Iowa Reading Research Center
About Iowa Reading Research Center
Iowa Reading Research Center is an online collection of literacy resources available to the public for classroom learning and teaching, at-home support, and educator research for children birth through 12th grade. Resources collected have undergone varying levels of screening to ensure research is accurate and relevant to visitors.
Funding for the Center
IRRC was formed during the 2012 legislative session through an appropriation to build a virtual repository of literacy resources for Iowa. Parent and teacher resources in Iowa were fragmented, inconsistent and not always screened for relevancy and accuracy. The newly created IRRC utilizes a team of educators, education-based IT staff and literacy staff to lead the collection effort and screening process for this repository.
Iowa Reading Research Team
Michelle Hosp, Ph.D.
Michelle is the Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center. She received her Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University. She is a nationally known trainer and speaker on progress monitoring and curriculum-based measurement.
Dr. Hosp's background is in school psychology and special education. Her research interests are in assessment and reading and she has published articles, conducted workshops both at the state and national level, and has co-authored chapters and a book on these topics. She has been a trainer for the National Center on Progress Monitoring and the National Center on Response to Intervention. Currently, she is on the technical review committee for the National Center on Intensive Intervention.
Michelle's favorite children's book is Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey.
Tracy Donohue, M.Ed
Tracy joined the Iowa Reading Research Center as a Literacy Consultant in September 2013. Tracy began her career in education as a 3rd grade classroom teacher in Raleigh, NC. She has also worked as an instructional coach in the subjects of reading and math. Tracy has coordinated a school-wide intervention program, in addition to serving as a mentor coordinator and leadership team member.
Tracy received a Master's of Reading degree from North Carolina State University and a Bachelor's of Science in Elementary Education degree from Appalachian State University.
Tracy's favorite children's book is Because Of Winn-Dixie by Kate DiCamillo.
Therese York, A.A.S
Therese joined the Iowa Reading Research Center as a Secretary in September 2013. She attended Kirkwood Community College where she received her Associate's Degree from the Administrative Assistant program. Therese has worked with Kirkwood Community College as both a tutor and an office clerk.
Therese's favorite children's book is The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper.