The Iowa Department of Education is hosting two workshops designed to show effective literacy practices through the integration of science and social studies in elementary schools.

The workshops are titled Improving Literacy Comprehension: Building Background Knowledge with Science and Social Studies.

The science of reading shows that building background knowledge is essential for effective reading comprehension.

The workshops will feature Natalie Wexler, author of The Knowledge Gap, who will provide an overview of research and why building background knowledge through science and social studies is critical for reading comprehension.

Department consultants will share what this looks like in elementary science and social studies classrooms.

The workshops will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Registration is open for the following dates and times:

  • Feb. 29, Ankeny Public Library, 1250 SW District Drive, Ankeny
  • March 4, Grant Wood AEA, 4401 Sixth St. SW, Cedar Rapids

More information is available in the workshop agenda.

Questions regarding these workshops can be directed to or

Improving Literacy Comprehension