Deborah Reed

Deborah Reed

Director, Iowa Reading Research Center

Deborah K. Reed, Ph.D., spent the first 10 years of her career as an English language arts and reading teacher and reading specialist, primarily in inner city schools in California and Texas. Since 2003, she has been active in the field as a researcher and technical assistance provider in numerous states. Dr. Reed is now the Director of the Iowa Reading Research Center and an Associate Professor at the University of Iowa College of Education.

Dr. Reed has published over 35 peer-reviewed journal articles, three books, two reading assessments, and numerous instructional materials and professional development programs. Her current research interests include appropriate uses of reading data in instructional decision making and identifying evidence-based reading practices for teaching vulnerable youth.  She recently conducted a study of the effect of intensive summer instruction on the reading skills of Iowa 3rd graders.

Keynote Presentation: What Distinguishes Dyslexia from Other Reading Disabilities?

Main Auditorium

Students who struggle with reading are a heterogeneous group, so providing the right intervention requires knowing the nature of the difficulty a student is experiencing. This session will present the differences between dyslexia and other reading disabilities. To provide an example of how these differences matter, participants will learn the components of instruction for dyslexia as compared to hyperlexia.