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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.

Summer Reading Programs

MCRR is teaming up again this summer with the Institute of Reading Development for Summer Reading Programs. Details here.

Lori Helman's presentation at CABE

Words Their Way Spanish Intervention Program: Palabras a su Paso (PDF). Presented March 4, 2015 at California Association for Bilingual Education.

Cory Stai's presentation at LiRN

On February 19, 2015, Cory Stai of the Minnesota Department of Education presented the keynote to the Leaders in Reading Network. The topic was Fostering Literate Thinking: Demystifying Text Complexity. See the presentation here (PDF).

Dr. Alfred Tatum's presentation from CEHD Policy Breakfast

On January 20, 2015, Dr. Alfred Tatum, Dean of the College of Education at the University of Illinois at Chicago, delivered the keynote address at the January 2015 CEHD Policy Breakfast, Framing Responsive Literacy Instruction in the National Policy Context. Dr. Tatum's presentation focused on advancing the reading, writing, and intellectual development of African American boys in ways that move beyond some of the limitations of policy authorizations. See Dr. Tatum's presentation here (PDF). See video clips from the Policy Breakfast here.

Leaders in Reading Network (LiRN) Presentation October 30, 2014

The Important Things: Creating Classrooms Where Thinking is Valued, presented by Nicki Clausen-Grace at the Leaders in Reading Network (LiRN) meeting, October 30, 2014. Download PDF.


Upcoming Events

PRESS Leadership Tools for Implementing Multi-Tiered Systems of Support in the Elementary School

PRESS logMay 27, 2015
8:30-11:30 am
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Cost: $150 per person

An introduction to the PRESS framework for literacy leaders and administrators with a focus on implementation strategies and opportunities. We will discuss the PRESS procedural support tool which covers the necessary components for implementation and correlates with the PRESS decision making process. Key tips and suggestions for implementing PRESS, with real world examples, will be highlighted throughout the workshop. Registration includes a PRESS Intervention Manual and clock hours. Click here for details & registration.

Save the Date: MCRR Summer Literacy Workshop

Wednesday, August 12, 2015
University of Minnesota

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. This year's theme is Bold Solutions: Resarch to Support Transformational Literacy Practices. More details coming soon.

News & Highlights

MCRR Quarterly Reader | February 2015

Check out the new MCRR Quarterly Reader, with updates on what's going on at MCRR.

MCRR Policy Brief: Making Sense of Dyslexia

Making Sense of Dyslexia | MCRR Policy BriefThe Minnesota Center for Reading Research has released a new Research to Policy Brief: Making Sense of Dyslexia (PDF).

The American Psychiatric Association (2000) defined dyslexia as reading achievement that:

  • is significantly below expected levels based on an individual’s age and education,
  • interferes with every day activities that involve reading, and
  • is low because of reasons other than sensory disorders such as visual impairments.

The term “dyslexia” is a medical term. Schools do not use the term “dyslexia.” Instead, special education laws use the term Specific Learning Disability (SLD). Experts do not agree on how to best identify SLD. Most school districts have historically relied on identifying a discrepancy between intelligence (IQ) and achievement (reading), but many are attempting alternative approaches...Click here to continue reading MCRR’s Research to Policy Brief: Making Sense of Dyslexia (PDF)

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.

Professional Development

MCRR can help with your professional development needs

MCRR is available to help school leaders and teachers in grades K-6 learn how to use scientifically-based reading instruction to improve reading achievement. We can tailor sessions to the specific needs of your school. For more information contact us at 612-624-4561 or

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