professional development

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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.
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.
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Through Professional Development and Comprehensive Support, Literacy Consultants Look to Boost Student Reading Achievement

Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Green Hills Area Education Agency enlists Iowa Reading Research Center help in looking at data to evaluate impact of its literacy professional development.
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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.
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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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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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Sioux City Principals See Improvement in Student Literacy Outcomes and Engagement as Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction Implementation Continues

Tuesday, January 31, 2017
Monitoring and reviewing student literacy data, teacher commitment, and setting clear expectations have led to success for two principals implementing small-group, skills-based instruction in elementary schools in Sioux City.
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Patience, Professional Development and Teamwork Key to Implementation of Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction for Literacy, Sioux City Principals Say

Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Implementation of small-group, skills-based instruction for literacy is underway in schools in Sioux City. Two principals discuss the process so far.
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Waterloo CSD’s Hanna highlights universal screening as crucial to reading instruction

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
Universal screening allows for explicit and focused literacy instruction without assumptions, says Waterloo Community School District's Darren Hanna.
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What is a Literacy Coach, and Why and How Should I Utilize One?r

Tuesday, August 23, 2016
Learn how literacy coaches and teachers can work together to increase reading achievement for students.