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.


UChicago SSA & UEI Summer Professional Development Series | RSVP

This past school year has been unlike any other, and the COVID-19 pandemic has left school communities grappling with economic uncertainty, widening achievement gaps, and, in turn, magnified racial inequity. Educators have been forced to rethink how they teach children and meet the needs of their school communities. To support educators during this unprecedented time, the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration and Urban Education Institute are hosting a virtual professional development series designed to help teachers navigate the unique challenges that have emerged from the COVID-19 pandemic. This seven-part series will help teachers leverage this time as an opportunity to implement innovative teaching practices, facilitate meaningful conversations about race and social justice, and promote resilience and self-care in their students’ lives as well as their own.

The series will feature experts in the fields of social work, trauma-informed teaching, school organization, and STEM education. Recommended practices will be compatible with both virtual and in-person learning settings and teachers in Illinois who participate in one or more sessions will earn Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDU) credits through the University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP). Read more about the sessions and RSVP, or watch past sessions.


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.  


More than 2.8 million students nationwide have used UChicago Impact's tools and supporting services.
The UChicago Charter School cut the black-white student achievement gap by 76%
90% of UChicago UTEP's graduates remain teaching in urban school districts after 5 years, vs. the national average of 50%.
Over the last 10 years, at least 13 cities have replicated the UChicago Consortium's model for place-based research.