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Laura M. Kuti
Assistant Professor, Education
Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Curriculum & Instruction
Interim Assistant Chair, Graduate Education - Teacher Licensure Preparation

Dr. Kuti’s knowledge and experience stem from language learning education and span the fields of world language, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), and assessment. She has spent over ten years in the classroom teaching language learners and their teachers, including preschool through college classes.  She has expertise reviewing and writing statewide ESL curriculum and connecting instruction and assessment.

Dr. Kuti’s work with the Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) as the ESL Assessment Specialist awarded her valuable knowledge about and experience with English Language Proficiency (ELP) assessments, particularly assessment design, item writing, and level descriptions.  Dr. Kuti was also responsible for processing the results of ELP assessments at the state level and assisting school divisions with using those results to meet requirements of No Child Left Behind as well as to inform instruction.

Dr. Kuti has extended her expertise of policy, instruction and assessment to a school district with almost 4,000 English language learners where she oversees the Title III Grant and ESOL program for the district. She teaches graduate in-person and online courses at the University of Richmond for an ESL endorsement program for which she assisted in writing the application to the VDOE. She completed a Ph.D. program in Education at Virginia Commonwealth University where she specialized in her degree in Special Education for Linguistically and Culturally Diverse Learners.


Kuti, L. (2010). Processes and best practices for educators of English language learners with suspected disabilities. Virginia Department of Education website.

Kuti, L. (2010). Examination of English language proficiency standards across states: A structure and protocol for review. Presentation at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Education Research Colloquium. Richmond, Va.

Scarcella, R., Bailey, A., Lisboa, R., & Kuti, L. (2009). Defining academic English. Presentation at the National Conference on Student Assessment, Council of Chief State School Officers. Los Angeles, Calif. 

Waring, S., Staehr Fenner, D., & Kuti, L. (2009). The National Clearinghouse for English Language Acquisition. Presentation at the 43rd Annual TESOL Convention and Exhibit. Denver, Colo.

Xu, Y., Reed, E., Kuti, L., & Ivey, C. (2009). Teaching English language learners within the framework of Universal Design for Learning. Presentation at The Division for Early Childhood of the Council for Exceptional Children 25th Annual International Conference on Young Children with Special Needs and their Families. Albuquerque, N.M. 

Professional Experience
Specialist (2011-Present)

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Chesterfield County Public Schools, Va.

Associate and Specialist (2008-2011)

English as a Second Language, edCount LLC, Washington, D.C.

ESL Specialist (2007-2008)

Virginia Literacy Institute, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Adjunct Instructor (2005-2007)

John Tyler Community College, Richmond, Va.

Adjunct Instructor (2005)

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, Va.

Innovation Project Manager (2000)

Innovation Focus, Inc., Lancaster, Pa.

Spanish Interpreter/Translator (1999-2000)

Translations America, Lancaster, Pa.

Virginia Teaching Certification: Spanish & ESL
New Jersey Teaching Certification: TESOL
Pennsylvania Teaching Certification: Spanish Education
Selected Publications

Staehr Fenner, D. & Kuti, L. (2009). Evaluation of state and local implementation of Title III standards, assessments, and accountability systems. Annotated Bibliography.  edCount, LCC, Washington, D.C.

B.S., Indiana University of Pennsylvania 1999
Spanish Education
M.Ed., College of New Jersey 2004
Teaching ESL
Ph.D., Virginia Commonwealth University 2011
Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Learners
Contact Information
Special Programs Building
(804) 289-8133
(804) 289-8138 (Fax)