Girl writing in a classroom using a word box

Teaching Letter-Sound Correspondences and Syllable Types for Word Identification

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Teach students to use a word box to practice letter-sound correspondences or syllables for decoding words.
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Text Structure Mapping: A Strategy to Improve Reading Comprehension of Informational Texts

Tuesday, November 6, 2018
An overview of text structures, why they matter for students’ comprehension of informational text, and a deeper look at text structure mapping as an instructional tool.
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Turning to Systematic Improvements to Boost Middle School Literacy Achievement

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
Grant Wood AEA prepares school teams to facilitate literacy achievement for adolescents with training and assistance from the Iowa Reading Research Center.
Group of students in a classroom participating in a literacy lesson as their teacher reads a book to them on the carpet

Why the 13 Disability Categories Matter When Planning Reading Interventions

Tuesday, October 9, 2018
Gain a better understanding of the needs students with different disabilities have and the evidence-based literacy interventions that can help.
Girl using a tablet in a literacy class

Responsibly Incorporating Technology into Literacy Instruction

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Be aware of the limitations and important considerations when utilizing digital tools as part of literacy instruction.
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High-Priority Milestones and EL Considerations: A Deeper Look at the Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
More about the Iowa Reading Research Center’s new efforts to foster student achievement through improving literacy instruction.
Students in a computer lab using them for book reports

Using Technology to Motivate Young Readers in the Age of Digitalization

Monday, August 27, 2018
Using digital resources to both consume and react to books can motivate children to read more.
College of Ed students and educators lead a fidelity check at a local school

Defining Fidelity Categories When Implementing Reading Interventions

When tracking teachers’ fidelity during implementation of a literacy intervention, both use of the intervention components and quality of intervention delivery should be measured, keeping an eye out for both global and lesson-specific components.
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Using Data, Professional Development, and Community Connections to Design a Successful Summer Reading Program

Tuesday, July 10, 2018
The Council Bluffs Community School District uses assessments and fidelity of implementation to design the best summer reading program, says Director Carly Gates in our Q&A.
Three students writing in class with a teacher leaning over to check in on their work

Teaching Sight Words as a Part of Comprehensive Reading Instruction

Tuesday, June 12, 2018
A look at what sight words are, why they are important to reading effortlessly, and how to teach them.
Emily Crandall smiling at her desk in the IRRC

My Growth as a Future Teacher Through Meaningful Work at the Iowa Reading Research Center

Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Emily Crandall, Iowa Reading Research Center student assistant, reflects on how her job has provided valuable experience with literacy best practices and made her a better writer.
Teacher helping students writing with timed practice in a classroom

Teaching Writing Fluency Through Feedback and Progress Monitoring Toward Goals

Tuesday, May 15, 2018
A continued look at teaching writing fluency through timed practice, focusing on giving students’ immediate and corrective feedback, and monitoring student progress toward writing goals.
Student writing during class with teacher in the background

Using Timed Practice with Repeated Writings to Promote Sentence-Writing Fluency

Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Writing fluently allows students to focus their thinking on more complex writing aspects. Help students improve this important skill using timed practice.
Green graphic with IRRC branding, Q & A, and a portrait of Julie Neal

Literacy Professional Development Provides Evidence-Based Practices and Instructional Consistency

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
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

Tuesday, April 3, 2018
Student journalism strengthens literacy skills by providing explicit writing instruction, prepares students for college, and helps them become engaged citizens.