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.
After deliberating for three weeks, the Public Education Appropriations Subcommittee recommended a 3% WPU increase, full funding of enrollment growth and paying for property tax equalization from the Education Fund.
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.
The two tax reform bills passed by the US House of Representatives and the Senate are bad for Utah students and public education.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rough time managing your class this year?
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.
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.
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.
With more new teachers leaving the profession within their first few years of teaching, lets talk about what we love about our profession.
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.
New to teaching? Join us for a discussion on the legislative process and how to advocate for your profession as a new teacher.
Join us for a discussion on SOCIAL JUSTICE IN THE CLASSROOM and how to advocate for your students.
This holiday season I want to share the incredible gift that my son gave to me last weekend when he graduated from college.
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.
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.
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 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.
Join us for a discussion on EARLY ENGAGEMENT IN EDUCATION POLICY and how to build power while being a provisional teacher!
Of the Utah candidates recommended by state and local political action committees for the 2016 General Election, nearly 75 percent were successful.
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.
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) 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.
“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.”
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.