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  • State Board of Education, DonorsChoose Launch $12 Million Effort for Educators

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    State Board of Education, DonorsChoose Launch $12 Million Effort for Educators

    Largest COVID Relief Funding Program of Its Kind to Directly Help Utah Public School Classrooms

    SALT LAKE CITY – Today, the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) officially launches the allocation of $12 million in COVID-19 relief funds to directly help K-12 public school educators get classroom resources for the school year through DonorsChoose, a nonprofit crowdfunding website. The collaboration between USBE and DonorsChoose is the largest of its kind to date in the nation and will provide Utah educators with up to $1,000 in funding for their projects, empowering them to support their students’ success with classroom resources.

    “Our educators have demonstrated incredible passion and innovation as they have gone above and beyond to help students during these unprecedented times caused by the pandemic,” said Mark Huntsman, USBE Board Chair. “With the support of the Board and its staff, we are thrilled to have this opportunity to show appreciation for our educators by investing in their classrooms and providing them with the resources they need in this moment to address the impacts of disrupted learning.”

    The use of the funds for a classroom grant partnership was the idea of Board Member Molly Hart, who felt strongly that USBE get as much money as possible into the hands of the state’s best educational resource, its teachers. “Utah’s educators are some of the finest in the country and I was so inspired to witness firsthand how they continued to sacrifice and show up for their students throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. They not only helped their students, but helped their students’ families, and school communities in incredibly innovative ways,” said Hart. “In this moment more than ever, they deserve our support and appreciation, and I am proud that we as the Board are able to provide Utah’s educators with resources to fund what their classrooms need most right now.”

    As part of the partnership with USBE, DonorsChoose will ensure any requests for instructional materials align with the Utah Core Standards. For any requests for non-instructional items, DonorsChoose will confirm that projects relate to one of the four main goal areas identified in USBE’s strategic plan: safe and healthy schools; early learning; personalized learning; and effective teachers and leaders.

    “We’re so grateful to collaborate with the Utah State Board of Education in such an innovative way to empower its educators and students during a critical time,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. “These grants are an investment in the frontline wisdom of Utah’s educators that we know will help students across the State continue to go strong this school year and beyond.”

    Any Utah full-time equivalent K-12 public school employee who spends the majority of their time directly educating or counseling students is eligible to create a project. Eligible projects are anticipated to be funded within one week of posting. Projects will be funded up to $1,000 in total costs for student-focused resources.

    “Our Utah teachers are the frontline experts who know what our students need in response to the pandemic,” said Superintendent of Public Instruction, Sydnee Dickson. “This innovative partnership with DonorsChoose allows for student-centered funding that is directed by the educators in the classroom to support learning and achievement.  With this $12 million allocation, we are thrilled to be able to get resources directly and immediately to our Utah educators and students.”

    Since Charles Best founded DonorsChoose in 2000, more than 12,600 Utah teachers representing every school district have raised $21 million for projects that help them go above and beyond in the classroom. The new collaboration between USBE and DonorsChoose will further this support for educators across the entire State. 

    USBE will begin funding eligible requests on a first-come, first-served basis beginning January, 18, 2021 and for as long as funding is available. Educators can learn how to create an eligible DonorsChoose project in the organization’s Help Center.  

    View/Download PDF version of this News Release

  • Test Vouchers for UEN’s Free Google Certified Educator MOOC Courses

    Test Vouchers for UEN’s Free Google Certified Educator MOOC Courses

    As you may know, UEN offers free self-paced courses for Google Certified Educator Level One and Level Two to help teachers become a Google Certified Educator. One barrier for educators is the fee that Google requires educators to take their certification exams. To help more Utah teachers become Google Certified Educators, UEN is offering exam vouchers to any teacher who completes the required coursework in the Google Certified Educator Level One or Google Certified Educator Level Two MOOC course. 
     
    These vouchers provide teachers with a free exam to achieve their certification. Teachers who complete their Level One certificate can then work on their Level Two certificate and receive a second voucher to complete that exam as well. 
     
    The coursework for UEN’s MOOC course follows Google for Education’s program and teachers submit screenshots of completed work. If teachers need additional help, GEGUtah and UEN hosted open GCE Level One and Two training sessions this Fall and filmed them. You can find the playlist at this link: 
     
     
    If your school or LEA would like a training program to help teachers become Google Certified Educators, please reach out to UEN via this form
     
    If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to contact Matthew Winters at UEN (mwinters@uen.org). Also, we would love to keep expanding Utah’s Google Educator Group with educators from around the state. Here is a great infographic PDF to learn more about Utah GEG and to share with others. Join Utah GEG at this link.
  • Edcamp CUT in Richfield on January 8, 2022 – Register Now for Free

    EdcampCUT in Richfield

    January 8, 2022 at Red Hills Middle School

    The UCET Organization has held Edcamps in Northern and Southern Utah in the past, but they are now offering the first-ever Edcamp for educators in central Utah! Edcamps are not like your typical conferences – sessions are focused on conversations, not presentations, and are based on input and suggestions from the attendees. Edcamps are always FREE, and are a fun and refreshing change of pace. Learn more about Edcamps here. Working on your ETEP Endorsement? This is a great opportunity for your EdTech Conference requirement!

