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Michael J. Orosco

Associate Professor
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Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Room 539


Michael J. Orosco is an Associate Professor in Special Education at the University of Kansas. Interdisciplinary research foci include the disproportionate representation of culturally and linguistically diverse students in special education, comprehension strategy instruction for culturally and linguistically diverse students, and enhancing the sustainability of culturally responsive and evidence-based practices through professional development. Professor Orosco collaborates with school personnel and educational researchers to apply and test his research in educational settings. Professor Orosco has received funding from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences and Office of Special Education & Rehabilitative Services. Professor Orosco has published in several journals, including Exceptional Children, Exceptionality, Journal of Educational Psychology, Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Special Education, Learning Disability Quarterly, Learning and Individual Differences, Reading & Writing Quarterly, and Theory into Practice. In 2014, Professor Orosco won the Samuel Kirk Award for outstanding article awarded at the Council for Exceptional Children (the premiere research organization in Special Education), Effects of Cognitive Strategy Interventions and Cognitive Moderators on Word Problem Solving in Children at Risk for Problem Solving Difficulties. Also, in 2011, Professor Orosco won the Frank Pajares Award for Outstanding Theory into Practice article awarded at the American Educational Research Association (the predominant research organization in the broad field of education), A Sociocultural Examination of Response to Intervention with Latino English Language Learners). Professor Orosco serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Learning Disabilities, Journal of Literacy Research, Multiple Voices, Review of Research in Education, and Theory into Practice. Professor Orosco is a member of the American Education Research Association, Council for Exceptional Children and International Academy for Research in Learning Disabilities.


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