About Us

Our Mission and Vision

CAREI’s mission is to improve the quality of education for all learners, thereby society as a whole. We do this through four service offerings:

As applied researchers and evaluators, we believe we can have an immediate impact on our communities. Accordingly, we listen to and work with our clients and partners to understand their experiences. CAREI seeks to impact 80% of Minnesota students by 2020.

Who We Are

CAREI is a research center that serves as the link between research and practice in Minnesota schools PreK-16 and other agencies interested in applied educational research.

We are experts in research, evaluation, and assessment with a wealth of diverse and interrelated experience.

Meet Our Team

We know education is about people

Learners enter the classroom from different backgrounds, and so do their teachers. We recognize that we all have strengths, skills, limitations, and challenges that make us all unique. This is what makes the educational enterprise so complex.

Improving learning and teaching is our greatest concern

The methods we use to understand and assess educational settings draw from rich research traditions across the social sciences. We believe that information from many sources and methods leads to the greatest understanding. Our findings are rarely summarized by a set of numbers, but rather are placed in context with interpretation and synthesis.

We recognize the complexity and importance of education

Our principal investigators have received PhDs in their fields: Educational Policy and Administration, Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Psychology, Psychology, or Organizational Leadership and Professional Development. Over half have taught in K-12 schools. We believe that our backgrounds and our connection to an urban, Research One university - the University of Minnesota - gives us a breadth and depth of understanding of educational context that is unparalleled.

Our Commitment to Diversity

Individuals experience the world differently because they come from different places and have varied experiences. At CAREI, we recognize that all ​people have strengths, skills, and challenges​, so we work to understand these differences​.

CAREI’s mission is to improve education,​ and society as a whole​,​ ​through research, development, and engagement. As applied researchers and evaluators, we believe that we can have an immediate impact on our communities​. So, we listen to and work with our clients, partners​,​ and communities to understand their experiences​.

Our work ​requires us to actively reflect on how our methods and interpretations of data may perpetuate privilege and prevailing ​assumptions. We strive to prevent overgeneralization of majority culture and beliefs, especially when ​these beliefs ​bump up against our diverse communities, cultures, genders, races, ethnicities, (dis)abilities, lifestyles, and contexts.

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