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We transform public school systems into learner-centered organizations that provide every student with the high-quality learning experiences they need to thrive.


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Partner with ed leaders to innovate and solve challenging problems


We provide evidence-based, context-specific, and actionable research, policy, and legal expertise grounded in transforming systems.

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Develop a new generation of public sector leaders


We build aspiring leaders' expertise in organizational design, democratic accountability, continuous improvement, and transformational change.

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Generate, consolidate, share, and apply knowledge


We regularly share what we learn through our research, frameworks, tools, and partnerships.

Highlights from our Work

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Latest Research


Teacher contracts are a frequently overlooked yet essential lever for preparing students to live and work in a constantly changing world. This new report explores approaches for enabling contract innovation that can lead to improved learning experiences, a stronger profession, and modern classrooms that are flexible, iterative, individualized, and continuously improving.  

Read the report

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Partnership Insights


Why do different school systems using the same strategies get wildly disparate results? At SXSW EDU, we convened a powerful conversation with a national, urban district, and school leaders to learn how they designed their systems to continuously learn and improve -- and are seeing results.

Listen to our SXSW conversation

CPRL Alum Alejandra Vazquez Baur
Alumni Impact


As immigration to the U.S. has grown more in the last year than in recent history, and with sights set on the 2024 elections, Alejandra Vázquez Bauer is leading an effort to ensure migrant children receive the education they need to succeed, guided by her learnings as a teacher, an advocate, and at CPRL. 

Read Alejandra's story