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National award shines spotlight on Salt Lake City eductor


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.

$1,000 grants available for projects focused on financial literacy


The Utah Jump$tart Coalition is offering Financial Literacy Fund Grants of up to $1,000 for programs and projects that focus on financial literacy for Utah’s youth, grades K – 12. Applications are being received now through November 6, 2015.

Discount BYU football tickets available for UEA members


As a thank you to Utah’s education professionals, BYU is offering UEA members and their families discounted group tickets to ALL BYU home football games this season.

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.

U.S. Senate Passes Every Child Achieves Act, End of NCLB Era Draws Closer


Good things are worth waiting for – even if they take 13 years. After countless false starts and delays, the U.S. Senate stepped up on Thursday and passed the Every Child Achieves Act (ECAA). By an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote of 81 to 17, the Senate approved a reauthorization of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) that takes a major step in closing the door on the disastrous “test, blame and punish” legacy of No Child Left Behind (NCLB), passed in 2002.

Educators Invited to Unite, Inspire, Lead at the 2015 NEA Representative Assembly


More than 7,000 educators from all 50 states, including about 80 from Utah, gathered in Orlando July 3-6 to attend the National Education Association’s 94th 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. Embracing the meeting’s theme – “NEA: Unite. Inspire. Lead.” – delegates tackled complex issues with far-reaching implications for the profession, from the future of testing to equity in education.

Assessment Literacy curriculum available to UEA members


The UEA has created an Assessment Literacy curriculum to support UEA members in better understanding assessment and implementing evaluation requirements, including student learning objectives.

Teachers gain valuable information about leading their profession, assessment literacy at 2015 UEA Summer Leadership Academy


About 170 teachers representing school districts from across the state gathered at the 2015 UEA Summer Leadership Academy to discuss assessment literacy and other ways teachers are taking the lead in public education.

Mark Openshaw, Utah School Board member

UEA Extends Condolences to Openshaw Family


UEA Leaders and Members Extend Condolences on the Passing of Utah School Board member Mark Openshaw and Family Members

KUED and UEA honor five outstanding educators with Teacher Innovation Awards


The KUED Teacher Innovation Awards, airing Monday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m. in partnership with The Salt Lake Tribune, honors five outstanding Utah teachers who use project-based learning and a student-focused curriculum to inspire a love of learning and a shift in the educational paradigm. The program is hosted by KUED's Mary Dickson and produced by Al Cutler.

How did your legislator vote? UEA 2015 Legislative Scorecard released


Each year, the UEA reviews the voting records of legislators and highlights bills that could have significant impact on public education and/or the UEA.

UEA President testifies before U.S. Congress about ESEA authorization


“Here’s the good thing that came out of NCLB—we were able to disaggregate data to see which issues were affecting which groups of students,” said Gallagher-Fishbaugh. “But instead of using testing data to improve instruction, we now use testing data to evaluate schools and teachers. We spend more time worrying how to fire teachers, and we don’t spend enough time figuring out how to support teachers in difficult circumstances.”

UEA requests veto for three bills


In a letter dated March 20, UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishabugh asked Utah Governor Gary Herbert to veto three bills that UEA believes “are poor policy choices for public education.”

Alpine UniServ names new director


The Alpine UniServ appointed Glenda H. Anderson to the position of UniServ director following many years of service, hard work and dedication to the profession. Anderson served as the UniServ administrative assistant for the past eight years.

2015 UEA Legislative Summary


The headline-grabbing education stories coming out of the 2015 Utah General Legislative Session include an overall $510 million increase in education spending and a 4 percent bump in the WPU, but some of the biggest wins for educators happened behind the scenes.

3,000 Pack Capitol in Support of Public Education


A crowd estimated at near 3,000 – including teachers, parents, students, school board members, superintendents, administrators, school support personnel and many others – packed the Utah State Capitol Rotunda the evening of March 9 calling on state legislators to support public education.

Op-Ed: Legislative micromanaging of schools is only getting worse


My fear is that the voices of the political ideologues and the profiteers…those seeking simply to promote an agenda or turn a profit…are drowning out the voices of teachers and parents pleading on behalf of their students and children. I fear it’s no longer about what’s best for the students of Utah.

