explicit writing instruction, prepares students for college, and helps them become engaged citizens.