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, literacy, and assessment with a wealth of diverse and interrelated experience.

Our vision is to become the premier hub for making research accessible and actionable to ensure equitable outcomes.

Commitment to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

We are committed to tackling injustices and embracing diversity by continuously engaging with principles of equity, antiracism, cultural responsiveness, and intersectionality. We seek to learn about, live out, and promote these principles in our work with educational programs and systems as applied researchers, evaluators, trainers, and coaches.

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Professional Learning Opportunities

Deep Dive into MTSS Essentials

To implement an effective Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) framework, it is critical that school leaders  have a strong conceptual understanding of MTSS. Effective MTSS frameworks are composed of 5 core  components: Infrastructure and Support, Multilevel Instruction, Assessment, Data-Based Decision-Making, and Fidelity and  Evaluation.

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One membership. Resources for your whole district. 

The CAREI District Assembly brings together university researchers and school practitioners from around the country on a regular basis. For over 20 years, the Assembly has linked University research to educational practice for K-12 teachers and school leaders. Together, faculty, researchers, and school leaders share research findings, discuss current issues, and identify solutions.

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News and Announcements

CAREI, JAB Foundation release report of Minnesota schools' reading curricula

This report—generously funded by the JAB Foundation—is the first to explore and analyze the current reading programs, assessments, and interventions used in Minnesota Public School Districts and Charter Schools. This serves as a first step toward effectively addressing and resolving the critical disparities in reading outcomes in the state, especially given the enactment of the Minnesota Read Act, a significant investment in literacy which took effect on July 1, 2023.

Mental health is a top concern for educators and students, state-wide U of M survey reveals

Minnesotan’s agree that addressing student and educator mental health is a top concern, according to a University of Minnesota analysis of the Minnesota Safe Learning Survey (SLS) that was distributed in the winter, spring and fall of 2021. There were more than 53,000 respondents to the three surveys from across Minnesota, and their concerns were clear.

CAREI awarded $3.2 million award from the American Institutes for Research (AIR)

CAREI was awarded  a $3.2 million award from the American Institutes for Research (AIR) to participate in a Random Control study as a provider of professional development and technical assistance  to implement a Multi-Tiered System of Support (MTSS) designed to improve reading achievement for students in Grades 1 and 2.  CAREI will work with 50 schools around the country to: