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

CorgiResearchers 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: Mike Hock

What do you do for KUCRL?
Currently, I direct the work of the CRL and continue to seek external funding to support development and implementation of comprehensive reading programs, motivation and self-determined behavior programs, and efforts to provide effective professional learning to educators. In addition, I am currently working to move many of our programs to instructional technologies supported platforms. My overarching passion is to ensure the continued success of the CRL.

What inspires you? 
I am passionate about finding solutions to the educational challenges faced by learners who have been disadvantaged by life circumstances.

Did you know? 
Mike's first job out of high school was working in an underground copper mine in Butte, Montana.

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Instructional Materials

Addition Within 20

Have a student that struggles with math? Addition Within 20 doesn't just help students learn how to do addition, it works to build concrete, representational, and abstract understandings, so students can be confident in their ability to process simple calculations that may come up in day-to-day life.

Addition within 20 Overview

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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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