Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education

Welcome to ULEAD Education

ULEAD Clearinghouse ResourcesUtah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education was created by legislative action during the 2018 General Session of the Utah State Legislature. Sponsors of the Bill envisioned the creation of a research clearinghouse and development of accessible electronic resources designed to improve practices in the public schools of the state. An emphasis is placed on innovative, effective, and efficient practices that can be shared and replicated in comparable schools. Further, an understanding that these resources need to be dynamic and actionable are at the heart of the ULEAD mission.


What is ULEAD Education?


House Bill (H.B.) 408: Public Education Amendments
Utah State Legislature

"There is created the Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic Education, a collaborative effort in research and innovation between the director, participating institutions, and education leaders to: gather and explain current education research in an electronic research clearinghouse for use by practitioners; initiate and disseminate research reports on innovative and successful practices by Utah Local Education Agencies (LEAs), and guided by the steering committee, practitioners, and policymakers; promote statewide innovation and collaboration…and…propose policy changes to remove barriers to implementation of successful practices."

ULEAD Steering Committee

The ULEAD Education Steering Committee consists of fifteen members (including the director) who "discuss prospective and current ULEAD projects and findings; consult with and make recommendations to the director to prioritize ULEAD reports and areas of focused research; facilitate connections between the director and Utah's political, business, education technology, and academic communities; and make recommendations to improve gathering, retaining, and disseminating education data and research and evaluation findings for use by participating institutions and other education policy researchers, including data managed by the Utah Data Research Center."

Annual ULEAD Education Conference

"The director shall facilitate and conduct an annual conference on successful and innovative K-12 education practices, featuring: Utah education leaders; and practitioners and researchers, chosen by the director, to discuss the subjects of LEA and other ULEAD activities, or other innovative and successful education practices."

Please Help Us Move This Work Forward

If you are aware of innovative, effective, and/or efficient educational practices that should be studied and/or shared with comparable Utah public schools, please email a brief description of that practice along with your contact information to the ULEAD Director.

Definitions/Implementation Timeline



Able to be done or acted on; having practical value.


A force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process.


Providing a definite and/or desired measurable result.

Effect Size and What Works Best

Next to support for and modeling of learning in the home, how well teachers teach (instruction) is the most important factor in student learning. An "effect size" is a metric used to express the average change in student performance that is attributable to a specific instructional strategy. Where possible, the goal would be to focus on strategies that can demonstrate more than one normally expected year of growth in student performance. Since student populations and learning conditions can vary widely, it is important to understand that no instructional strategy works equally well in all situations, even when implemented with fidelity.


Producing a desired effect with minimal effort, expense, and/or waste.

Evidence-Based Practice

Evidence-based practice means an intervention, activity, and/or strategy that demonstrates a statistically significant effect on improving student outcomes. To assist ULEAD stakeholders, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) defined levels (tiers) of evidence will be used when available and appropriate (strong evidence; moderate evidence; promising evidence; and, demonstrates rationale). When deemed as an appropriate way to communicate critical evidence-based practices, a meta-analysis of relevant data will be published in a user-friendly format (e.g. infographic, template, discussion guide, etc.).


New methods, strategies, devices, etc.

Implementation Timeline

June 2018 (Completed)

ULEAD Selection Committee established

August 2018 (Completed)

ULEAD Director hired

September - October 2018 (Completed)

ULEAD Steering Committee established

September - October 2018 (Completed)

Website links to existing resources added to ULEAD webpages

September - October 2018 (Completed)

Initial list of ULEAD "research partners" and "experts" established

November 2018 and January 2019 (Completed)

ULEAD Steering Committee meets and establishes initial research priorities

January 2019 (Completed)

Research Interests and Promising Practices Stakeholder Survey

ULEAD Video Introduction/Professional Development added to homepage

February 2019 (Completed)

Interagency/Institutional collaborations formally established

ULEAD research proposal process established

March 2019 (Completed)

Metrics developed for identifying initial positive outliers

Collaborative annual conference/summit planning team identified

Request for priority research proposals distributed to Utah higher education institutions

Spring/Summer 2019 (In Process or Scheduled)

Strategic school visits based on outlier data

ULEAD Steering Committee meeting

Leadership for Literacy (ULEAD First Annual Working Summit)


One of the main goals for the Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic (ULEAD) Education initiative is to create an online clearinghouse that supports innovative, effective, and/or efficient practices in our public schools. The "clearinghouse resources" below represent the first known attempt to centralize available information access points to assist teachers, leaders, and policy makers in their search for actionable research to improve teaching and learning. Ultimately, we hope to create a tool that practitioners will use to improve their work with young people while building networks and coalitions that can scale-up best practices statewide.


ULEAD Innovative and Effective Practice Report

ULEAD Research Partners

ULEAD Promising Practices




The degree to which evidence-based practices are systemically implemented will depend on clear communication and collaboration. Great teachers have countless experiences where instruction and content are effectively combined to promote student learning. Sharing promising practices and removing barriers to learning can be challenging but is essential to overall school improvement. The links below are an attempt to connect practitioners and researchers to more efficiently promote those practices that will make a positive difference in the learning of our young people.

Promising Practice Submission

Promising Practice Submission
Google Forms

Research Requests

ULEAD Research Request
Google Forms


McKell Withers
Phone: (801) 557-4227 | E-mail