What’s New at SEDC?


  • Elementary Science – NEW Endorsement!

    Elementary Science – NEW Endorsement!

    SEDC is excited to partner with SUU to offer the Elementary Science Endorsement.  The Elementary Science Endorsement verifies that the teacher understands scientific ways of thinking and working, conceptual content knowledge, and can support students’ science learning in authentic and experiential ways in the K-6 classroom.  Teachers with the Elementary Science Endorsement can also take 3 additional courses and receive the Elementary STEM endorsement.
     
    The Elementary Science Endorsement requires competency in the following six areas:
    • Nature of Science and Engineering
    • Systems in Science
    • Matter and Energy in Science
    • Cause & Effect in Science
    • Stability and Change in Science
    • Classroom Practice in Science
    SEDC plans to offer each of the six required courses throughout the coming years in a hybrid option that will combine both in-person and online learning.  There will be some required in-person learning in Cedar City for each of the courses
     

    Course #1- Summer 2024

    What: Course 1- Nature of Science and Engineering-EDUC 5701-257
    When: Begins with in-person training on Monday, June 17th from  9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Course is 7 weeks and ends on August 2nd.
    How: One in-person training and the remainder of the learning will be done online through Canvas.
    Who: Any interested Utah Public School Elementary Teacher.
    Instructor: Sara McAffee- Iron County School District Elementary STEM Specialist.
    Cost: Courses will be offered FREE to all Utah elementary teachers with support from the STEM Endorsement Incentive Grant. SEDC will pay the SUU tuition. Some travel reimbursement may also be paid in certain circumstances.
    Register: With SUU by using the CRN and the information attached
     
    If you have any questions, please contact Joe B. Wright (joeb@sedck12.org) at SEDC.
    Decorative flyer for Course #1: Nature of Science & Engineering, EDUC 5701-257 for Summer '24 semester for the new SEDC Elementary Science Endorsement

    Canva link to above flyer – please share with any teacher that may be interested!


  • 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee

    6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee

    Savannah Paul from Washington School District has won the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee for students in grades 3-8. The competition was held on April 16, 2024 at the Iron County School District offices and featured 18 students from Beaver, Kane, Iron, Millard and Washington school districts, as well as students from Valley Academy Charter School in Hurricane, Utah. Kane and Valley Academy are a welcome new addition to this year’s competition. 

    Savannah Paul, from Pine View Middle School in Washington, correctly spelled the word “mimicking” in the 17th Round to win the championship. The first runner-up was Audrey Ayala, a Panorama Elementary student in Washington School District. She correctly spelled “dramatize” in the spell-off.  The second runner-up was Hayes Holyoak from Delta Middle School. HIs last correct word was “toggle.”

    “We are so proud of Savannah for winning the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee,” said Clint Stephens, the Regional Bee Coordinator at SEDC. “This is a great accomplishment, and we know that Savannah will continue to do great things in the future.”

    The SEDC Regional Spelling Bee is an annual competition that is open to students in grades 3-8 from our member school districts and charter schools in southwest Utah. The competition is designed to promote literacy and academic achievement among students, and to provide a venue for students to showcase their talents in an arena outside of athletics. This year saw the most students compete from the most districts and charter schools in the history of our bee. 

    “We are grateful to all of the students who participated in the SEDC Regional Spelling Bee,” said Clint Stephens. “We also want to thank the teachers, parents, and administrators who helped to make this event possible.”

    If you could not view this year’s bee in person or from our live stream, you can watch the recording here on YouTube.

    6th Annual Southwest Educational Development Center Regional Spelling Bee Finalists, L to R: Hayes Holyoak from Delta Middle School, Millard School District; Savannah Paul from Pine View Middle School, Washington SD and Audrey Ayala from Panorama Elementary in Washington SD.
    6th Annual Southwest Educational Development Center Regional Spelling Bee Finalists, L to R: Hayes Holyoak from Delta Middle School, Millard School District; Savannah Paul from Pine View Middle School, Washington SD and Audrey Ayala from Panorama Elementary in Washington SD.
    2024 SEDC Regional Spelling Bee participants. Back row, L to R: Travis Max Seegmiller, Iron; Grant Pearson, Iron; Harrison Francom, Iron; Hayes Holyoak, Millard; Savannah Paul, Washington; Audrey Ayala, Washington; Kaydee Ure, Beaver; Melody Williams, Beaver. Front row, L to R: Samantha Hart, Kane; Blake Hansen, Kane; Liv Glazier, Kane; Landry Holyoak, Millard; Jens Allen, Millard; Ellie Blackner, Beaver; Lily Burnett, Valley Academy; Brandt Hawkins, Valley Academy. Not pictured: Evan Chiu, Valley Academy and Kennedy Bolke, Washington.
    2024 SEDC Regional Spelling Bee participants. Back row, L to R: Travis Max Seegmiller, Iron; Grant Pearson, Iron; Harrison Francom, Iron; Hayes Holyoak, Millard; Savannah Paul, Washington; Audrey Ayala, Washington; Kaydee Ure, Beaver; Melody Williams, Beaver. Front row, L to R: Samantha Hart, Kane; Blake Hansen, Kane; Liv Glazier, Kane; Landry Holyoak, Millard; Jens Allen, Millard; Ellie Blackner, Beaver; Lily Burnett, Valley Academy; Brandt Hawkins, Valley Academy. Not pictured: Evan Chiu, Valley Academy and Kennedy Bolke, Washington.
    Pronouncers podium, judges, video streaming gear and rows of proud parents and family members await the start of the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee, in the Boardrooms of Iron County School District in Cedar City, Utah.
    Pronouncers podium, judges, video streaming gear and rows of proud parents and family members await the start of the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee, in the Boardrooms of Iron County School District in Cedar City, Utah.
  • 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee – LiveStream

