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Strategic Learning Center

901 Kentucky Street
Suite 303
Lawrence, KS 66044

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Contact Information:
Dr. Susan M. D'Aniello
Project Manager

Program Specification:






Moderate Evidence of Effectiveness

Age/Grade Level:

Target Settings:

Target Groups:

Inner City

School Wide


Other Participation Criteria:

All Ethnicities

Professional Development required


The Strategic Learning Center is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing literacy and school improvement in secondary schools. We work with schools to develop a school-wide, tiered support approach for all students. The tiered support model, called the Content Literacy Continuum, provides an effective framework for addressing achievement and schools' Response to Intervention (RtI) needs. The model is based on interventions validated by more than 30 years of research at the University of Kansas. The Strategic Learning Center has expertise and experience needed to turn around low-performing schools. The Content Literacy Continuum (CLC) focuses on helping secondary schools develop and sustain comprehensive and integrated literacy programs. The CLC framework is designed to address the challenges that secondary schools face - improving the achievement of all students, providing a multi-tiered or RtI support system, meeting Adequate Yearly Progress or AYP targets, and increasing students' content literacy.

Program Descriptors Include:
Early Childhood Education, Mentoring/Tutoring, Professional Development, Academic Improvement, Literacy Development, Students with Disabilities, Study Skills, Ninth Grade Academy, Small Learning Communities

Starting Date: 2002
Students Served Per Year: 500+
Last Verified: 2010

Risk Factors:

Protective Factors:

Program addresses the following:

Individual factors

  • High-risk social behavior
  • Retention/overage for grade
  • Lack of effort
  • No extracurricular participation
  • Misbehavior
  • Early aggression

Family factors

  • Low socioeconomic status

School factors

  • Limited resources: expenditures per student/ teacher salaries/ student-teacher ratios
  • Race/ethnicity
  • School math achievement

Community factors

  • Local labor market/neighborhood stability
  • Youth social attitudes

Program promotes the following:


  • Involvement with positive peer activities
  • Perception of support from adults and peers


  • Healthy/conventional beliefs and standards
  • Positive/resilient temperament


  • Social competencies
  • Self efficacy


  • Optimistic

Program Resources:

Annual Cost:

The annual cost range of the program is $25,000 - $100,000 or $500 - $1000 per student.

Funding Sources Include:

Program Staff Includes:

Federal Agencies
State Agencies
School Districts

School Administrators

Materials Used:

Supporting / Partner Organizations:

Instructional Texts/Manuals
Computer/Internet Based

University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning

Evaluation Information:

The Strategic Learning Center in conjunction with the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning has completed extensive research over the last 30 years, the majority of which has focused on the development and validation of interventions for at-risk adolescents. This body of knowledge concerns the design and delivery of effective interventions that represents important instructional programming that is effective. The approach has resulted in curricula of design, validation, and implementation based on scientific analysis. The components of the Learning Strategies Curriculum and the Content Enhancement Routines have undergone extensive field testing with adolescents to validate the efficacy of this instructional approach. Teachers were able to learn the instructional components of the Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines readily at mastery level. When teachers used the Learning Strategies and Content Enhancement Routines students demonstrated significant gains on academic tasks.

How evaluation data was collected:

National Dropout Prevention Center for Students with Disabilities
209 Martin Street
Clemson, SC 29631-1555
Toll Free: 866-745-5641
TDD: 866-212-2775
Fax: 864-656-0136
Email: NDPCSD-L@clemson.edu

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