What We Do

What We Do

Transforming school management based on industry best practice

K-12 education in the U.S. is not what it should be. For more than two decades we have spent over $500 billion annually on the education of children ages 5-18 while we watched our international ranking decline to among the lowest in the developed world.

Our services help school network leaders—as well as the companies, investors, philanthropies and support organizations that work with them—improve the business of managing their schools and help them scale quality growth based on the demonstrated results of industry best practice.

services overview

Services List


Building a successful and sustainable educational enterprise requires both planning and execution. We help you find a better way to break through and positively transform your school management business for the longterm.

Best Practices

We have studied what works and help others scale quality growth based on the demonstrated success of industry leaders and the data-driven results that prove they are the leading practices.


By using support tools already proven to work, we help leaders put the right resources in place to meet the specific needs of your schools and the environment surrounding them.


With the right people, process, and technology already in place, our proprietary approach removes the guesswork and gets results based on the demonstrated practices of high-performing models.


The essential first step to any improvement effort: assess the Leadership, Climate, Culture, and Outcomes of a school or system and recommend a course of action.


Based on our proprietary methodology, we work closely with you to understand your goals and help you develop a viable action plan.

Leadership & Talent

Education is a labor intensive business in which people represent both the greatest cost and the greatest driver of value. We help you learn how to recruit, develop, and retain top talent to lead your educational enterprise.


Technology will be both a blessing and a curse in education for decades to come. We help companies with the best solutions sell into education markets and help school management deploy these resources well.

Suite of tools and programs

Powerful Leadership & Management Programs

Combining the very best leadership competency models from the corporate sector with an informed understanding of the modern school environment, Carter Research program services are designed to equip school management with the insights, skills and confidence to accelerate their own development as they simultaneously strengthen the performance of those around them. 


Leadership &

Create and maintain outstanding educational environments


Expectations &

Set clear expectations and the accountability systems to maintain them


School Network
Operating Framework

Engage school quality review and continuous school improvement routines

why people turn to us

Proven, Experienced & Trustworthy

Carter Research has established a long track record of anticipating the most potent trends in school management and helping others scale them successfully.


Successfully scaling school management organizations for almost 20 years.


Civic, philanthropic, and education industry leaders turn to us.


Time-tested thought-leadership to shape the K-12 industry.

what keeps us busy

Project I,47

At the intersection of best practice in School Redesign, Assessment Technology, and Talent Management is the future of school management.

Project I, 47 is a collaborative effort of Carter Research, our client partners, and investors to build the education services platform of tomorrow with what we know is leading practice today.

For more information on our proprietary research projects and current partnership opportunities, contact us.

How can we help you?

To discuss how our team can help you achieve true results
about our work

Success Stories

Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP:)

Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP:)

The Knowledge is Power Program (KIPP) is a nationwide network of free open-enrollment college-preparatory schools in under-resourced communities throughout the…
Cristo Rey Network

Cristo Rey Network

The Cristo Rey Network is a not-for-profit organization to increase the number of schools modeled after Cristo Rey Jesuit High…


Fishtree Inc. is a privately held Educational technology company that provides a dynamic, web-based platform enabling Personalized learning at scale…
Foundation for Excellence in Education

Foundation for Excellence in Education

The Foundation for Excellence in Education is a national nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, focused on education reform, state-by-state based in Tallahassee,…
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH)

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is an educational and trade publisher in the United States. Headquartered in Boston’s Back Bay, it publishes textbooks,…
Faith in the Future

Faith in the Future

Faith in the Future (FIF) provides strategic management and operational oversight of 17 high schools and four schools of special…