UL Expertise and Services
UL brings together leading researchers, practitioners, and policymakers in the fields of language, learning, and subject areas to explore and promote pragmatic approaches to addressing these issues systematically.
We create and conduct in-person, virtual, and hybrid professional learning opportunities for educators, school and district leaders, and professional development organizations. We also help states and districts create professional development plans that address supporting diverse students, including multilingual learners.
We help write curriculum for various content areas mathematics, English language arts/literacy, science to facilitate the simultaneous development of language and content.
Connect policy and practice
We support state and local education agencies as well as leading stakeholder organizations (foundations, content experts, curriculum experts, advocacy groups, and others) as they connect policy and practice.
Systemic capacity building
We collaborate with districts, states, and educational organizations to improve projects and programmes design and monitoring and lead to more effective use of resources. We recognize that there is a hierarchy of needs which must be considered, each requiring its own strategic response.
Creating online and hybrid professional development courses
Curriculum development and review
Professional development for teachers and coaches
Professional development for district leadership
Professional development for organizations focused on professional learning
Designing, organizing, and/or conducting research
(e.g., assessment development, professional learning efficacy, district/state policy plans, curriculum impact)
Assessment development and review
Through many collaborations over the last decade, UL has created foundational documents used by policy makers, curriculum experts, PD providers, and assessment developers.
- the UL Principles of Instruction for ELs have been used as a basis for state plans, district plans, and curriculum writing and review efforts across mathematics, ELA, and science.
- UL’s Essentials for Professional Development for ELs are being used to support PD providers.
- UL has created a list of foundational core concepts that educators, teachers, and PD coaches need in order to help ELs in their simultaneous development of language and content.
- UL has also created tools, protocols, and systems that support the inclusion of ELs’ oral and written language and content output as well as teacher classroom instructional practices as part of continuous improvement (CI) data collection.
UL has created a multi-tier and multi-pronged flexible system for:
- Completing needs assessments
- Creating and conducting professional development opportunities
- Incorporating continuous improvement processes across different work
- Connecting research, practice, and policy initiatives