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Bureau of Educational Research

Our mission extends beyond our classrooms and campus. We make a difference in people's lives locally, nationally, and globally through invigorating outreach informed by our commitment to community and rigorous research culture.

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Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment

CREA generates evidence for policymaking that is methodologically, culturally, and contextually defensible.

Center for Education in Small Urban Communities

The Center is a research, service, and outreach unit that offers professional development and serves as the liaison for school partnerships. 

Early Childhood Collective

The Early Childhood Collective can help you learn more about important topics affecting young children and families in Illinois.

Education Justice Project

EJP is a vibrant community of students and educators who are committed to expanding higher education within American prisons.

Forum on the Future of Public Education

The Forum disseminates evidence and information to policymakers and the public on key questions facing P-20 education.

Illinois New Teacher Collaborative

INTC is a group of Illinois educators providing leadership for promoting new teacher induction and mentoring.

INVITE Institute

The INVITE Institute seeks to establish a body of general AI techniques with empirical evidence for supporting noncognitive skill development in STEM learning contexts.

National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment

NILOA helps faculty and staff in academic programs and institutions productively use assessment data.

Office of Community College Research & Leadership

OCCRL studies policies, programs, and practices that enhance education outcomes for diverse young adults.

Office of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education

MSTE enhances student achievement and teaching performance in mathematics, science, and technology.

University Primary School

UPS is a lab school where children use The Project Approach to engage in creative, challenging, and meaningful curricular inquiries.


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