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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.
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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.
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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.
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‘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.