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Nominate a teacher now for the 2017 UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards...nomination deadilne is Dec. 7


UEA Excellence in Teaching Awards are presented to Utah public school teachers whose efforts in the classroom significantly impact the life of an individual child or group of children. In 2017, 10 educators will each receive $1,500, a video profile courtesy of KUED, and recognition at the KeyBank Superstars in Education celebration in May 2017.

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.

Tracey Watson

UEA General Counsel Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’


“Tracey (Watson) is the James Brown of lawyers - she's the hardest working lawyer in the business,” wrote Kass Harstad, of the law firm Strindberg & Scholnick, LLC about the UEA’s director of Legal Services and general counsel. Watson was recently named Employment Lawyer of the Year by the Utah State Bar.

UEA-PAC recommends Gov. Herbert in General Election


“Gov. Herbert has been a champion of education throughout his time in office and Utah educators support his re-election,” said Heidi Matthews, president of UEA. “The governor has consistently supported Utah teachers as we work to help our students reach their full potential. We look forward to continuing our productive partnership with him over the next four years.”

Valerie S. Gates

West High AVID teacher and SLEA member named Utah Teacher of the Year


Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction Rich K. Nye announced that Salt Lake City School District West High School English language development and Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) teacher Valerie S. Gates has been named 2017 Utah Teacher of the Year.

Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh

The NEA Foundation names educator leader Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh chair


Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, an award-winning National Board-certified educator with more than 37 years in public education – 32 of them in the classroom – and a two-term former president of the Utah Education Association, will chair the NEA Foundation’s Board of Directors, the NEA Foundation.

Bonilynn Henrie

New director at Eastern Utah UniServ


The Eastern Utah UniServ has appointed Utah Schools for the Deaf and Blind teacher and UEA Board member Bonilynn Henrie as UniServ director. She replaces retiring Vik Arnold who served as director for three years and had previously held positions as UEA director of government relations and Davis UniServ director.

UEA Settles Lawsuit with State Board


Members of the Utah State Board of Education Board voted 11-4 during their August 12 meeting to settle a lawsuit brought against them by the UEA. As part of the settlement, the Board agreed to repeal and replace teacher discipline rules challenged in the suit.

Thomas Nedreberg

New director at High Desert UniServ


The High Desert has appointed 37-year teaching veteran and former UEA Vice President Tom Nedreberg as UniServ director. He replaces retiring Rick Pruitt who served as director for six years.

Barbera Whitman

New director at Ogden-Weber UniServ


The Ogden-Weber UniServ has appointed Weber County School District resource teacher Barbera Wayment as UniServ director. She replaces Matt Ogle who accepted a position in his home state of Oregon.

Salt Lake City educators receive $5,000 NEA grant


Brighton High teachers Christine Yee and Catherine Bates received a $5,000 Student Achievement Grant from the NEA Foundation to help their journalism students produce video news reports to share through PBS’s Student Reporting Labs.

UEA President steps down July 15 - Dynamic leader leaves her mark on public education in Utah


Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh was elected to a three-year term as UEA president in 2010 by her fellow educators in a statewide vote and re-elected in 2013. Her second term, the maximum allowed by UEA Bylaws, ended July 15, 2016.

2016 NEA Representative Assembly includes 80 Utah educators


More than 7,000 educators and education support professionals from all 50 states, including about 80 from Utah, gathered in Washington, DC, for the National Education Association’s 95th Representative Assembly (RA). The RA is the top decision-making body for the nearly 3 million-member NEA, and sets Association policy for the coming year.

Kathleen Cheshire

New director at Color Country UniServ


The Color Country UniServ has appointed 24-year teaching veteran Kathleen Cheshire as UniServ director. She replaces retiring Sue Porter who served as director for 25 years, the last six years job sharing with her husband Jim.

Great day for public education: Recommended candidates advance in Utah Primary


Governor Gary Herbert handily defeated his Republican rival, while all recommended candidates for the Utah State Board of Education advance to the General Election

Utah teacher shortage: New Board rule lowers standards for teacher licensure


To address Utah’s teacher shortage, the Utah State Board of Education passed a rule creating a new teacher license called the Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT). The rule lowers standards by allowing anyone with a Bachelor’s degree who passes a Praxis® subject test to immediately obtain a teaching license.

Sydnee Dickson

Sydnee Dickson selected as Utah’s State Superintendent


The Utah State Board of Education unanimously selected veteran educator Sydnee Dickson as the next State Superintendent of Public Instruction on Thursday, June 23, 2016.

UEA leaders gather in Midway for 2016 UEA Summer Leadership Academy


About 130 teachers and leaders representing school districts from across the state gathered at the 2016 UEA Summer Leadership Academy. Leadership Academy is a multi-day workshop is designed for state and local leaders to receive training on leadership skills, capacity building, important issues facing UEA members and other relevant topics. The 2016 Academy was held June 8-9 at the Zermatt Resort in Midway.

