DATES: July 18-19, 2024

LOCATION: DoubleTree by Hilton,

Cedar Rapids Convention Complex

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What To Expect

  • Discover the latest research, resources, and best practices in literacy instruction.
  • Learn from leaders in literacy research, instruction, and advocacy.


The summit will be hosted by the Iowa Reading Research Center.


Registration is open! Register for the summit here.


Early-Bird Registration Cost: $300

Registration Cost After March 15: $350


The summit will take place at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Cedar Rapids Convention Complex, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.


This summit is for you if...

  • You are a teacher, instructional coach, higher education instructor, or educational professional involved in the delivery of evidence-based instruction in public or private educational settings.

  • You have been trained, or are currently being trained, to deliver a program that you know is aligned with the science of reading.

  • Your school is making the shift to evidence-based instruction from balanced literacy, and you are at least partially responsible for decisions and purchases.

  • You are an administrator who is trying to positively impact literacy rates in your district.

  • You are an educator looking for deeper knowledge about the science of reading.
Vintage Ornate Square frame

Check out our Summit Pitch Worksheet to make the case to attend the summit!


Kareem Weaver

Kareem Weaver is a Co-Founder and Executive Director of FULCRUM, which partners with stakeholders to improve reading results for students. He is the Oakland NAACP's 2nd Vice President and Chair of its Education Committee; his advocacy is featured in the upcoming film The Right to Read. Mr. Weaver previously served as New Leaders’ Executive Director of the Western Region and was an award-winning teacher and administrator. He has undergraduate degrees from Morehouse College and a master’s in clinical-community psychology from the University of South Carolina. Mr. Weaver believes in the potential of all students, the brotherhood of man, and the importance of service above self. His educational heroine, for literacy instruction, is the late Marva Collins.

Dr. Steve Dykstra

As a psychologist in the Milwaukee area, Dykstra has over 30 years of experience serving children with complex mental health challenges and their families. He has a PhD in clinical psychology from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Dykstra is particularly interested in the roles that school and reading difficulties play in the lives of his clients. He is a founding member of the Wisconsin Reading Coalition, Vice President of the Coalition for Reading Excellence, and part of the advisory group for the International Foundation for Effective Reading Instruction (IFERI).

Licensure Renewal Credit

Attendees of the summit may register for Iowa Licensure Renewal Credit:

Credit will be awarded for completing all of the following:

    • Attending the 2024 Iowa Science of Reading Summit
    • Enrolling in the licensure renewal course associated with the summit
    • Completing the two eLearning modules specified in the course’s requirements

How to enroll:

  1. Find the course on the catalog webpage and click on the ENROLL button.
  2. You will receive an email to complete your registration and create a password to log in to the online course platform. Make sure to complete this step!
  3. Use your log in information to access the site.
  4. Make sure to complete all requirements listed on that site to generate your certificate of completion by 10 PM (CST) of the course end date.

There is a $50 fee for those seeking the credit.

    • University of Iowa alumni receive a 10% discount on all professional development events through the Baker Teacher Leader Center. Use the code ALUMNI at check out.

Call for Presentations

Workshop Tracks:

  • District Leadership and Implementation Science
  • Evidence-Based Instruction
  • Writing Instruction
  • Multi-Tiered Systems of Support
  • Dyslexia and Research
  • Access and Equity
  • Foundational Concepts of the Science of Reading

Educators, administrators, and literacy researchers with expertise in one of these topics are encouraged to submit a proposal for a workshop presentation by completing this form.

Contact Us

For Questions or Comments:

email icon

Phone in Circle Illustration


Twitter  Logo
Simple Instagram Icon