Founded in 1992, the Louisiana Children’s Research Center for Development and Learning, d/b/a Center for Development and Learning (CDL), is a results driven Louisiana-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. CDL specializes in the development and dissemination of leading-edge scientific research, knowledge, and best practices that improve teaching and increase student learning.
CDL’s work is focused on closing the achievement gap by increasing teacher effectiveness. CDL has special expertise in the areas of learning differences, evidence-based teaching strategies, and building the capacity of teachers.We advance public education reform by providing educators who teach our most at-risk children with professional learning that is specific and relevant to the needs of students and teachers.
With an on-the-ground, in-the-trenches approach, we tackle real-time issues such as ways to remediate struggling readers, differentiate instruction for diverse learners, and build and sustain collective capacity.
1CDL’s purpose is to achieve equity in education and close the opportunity gap for high-risk youth.
2CDL’s mission is to improve the life chances of all children, especially those at high risk, by increasing school success.
3CDL’s goal is to help all children learn to higher levels and apply their knowledge toward good ends.
4CDL’s strategy is to increase teacher effectiveness and student learning. To accomplish this, we provide (1) high-yield professional learning services to educators, (2) direct educational services to high-risk children and adolescents, and (3) public engagement initiatives around current education issues at both local and state levels. CDL’s professional learning services are both evidence-based and practical, and include collaborative assessment and planning, coaching and mentoring, modeling in the classroom, observations with constructive feedback, and customized sessions and seminars. Our direct services to students include educational assessments and advocacy, and direct teaching of literacy, parenting, and workforce development skills. Our public engagement work provides parents, community, and teachers with information on key education issues. We aim to bridge the gap between research and practice, and to address widespread education issues in Louisiana through research and information gathering and dissemination.
5Current tactics include (1) Plain Talk about Learning: How Students Learn and How Teachers Should Teach, a diagnose/prescribe approach that increases teachers’ capacity to identify and remediate students’ learning issues with specificity; (2) parent engagement via creating and disseminating parent resource guides on the new ELA and math standards; (3) Leading for Learning, which builds leadership and talent management capacity; (4) Teens & Tots, a direct service program that develops teen parents’ parenting, literacy, and workforce development skills; (5) Language and Learning – Right from Birth, which provides child care providers and parents of children ages birth to three years with the information, skills, and support they need to help their children grow emotionally, physically and cognitively; (6) Step It Up for Literacy, which builds educators’ capacity to provide high-yield instruction and targeted intervention for students experiencing difficulties; and (7) Plain Talk about Literacy and Learning, an intense three-day national institute focusing on evidence-based research, strategies, and tactics.
6CDL’s belief is that all children, regardless of how they look, where they come from, or how they learn, can and will achieve school success when provided with highly effective teachers and positive, supportive learning environments.