Donald D. Deshler, Ph.D
Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education
Founder and Former Director, Center for Research on Learning, University of Kansas
Donald D. Deshler is the Williamson Family Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Special Education and the founder and former director of the Center for Research on Learning at the University of Kansas. He began his work teaching in an Eskimo village in Alaska. His R & D has focused on (1) the design and validation of interventions and technologies that enable struggling learners to meet state assessment standards, successfully graduate, and succeed in post-secondary settings; (2) strategies for restructuring secondary schools to improve literacy attainment for all students; and (3) strategies for building capacity within school staffs that lead to sustainability of change initiatives. Deshler serves has served on the board of directors and as the chairperson of the Professional Advisory Board for the National Center for Learning Disabilities, the president of the Division for Learning Disabilities, 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. He is currently a fellow in the Wheatley Institution at Brigham Young University.