University of Iowa

K-12 Education

The Columbus Junction Project

This project is the foundation of a service learning course for undergraduate speech and hearing majors at Iowa. This collaboration joins undergraduate students and four preschool programs at Roundy Elementary in Columbus Junction, Iowa, a community with a high population of Spanish-speaking residents. Iowa students lead preschoolers in a special early literacy program that includes daily supplemental language-literacy instruction.

Youth Environmental Writing Workshop

The College of Liberal Arts & Sciences Frank N. Magid Center for Undergraduate Writing has been granted a Better Futures For Iowans award to fund a program of collaborative community outreach in partnership with the Iowa Youth Writing Project (IYWP), a dynamic, young nonprofit that provides writing, tutoring, creative learning, and publishing opportunities (at little or no cost to participants) to youth across the state of Iowa.

The CLIMBERS Project

The overall purpose of the CLIMBERS study is to provide evidence of the effectiveness of a reading intervention, Breakthrough to Literacy (BTL), taken to scale in the Chicago Public Schools. The BTL model is driven by the four best predictors of reading achievement: oral language, oral comprehension, and vocabulary development; alphabet knowledge; phonological/phonemic awareness; and concepts of print.

American Regions Mathematics League

The American Regions Mathematics League's annual competition brings together the nation's finest students. They meet, compete, and socialize with one another, forming friendships and sharpening their mathematical skills. The contest is written for high school students, although some exceptional junior high students attend each year.