Utah Leading through Effective, Actionable, and Dynamic
Education (ULEAD) Director
Utah Code 53E-1-7 establishes Utah Leading through Effective,
Actionable, and Dynamic Education (ULEAD), which is a collaborative
effort in research and innovation between the ULEAD director,
participating higher education institutions, and education leaders
Initiate and disseminate research reports, as guided by the
ULEAD Steering Committee, on innovative and successful
practices by Utah Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and education
Promote statewide innovation and collaboration by identifying
experts in areas of practice, conducting conferences, webinars and
online forums for practitioners, and facilitating direct
collaboration between schools; and
Gather and explain current education research in an electronic
research clearinghouse for use by practitioners;
Report on findings and propose policy changes to the Board,
Legislature, and other policymakers.
This position is selected for a four-year term by the ULEAD
Director Selection Committee, as outlined in state statute (Utah
Code Section 53E-10-703). The ULEAD Director may be appointed for
multiple terms. Responsibilities include:
Gather current research on innovative and effective practices in
K-12 education for use by policymakers and practitioners, as
directed by the ULEAD Steering Committee created in Utah Code
Facilitate collaboration between LEAs, higher education
researchers, and practitioners by:
sharing innovative and effective practices shown to improve
identifying experts in specific areas of practice; and
maintaining a research clearinghouse and directory of
Analyze barriers to replication or adaption of innovative and
successful practices studied by ULEAD or contributed to the ULEAD
Identify Utah LEAs, or schools outside the public school system,
that are innovative in specific areas of practice and those that
are more effective or efficient than comparable LEAs in improving
Prioritize reports and other research based on recommendations
of the ULEAD Steering Committee, members of the Legislature
responsible for public education, members of Utah professional
education associations, including principals and school boards, and
policy research centers based in Utah.
Establish criteria and a report template for “Innovative
Practice Reports” to be performed by participating higher education
institutions and included in the research clearinghouse.
Arrange with participating higher education institutions to
generate Innovative Practice Reports on effective and innovative
K-12 education practices, publish reports of ULEAD website, and
disseminate reports to LEAs.
Support federal and private research funding requests by a
participating higher education institution for research that is in
support of the director's duties and functions.
Develop and maintain a research clearinghouse that is publicly
available on the ULEAD website that contains:
research on K-12 education, including peer-reviewed research,
and information on K-12 education innovation and best
an index and explanation of academic, state, federal, or other
K-12 education research repositories;
K-12 education research and policy briefs generated by Utah
public and private institutions of higher education, including
ULEAD-participating institutions, categorized and searchable by
access points to and explanation of currently available K-12
education data, including data managed by the Utah Data Research
Center and data maintained by the State Board of
other K-12 education information as determined by the director,
including information regarding efforts by institutions or other
individuals to promote innovative and effective education practices
in Utah; and
each Innovative Practice Report prepared by ULEAD, categorized
and searchable by topic, location of the studied LEA, and
socioeconomic and demographic profile.
Facilitate and conduct an annual conference on successful and
innovative K-12 education practices, featuring Utah education
leaders, practitioners, and researchers, to discuss the subjects of
LEA and other ULEAD activities, or other innovative and successful
Provide staff support to the ULEAD steering committee.
Report on research and activities of ULEAD to the State Board of
Education, legislative committees, and disseminate the report.
The Ideal Candidate
Doctorate degree in education or an equivalent degree.
Have demonstrated experience in research and dissemination of
best practices in education.
Previous successful leadership experience.
Ability to work with various stakeholders, including elected
officials and policymakers.