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

05/02/2016

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

04/22/2016

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

04/15/2016

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

03/31/2016

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

03/30/2016

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.

UEA to honor teachers and education supporters May 13 at Superstars in Education banquet

03/23/2016

In 2016, 10 educators will each receive $1,500. The awards will be presented at the Superstars in Education celebration, May 13 at the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium.

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

03/16/2016

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

02/17/2016

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

01/11/2016

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

UEA Sues State School Board

01/08/2016

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

12/10/2015

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

12/09/2015

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

11/24/2015

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

11/13/2015

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

10/19/2015

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

09/29/2015

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

09/21/2015

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

09/04/2015

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

08/13/2015

Interested in winning $500 for your classroom? SaveOnEnergy.com® 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

07/17/2015

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

07/13/2015

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

07/06/2015

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

06/30/2015

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

06/12/2015

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

05/04/2015

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

04/21/2015

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

03/30/2015

“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

03/23/2015

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

03/19/2015

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

03/18/2015

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

03/10/2015

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

03/01/2015

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

02/24/2015

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

02/14/2015

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 (UtahPolicy.com)

02/04/2015

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

02/02/2015

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

01/30/2015

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

01/22/2015

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

12/18/2014

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

12/11/2014

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.

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