The ullc strategy

The ULLC process begins with comprehensive diagnostic visits and interviews. Prior to the development of a personalized plan, we carefully consider the following sources of information:  

Baseline Data Analysis
District and School Mission Statements
District, State and Federal Mandates
Specific School and District Needs Highlighted During our Diagnostic Process. 

Our school support is specifically tailored for each district and each individual school. 

Our process typically involves:  

  1. Diagnosing the specific barriers to excellence within individual schools;
  2. Training district and school educators in research-based best practices; and
  3. Coaching staff to collaboratively develop and fully implement tailored, data-driven action plans that target the needs identified in our diagnostic process. This process provides a pathway to equity and excellence for all students. 

What makes ULLC Programs Work?

At the heart of all interventions by ULLC is the S.A.M.E. Framework. S.A.M.E. stands for Social-Academic-Moral-Education. S.A.M.E. helps schools to meet the social-emotional needs of students and staff by using trauma-informed best practices and other strategies to create emotionally safe environments for teaching and learning. Working holistically, we are able to accomplish this while keeping academic achievement at the forefront of our efforts.

The S.A.M.E. Framework views schools as an integrated set of domains, Social, Academic, and Moral, which define the culture of the school community. The Social Domain defines how members of the school community behave.  The Academic Domain defines how members of the school community engage in teaching and learning.  The Moral Domain defines what members of the school community believe. Within each domain are clear roles and expectations for students and staff.

The Key to S.A.M.E Success

These domains (Social-Academic-Moral) can only thrive in a culture of Distributed Leadership. This means that all stakeholders are united by a common mission and use data-driven plans and values that drive daily action.  Regardless of grade-levels or subject areas, all of the kids belong to all of us.

Using this framework to guide our work, we tailor interventions to meet academic and social-emotional needs of schools in (K-12) urban, suburban and rural districts throughout the United States.

Schools are complex systems, not just assemblages of components. Making real change — the kind that pays off in real improvement in learning — requires a comprehensive, far-reaching approach. The essential elements include: effective leadership, high-yield instructional strategies, and social-emotional support for students and staff.