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Patience, Professional Development and Teamwork Key to Implementation of Small-Group, Skills-Based Instruction for Literacy, Sioux City Principals Say

Posted on: January 17th, 2017 by | No Comments

  Director’s Note: Since last July, I have had the honor of working with the Sioux City Community School District on its efforts to implement new literacy initiatives in kindergarten through fifth grade. Sioux City Community School District Associate Superintendent Dr. Kim Buryanek serves as the chair of the Iowa Reading Research Center Advisory Council […]

Dialogic Reading: Having a Conversation about Books

Posted on: January 3rd, 2017 by | No Comments

  By Jessica Sidler Folsom, Ph.D. IRRC Research Assistant   Parents and teachers alike nearly universally accept the importance of reading to children. Even pediatricians and hospitals encourage it. However, reading aloud can have greater educational value than serving as a filler activity before bedtime or lunch. It is easy to simply take a book […]

What Reading Means to Me: One College Student’s Perspective

Posted on: December 13th, 2016 by | No Comments

  By Bella Phillips Student Assistant, Iowa Reading Research Center   Director’s Note: Bella Phillips is a sophomore at the University of Iowa who has been working at the Iowa Reading Research Center this year. She hails from Council Bluffs where her mother is a science teacher at Lewis Central High School. Bella is in […]

Comprehension Skills Are Important for Readers of All Ages

Posted on: November 29th, 2016 by | No Comments

  By Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D. Director, Iowa Reading Research Center Too frequently reading instruction in the early grades is presented as an either-or option: Either teach comprehension skills or teach phonics skills. The truth is both are important, so teaching one component of reading should not preclude teaching another. After the release of the […]

Opening up a World of Literacy Education Colleagues and Content Through Twitter

Posted on: November 15th, 2016 by | No Comments

By Sean Thompson IRRC Communications Specialist You may have glanced at a fellow teacher’s laptop screen in the morning before school and noticed them scrolling through a series of 140-character bits of text. They might have been on Twitter in an effort to become a better teacher. People use social media like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, […]

Director Wise on Supporting Improvement of All Students’ Literacy Skills Through Local Leaders, Ability to Adjust, Data and Assessments

Posted on: November 1st, 2016 by | No Comments

Iowa Department of Education Director Ryan Wise spent the first five years of his career as a history teacher in Tunica, Miss. (two years), and Omaha (three years), until he began taking on administrative leadership roles in 2003 at organizations like Teach for America and Teach for All. He joined the Department of Education in […]

Choose Your Words (and Techniques) Carefully in Spelling Instruction

Posted on: October 18th, 2016 by | No Comments

  By Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D. Director, Iowa Reading Research Center   Spelling instruction has fallen in and out of favor over the years. This has often resulted from concerns about whether spelling lessons have any benefit for students. When spelling is taught in ways that emphasize the patterns of the English language, it can […]

The Importance of Active Reading

Posted on: September 27th, 2016 by | No Comments

  By Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D. Director, Iowa Reading Research Center   In many classrooms, we have observed reading happening around students, but we do not always see students engaged in active reading of a text for themselves. Rather, we see one or more of the following: The teacher standing in front of the room, […]

Waterloo CSD’s Hanna highlights universal screening as crucial to reading instruction

Posted on: September 20th, 2016 by | No Comments

  The Iowa Reading Research Center takes great pride in its partnerships with Iowa school districts. We are constantly working with administrators, teachers and other educators through our literacy studies, training and professional development, and other efforts. We value the insight these educators contribute to our collective goal of improving literacy proficiency for Iowa students […]

Inference Making: The Key to Advanced Reading Development

Posted on: September 13th, 2016 by | No Comments

  By Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D. Director, Iowa Reading Research Center     After mastering the foundational skills (phonological awareness, phonics, oral language) that allow students to access print, students will need an additional skill to answer the question posed above. Progress in reading comprehension depends on inference making, or the ability to connect information […]