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The Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy investigates efforts to improve the quality of teaching and learning, the teacher workforce, and the systems of support for teachers’ work, in various contexts and at multiple levels of the K-12 educational system.

To that end, Center researchers identify ways that policy actions, leadership, and reform efforts guide, direct, and support teaching and learning, thereby informing and enhancing the quality of learning opportunities in U.S. elementary and secondary schools.

Research highlights

Recent Center Reports

The Center has recently released a synthesis report, Learning-focused Leadership and Leadership Support: Meaning and Practice in Urban Systems. This report weaves together findings that have emerged from our three-strand national Study of Leadership for Learning Improvement program of research. The three related reports are also listed below.


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Another line of Center research has produced an examination of the impact of Washington state’s incentives for teachers to attain National Board Certification and to work in challenging schools


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About the Center

Established in 1997, the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy (CTP) was created as a consortium of several major universities: Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of Pennsylvania, and University of Washington (lead institution). One of 12 national research centers, supported by a grant from the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI) of the United States Department of Education (Award #R308B970003).

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