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: Nannette Fritschmann

What is one of the biggest challenges you have faced? Honestly, one of the biggest challenges I have faced professionally is deciding what project or "need" should take priority given the potential benefits the particpants may experience. Coming to terms with the fact that we can't do it all, no matter how much we may want to, is challenging.

What inspires you? I am constantly inspired by facilitating or witnessing a student or educator make an important connection that will launch them to their next best level, whatever the idea or task may be. Being able to connect with others in that way truly brings me joy.

Is there an achievement or contribution you are most proud of? The contribution that I get ontgoing positive input from is grounded in my work with The Inference Strategy, from both teachers and students. As an example, a few years back, I was sent a clip of a video of a 9th grade class whose students made a rap song of the steps to the strategy; the students actually thought it would be fun to film it and send it to me. I was truly humbled by that video and it made me realize how far reaching our work can be.

Nanette Fritschmann

Instructional Materials

Subtraction Facts 10 to 18

Using the concrete-representational-abstract method of learning, students really understand what problems like 17 – 9 and 11 – 7 mean. This course will help students become proficient solvers of subtraction in this grouping and increase the speed at which they are able to recall these foundational facts.

Subtraction Facts 10 to 18 textbook

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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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