Poll: Utahns Overwhelmingly Support Herbert's Proposal to Add $500 Million to Education Funding


Utahns heavily support GOP Gov. Gary Herbert's request to put an extra $500 million into public education next year, a new UtahPolicy poll shows.

Allison Riddle

North Salt Lake educator receives of prestigious national award


Allison P. Riddle, a fifth grade educator at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake City, Utah, received the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala on Feb. 13, 2015 in Washington, D.C.

Poll: Utahns Favor Raising Teacher Salaries (


Nearly ¾ of Utahns want to see teacher salaries increased so that they are more in line with national averages, but that support wanes slightly when they learn about the idea’s $250 million price tag.

William Spiegel

UEA Hires UniServ Specialist


The UEA announced it has hired William Spiegel for the position of UniServ Specialist.

Editorial: Now is the time for significant investment in public education, by UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh


Never in recent memory have so many voices been so resoundingly behind the call to properly fund education.

Chase Clyde

UEA Names New Government Relations Director


A staffer from the office of former U.S. Representative Jim Matheson has joined the UEA staff. Chase Clyde was named UEA Director of Government Relations and Political Action.

Policymakers hear concerns from classroom teachers


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 50 policymakers gathered at the UEA Office Dec. 16 where eight accomplished Utah teachers shared their experiences and explained how their policies impact classrooms.

UEA supports Governor’s proposed FY2016 education budget


The Utah Education Association strongly supports the Governor’s proposed investments in the WPU, student enrollment growth, technology infrastructure and providing educators with classroom supply money.

Allison Riddle

Salt Lake educator named finalist for prestigious national education award


The NEA Foundation announced that Allison P. Riddle, a fifth grade educator at Foxboro Elementary in North Salt Lake, will receive the Horace Mann Award for Teaching Excellence, $10,000, and recognition as one of the nation’s top educators at the NEA Foundation’s Salute to Excellence in Education Awards Gala to be held on Feb. 13 in Washington, DC.

Deseret News: Presidents of the Utah PTA, the USBA and the UEA advocate non-partisan State School Board elections


There is only one process that meets the requirements of the Utah Constitution: a direct, nonpartisan election where all of Utah’s public may vote for their state school representatives.

Congratulations to winners of the Fall 2014 UEA Recruit Today! program


The Fall 2014 program resulted in 1,140 new members statewide. More than 500 recruiters each received $20 per member recruited between July 18 and October 31.

Bargaining Summit: Teachers meet to discuss ways to advance profession


More than 100 educators volunteered their time Saturday, Nov. 8, to discuss ways to improve classroom instruction and the teaching profession as part of the 2015 UEA Bargaining Summit.

See how Utah education PAC-recommended candidates fared in the 2014 election


View a list of candidates recommended by national, state and local Political Action Committees and how they fared in the 2014 General Election (W = won election, L = lost election)

SL Tribune Op-ed: The best school-reform ideas come from educators


By Lily Eskelsen García and Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh

Ten educators receive UEA 'Excellence in Teaching' awards


Ten educators were honored with 2014 UEA Excellence in Teaching awards during the KeyBank Superstars in Education banquet Oct. 16. Each winner received an award, a poster to display at their school and a check for $1,500, courtesy of award sponsors.

State Superintendent Brad Smith

State Board names Ogden school chief State Superintendent


During its October 10 meeting, the Utah State Board of Education announced that Ogden City School District Superintendent Brad Smith accepted its offer to be the new Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

NEA Members, Including Some from Utah, Revitalize Two Denver Schools


State Board names four finalists for Superintendent


The Utah State Board of Education named four finalists for State Superintendent of Schools to replace Superintendent Martell Menlove who recently retired.

Fifth Grade Teacher from Salt Lake Named Utah Teacher of the Year


SLTA member and North Star Elementary School fifth grade teacher Mohsen Ghaffari has been named Utah’s 2015 Teacher of the Year. He was presented with a check for $10,000 and will compete with his fellow teachers of the year in a national competition.

New directors in three local UniServ offices


Lisa Nentl-Bloom

New executive director to lead UEA


The Utah Education Association has appointed Lisa Nentl-Bloom as the Association’s executive director. She begins her new assignment Sept. 1.

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