    6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee – LiveStream

    The top 3 spellers from Beaver, Iron, Kane Millard & Washington Counties, as well as Valley Academy Charter School in southwest Utah compete for the top spellers in the SEDC region honors.

    On April 16 at 11 am, the 6th Annual SEDC Regional Spelling Bee will begin with our largest group of competitors ever! And, you can watch it all unfold LIVE right here, or even after the bee has ended, via YouTube. Not able to view the video below once we go live? Try to view it from our YouTube Channel

    We are thrilled to welcome Kane County and Valley Academy Charter School to the Regional Spelling Bee. Our competitors this year will be:

    • Beaver: Melody Williams and Kaydee Ure from Belknap Elementary, and Ellie Blackner from Minersville School.
    • Iron: Grant Pearson from South Elementary, Harrison Francom from Iron Springs Elementary, and Travis Max Seegmiller from Escalante Valley.
    • Kane: Black Hansen, Samantha Hart and Liv Glazier, all from Kanab Elementary.
    • Millard: Hayes Holyoak from Delta Middle School, Landry Holyoak from Delta North Elementary, and Jens Allen from Fillmore Elementary School.
    • Valley Academy: Lily Burnett, Evan Chiu & Brandt Hawkins
    • Washington: Savannah Paul from Pine View Middle School, Kennedy Bolke from Sunrise Ridge Intermediate, and Audrey Ayala from Panorama Elementary.

    Best of luck to all of our competitors, and congratulations to each and every one of you for proving that you are the best speller in your district or charter!!

  • Summer 2024 SEDC Endorsement Courses

    Summer 2024 SEDC Endorsement Courses

    Summer 2024 Endorsement Courses Infographic by Clint Stephens

    Please feel free to share this infographic with any educators who may be interested. Here’s a PDF version as well as link to infographic image of the Summer 2024 SEDC Endorsement course offerings. You can also share a quick link to this post: https://sedck12.org/summer24

  • Summer ’24 EdTech Courses

    Summer ’24 EdTech Courses

    We are coming up on a full year into the new Competency-Based endorsement requirements from USBE, and we have had many teachers work through the entire new course series in less than a year. Don’t worry! Whether you are just starting, have only taken a class or two, or are just about to complete the endorsement, we will be flexible and will have a pathway for you to finish the endorsement as quickly and painlessly as possible. There’s never a better time to get started on your EdTech Endorsement!

    Learn more and enroll in the new EdTech Endorsement series

    Are you just looking to level up your EdTech instructional skills this summer? Here’s our lineup of 6-week courses coming up from SEDC for Summer 2024. Just follow the links below to learn more about each course and to register through UEN:

    Summer ’24 ETEP Flyer by Clint Stephens

    Any questions? Reach out to Clint at clint@sedck12.org.

  • Data Analysis and Problem Solving – EDUC 5540 for Elementary Math Endorsement

    Data Analysis and Problem Solving for Summer ’24 Elementary Math Endorsement

    What: EDUC 5540 – Data Analysis and Problem Solving. This is the 5th of 6 of the required endorsement courses. Anyone is welcome to register regardless if they have taken previous courses or not.

    When: This course will begin on Monday June 10th. Mandatory Zoom meetings will occur each Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 1:00 pm for two weeks. The final day of the course is Thursday, June 20th. If you can not attend each day via Zoom, please do not register for the course.

    Who: Licensed educators who currently are or aspire to earn their Elementary Math Instruction Endorsement

    HowAdmission/Re-Admission & registration details can be found here. There is a $210 SEDC course fee that will be paid for by the USBE STEM Endorsement Incentive Grant for all teachers with a current assignment in Utah’s public schools.  Any others need to pay the course fee to SEDC upon registration (please send a check to SEDC 520 W. 800 S.  Cedar City, UT 84720).

    Questions: Please direct any questions regarding this course or any other of SEDC’s Endorsements to Joe B. Wright- Executive Director of SEDC, joeb@sedck12.org, 435.586.2865

  • Gifted & Talented Courses for Summer ’24

    Gifted & Talented Courses for Summer ’24

    What:

    • Learning Environments for Gifted Students, June 17 – June 28, 2024, Emily Sharp instructing
    • Curriculum & Instructional Planning in Gifted Education, July 8 – July 19, 2024, Michelle Green instructing

    When: Summer 2024

    Who: Licensed educators who currently are or aspire to earn their Gifted & Talented Education Endorsement

    How: Admission/Re-Admission instructions. Course CRN’s will be posted soon. Please be aware that SEDC has partnered with Washington County School District to make their classes available to all teachers throughout the state via Google Meet. There is a $210.00 course fee for all non-WCSD teachers payable to SEDC.

