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Revitalizing Public Education While Reinventing Professional Education

The Center for Public Research and Leadership (CPRL) at Columbia University strives to revitalize public school systems while reinventing professional education. CPRL conducts high-impact consulting projects for our clients in the education sector and provides rigorous coursework, skills training, and real world experiential learning for our graduate students who attend programs at Columbia University and across the country.  

Since our founding in 2011, CPRL has provided research and consulting support to state agencies, school districts, charter school organizations, foundations, and advocacy groups, completing 150 projects and counting. More than two-thirds of CPRL's 500-plus alumni work in education and other public-sector leadership and management roles.

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In the News


As part of our effort to advance racial equity, we have renewed our commitment to use the law as a meaningful lever for pursuing equity. We summarized some of those ideas in an op-ed published in The New York Daily News.

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Featured Publications

CPRL worked with the Military Child Education Coalition® (MCEC) to develop a toolkit for educators working with highly mobile students. The resources in the toolkit represent the culmination of an 18-month effort to understand school mobility among military children and to develop a model for how schools and districts can help mitigate the impact of frequent school changes on students.

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In spring 2021, CPRL plans to host its annual Evolutionary Learning Institute. The 2-day event prepares organization leaders and managers to design, implement, and grow their own improvement efforts, using our disciplined approach to incremental and responsive change. Generous support from the Carnegie Corporation of New York allows CPRL to offer this event free to organizations working in school systems or related sectors.

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Featured Alumni


Meet Yuhan Jin, a Fall 2019 CPRL alumna and 2020 graduate of Vanderbilt University's education policy program. After graduation, Yuhan went back to China and joined the Fudan Development Institute (FDDI), an influential think tank in China. Learn more about how Yuhan puts her CPRL skills to work at FDDI.

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