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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.

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.

UEA Executive Director Mark Mickelsen retires


Mark Mickelsen retired from his position as UEA executive director on August 1 after more than 30 years as an employee advocate.

Teachers share improvement ideas at Utah Native American Summit


2014 NEA RA: 9,000 gather in Denver, elect new officers, vote to end 'toxic testing'


Testing, accountability and the Common Core dominated the issues faced by delegates at the 2014 NEA Representative Assembly (RA) in Denver in early July. But the change in the face of the organization is what most members will see first.

NEA President-elect Lily Eskelsen Garcia

Former Utah Teacher of the Year elected president of nation’s largest union


Lily Eskelsen García, an elementary school teacher from North Salt Lake, has been elected president of the National Education Association, the nation’s largest union representing nearly 3 million educators, making her the nation’s highest-ranking Latina labor leader.

SAGE testing concerns addressed by USOE


In May, more than 3,000 UEA members participated in an online survey and shared their experiences with SAGE testing. The UEA recently passed those survey results along to the Utah State Office of Education (USOE).

Leaders empowered, discuss SLOs, at 2014 Leadership Academy


Most every Utah teacher will be required to complete Student Learning Objectives as part of educator evaluations. Are you ready? The 2014 UEA Leadership Academy focused helping teachers prepare.

Allison Riddle

National Award for Davis Teacher


Allison Riddle, a third grade teacher in Davis School District and 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year, was named one of five recipients of the 2015 Horace Mann Awards for Teaching Excellence.

Message from NEA President: We won't give up!


National Education Association President Dennis Van Roekel is angry at people who would treat our children as commodities in order to yield profits, attack educators and create conflict rather than actually work to improve public education for all our students.

Jennifer Graviet (third from left) with (left to right) Harriett Sanford, NEA Foundation President and CEO; Dennis Van Roekel, NEA President; Beau Brown, Chairman and CEO of California Casualty

Sand Ridge Jr. High Teacher Named Global Learning Fellow


Coming soon for Utah teachers: Student Learning Objectives


UEA has received a multi-year grant from NEA to support UEA members in implementing student learning objectives (SLOs). SLOs will be required as a measurement of student growth for non-tested subjects and grades when the new statewide evaluation framework is implemented.

Utah State Board of Education announces superintendent opening


The Utah State Board of Education approved the announcement of the opening for Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction. The Board also approved sending out a request for proposals (RFP) seeking an executive recruiting firm to provide a minimum of six qualified and interested candidates for the position.

Utah Teacher of the Year meets President Obama


As part of her official 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year duties, fifth-grade teacher and Davis Education Association member Allison Riddle traveled to Washington, DC, in April to attend a conference and meet with politicians and policymakers.

Ogden teacher shares her story on Access Hollywood


Dedicated teacher Cassie Cox benefits from Office Depot's generous partnership with who are helping teachers change lives.

All-new UEA website debuts with members-only content


Welcome to the all-new UEA website. In addition to an updated look, the new site includes an exclusive UEA members-only section (login required) with access to professional development materials, bargaining and negotiation data, the UEA evaluation toolkit and much more.

2014 UEA Election Results


UEA members elected Park City teacher Heidi Matthews to serve a three-year term as NEA State Director.

Help direct worldwide teaching and learning conditions by completing this survey


Education International has launched an innovative survey, Education for All, to assess teaching and learning conditions in classrooms around the world.

BLOG: Respect for the Educator Voice


It is time that decisions regarding public education are placed with the education experts. The educator voice can no longer be ignored and disrespected.

EDITORIAL: Pay attention to the teachers, legislators


Salt Lake Tribune Editorial by UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh

Teachers present an innovative new vision for Utah public education


Independent task force members ask lawmakers to consider their education policy recommendations, detailed in a new report.

Utah guv names new education adviser (Salt Lake Tribune)


(Salt Lake Tribune) The head of the state school board will give up her seat to become Gov. Gary Herbert’s new education adviser. Herbert named Tami Pyfer, of Logan, as his new adviser on Tuesday.

Nebo Education Association member wins national science award


(Deseret News) Julie Hammari, a sixth-grade teacher at East Meadows Elementary in Spanish Fork, has received the 2013 Presidential Award for Excellence in Science Teaching.

Governor Gary Herbert

Governor’s proposed FY2015 education budget maintains status quo


Calling education his highest priority, Utah Governor Gary Herbert asked lawmakers to set aside $157 million in anticipated new state revenue for public education. His proposed budget includes fully funding new student growth and a 2.5 percent increase on the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU).

Recruit Today! 2013 Fall Campaign winners announced


Congratulations and thank you to UEA members for their recruiting efforts during the UEA's Recruit Today! 2013 Fall Campaign.

Educators Share: Effective instructional strategies promote student understanding


Teachers share success they have had using Utah Effective Teaching Standard 7

Evaluation initiative earning praise


Meetings help UEA members improve teaching skills, prepare for evaluations

BLOG: Opportunities for All, by UEA Vice President Tom Nedreberg


Since its inception, the U.S. has been a melting pot. Nowhere is that more apparent than in our public schools, where we mix, mingle and share with people different than ourselves. School is where we learn about the ideals promised in the Constitution, beginning with “We the people…” School is where teachers open doors of opportunity for all students. School is where students hopefully learn that anything is possible in this great country.

UEA presents awards to 2013 top educators and public education advocates


Ten educators each received a $1,500 cash award at the KeyBank Superstars in Education celebration on Oct. 17. UEA Honor Roll and Human & Civil Rights awards were also presented.

Davis Education Association member named 2014 Utah Teacher of the Year


Utah State Superintendent of Public Instruction Martell Menlove announced today that Foxboro Elementary School fifth grade teacher Allison P. Riddle has been named Utah’s 2014 Teacher of the Year.

UEA says ‘Yes’ to strong school accountability – ‘No’ to current flawed Utah models


The UEA, on behalf of teachers, has taken the position that both UCAS, which was developed in response to a previous school grading law, and the current single-grade reporting system are both seriously flawed in the way they measure and report what’s happening in our schools.

Coach suspends team: UEA member receives national media attention


(CBS This Morning) Why a high school football coach suspended nearly every player on team...

Evaluation ‘Toolkit’ Debuts


Leaders learn to improve teaching skills, prepare for educators for new evaluations at Sept. 21 all-day training.

BLOG: "Standing Up for What You Believe" by NEA State Director Ryan Anderson


In reality, by nature of our Associations’ structure, the business of our elected representatives and the positions we take at the UEA House of Delegates and the NEA Representative Assembly (RA) can be no more liberal, moderate or conservative than our membership because elected delegates represent their local associations each time we vote.

Jessica Dunn

New Jordan UniServ Director Named


The Jordan UniServ, which represents teachers in the Jordan and Canyons School Districts, announced that Jessica Dunn has been named a new UniServ Director.

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