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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.

News & Highlights

MCRR Summer Literacy Workshop | Mind the Gap: Bringing Research to Practice

This conference took place on Monday, August 4, 2014. Click here for some of the presentations and click here for more information about the conference.

Summer Reading Classes

The Institute of Reading Development is offering summer support classes in reading through the Minnesota Center for Reading Research. Please use this link to get additional information about their programs.

MCRR Quarterly Reader | May 2014

Check out the new MCRR Quarterly Reader, with a Research Brief by Yolanda Majors and 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)



Recent Presentations

Coaching for Quality Core Instruction in Literacy: The importance of common language and tools for literacy coaches, presented by Dr. Lori Helman with Stephanie Rollag, Graduate Assistant, and Kathy Patton, Terry Kleinbaum, and Sarah Rutledge, Literacy Coaches, at the International Reading Association conference, New Orleans, LA. May 12, 2014. Download PDF.

The Evolution and Potential of PLCs, presented by Lori Helman, Ph.D. at the Leadership in Reading Network (LiRN), May 5, 2014 in Roseville, MN. Download PDF.

Embedded Professional Learning to Improve Literacy Practices, presented by PRESS Literacy Coaches Annie Ittner and Kathy Patton at at the Leadership in Reading Network (LiRN), May 5, 2014 in Roseville, MN. Download PDF.

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

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

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.

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