Joseph R. Pearson Hall

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. KUCRL provides technical assistance, responsive professional development, program evaluation, and high impact instructional coaching for teachers and administrators seeking to improve both student achievement and social emotional learning skills. 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 and 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. 


The Center for Research on Learning is dedicated to dramatically improving the way students learn, the way teachers teach, and the way programs operate at the state, local, and school level. We are champions for all students, with a focus on those with learning differences.


Creating Solutions to Educational Challenges

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning exists because we believe in challenging the educational status quo in all our work. We believe in thinking differently about solutions to educational challenges.

The way we challenge the status quo is by conducting rigorous research and designing creative products and providing support services that address challenges of educational practice. Our products and services are feasible, user friendly, and highly effective.

We evaluate educational models, systems, and programs, provide exceptional professional development and instructional coaching, develop effective literacy interventions and programs for adolescents and adults with learning differences, and use technology to enhance learning.