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Thank you for your interest in The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement!

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement has come to the end of its five-year contract with the U.S. Department of Education. Even though The Center is no longer active, this archived website will remain available and accessible courtesy of SEDL. Publications, tools, the research database, and webcasts will continue to be available, although nothing new will be added to the site.

The Center was operated by Learning Point Associates with support from SEDL. If you have a question related to the web site, please contact SEDL, If you have any questions about research-based practices that can support your reform initiatives, please visit the Learning Point Associates District and School Improvement website. For any additional questions about access to resources developed by The Center, please email Winsome Waite, Ph.D., or call 202-778-4581.

About the Center

School improvement is complicated work. And all of the pieces—from curriculum and instruction to professional development and leadership—are interconnected. The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement helped schools and districts connect the pieces.
The Center was funded through the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Elementary and Secondary Education and operated by Learning Point Associates, a nonprofit education research and consulting organization. The contract for The Center ended September 30, 2009.

The Center's Purpose and Mission

The purpose of The Center was to assist schools and school districts contemplating or engaged in school reform and improvement. We provided them with reliable information about research-based strategies and assistance in using that information to make positive changes. The Center’s mission was to help schools organize, plan, implement, and sustain improvement.

The Center's Resources and Services

The Center brought education research and strategies directly to you through free resources and technical assistance. Our resources include:
  • A searchable online database with nearly 5,000 abstracts of school improvement studies, research reports, and articles.
  • Thought-provoking webcast discussions with national experts and local practitioners on timely education topics.
  • Regularly published materials (newsletters, issue briefs, and research briefs) on topics pertinent to school improvement.
  • Online and telephone reference services: Our "Ask the Expert" service allowed educators to get fast answers to questions about school improvement.
  • Research-based guides, tools, and information to help schools increase academic achievement for all students.

Learning Point Associates

The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement was funded by the U.S. Department of Education and administered by Learning Point Associates. Learning Point Associates is a nonprofit education research and consulting organization that works with clients to achieve breakthroughs that improve teaching and learning.

Learning Point Associates is committed to providing educators and policy makers with the research, best practices and technical assistance they need to create meaningful change in the education system. Recognizing our credentials, the U.S. Department of Education has entrusted us with operating a regional educational laboratory and four national and regional technical assistance centers, including The Center for Comprehensive School Reform and Improvement.

With more than 20 years of direct experience working with educators and policymakers, our services are based on depth of insight from research and breadth of experience across a wide variety of schools, systems, and communities. Our approach combines applied research with fieldwork to accelerate the transformation of educational systems and teaching practices that produce sustained improvement. Our professional staff of 150 continues to grow as our work expands both nationally and internationally with offices in Chicago and Naperville, Illinois; New York; and Washington, D.C.

About Our Partner

SEDL is a nonprofit corporation committed to solving significant education problems to ensure a quality education for all learners. SEDL works in agencies, communities, and schools to examine problems while developing and testing tools and strategies that can address those problems. Then, SEDL helps practitioners, policymakers, and parents apply research findings in their own settings.