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Candidates recommended by education political action committees for the 2018 Primary Election


Because of the important role elected officials play in public education, the NEA, UEA and each local UniServ have Political Action Committees comprised of local educator members. One role of these committees is to recommend candidates they believe are most likely to have a positive impact on public education and issues important to public education employees. These committees are in the process of recommending candidates for 2018 Primary and General Elections. The PAC-recommended candidates list will be updated as recommendations are finalized.

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Utah teacher salaries continue to climb thanks to collaboration with school districts and the legislature


Teacher salary increases initiated in 2017 appear to be continuing this year. “School boards and bargaining teams in many school districts are still in the process of negotiating 2018-19 agreements, but so far, announced settlements are mostly very positive for our teachers,” said Jay Blain, UEA director of policy and research.

Ogden educator receives NEA Foundation professional development grant


Tanya James, a teacher at Riverdale Elementary School in Ogden, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation.

This year's Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education winners include some amazing UEA members...and even a couple of local leaders. Congratulations to all!


Here’s the list of Utah educators who won a Huntsman Excellence Award — and $10,000 each — for 2018

School shootings and other traumatic events: How to talk to students


All too often gun violence and mass shootings top the headlines in America, causing anxiety and confusion among young people. To help students who are continually hearing about senseless gun violence in or near schools and are scared about their safety, we offer advice from the National Association of School Psychologists for talking to them about violence and other national tragedies.

UEA supports governor’s proposed education budget


The Utah Education Association supports Governor Gary Herbert’s public education budget recommendations directing increased funding for the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU), student enrollment growth, at-risk student populations and providing educators with additional classroom supply money. The statewide teachers’ association remains concerned, however, that the state’s current tax structure generates insufficient revenue to make significant improvements in a public education system plagued by severe teacher shortages and large class sizes.

UEA-backed lawsuit against partisan state school board elections wins in court


Tax bills passed by House and Senate are bad for Utah students, families and public education


The two tax reform bills passed by the US House of Representatives and the Senate are bad for Utah students and public education.

Bargaining Summit: Teacher leaders learn to advance their profession


Nearly 100 educators representing school districts across the state volunteered their time Saturday, Nov. 18, to discuss ways they can better advocate for teachers and students as part of the 2017 UEA Bargaining Summit.

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Salt Lake City educator receives California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence


Jody Tolley, Granite Education Association member and American Sign Language instructor at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, is one of 38 public educators receiving the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence.

State Board votes to delay implementation of rule eliminating arts, music, health and PE requirements


Originally passed by the State Board on August 4, the rule created grave concerns for several organizations, including the UEA, which requested and received a hearing on Sept. 20. Dozens showed up to testify against the proposed changes during a meeting that lasted more than three hours.

State Board rule eliminates art, music, health requirements


A hearing on the rule will be held Wednesday, September 20, 2017 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Board’s offices, 250 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City. Anyone with concerns about the rule is invited to attend and comment.

James Lewis

New director at Wasatch UniServ


The Wasatch UniServ has appointed former Moab principal James Lewis as UniServ director. He replaces Elaine Tzourtzouklis who served as UniServ director for 11 years prior to her passing in March.

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Uintah High English Teacher Named Utah Teacher of the Year


The Utah State Board of Education named Aaryn Snow Birchell, a Uintah Education Association member and English teacher at Uintah High School in Vernal, as 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year.

With the end of DACA, how do we support our immigrant students? by UEA President Heidi Matthews


To me, it’s personal. I’ve known and taught students documented under this program. This program provided hope and the opportunity for these students to move on to college and successful careers. What happens to these young people now? Where is the hope and opportunity?

Hurricane Relief Fund for NEA members impacted by the storms


The NEA Foundation is accepting contributions to support public school educators who are NEA/TSTA members affected by recent hurricanes, personally, and at the schools where they work. Funds will be disbursed by the NEA State Affiliates.

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Hurricane Educator receives NEA Foundation grant for professional development program


Kelli Moss, a 5th grade educator at Hurricane Elementary School in Hurricane, Utah, has received a $2,000 Learning and Leadership grant from the NEA Foundation. This grant will fund Moss’s professional learning in global competence through a teacher program in India and Nepal.

Jody Tolley

NEA Foundation names Salt Lake City educator to receive national award


The NEA Foundation announced that Jody Tolley, an American Sign Language educator at Skyline High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, is one of 38 public educators who will receive the prestigious California Casualty Award for Teaching Excellence at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Gala next February in Washington, D.C.

UEA provides State School Board with input on the Utah ESSA Consolidated State Plan


The Utah Consolidated State Plan was released on June 7, 2017, and is open through July 7, 2017, for a mandatory 30-day public comment period. The public (including educators!) is encouraged to review the plan and provide feedback through a State Board of Education survey.

