How We Work

UChicago Impact provides empirically based tools and supporting services to create reliably excellent schooling. We partner with school systems to gather evidence, supply expert analysis, and build capacity.

Driven By Results

At UChicago Impact, we’re focused on applying methods that evidence and research show works in improving student outcomes and building school capacity. UChicago Impact supports districts by developing practical solutions that balance a mix of tools, supplements, and services to ensure school success.

  • STEP™ was created in response to the need expressed by teachers and researchers for a comprehensive literacy assessment that would evaluate and provide data on comprehension, reading rates, accuracy, fluency, word-level skills and concepts about print in order to identify areas of student strength and need.
  • Research conducted by the University of Chicago Consortium on Chicago School Research demonstrates there is no single aspect that drives change, but multiple areas that must improve to push student learning. The 5Essentials drives improvement by focusing on five essential components for school success: Effective Leaders, Collaborative Teachers, Involved Families, Supportive Environment, and Ambitious Instruction.
  • 6to16 seeks to vastly increase the number of students who are successful in high school, college, and beyond using a research-based, student-centered 6-12th grade college-readiness curriculum.

Focused on Innovation

Using the latest research on what schools need and want, we create and refine our tools to ensure student success. From the 5Essentials, an evidence-based system designed to drive improvement in five essential components of school success, to 6to16, a college-readiness curriculum that provides students the support needed to continue to and through high school and college, we create tools and products that respond to the most pressing challenges in education.

Built on Partnerships

UChicago Impact partners with schools to provide empirically-based tools and supporting services designed to provide the know-how and training needed to create actionable improvement plans. We view the schools and school systems we serve not simply as clients, but as partners in school improvement. Impact’s expert staff and consultants work closely with schools in the learning, refining, and mastering of evidence-based practices, all while gathering insights from school partnerships to strengthen our work—including our new focus on training schools to access vulnerability in the effort to create transformational school change.

Grounded in Research

As a unit of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, UChicago Impact tools and supporting services are derived from knowledge culled across the UEI’s applied research efforts, teacher education program and the day-to-day operations of effective schools. The tools offered through UChicago Impact diagnose practice inside schools and classrooms. With access to these tools, administrators can begin to understand a school’s strengths and weaknesses and use them as leverage in developing school improvement plans.