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. KUCRL provides technical assistance, responsive professional development, program evaluation, and high impact instructional coaching for teachers and administrators seeking to improve both student achievement and social emotional learning skills. 




 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 skillsadolescent and adult literacylanguage and reading comprehension strategieswritten expression strategies, math skills and strategies, social emotional learning skills, and explicit instruction and routines that respond to diversity in today’s schools. 

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Researchers from the KU Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL) will support a $27 million federal grant to help create comprehensive literacy programs at select schools across the state.

The grant was awarded recently to the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) as part of the Striving Readers Comprehensive Literacy Initiative funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The initiative will offer districts/consortia meeting specific criteria an opportunity to apply for funds from the grant to develop comprehensive birth to grade 12 language and literacy programs that primarily target disadvantaged children.

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) will be able to apply for funding by mid-October. Together with staff from the KSDE, KUCRL researchers Amber Rowland, Irma Brasseur-Hock, Jayne James, and Michael Hock will support LEAs during the proposal development process. Additional KU staff will help make up a Strategic Literacy Team (SLT) that will provide technical assistance to districts chosen to participate in the grant. The SLT includes KU Drs. Judith Carta, Dale Walker, James Basham, Sean Smith, Barbara Bradley, Diane Nielsen, and Jim Knight. Read more.


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