Iowa Reading Research Center

About Iowa Reading Research Center

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The 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

The Iowa Reading Research Center (IRRC) was created during the 2012 legislative session through an appropriation to build a virtual repository of literacy resources for Iowa. Family 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_2.jpg    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.  Michelle has over 20 years of experience in the field of education working in schools, universities, and at the Department of Education.  She has published over 25 articles, two books, and four chapters on topics related to reading and assessment.  She is a nationally known trainer and speaker on these topics and has given over 75 presentations.  She has worked as a trainer for the National Center on Progress Monitoring and the National Center on Response to Intervention and is currently on the technical review committee for the National Center on Intensive Intervention.  

Her current role as Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center allows her to use her skills to apply current research for the development and dissemination of best practices around literacy instruction so that every child in Iowa will achieve reading proficiency.

Michelle's favorite children's book is Blueberries for Sal by Robert McCloskey. 


MCINSARA-2-.jpg    Sara McInerny, Ed.D.

Sara is the Communication Liaison for the Iowa Reading Research Center.  She received her Ed. D. in instruction, curriculum and administration from the University of Nebraska.

An educator with 45 years of experience, Sara has served in the field of education in a variety of capacities: elementary teacher, social studies teacher, special education teacher, post-secondary teacher, curriculum director, director of special education and building principal.  Sara has provided training to school administrators in the areas of; Iowa Superintendent's Instructional Rounds and Data-based Decision Making.  She has served on numerous state task forces, representing AEAs in policy discussions and collaborating with educators from a variety of organizations to develop standards, procedures, and recommendations.  Prior to her work with the IRRC, Sara was the Director of Educational Services at Area Education Agency 267.

Sara's favorite book is Wonder by R.J. Palacio.


Tracy_2.jpg    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_2.jpg    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.