Closing the Gap Between Research and Practice

CEI Leads Schools to Excellence

The Center for Educational Improvement (CEI) provides leadership in identifying, sharing, and applying 21st century innovations in learning in the areas of rigor in the classroom; neuroscience; science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM); and Heart Centered Education (our signature approach to social emotional learning focusing on compassion, courage, confidence, consciousness, and community).

We advise principals, teachers, leadership teams, and districts on the most effective ways to implement evidence-based best practices to “fast track” academic progress and close the gap between what is known about student achievement and what is practiced in schools. CEI also collaborates with other researchers, private companies, and government agencies to build more bridges to educational excellence. Established in 2010, CEI was bolstered by the support it received from the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) and the NAESP Foundation, which continue to provide invaluable seed funding.

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