The Urban Education Institute bridges education research and practice to foster greater equity and excellence in public schooling.

The mission of the Urban Education Institute is to produce knowledge to create reliably excellent urban schooling.

Across four units, UEI conducts rigorous applied research, trains teachers and school leaders, operates a preK-12 public school, and provides research-based tools and resources to schools in 62 major cities across 34 states. Together, UEI's units produce research- and practice-based knowledge on what matters most for school improvement and student success.


Our Knowledge

UEI's knowledge on the driving forces behind school improvement and student success stems from nearly three decades of rigorous applied research, and from putting that research into practice within its own teacher education program and public school as well as more than 6,000 schools across the nation. Explore UEI's collection of research- and practice-based knowledge on: 



Our Impact

Combined, the Urban Education Institute's four units support educators and students or serve as a model for research-practice partnerships in 62 cities across 34 states. With a track record of producing nationally recognized educators, seminal research on the driving forces behind school improvement, and substantial gains in student achievement, the Urban Education Institute serves as a powerful model and mechanism for fostering greater equity and excellence in public schools across the United States.  


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