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. 

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New Projects at KUCRL

KUCRL lands a $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Improve Transition Outcomes for Students with Disabilities

KUCRL has landed a 5 year, $3.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education to improve transition outcomes for students with disabilities by combining Possible Selves and the Self-Determined Model of Instruction. Learn more about this project by clicking on the title above and/or read the article published in the Lawrence Journal World

Project to Pilot Tools to Meet STEM Learning Goals in California Classrooms 

Laptop with coding on the screenKUCRL's Research Professor, Janis Bulgren and Jose Blackorby of CAST received a grant from the National Science Foundation to pilot tools to meet STEM learning goals in Santa Clara, CA. Click on the link above to learn more about the current project. 




Office of Civil Rights: Ensuring Equitable Access to Online Learning

girl student on laptopOur Director of Inclusive Digital Era Collaborative (iDEC), Kelsey Ortiz wrote a blog post about the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights (OCR) ensuring access and equity for students with disabilities in digital learning environments. Check out the blog by clicking on the link above!



How VR is Being Used to Help Children With Learning Disabilities, Autism


Amber Rowland, KUCRL Assistant Research Professor and Sean Smith, KU Professor of Special Education are featured in an article on Variety! Click on the link above to learn more about their recent grant funding they secured to develop virtual reality to help students with learning disabilities and high function autism improve social competencies. 



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.


When you use the Teaching Decision-Making guide, your students can learn to make good decisions about important issues! Learn more here! 





Cover to Multiplication With Regrouping - Partial Products by Margaret Flores and Bradley Kaffar   Multiplication with Regrouping - Standard Algorithm Cover by Margaret Flores and Bradley Kaffar

Multiplying two-digit numbers can be intimidating, especially if the numbers are large. All that regrouping can be confusing. Which number goes where? And better yet, why?

Help students master multiplication with regrouping using the two latest books from KUCRL: Multiplication With Regrouping: Partial Products and Multiplication with Regrouping: Standard Algorithm.





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