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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


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


Dyslexia Supports

Early Literacy Implementation

Instructional Resources

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


Rachel Anderson
Office: 563-344-6215

Ann Craig
Office: 563-344-6272

Helen Duranleau-Brennan
Office: 563-344-6454

Lisa Hawker
Office: 563-344-6378

Jennifer Jansen
Office: 563-344-6393

Beth Popowski
Office: 563-344-6434

Shanna Robinson
Office: 563-344-6311

Jennifer Smith
Office: 563-344-6432

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