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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.

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.

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