Research and engagement


Our research, teaching, and outreach reflect a commitment to interdisciplinary and intercultural engagement with educators, scholars, and policy makers seeking to enhance leadership, policy, and development around the globe.

Explore areas of expertise and research in the College of Education and Human Development.


Center for the Study of Leadership in Urban Schools

Dedicated to understanding the challenges facing urban schools and districts, and to helping create solutions that allow our urban youth to succeed.

MasterCard Foundation Learn, Earn, and Save Initiative

A team of faculty and graduate students from the University of Minnesota have embarked on a six-year (2011-2017) evaluation collaboration with The MasterCard Foundation to assess the overall impact of non-formal and formal youth entrepreneurship education initiatives on marginalized youth in Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Minnesota Evaluation Studies Institute (MESI)

A training conference is held each spring for professional evaluators, program directors, and staff, community agency staff, students, and others interested in conducting or using evaluations.

Minnesota Principals Academy

Despite the critical and challenging role of the principalship, relatively few principals receive ongoing professional development that enhances their ability to lead schools to high performance. The University of Minnesota sees the ongoing professional development of school leaders as an essential driving force in efforts to improve student learning, close achievement gaps and increase postsecondary completion across the state. The Minnesota Principals Academy provides leaders of Minnesota schools with knowledge, tools and strategies to create schools where all students graduate college and career ready.

Urban Leadership Academy (ULA)

In partnership with metro area school districts, the Urban Leadership Academy program aims to further the professional development of new and experienced principals and future principals. Topical conferences, workshops and seminars are offered throughout the year, in addition to an annual summer institute.

Engagement affiliates

Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI)

The Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) creates connections between the college and Minnesota's schools to reform educational practice and improve overall effectiveness, disseminate research results, provide incentives and technical assistance for collaborative school-based research, and address educational issues of state and national importance.

Institute on Community Integration (ICI)

The Institute on Community Integration (ICI) is committed to preventing and reducing the limiting effects of disabilities. ICI applies its resources to improve the quality and community orientation of professional services and social supports available to individuals with disabilities and their families. The Institute is a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities (UCEDD), supported in part by the Administration on Developmental Disabilities, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID)

Interdisciplinary Perspectives on International Development (IPID) is a student initiative linking graduate students, scholars, and practitioners with interests in development and providing opportunities to develop skills in leadership and to promote their scholarship in the field of international development.

Virtual Museum of Education Iconics

Images of education collected by Ayers Bagley, professor emeritus. "Education Iconics" is the name of a field of inquiry. The term "iconics" is an abridgment coined to denote both iconographic and iconologic inquiry into the visual expression of educational themes. An analysis and understanding of educational beliefs, attitudes, values, and practices in the societies where the images were both produced and used is possible through the study of education iconics.