July 18-19, 2024

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

What To Expect


Registration and waiting list are closed.


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

Unable to attend the summit? The IRRC’s professional development and consulting services may be of interest to you!


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

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This summit is for you if...

  • You are a PK-12 teacher, instructional coach, 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.


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).

Workshop Tracks

Featured Workshops:

Transforming Schools: Implementation Science for Educational Leaders

Shane Williams, Ph.D. & Kim Hofmann, Ed.S.

Navigating Literacy: A Journey Towards a New Elementary School Curriculum

Maria Lantz, Ed.D., Kelli Phillips, M.A., & Bambi Boggs

The Role of a District Leader in Strengthening Core Literacy Instruction

Amy Dittmar, Ed.D. & Erick Pruitt, Ed.D.

District Leadership and Implementation Science

Featured Workshops:

Building Content Knowledge and Vocabulary to Strengthen Literacy in Elementary Social Studies and Science

Jo Ellen Latham, Ed.D.

Making Invisible Thinking Visible Through Oral and/or Written Expression

Daryl Michel, Ph.D.

It’s Not Too Late: Supporting Secondary Students With Foundational Literacy

Danielle Hakeman, M.A. & Kelly Ward, M.A.

Evidence-Based Instruction

Featured Workshops:

Level Up Your Writing Assessments: How to Score Students Writing for Different Levels of Language

Shawn Datchuk, Ph.D. & Derek Rodgers, Ph.D.

Explicit, Systematic, Specially-Designed Writing Instruction

Jenna Schieffer, MSE, Ed.S. & Jennifer Rupp, MSE

The Writing Rope

Lisa Klein, M.Ed.

Writing Instruction

Featured Workshops:

Structured Literacy for Multilinguals: ​What Every Educator Should Know

Elsa Cárdenas-Hagan, Ed.D.

Not One More Thing! Leveraging MTSS to Implement SOR

Sarah Brown, Ph.D.

Equity Through MTSS: Aligning to the Science of Reading

Krista Morrison, Ed.D.

Multi-Tiered Systems of Support

Featured Workshops:

Etiology of Dyslexia: Causes and Common Profiles

Elizabeth Hoksbergen, Ph.D.

What to Do When the Brain Doesn’t Want to Respond

Elizabeth Hoksbergen, Ph.D.

Dyslexia 101

Mindy VanZuiden, MAEL

Dyslexia and Research

Featured Workshops:

The Neuropsychology of Reading

Tammy Wilgenbusch, Ph.D.

How Does Implicit Learning Fit Into the Science of Reading?

Leah Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Level Up Your Structured Literacy Practices: Leverage the Science of Learning to Build Automaticty and Fluency

Carolyn Brown, Ph.D. & Leah Zimmerman, Ph.D.

Foundational Concepts of the Science of Reading

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.


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