Creating Solutions to Educational Challenges

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) is a multidisciplinary research team whose overarching goal is Creating Solutions to Educational Challenges. KUCRL is dedicated to development and research of educational programs and practices that improve outcomes for all learners, including those with learning differences or disabilities. Our recent research and development focuses on online learning for students with disabilities, personalized learning in blended learning classrooms, and the use of technology (e.g., social media, games, virtual reality) to enhance learning for all students. KUCRL is home to the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM), an evidenced based collection of learning strategies, content enhancement teaching routines, and explicit instruction programs. These interventions and practices address higher-order reasoning skills, adolescent literacy, adult literacy, language and reading comprehension strategies, written expression strategies, math skills and strategies, social emotional learning skills, and explicit instruction and routines that respond to diversity in today’s schools. 



Behind Our Research

$2.5 Million Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts


Researchers at the University of Kansas and CAST, a nonprofit and founders of the universal design for learning framework, have won a grant to improve a tool that has proven effective at helping students, especially those with disabilities, grasp science concepts by making it more teacher-friendly and sustainable to use in classrooms. Learn more about this project by clicking on the title above!

Get to Know: Jocelyn Washburn

How long have you been at KUCRL?
I am celebrating my one-year anniversary at KUCRL as the Director of the Professional Development Research Institute, home to the SIM Professional Developers Network, and as a Senior Associate Researcher.

What acheivement are you most proud of? 
I am proud to have earned my Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction this Spring of 2020! I hope this acheivement gives my children insight into the value of passion, hardwork, and peseverance; and the possibility for women everywhere to be mission-driven, career-oriented mothers and spouses.

Do you have any tips for educators that are transitioning to online learning? 
When selecting technology tools to design and implement online learning experiences, consider how they will support teacher-student and student-student relationships as well as feedback to drive the learning process.

Jocelyn Washburn quote

Instructional Materials

Xtreme Reading

The Xtreme Reading program provides students with an opportunity to become strong readers and stronger students. It lays the groundwork for success in school and opens the door to success in life.

Xtrene Reading Overview

Purchase Xtreme Reading TODAY! 

The Inference Strategy: Overview for Educators

If you’re looking for an evidenced-based learning strategy to help your students improve their inferential reading skills, take a minute to learn more about The Inference Strategy. Contact us for more information on how you can bring it to your students today.




Countdown to

Follow KUCRL 

Facebook Twitter

News Graphic


KU Today