Warning about the challenges facing educators, NEA President headlines UEA's 2017 Summer Leadership Academy


NEA President Lily Eskelsen García joined about 130 teachers and leaders representing school districts from across the state at the 2017 UEA Summer Leadership Academy. The event was held Monday and Tuesday, June 12-13, at the University Guest House and Conference Center on the University of Utah Campus.

Hunter High School Receives 2017 Athletics Grant from California Casualty


Student-athletes at Hunter High School will gain a competitive edge thanks to a $1,000 Thomas R. Brown Athletics Grant from California Casualty. Hunter High is one of 79 public schools in 33 states receiving a total of $83,000. Another Utah school, Rich Middle School in Laketown, also received a $1,000 grant this year from the California Casualty.

Are school vouchers threatening once again? Blog by former Utah State Board of Education Chair Kim Burningham


In a 2007 public vote, Utah citizens made it clear: they did not want vouchers for private schools to be a part of Utah's education system. The vote was overwhelming. Now, a decade later, while Utah's opposition to the widespread implementation of vouchers remains unchanged, tremors throughout the nation are cause for concern.

2017 UEA House of Delegates approves legislative priorities and budget


The UEA’s governing body, the House of Delegates, met Saturday, May 20, at Elk Ridge Middle School in South Jordan to conduct the Association’s business.

'Take Charge!' Classroom Managment for Next Year


Rough time managing your class this year?

Thank You Teachers! - Teacher Appreciation Week message from UEA President Heidi Matthews


Teacher Appreciation Week is a time of direct recognition and pampering that honestly, couldn't come at a better time with the 'testing season' upon us and the end of the school year just out of grasp. It's a time to find strength in the reminders that we do accomplish impossible tasks, we do reach unattainable goals - but we don't often see the fruits of our labor immediately.

UEA 'Take Charge!' events engage new teachers


Recent studies show young new teachers are leaving the profession at an alarming rate. To encourage those teachers and help them feel engaged and connected, the UEA is sponsoring a series of events titled ‘Take Charge!, specifically targeting educators in their first years of teaching.

Fund Our Schools Now, by UEA President Heidi Matthews


Adequate public education funding is not simply a nice wish…it is mandated in our Utah Constitution. Policymakers had their chance, and certainly made some steps in the right direction, but it is simply not sufficient to address Utah’s public school.

'Take Charge!' Lead with Purpose: What We Love About Teaching


With more new teachers leaving the profession within their first few years of teaching, lets talk about what we love about our profession.

doTERRA named title sponsor of statewide teacher recognition awards


The Utah Education Association (UEA) recently announced doTERRA International, the world’s leading essential oils company, as the title sponsor of the annual Excellence in Teaching Awards.

'Take Charge!' Legislative Process and Becoming an Advocate


New to teaching? Join us for a discussion on the legislative process and how to advocate for your profession as a new teacher.

'Take Charge!" Social Justice in the Classroom Event


Join us for a discussion on SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM and how to advocate for your students.

A teacher holiday message from UEA President Heidi Matthews


This holiday season I want to share the incredible gift that my son gave to me last weekend when he graduated from college.

Teachers share 'Classroom Realities' with policymakers at UEA event


In an effort to inform those who make education policy decisions, the UEA invited legislators, superintendents, school board members and state administrators to hear from teachers. About 30 policymakers gathered at the UEA Office Dec. 13 to hear from teachers.

Jennifer Boehme

New director at Jordan UniServ


The Jordan UniServ announced the hiring of Jennifer Boehme as a UniServ Director. She replaces Laura Black Arnold who will be retiring at the end of January 2017.

UEA says Governor's proposed 4% WPU increase "falls far short" of effort needed


The governor’s budget calls for $68 million to fully fund the more than 10,000 new students expected next fall and $116 million to increase the Weighted Pupil Unit, the basic public school funding mechanism, by 4 percent.

UEA joins Utah business leaders as they launch Our Schools Now campaign to raise taxes and improve student performance


UEA President Heidi Matthews and Executive Director Lisa Nentl-Bloom are among a group of prominent business and community leaders spearheading a ballot initiative campaign designed to increase revenue for public education and improve student performance.

'Take Charge!" Early Career Educators Event


Join us for a discussion on EARLY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION POLICY and how to build power while being a provisional teacher!

Results of 2016 Utah elections are positive for students


Of the Utah candidates recommended by state and local political action committees for the 2016 General Election, nearly 75 percent were successful.

Former UEA president elected vice chair of the Board at National Board for Professional Teaching Standards


The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards announced that Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, a National Board Certified Teacher (NBCT) has been elected the organization’s new board vice chair. Gallagher-Fishbaugh will be replacing Christy Levings, whose term as vice chair ends November 5, 2016.

BLOG: Why did UEA-PAC recommend Gov. Herbert for re-election?


The UEA Political Action Committee (UEA-PAC) Executive Committee announced recently that it is recommending Republican gubernatorial candidate Gary Herbert in his re-election bid. Please allow me to provide some background and context for this recommendation.

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