Helping Students Read Better and Learn More

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students through research with students, professional learning for educators, and technical assistance for school districts.

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Literacy LIFTER

Literacy LIFTER is a free tool designed to empower educators and caregivers in supporting students’ handwriting and early reading skills.

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2024 Iowa Science of Reading Summit

This two-day conference unites teachers, instructional coaches, administrators, and many more to collaborate and learn from experts in the science of reading.

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New Director Selected for IRRC

Dr. Shawn Datchuk's leadership and expertise will help the IRRC advance its mission of improving children’s reading proficiency in Iowa.

Blog

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Handwriting: Beneficial to Reading and Often Misunderstood

Tuesday, July 2, 2024
Handwriting can support early reading skills. This post explains why and describes several techniques teachers can use to help their students acquire handwriting.
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Research Article of the Month: June 2024

Tuesday, June 25, 2024
Through this breakdown of Ray et al. (2021), we explore the benefits of handwriting intervention on foundational reading skills.
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Research Article of the Month: May 2024

Tuesday, May 28, 2024
We explore the findings of Silverman et al. (2020) as they examine the effects of explicit language comprehension on various language and literacy outcomes.

News

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A Tale of Three Districts

Wednesday, June 26, 2024
Districts in Iowa are making strides in adopting new English language arts materials and implementing structured literacy practices.
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Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa Announce New Iowa Reading Research Center Director

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
Dr. Shawn Datchuk's leadership and expertise will help the IRRC advance its mission of improving children’s reading proficiency in Iowa.
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Staff Picks: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

Friday, May 10, 2024
Our staff at the Iowa Reading Research Center has compiled a list of our favorite books that have been adapted into movies, including novels, chapter books, and picture books.