Kyla Wahlstrom
Senior Research Fellow


  • Calendars and scheduling
  • District reform
  • Leadership
  • Principals
  • Professional development

Kyla L. Wahlstrom is a senior research fellow and former director of the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement (CAREI) in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development. She is the primary investigator of the original research begun in 1996, examining the effects and longitudinal outcomes of later starting times for high schools. Most recently she completed research on this topic funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In a six-year study funded by The Wallace Foundation, Wahlstrom was the primary investigator for the largest national study ever completed that examined the link between school leadership and student achievement. Prior to her appointment at the University of Minnesota, Wahlstrom had 19 years of public school experience as a teacher and principal. Her research and publications have been used by educational leaders to shape educational policy decisions across the U.S.