Donald Deshler

Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education
Primary office:
785-864-4780
518 Joseph R. Pearson Hall


Don Deshler is the Emeritus Williamson Family Distinguished Professor of Special Education and served as the director of the Center for Research on Learning (CRL) at KU. Professor Emeritus Deshler continues to serve as an advisor on adolescent achievement to several national and international organizations.

Selected 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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#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