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: Suzanne Myers

What attracted you to working at KUCRL? The people! I had worked with Mike, Amber, Jana, and Jayne on a grant proposal several years ago. We were successful, so our collaboration continued, and I continued to love working with such a collaborative, supportive, hard-working team. When I had the opportunity to join KUCRL in 2018, I jumped at the chance to interview and luckily was hired.

What are your hopes as you look forward to the future of your work? I am hoping to make more connections with other education researchers trying to figure out ways to effectively implement interventions without having to schedule costly and time-consuming on-site professional development sessions. We have solutions for doing PD in ways that make more sense for schools and teachers, and we'd love to work with researchers from other institutions or organizations.

Is there an achievement or contribution you are most proud of? I am most proud of the productive working relationships I have at KUCRL. I feel like I'm part of a team of people who truly care about each other, who want to see each other succeed, and who consistently support and boost up their colleagues. I'm grateful every day to be part of such a wonderful team.

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Instructional Materials

Teaching Cause and Effect

Why did something happen? What effect did it have? This book can help students engage in higher order reasoning to figure out the answers to questions like these.

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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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