    Questions: Please direct any questions regarding this course or SEDC’s Instructional Coaching Endorsement to Joe B. Wright- Executive Director of SEDC, joeb@sedck12.org, 435.586.2865

  • Instructional Design and Assessment – Summer ’24 Instructional Coaching Course

    Instructional Design and Assessment, EDUC 5300 – Summer ’24 Instructional Coaching Endorsement Course

    What: EDUC 5300 – Instructional Design and Assessment. This is the 3rd of 3 of the required courses for the Instructional Coaching endorsement. Anyone is welcome to register regardless if they have taken previous courses or not.

    When: This course will begin on May 14th, with an introductory Zoom meeting at 4:00 PM. After this introductory meeting, students will work asynchronously on the content and assignments for the course throughout the summer using Canvas. The instructor, Katie Jones, will have regular office hours so that students may check-in, ask questions, and receive guidance and instruction during June, July, and August, however, no mandatory attendance is required during the summer.  All of the Canvas assignments will be due in August.

    Who: Licensed educators who currently are or aspire to earn their Instructional Coaching Endorsement

    How: Admission/Re-Admission & registration details can be found here. There is a $210 SEDC course fee that SEDC will invoice you for.  

    Questions: Please direct any questions regarding this course or any other of SEDC’s Endorsements to Joe B. Wright- Executive Director of SEDC, joeb@sedck12.org, 435.586.2865

  • Great Things Happening in the SEDC Region for Fall 2023

    Great Things Happening in the SEDC Region for Fall 2023

    Here’s a roundup of several stories in the news that showcase just a few of the great things that are going on in schools in southwestern Utah. 


    2 Utah schools named among best in the country

    Of the 350 or so schools in the country recognized as Blue Ribbon Schools, two Utah schools made that list, and one is right here in Beaver County. Blue Ribbon Schools are the highest performing schools in the United States, identified by the US Department of Education

    Milford Elementary was once one of the lowest-performing schools in the state, but is now a 2023 Blue Ribbon School thanks to teachers like Sarah George and Jamie Ambrose.

    Learn more from this Fox 13 news article and view the video highlighting the two Utah schools below. Milford Elementary is featured beginning at 1:05 into the video. 


    Escalante High School’s Derlynne Brooks Named Secretary of the Year for Utah

    Secretary of the Year Derlynne Brooks, students, dear friends and family watch a slideshow highlighting Brooks’ nearly 40 years of service to the school during the awards ceremony honoring her on October 25, 2023. Nancy Goude
    Secretary of the Year Derlynne Brooks, students, dear friends and family watch a slideshow highlighting Brooks’ nearly 40 years of service to the school during the awards ceremony honoring her on October 25, 2023. Nancy Goude

    Derlynne Brooks was awarded Secretary of the Year by the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, during a ceremony held at Escalante High School, by UASSP Executive Director Rhonda Bromley.

    Following a behind-the-scenes conspiracy between family members, friends, colleagues, Escalante High School Principal Peter Baksis and Bromley, a surprise celebration of Brooks’ achievement took place October 25, 2023, at the school as part of the Feather Ceremony, which is held to celebrate students.

    Continue reading about this incredible person in The Insider


    SEDC Charter School and District Highlighted in the UEN Digital Teaching & Learning Inventory Project

    UEN conducted the fifth biannual Utah School Technology Inventory. Through this project, UEN and Connected Nation collected data to help policymakers understand how educational technology supports classroom instruction in Utah. 

    The School Technology Inventory was first envisioned in 2015 when the Utah Legislature passed Senate Bill 222. This bill established a program that required  an inventory of classroom technology and related resources being used in Utah’s public and charter schools.

    In 2017, the Utah Legislature passed a second bill, House Bill 277, which established the state’s Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program. The program made grants available to schools and districts to improve student learning outcomes and provide educators professional learning opportunities in digital teaching and learning. To assess the effect of these investments, UETN decided to continue the inventory every other year.

    UEN and Connected Nation conducted the inventory from October to November, and the final report was released early 2024.

    Vista School, one of the charter schools that SEDC services, is highlighted here: Exploring new technologies: How Vista School is using integrated tech in and out of the classroom.

    Schools in Iron County were also spotlighted: Technology inventory drives improvement in the Iron County School District.

  • Tammy Houston – SEDC Teacher of the Year for 2023

    Tammy Houston – SEDC Teacher of the Year for 2023

    Learn more about the incredible things that Tammy Houston, a Learning Specialist at the middle school in Panguitch in Garfield County, is doing for her students, school and community. View it ad free on MyVRSpot or below. You can also view it on YouTube. Be sure to like the video and subscribe to the SEDC YouTube channel while you are there.