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FAST Reading Assessment for Early Intervention

Reading is the cornerstone of academic success. This, in turn, is part of mental health and quality of life. Evidence supports the assertion that if students don’t learn how to read by third grade, they are much more likely to drop out, face unemployment and even end up incarcerated. What’s more, 80 percent of students […]


9 Research-Based Ideas to Help Close the Achievement Gap

Closing the achievement gap is a priority for University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler and for the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD). There are no easy answers, but we are seeing that small, actionable steps can make a real difference. To help schools close the achievement gap one idea at a time, we […]


Reading Comprehension: How Stories Help Students Learn New Information

Reading comprehension for young students has always been a primary focus for a number of researchers here at the College of Education and Human Development. In the Text and Discourse Lab, we work with both children and adults to understand the underlying processes that support reading and learning from texts. To do so, we use […]


Dyslexia and Struggling Readers: The Importance of Early Intervention

Understanding dyslexia has long been a critical mission at the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR). In fact, the center was designed to equip teachers with the skills needed to help struggling readers. We have always worked with a variety of students in this area—perhaps those coming from poverty or culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds. […]


Transnational Students & Youth Citizenship in America

For the past few years, I have been interested in several intersecting areas—one, demographic projections that tell us the U.S. will not be a white-majority country in the next three decades; two, the rising tide of anti-immigrant sentiment that characterizes our political discourse, and three, the idea that schools are an important site to cultivate […]