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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Student Journalism Provides Literacy Learning and Motivation to Write

Tuesday, March 20, 2018
A look at characteristics of student journalism that may motivate students to write and improve literacy skills through practice and instruction.
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Federal Title I Funding for Students who Struggle with Literacy

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
A federal program that provides funding to help ensure high-quality education for children from low-income families also positively affects literacy instruction.
A teacher sits with a student to help him as he thinks about his ideal self

Using Possible Selves to Facilitate Student Literacy Achievement

Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Through helping students define their possible selves, show them how becoming an expert reader can help them achieve their life goals.
Literacy leaders have a meeting about fidelity

The Importance of Fidelity When Implementing Reading Interventions

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
Effective implementation of a literacy initiative that includes interventions calls on teachers to do so as intended, with high fidelity.
Teacher in the front of class holding a book and prompting her students to ask effective questions

Student Generation of Higher-Order Questions

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Generating higher-order questions about text benefits students reading comprehension and critical thinking skills. Model this skill for students and provide practice and feedback.
Three students point to a text in class while reading together

Student Classification of Questions: A First Step in Question Generation

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Teach students to classify questions about a text as higher-order or lower-order questions before generating their own questions.
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Multi-Tiered System of Supports for Reading: The Intersection With Special Education

Tuesday, November 28, 2017
Learn how these supports of increasing intensity work for literacy education and why they are relevant to special education.
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Maintain Focus and Commitment with an Improvement Plan: The PROPeL Initiative

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
Create an improvement plan and follow it to student success when implementing a literacy initiative.