Donald D. Deshler

Director, Center for Research on Learning
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
Primary office:
785-864-4780
518 Joseph R. Pearson Hall

Don Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at the University of Kansas. Deshler serves as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several organizations including the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the National Governor’s Association, the Alliance for Excellent Education, the Council on Families and Literacy, and the U. S. State Department. Through the Aspen Institute, he has worked with members of Congress to shape policies addressing the challenges of high school reform. Deshler was the first editor of the Learning Disability Quarterly. Among the awards he has received are the J.E. Wallace Wallin Award from CEC, the Maxwell J. Schleifer Distinguished Service Award, the Higuchi Research Achievement Award, the Distinguished Education Achievement Award from National Center for Learning Disabilities, the Educator of the Year Award from the Learning Disabilities Association, and the 2010 AERA Special Education Distinguished Researcher Award.

Publications

Bradley, B., Knight, J., Harvey, S., Hock, M., Knight, D., Skrtic, T., Brassuer-Hock, I., & Deshler, D. (2013). Improving instructional coaching to support middle school teachers in the United States. In T. Plomp & N. Nieveen (Eds.), Educational design research – Part B: Introduction and illustrative cases (pp. 299-319). Enschede, the Netherlands: SLO.

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D., Special Education, Minor: Psychology, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1974
  • M. Ed, Learning Disabilities, University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona, 1971
  • B.A., Economics, Whitman College, Walla Walla, Washington, 1968

Specializations

Adolescent literacy, instructional interventions for at-risk learners, and learning strategies, school wide improvement


Kansas Teacher Service Scholarship

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Special Education Events
AAIDD has made the special topic issue saluting Ann and Rud’s career available for access online for free until November 10. You can go to the following link and read the articles online or save them to their computer http://aaiddjournals.org/toc/incl/2/3

Tri State Webinar TASN autism and assistive technology https://t.co/ULUOUECWKx


#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
2nd nationwide for most published journal articles in special education
Wayne Sailor directs KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, to develop a national center to assist schools
A $2.5 million grant will fund research on reasons effective technology tools are underused for students with disabilities