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Iowa Department of Education, University of Iowa Announce New Iowa Reading Research Center Director

Leaders from the Iowa Department of Education and the University of Iowa's College of Education today named Dr. Deborah Reed as the next director of the Iowa Reading Research Center, which has a critical role in a statewide effort to make sure all children read well by the end of third grade. Reed has served as a researcher and faculty member at Florida State University's Florida Center for Reading Research, where she has focused on identifying and intervening with struggling readers in general and special education classrooms. She begins her new role as the Iowa Reading Research Center transitions to a new home at the University of Iowa.

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The Iowa Reading Research Center: Building Iowa’s Home for Literacy

The work of the IRRC focuses on statewide instructional strategies and interventions, student reading assessments, a statewide data system, community partnerships, family resources, professional development for educators, and an intensive summer reading program. The IRRC website houses an online collection of literacy resources available to the public for teaching, learning, research and at-home support for reading.

The Iowa Reading Research Center was established during the 2012 legislative session with continued appropriations in the 2013 session. The Center works under the auspices of the Iowa Department of Education to carry out the goals outlined in Iowa legislation and policy.

Learn more about the establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center.

Establishment of the Iowa Reading Research Center and Guiding Legislation:
Iowa Administrative Code Section 279.68.pdf
Senate File 2284.pdf
Senate File 2319.pdf

The Iowa Reading Research Center Team

Deborah K. Reed,


Sandy Schmitz,

Assistant Director

Tracy Donohue,

Communications Specialist

Melissa Potter

Program Associate

Elizabeth Decker,

Administrative Assistant