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: Janis Bulgren

What projects are you currently working on? I am currently engaged in research and development of technology supports for Content Enhancement Routines and associated graphics. One of these is funded by the National Science Foundation and the other by the Office of Special Education. These allow me to contribute to technology-supported teaching and learning as well as to continue to develop entire sets of Content Enhancement units – most recently in high school American History and Biology and in middle school science. This is being done in collaboration with CAST, Inc. using CORGI instructional technology.

What are your hopes for the future of your work? Future work always involves staying ahead of the curve in innovative research and development. In addition, future educational innovation must simultaneously respond to increasingly challenging higher performance standards and the need for technology supports.

What inspires you? I am inspired to participate in efforts to meet the challenges for teachers and students that seem to increase every year. In doing this I get daily inspiration from collaborating researchers and experts, the highly supportive and enthusiastic KUCRL support staff, and research partners across the nation.

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Instructional Materials

Teaching Decision-Making

This book empowers students to employ high-level reasoning skills to identify an issue and the various possible options that could be used to respond to the issue.

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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.




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