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The University of Minnesota Center for Reading Research conducts applied research on reading and research on teaching approaches that facilitate reading instruction.

The focus is on conducting research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty and students from diverse backgrounds. The Center addresses problems and issues in reading that require creative and powerful research efforts. Learn more about our mission.

August 4, 2014: MCRR Summer Literacy Workshop

Mind the Gap: Bringing Research to Practice

Registration is now open! The Minnesota Center for Reading Research 2014 Summer Literacy Workshop will be on Monday, August 4th. More details will be posted here soon! MCRR hosts this annual workshop for reading practitioners and school literacy leaders, connecting them to the latest reading research findings and applications through workshops given by U of M faculty and staff who are directly engaged in reading research projects. The workshop features a keynote address along with breakout sessions led by U of M faculty and staff from the College of Education and Human Development. Click here for more information and to register.

News & Highlights

MCRR Quarterly Reader | December 2013

Check out the new MCRR Quarterly Reader, with updates on what's going on at MCRR, a Research Brief by Catherine Compton-Lilly, an overview of the Achievement Gap conference in September, and more.


Visit our Resources section to view recent presentations. Materials are available for download.

2013 Achievement Gap Conference: Moving Forward Together

This conference took place on Friday, September 20, 2013. Click here for some of the presentations and for more information about the conference.

Online Course: Literacy Instruction in the Elementary Grades

MCRR will offer this 4-credit online course throughout 2013-14. Registration is now open!
New sessions will be starting each month throughout the academic year.

This course has been approved by the Minnesota Department of Education as a Reading Methods Program for applicants who completed out-of-state licensure programs. If your initial Minnesota Teaching Licence has a renewal condition stating that you must complete one or more "reading courses," this course would qualify toward that requirement. For more information, visit MDE: Licensing.

Bridging Research to Practice 2013-14

Workshop Series for K-6 School Improvement in Reading

Workshops for Fall 2013 - Spring 2014

The purpose of these small-group workshops is to help school leaders and teachers in grades K-6 learn how to use scientifically-based reading instruction to improve reading achievement. The sessions will focus on organizational change and the development of shared leadership and school-wide collaboration, and may be tailored to meet the specific needs of your school.

The workshops are intended for a team of elementary school staff (administrators, classroom teachers, reading resource teachers, ELL teachers, and special education teachers).  Each team may register for one or more series. Each participant will be awarded 16 CEU clock hours for a completed workshop series. Choose from four different workshop series, each meeting four times over the 2013-14 school year.

Register your school or district team today! Contact us at 612-624-4561 or

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