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America Reads Challenge

The University of Kansas America Reads Challenge program is part of a larger, national campaign initiated by President Bill Clinton to help "at-risk" students develop reading skills. University of Kansas America Reads Tutors are Federal Work Study award recipients and work exclusively in Title 1 elementary schools in the Lawrence USD 497 school district with at risk students on improving their reading skills. Tutors read aloud to students, prepare lessons to build reading skills, and provide students with an opportunity to practice reading. Additionally, Tutors serve a positive role model, offering encouragement and motivation to become life long readers.

Beach Center on Disability

The Beach Center on Disability is affiliated with the School of Education's Department of Special Education and the Schiefelbusch Life Span Institute. Professors Ann Turnbull and Rud Turnbull from the Department of Special Education serve as the Center's Co-directors. Professors Wayne Sailor and Michael Wehmeyer serve as the Associate Directors. Primary foci of Beach Center research include assistive technology, disability policy, family-professional partnerships, family quality of life, health care, foster care and adoption, positive behavior support, and self-determination. The Beach Center has maintained a steadfast commitment to making a difference for persons with disabilities and their families. The Beach Center is committed to listening to the priorities of families, incorporating family priorities into the Center's research agenda, to carry out research in a participatory way, and to ensure that the research makes a meaningful and sustainable difference in the lives of families who have children with disabilities.

Achievement and Assessment Institute

The Achievement and Assessment Institute (AAI), one of 12 designated research centers and institutes at KU, exists to improve the performance of students, adults, and public agencies through local, state, and national communities.
AAI was formed in 2012 with the merger of the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation and the Institute for Educational Research and Public Service. AAI includes four research centers: Agile Technology Solutions, the Center for Educational Opportunity Programs, the Center for Educational Testing and Evaluation, and the Center for Public Partnerships and Research. These centers offer a variety of services and programs, including innovative technology solutions for public agencies, development and delivery of standardized assessments, and enhanced educational support for youth in Kansas schools.

Center for Psychoeducational Services

The Center for Psychoeducational Services is a training site for School of Education students. CPS is staffed by student clinicians who earn credit while they gain practical experience working directly with clients. All student clinicians are supervised by faculty who are certified or licensed in their fields. CPS is a self-sustaining, non-profit agency within the School of Education at the University of Kansas.

Center for Research on Learning

The University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KU-CRL) conducts research that focuses on solving the problems that limit individuals' quality of life and their ability to learn and perform in school, work, home, or the community. KU-CRL is concerned with the validation of assessment and instructional practices that can be used with broadly diverse groups. It is committed to translating the procedures it validates into instructional materials and products that practitioners can use. KU-CRL operates an international network to train educators throughout the world to use the products of its research. Through both its research and training missions, KU-CRL has developed a broad array of working partnerships with hundreds of schools, school districts, and state departments of education. Since its inception, KU-CRL has engaged in research agreements with hundreds of educational entities and has trained in excess of 200,000 practitioners in more than 4,000 school districts to use its materials and procedures.

Institute for Educational Research and Public Service (see the Achievement and Assessment Institute)


Professional Development Schools Alliance

The KUPDS is a partnership between the University of Kansas School of Education and seven public schools in three near-by districts. Founded in 1991, the Alliance provides collaborative research, training and professional development opportunities for public school teachers, university faculty and teacher education students with the ultimate goal of improving public school education for all children.

10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12