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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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.

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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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Caregivers Resource Hub

This hub includes eLearning modules and resources that caregivers can use to support their children's literacy development.

Blog

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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.
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Strategies for Effective Tier 1 Grouping and Differentiation

Tuesday, May 21, 2024
When teachers use data to guide instructional grouping, students can receive targeted, differentiated instruction that meets their needs.
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Speaking of Podcasts: Four SLP and Literacy-Based Podcasts Worth a Listen

Tuesday, May 7, 2024
The IRRC’s assistive technology coordinators discuss some of their favorite podcasts on the intersection of speech, language, and literacy.

News

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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.
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Cacini, Schloss, and Smithgall Recognized for Their Work as IRRC Student Employees

Friday, April 12, 2024
The University of Iowa recognizes students for their work on campus every spring during Student Employee Appreciation Week.