Our Work

Strengthening Public Education and Its Ecosystem

To date, we have completed over 135 consulting projects in public education and other related social sectors, impacting over 500 organizations. Hear what our clients have to say about our work.

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Our Approach: Evolutionary Learning

Central to our research and consulting support is Evolutionary Learning, an approach that offers a disciplined method of organizational learning and improvement. The approach guides individuals, teams, and organizations in structuring everyday activities as carefully observed tests to reveal progressively better ways to improve and achieve their desired impact. Evolutionary Learning is both a set of tools for effectively delivering promising strategies and a model of organization and governance that puts continuous improvement at the core of what organizations and their leaders, staff, and stakeholders do—day in, day out.

Read more about Evolutionary Learning.

Our Service Offerings

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Organizational Learning, Measurement, and Improvement

Ongoing, rapid improvement driven by diagnostic assessment and structured problem-solving

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Strategic and Management Support

Support with strategy design and implementation to strengthen systems

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Research and Program Evaluation

Quantitative and qualitative applied research for formative and summative purposes

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Legal and Policy Analysis

Legal, policy, and advocacy strategies and research for meaningful change

Our Content Area Expertise

After more than10 years of helping organizations improve, our interdisciplinary staff has expertise in a range of topics in education. The following illustrate some of the topics that have been at the heart of our recent work.

Select Areas of Expertise

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Network Design, Administration, and Evaluation

School Improvement and Social Impact Networks

Networks for Curriculum Design and Professional Learning

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Stakeholder Engagement

Structures for Meaningful Engagement

Engagement to Inform Organizational Structures and Education Policies

Engagement of the Broader Community, including Teachers, Students, and Families

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Integration and Inclusion

District Integration Policies and Practices

Diverse-by-Design Public Schools

Social Emotional Learning

Culturally Responsive and Sustaining Education

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School Choice and Flexibility

Universal Enrollment Systems

School Empowerment Policies and Systems

Enrollment Policies and Systems for Highly Mobile Students

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Teacher and Leader Ecosystem

Preparation and Recruitment

Diversity Pipelines and Retention

Teacher Effectiveness and Evaluation

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Right to Education

Finance Equity

Duty of States to Educate all Children

State and Federal Laws and Policies to Establish a Right to Education

Featured Projects

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Integration Project


CPRL has partnered with the New York State Education Department and the Asian American Research Institute (AARI) at the City University of New York to help design and implement a professional learning community with 20+ districts throughout the state to address racial, socio-economic and other forms of segregation. 

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Network Project

In January 2018, CPRL received a two and one-half year grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to conduct a formative evaluation of its Networks for School Improvement (NSI) initiative.

In November 2020, CPRL completed the study and found that NSIs have great potential to improve academic and college access outcomes for Black, Latinx, and other marginalized students. Two NSIs in the study exemplify the motivational and management structures needed to realize that promise. Follow the link to read the report: Managing for Change: Achieving Systemic Reform Through the Effective Implementation of Networks for School Improvement

This formative evaulation was preceeded by a literature review of improvement networks. Read the review: Networks for School Improvement: A Review of the Literature

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Stakeholder Engagement Project


CPRL partnered with the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) to support its work to ensure all schools implement high-quality instructional materials and aligned professional learning. In June 2018, DPI was embarking upon an effort to meaningfully engage with and learn from educators and other stakeholders to inform its planning. CPRL conducted a series of focus groups with Wisconsin teachers and instructional coaches, learning about how educators understand the shift towards high-quality instructional material and aligned professional learning, their feelings or concerns about this shift, and what supports they needed from the state to implement the shift. These findings contributed to the development of a statewide strategy for improving the quality of instructional materials and professional learning.