Professional Development for Educators

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Staff at the Iowa Reading Research Center are heavily involved in educator professional development across the state. These opportunities help teachers reexamine their practices, learn new approaches, or delve more deeply into previously-learned techniques.

Iowa Reading Research Center Literacy Instruction Professional Development Modules

In addition to being frequent presenters at state and local conferences and workshops, Iowa Reading Research Center staff created a set of Effective Literacy Strategy Instruction professional development modules. They are a starting point for a broader initiative to provide literacy coaching and professional development.

The five modules that compose the training include an overview of effective practices and example strategies for teaching grapheme-phoneme correspondences, morphology, vocabulary, and text structure. The Iowa Reading Research Center worked with Iowa Public Television to film demonstrations of the various literacy instructional strategies in action with real teachers in Iowa classrooms, which will greatly facilitate learning for educators.

The Iowa Reading Research Center delivers this professional development through a training-of-trainers approach. Literacy leaders across the state will be trained so they may deliver the professional development to teachers in their home districts or regions, at which point the instructional methods can be implemented in classrooms and have a beneficial impact on Iowa students.

For more information on any potential upcoming Effective Literacy Strategy Instruction professional development sessions for teachers, please contact your local Area Education Agency.