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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.
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Six More Educators Earn Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement

Monday, February 12, 2024
Take a deeper look into the IRRC-coordinated Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement program and read about the experience of one newly endorsed dyslexia specialist, Barb Shutt.
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IRRC Advisory Council: VanZuiden Elected as Chair, Cole and Pruitt Appointed as Members

Monday, January 8, 2024
Learn about the new chair and two new members of the IRRC Advisory Council.
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Educators Discover Science of Reading Through Summit and Podcast

Wednesday, October 25, 2023
The Iowa Science of Reading Summit and A Novel Idea podcast connect educators through conversations about effective approaches to reading instruction.
Dyslexia Awareness Book Recommendations

Book Recommendations About and for Children With Dyslexia and Their Caregivers

Monday, October 2, 2023
To celebrate Dyslexia Awareness Month, our assistive technology coordinators have curated a list of books by and about individuals with dyslexia.
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Introducing the Structured Literacy eLearning Module

Monday, September 11, 2023
The IRRC's new eLearning module provides an overview of the cornerstone elements of structured literacy instruction with video examples recorded in active classrooms.
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New IRRC Resource Provides Guidance on Responding to FastBridge Data

Wednesday, August 23, 2023
The Instructional Recommendations Tool: Responding to FastBridge Data and the associated eLearning module offer guidance to educators interpreting student screening scores.
Students are seated on the classroom floor as their teacher teaches during the literacy block.

Making the Change: One District’s Science of Reading Journey

Monday, July 17, 2023
Learn how Spencer Community School District's universal pivot to science-of-reading-aligned literacy instruction began, what the implementation process looked like, and how the shift has impacted educators, students, caregivers, and administrators.
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All You Need Is a Book: Our Favorite Children’s Literature

Friday, March 31, 2023
Children's book recommendations from IRRC staff.
18 educators meet on Zoom with program coordinator Nina Lorimor-Easley.

Inaugural Group of Educators Earns Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement

Friday, February 17, 2023
Educators Lisa Hawker and Courtney Bentley were members of Iowa's first Dyslexia Specialist Endorsement cohort. Through this program, they gained valuable knowledge in working with students with dyslexia and developed a network of likeminded educators that continues to provide support and resources.
Father and son reading a book together on the floor near a Christmas tree.

‘Tis The Season to Be Reading: Staff Book Recommendations

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Our staff has 10 book recommendations with themes of fun winter activities, winter holidays, and other thought-provoking winter themes.
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Lorimor-Easley Named Assistant Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center

Monday, November 7, 2022
Will lead academic offerings and trainings, professional development, and assistive technology programs.
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Fun and Freaky Recommended Fall Reads

Friday, October 28, 2022
Our staff has 13 book recommendations with themes of fun fall activities, Halloween, and other spooky selections.
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From Diagnosis to Honor Roll: One Family’s Dyslexia Journey

Monday, October 24, 2022
Through assistance from educators, hard work, and fierce advocacy from his mom, student with dyslexia achieves reading successes.

Our Favorite Young Adult Books for National Book Lovers’ Day

Thursday, August 4, 2022
YA recommendations from IRRC staff.

Reed to Step Down as Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center

Thursday, May 5, 2022
The IRRC’s director since 2015, Reed made a major impact on literacy education in the state.
Deborah, Sophie, Grace, and Anna pose for a picture on the IRRC patio after a celebration for the girls' dyslexia donation.

Sisters With a Lot to Give (and Sell) for Dyslexia Support

Thursday, October 7, 2021
Grace, 12, and Sophie, 10, are working hard to fundraise and raise dyslexia awareness.
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Gibbs Selected for Leadership Academy

Monday, July 26, 2021
IRRC grad student to receive mentoring, work on project during year-long experience.
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Free IRRC Service Helps Iowa Children With Reading Disabilities

Wednesday, June 9, 2021
The Iowa Reading Research Center introduces families to assistive technology that may help their children with reading and writing.
2021 College of Education Graduate Student Research Paper Award Honoree

Gibbs Recognized by College of Education for Research Paper

Tuesday, May 4, 2021
IRRC Graduate Student Assistant Anna Gibbs was recognized for her submission to the 2021 Graduate Student Research Paper Award.
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Kluck and Mechelke Recognized by University of Iowa as Student Employee of the Year Honorees

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
Two Iowa Reading Research Center student employees recognized as two of the top student employees on campus.
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IRRC Closely Involved in Implementing New Dyslexia Legislation in Iowa

Monday, August 31, 2020
Dyslexia advocates are enthusiastic about teachers receiving more training and getting children the help they need.
Daughter receiving literacy help from mother at home

Resources for Helping Families to Support Children’s and Teens’ Home Learning During COVID-19 Pandemic

Wednesday, April 1, 2020
New content is being developed to encourage literacy learning at home.
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Reed and Colleagues to Measure Improvement of Literacy Outcomes of Students in Juvenile Justice Schools in New Four-Year Study

Tuesday, September 3, 2019
A $3.3 million study funded by the Institute of Educational Science will seek to add knowledge about evidence-based instruction in such settings.
Sophie, Grace, and Talen pose for a picture with cookies after raising money and awareness for dyslexia in their neighborhood.

Bringing Awareness to Dyslexia, One Cookie at a Time

Thursday, May 23, 2019
Three young girls go door-to-door selling cookies and starting conversations about dyslexia.
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Education and Advocacy Tool Available for Families Through eLearning Dyslexia Overview Module

Monday, May 13, 2019
The module is available at no cost to Iowa families and other Iowa residents wanting to learn about dyslexia.
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Zimmerman Named Hammill Institute Fellow

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
Iowa Reading Research Center Graduate Assistant Leah Zimmerman named Hammill Institute on Disabilities Doctoral Fellow.
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New Early Literacy Blueprint Initiative to benefit students through improved instruction

Friday, August 3, 2018
Literacy professional development and reading development milestones to improve literacy instruction students receive.
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Iowa Reading Research Center to Provide Evaluation for Kansas Literacy Initiative

Friday, June 15, 2018
The Iowa Reading Research Center has been selected to serve as an external evaluator for a literacy project funded under a $27 million federal grant awarded to Kansas.
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New Iowa Reading Research Center Program to Address Need-Based Literacy Challenges

Monday, January 23, 2017
A new Iowa Reading Research Center initiative will provide expert training in literacy instruction, need-based improvement planning, and continuous support to four local education agencies in order to bring improved literacy outcomes for students facing multiple challenges.