Organization profile

The mission of the Minnesota Center for Reading Research (MCRR) is to conduct applied and translational research on reading and on teaching approaches that facilitate reading instruction. The focus is on conducting research that supports teachers, particularly those who teach students of poverty, as they learn to effectively teach children and youth from diverse backgrounds, to become competent readers in K-12 school settings. Considerable emphasis is on translating research into practice. Specific problems and issues in reading that require creative and powerful research efforts include the following: a) Determining effective instructional approaches to engage struggling readers at the lower/upper elementary levels and middle/high school levels; b) Developing research-based, coherent school-wide literacy programs and the supports needed to enact systemic change with a teaching staff; and c) Developing and researching literacy assessments that measure and document students' growth in formative and summative ways and that are coherent features to systemic programs.