Donald D. Deshler

Professor
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education
Director, Center for Research on Learning
785-864-4954
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.

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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A graduate of the Early Childhood Unified masters program was featured in Exceptional Children: An Introduction to Special Education (10th Edition). Mark Fraley, is an early childhood teacher in Seattle Washington! He was the "Featured Teacher" in a chapter of the book. Congratulations Mark!



#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