Helping Students Read Better and Learn More

The Iowa Reading Research Center strives to improve the literacy skills of all students through research with students, professional learning for educators, and technical assistance for school districts.

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Caregivers Resource Hub

eLearning modules and resources that caregivers can use to support their children's literacy development.

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IRRC Director Search

Director Search

Isaacson, Miller assists in the search for the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. Applications are open.

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FastBridge Recommendations Tool

eLearning and an online instructional recommendations tool to help teachers use FastBridge data to guide instruction.

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Research Article of the Month: November 2023

Thursday, November 30, 2023
This meta-analysis by Rehfeld et al. (2022) uncovers the effects of phonemic awareness instruction for students suspected of having a reading disability.
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The Benefits of Poetry Reading

Monday, November 13, 2023
This guide provides a recommendation list of novels in verse for students in grades 5-12.
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Research Article of the Month: October 2023

Monday, October 30, 2023
We highlight the findings of the scientific review article “Reading Comprehension: Core Components and Processes.”


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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.