Initially, the KUCRL’s primary R&D focus was the design and validation of intervention programs and technologies for improving outcomes for struggling adolescent learners, including students with learning disabilities, and strategies for restructuring secondary schools to raise the literacy level of all students. Our research targets not just the students who struggle, but also their families, the educators who work with them, and the communities within which they live. Since its inception, the KUCRL’s work has expanded to encompass multiple research teams working in diverse areas. For example, research teams evaluate educational programs and systems, conduct research on blended learning environments, investigate the impact of educational technology on students with learning differences, study ways to teach higher-order reasoning skills to all students, and research ways to improve professional development and instructional coaching.
The extensive expertise represented in these teams coupled with the KUCRL’s commitment to multidisciplinary collaboration position the CRL to successfully conduct significant, large-scale research projects; advise educators and policy makers on best practices; and deliver new and better methods and technologies to address education and quality-of-life challenges.