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Personalized Learning Initiative

Personalized Learning Initiative

The Personalized Learning Initiative (PLI) is a moonshot to overcome pandemic learning loss and aims to bring high-dosage tutoring to students nationwide.

Project

Watch our latest event at the City Club of Chicago

Watch our latest event at the City Club of Chicago

The Education Lab partners with school districts to design, test, and scale programs to ensure all students have the opportunity for future success. By generating cutting-edge evidence in a real-world setting, our insights are not theoretical; they are designed to be applied in the classroom and to reach students at scale – translating into maximum impact for students nationwide.

The Education Lab conducts research on promising programs and policies for government agencies and nonprofits. We provide these research and data analysis services at no cost by partnering with philanthropic funders.

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The Education Lab’s research has helped generate more than $120 million in public investment for highly effective, evidence-based programs that ensure all students have the opportunity for future success.

Explore Our Approach

Mentoring and Counseling Interventions

Mentoring and Counseling Interventions

We partner with community-based organizations to identify and evaluate trauma-informed interventions, including mentorship and counseling programs, that surface and strengthen skills in students that help them navigate difficult situations and succeed in school.

Personalized Learning

Personalized Learning

We work in partnership with school districts to understand whether and how we can scale high-impact tutoring programs to reach tens of thousands more students without compromising effectiveness.

Post-Secondary Pathways

Post-Secondary Pathways

We work in partnership with CPS and college success providers in Chicago to identify and co-design supports to support CPS students to achieve their post-secondary aspirations in college and career.

Restorative Practices

Restorative Practices

We partnered with CPS to evaluate the effects of RP on student behavior and provide a model of classroom management and a disciplinary system that works for interested school districts across the nation.

Student Re-Engagement

Student Re-Engagement

We work with school communities to reach youth who have become disengaged from school, reconnect them to school programming, and ensure they have the trauma-informed supports needed to thrive.

Latest Updates

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future
Event
City Club of Chicago
Feb 2024

The Economic Ripple of Learning Loss and its Impact on Chicago’s Future

In this City Club of Chicago event, Education Lab Faculty Co-Director Jens Ludwig participated in a panel discussion on the importance of addressing the learning loss crisis to ensure Chicago’s students thrive.

Overcoming Pandemic Learning Loss: Bringing High-Dosage Tutoring to Students Nationwide
Event
Aspen Economic Strategy Group
Dec 2023

Overcoming Pandemic Learning Loss: Bringing High-Dosage Tutoring to Students Nationwide

The Aspen Economic Strategy Group (AESG) hosted an event related to the publication of a new paper by the Education Lab’s faculty co-directors, Dr. Jens Ludwig and Dr. Jon Guryan, titled “Overcoming Pandemic-Induced Learning Loss.”

America’s Students Need an Operation Warp Speed
Op-Ed
The Hill
Oct 2023

America’s Students Need an Operation Warp Speed

The Education Lab’s faculty co-directors, Dr. Jens Ludwig, professor at the University of Chicago, and Dr. Jon Guryan, professor at Northwestern University, make the case for a large-scale tutoring program designed to compensate for pandemic-era learning loss and equalize educational opportunities in the long-term.