Utah teacher in Washington urging Congress to #DoYourJob


A dozen civics, history and social studies teachers from across the country, including Nebo Education Association member Jim Griffin, were in Washington, D.C. to urge the U.S. Senate to do its job and hold a hearing and an up-or-down vote President Barack Obama’s nominee for the United States Supreme Court.

Ten top educators honored by UEA at Aquarium event


Award recipients were selected based on their impact on individual students or groups of students. Each winner received an award, a poster to display at their school and a check for $1,500, courtesy of award sponsors EMI Health, Jordan Credit Union, the UEA Children At Risk Foundation and the Utah Education Association.

Deseret News: Why the outgoing president of the UEA won't return to teaching


She has spent years addressing the problem of attracting and retaining teachers. So it was bitter irony that when it came time for her to return to the classroom, even she, of all people, couldn’t do it.

Thoughts on Governor’s letter on Utah Core Standards


President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh thoughts on Governor’s letter on Utah Core Standards.

Don't tell me that teaching is 'no big deal'! blog by Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh


I've often commented that teaching IS rocket science. Teaching is complex. Teaching is a profession filled with talented and skilled individuals. Teaching deserves respect.

UEA President-elect Heidi Matthews

Park City educator elected UEA president


Treasure Mountain Junior High School media specialist Heidi Matthews was elected by her public school teacher peers to serve a three-year term as president of the Utah Education Association. She was elected in a statewide vote of UEA-member educators held March 24-April 15.

How did your legislator vote on education issues? See the UEA score card


Want to know how your legislator voted on education issues? Each year, the UEA tracks numerous bills during the legislative session then reviews the voting records of legislators and highlights selected bills voted on in the Legislature that would have significant impact on public education, the education profession and the UEA.

Governor vetoes legislation after request from UEA


In a letter dated March 18, UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh, on behalf of the Utah Education Association, requested that Gov. Gary Herbert veto SB87: Administrative Rulemaking Act Modifications.

Mohsen Ghaffari

Salt Lake City educator and Utah Teacher of the Year to tour Peruvian schools


The NEA Foundation named Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade educator at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City, Utah, as one the 31 award-winning, public school educators to become this year’s class of Global Learning Fellows.

Legislature gives 3% WPU increase, moves to partisan state school board elections


The 2016 Utah Legislative Session ended March 10 with full funding of new student growth, a minor bump in overall funding, a move to partisan state school board elections and restrictions on the use of SAGE test scores.

State Superintendent Brad C. Smith Resigns


Brad C. Smith tendered his resignation as state superintendent of public instruction to members of the Utah State Board of Education.

UEA-PAC votes to support Gov. Gary Herbert in Republican Primary


The UEA Political Action Committee (UEA-PAC) voted to support Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert in his 2016 Republican primary race against executive Jonathan Johnson.

UEA Sues State School Board


The Board’s failure to follow the Act has resulted in the implementation of rules that harm licensed educators because the rules deny educators due process and deprive them of certain legal rights, according to the complaint. The UEA believes the rules are in conflict with state law and violate the constitutional rights of Utah teachers.

Governor Proposes 4.75 Percent WPU Boost


In a press conference Dec. 9, Gov. Gary Herbert released a recommended FY2017 Utah state budget that directs $422 million in new tax revenue to public and higher education.

U.S. Senate ushers in new era in public education with historic vote


The U.S. Senate today approved S. 1177, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), a bipartisan and bicameral bill to reauthorize the federal education law known as the Elementary and Secondary Education Act.

2015 UEA Bargaining Summit trains leaders to advocate for their profession


Nearly 100 educators representing school districts across the state volunteered their time Saturday, Nov. 21, to discuss ways they can better advocate for teachers and students as part of the 2015 UEA Bargaining Summit.

UEA/KUED Join Forces on Teacher Awards


The Utah Education Association and local PBS affiliate KUED are consolidating their annual teacher awards programs in an effort to provide greater exposure and recognition for teachers.

Salt Lake teacher wins national award, $10,000 cash prize


Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade teacher at North Star Elementary in Salt Lake City, will receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000 and recognition at the NEA Foundation annual awards gala in Washington, D.C. this coming February.

National award shines spotlight on Salt Lake City educator


As a tribute to his diligence and dedication to his students, colleagues, community, and his profession, Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth grade educator at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City, will receive one of public education’s highest honors, the NEA Foundation’s prestigious Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators.

Congratulations to Utah's 2016 Teacher of the Year, Alpine Education Association member Melody Apezteguia


Deputy Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Sydnee Dickson announced today that American Fork High School calculus teacher Melody Apezteguia (ah-pesta-jee-ah) has been named Utah’s 2016 Teacher of the Year.

Staff changes at Granite UniServ


Nikki Peterson, UniServ Director for the Granite Education Association (GEA) and field staff for the UEA, retired after 30 years of teaching and advocating for teachers, students, and public education. Cindy Formeller (formerly Cindy Carroll) has been named to replace Peterson.

Teacher Grants: Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500


Interested in winning $500 for your classroom?® is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability.

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