Director chosen to lead Reading Research Center
Michelle Hosp has been selected to be the director of the Iowa Reading Research Center.
Hosp will lead the center, which was created by the Iowa Legislature to act as a sort of clearinghouse of top-notch literacy practices for educators and parents.
The center’s purpose is to apply current research for the development of certain literacy efforts, including instructional practices, interventions for students who are behind in reading, assessments, professional development strategies, and an intensive summer literacy program.
The center underscores the state’s commitment to improving literacy among all students.
“We know that kids who don’t have foundational reading skills are struggling in schools,” Hosp said. “That leads to a whole host of problems: dropping out of school, teen pregnancy, poverty. Not being able to read limits their choices in life – it limits their career paths. For me, I see it as the most critical thing that we can do for kids in Iowa – helping them become proficient in reading.”
Hosp, whose career has focused on literacy, instruction, interventions and assessments, said the center will initially focus on three broad-based priorities: identification of evidence-based practices in literacy, strengthen the partnership among a broad spectrum of education stakeholders across the state, and expand its website.
“We want to provide information to teachers who already are in classrooms, to the pre-service teachers still getting their degrees, and to parents – who are really key,” she said.
Hosp has degrees from Syracuse University and Rochester Institute of Technology, and received her Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University. She is married to John Hosp, who is a professor and department chair for Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at the University of Iowa. They have a son, Daniel, who will be in third grade in the fall.
For more information visit the Iowa Reading Research website at http://www.iowareadingresearch.com/.