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Agency Goal:

Prepare every student for success in post-secondary studies, a career, and citizenship.

  • Every Iowa child will be proficient in reading by the end of third grade.
  • The learning gaps between students with Individualized Education Plans and those without and for those students in disaggregated sub-groups will be reduced.

Program Description:

The AEA9 Literacy Team provides information and/or assistance for improving K-12 students’ reading achievement and/or reading competencies.

Literacy Definition:

"Literacy represents the lifelong, intellectual process of gaining meaning from print. Key to all literacy is reading development, which involves a progression of skills that begins with the ability to understand spoken words and decode written words, and culminates in the deep understanding of text. Reading development involves a range of complex language underpinnings including awareness of speech sounds (phonology), spelling patterns (orthography), word meaning (semantics), grammar (syntax) and patterns of word formation (morphology), all of which provide a necessary platform for reading fluency and comprehension. Once these skills are acquired the reader can attain full English reading literacy, which includes the abilities to approach printed material with critical analysis, inference and synthesis; to write with accuracy and coherence; and to use information, background knowledge, and insights from text as the basis for informed decisions and creative thought." Literate Nation, 2014


AEA 9 Iowa Core page

K-12 English Language Arts Scope and Sequence, Pacing Calendars, Unit Planning Organizers, Assessments, Investigation Webinars, Articles, and Resources

Iowa Department of Education Iowa Core Literacy Standards (link to

Federal Registry for Educational Excellence (link to makes it easier to find digital teaching and learning resources created and maintained by the federal government and public and private organizations.


Dyslexia Supports

Early Literacy Implementation

Instructional Resources

Iowa Reading Research Center - An online collection of literacy resources.

Literacy Contacts

Mary Shihadeh
Early Literacy
Phone: 563-344-6265

Karinne Tharaldson Jones
Secondary Literacy
Phone: 563-344-6428


Lisa Hawker
Office: 563-344-6378

Beth Roland
Office: 563-344-6434

Jennifer Smith
Office: 563-344-6432


Helen Duranleau-Brennan
Office: 563-344-6454

Ann Craig
Office: 563-344-6272

Reading Recovery and Comprehensive Intervention Model

Shanna Robinson
Office: 563-344-6311

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