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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.

Upcoming PRESS workshops 2015-16

Click here or on image below for upcoming PRESS workshops.



Nonie Lesaux's Presentation: Making Assessment Matter

On September 25 Nonie K. Lesaux, Ph.D. gave a presentation, "Making Assessment Matter: From Summer Reading to Today's Conversation." Click here for her morning presentation (PDF), and here for the afternoon presentation (PDF).

Summer Literacy Workshop presentations

Presentations from the MCRR Summer Literacy Workshop on August 12 are available here.

Classwide Interventions: How 10 Days Can Significantly Reduce the Number of Students in Tier 2

Lori Helman and Kathy Patton presentation at the 2015 International Literacy Association Conference, St. Louis, MO. Presentation available here (PDF).

Educating Somali children, in the era of Captain Phillips

MCRR Visiting Scholar Sirad Shirdon presented at the April 15 Diversity Dialogue. Her presentation is available here (PDF).

Summer Reading Programs

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

Lori Helman in Germany

MCRR Director Lori Helman in Germany

MCRR Director Lori Helman spent three weeks in Germany in March as a scholar in residence at two international schools - Munich International School and Bavarian International School - helping the teachers and administrators better integrate word study into their comprehensive literacy curriculum. Photo: Lori with leadership team from Munich International School.

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.


News & Highlights

MCRR Quarterly Reader | Fall 2015

Read the Message from the Director and the Research Brief from MCRR's Fall 2015 Quarterly Reader.


MCRR Policy Brief: Full Day Kindergarten

MCRR Policy Brief on Full Day Kindergarten

Read the Minnesota Center for Reading Research's new Research to Policy Brief on Full Day Kindergarten (PDF).

Upcoming Events & Workshops


October 9, 2015
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Brooklyn Park, MN

Learn about PRESS at the MAASFEP 2015 Fall Conference! PRESS Literacy Coordinator, Kathy Patton, will present a session titled "Efficient Use of Data to Determine Appropriate Early Literacy Interventions." Learn more about the conference here.

MCRR at Education Minnesota

October 15, 2015
St. Paul River Centre
St. Paul, MN

Visit the MCRR booth during Education Minnesota and learn more about our research and current initiatives.

PRESS Tier 2 Interventions & Progress Monitoring

October 23, 2015
8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Cost: $300.00

Explore the PRESS data-driven decision making practice for targeting and implementing skill-based, small group interventions. This workshop will introduce continuous progress monitoring as part of the Tier 2 intervention process, emphasizing decision-making using ongoing, reliable data collection. Participants will also learn about and see demonstrations of specific interventions for K-5 students. Workshop includes PRESS Intervention and Assessment Manuals, and CEUs. Register here.

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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