Established in 1997 and based at The University of Washington, The Center for the Study of Teaching & Policy functions as a national consortium of scholars from four research universities. CTP researchers share a commitment to advancing research-based understandings of system-wide efforts to improve learning and teaching, to enhance the quality of the teacher workforce, and to bolster the support systems for teachers as well as for others who are in a position to guide, direct, or support K-12 education. Intending to develop insights that inform those engaged in the front-line of reform as well as scholars, CTP researchers concentrate their efforts on illuminating the following kinds of issues:

  • Systems of support and guidance for classroom teachers.
  • Attempts to improve the quality of teaching and learning in state and local educational systems.
  • The development and retention of a caring, committed, and capable teacher workforce.
  • The leadership of educational reform exercised by school, districts, and states, and the systems of support for learning-focused leadership work.
  • Strategies for investing in high-quality teaching, learning, and leadership.

CTP carries out its work in a variety of modes, ranging from large-scale longitudinal case investigations, studies of one or several cases, survey work and database analyses or other examinations of extant data sources. To learn more about the early work of the Center, please visit Center History. To explore the lines of research we are presently pursuing, we encourage you to visit Current Research. All of the Center's publications by CTP Researchers are available for download off of our Publications page. Thank you for your interest in the Center for the Study of Teaching and Policy.