Patricia Sampson Graner, Ph.D.

Patricia Sampson Graner, Ph.D.

Patricia Sampson Graner

Director for the Professional Development Research Institute at the University of Kansas Center for Research on Learning (KUCRL). Graner spent 25 years in public education as a classroom teacher for students with disabilities, a district resource teacher, a district program planner for high-incidence disabilities, and a professional development specialist. She has served as assistant director of education for Casey Family Programs, an organization focused on supporting youth in foster care. Her research interests and experiences include literacy and literacy instruction for adolescents, school improvement, and professional development for teachers. Graner serves as intervention specialist for an IES-funded Improving Adults Reading Outcomes project (#R305B0701239); as co-PI for the Virginia State Personnel Development grant (#H323A070029), a school-wide literacy improvement initiative in middle schools involved in adopting a broad array of evidence-based interventions; as co-PI for a North Carolina CLC/RTI project, a school-wide literacy improvement initiative establishing tiered levels of support in secondary schools; and as senior training specialist for a national office of Job Corps under the Department of Labor on a contract that will develop and support a standards-based education and training program for Job Corps staff.

Investigator, The Center for Research on Learning,
Director of Development, Center for Research on Learning

Ph.D., Special Education, University of Kansas, 2007
M.ED., Special Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, 1979
B.S., Elementary Education, Edinboro State College, 1975
A.A., Community College of Allegheny County, 1973

Contact Information


1122 West Campus Road
708 Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Lawrence, Kansas 66045


Research Interests

Inservice professional learning

Preservice professional learning

Secondary literacy

Adolescents with disabilities



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