    Register here for EdcampCUT

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  • EdTech Courses for Spring ’22 – Registration Open!

    EdTech Courses for Spring ’22 – Registration Open!

    The next round of online EdTech courses from SEDC are now open for registration. The first set begins on January 13th, and the second set on March 10. 
     
    Here’s what’s coming up:
     
  • Spring 2022 – Gifted and Talented Endorsement Courses – Registration Open

    Spring 2022 Gifted Endorsement Course

    EDUC 5610: Learning Environments for Gifted Students

    Registration Form

    We are ready to start registration for the Spring 2022 Gifted and Talented Endorsement Classes: EDUC 5610 – Learning Environments for Gifted Students. Interested teachers may take this class to begin or continue their required coursework toward the Gifted and Talented Endorsement.

    This class will be held by virtual meetings via Google Meet. The class begins on January 6, 2022 and ends on March 10, 2022. Classes will be held from 4:30 pm until 6:30 pm each Thursday. Canvas assignments will be completed each week outside of the class meeting times. Teachers can access this class from their homes and will not need to travel.

    Please print and/or share this flyer with others who may be interested.

    Cost:

    • SEDC: There is a charge of $210.00 per endorsement class taken through SEDC (if you are planning on your District/Charter to pay for this charge, please contact them and receive approval prior to registering).
    • Utah Valley University: UVU charges $15.00 per credit for class credit. EDUC 5610 is a 3-hour course ($45.00). There is a one-time admission fee of $35.00 if you have never taken a class from UVU. 

    SEDC Registration:

    Here is SEDC’s LINK to register for the class and to distribute to others. (This link will only register you with SEDC you will also need to complete UVU registration for college credit).

    UVU Registration:

    Please refer to the documents below to register at UVU for credit. We are encouraging teachers to complete the admission, registration, and payment of fees processes prior to the beginning of class.

    If you plan on taking this course and receiving the Utah Gifted and Talented Education Endorsement, you must receive college credit, you must register through UVU for the class by carefully following the attached instructions. If you have previously completed the admission process, then all you need to do is go online, follow the registration instructions, and then pay the course registration fee. If this is the first UVU endorsement class that you have taken, then you will need to first complete the admission instructions and then register for the class. Register NOW since you have only 3 weeks from the start of class to complete the registration process.

    John Allan is the UVU Endorsement Program Coordinator. If you have concerns and/or questions related to UVU admission or registration, he is the person to contact. His contact information is as follows: John W. Allan, Endorsement Program Coordinator-Utah Valley University, School of Education. Email: JohnA@uvu.edu Phone: (801) 863-7614

  • Next Elementary Math Endorsement Course for Spring 2022: Geometry and Measurement for Practitioners from SEDC

    Geometry and Measurement for Practitioners, EDUC 5530, from SEDC for the Spring ’22 Semester

    Download flyer in PDF to share, and you can register here with SEDC (UVU registration needed as well). Additional information can be found here in PDF

    Math Endorsement Flyer January 2022

    Download flyer in PDF

  • UEN’s Digital Locker for Educators

    decorative image for UEN Digital Locker - shows purple lockers with text tips on the various resources teachers will find on this site

    UEN’s Digital Locker for Educators

    UEN has announced a new resource for Utah educators. It’s designed to be a perfect “Go To” for some just-in-time training or help. It is extremely easy to navigate, and can quickly get you to the perfect UEN resource right when you need it. 

    Check it out at uen.org/locker

     

  • Reimagine Teaching Videos

    Reimagine Teaching Videos

    Using funds available to the Regional Educational Service Agencies from UETN through Utah’s CARES education funding, we have contracted with great educational thinkers to create multiple series of videos to help all Utah educators with ideas and best practices for instructing students at this challenging time. 

    Index of Videos:

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  • Interested In An Educational Technology Endorsement? Earn It Through SEDC

    Learn more about our online Educational Technology Endorsement Courses at SEDC

    SEDC is working in cooperation with the Utah Education Network (UEN), the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and Southern Utah University (SUU) to provide professional learning opportunities to earn an Educational Technology Endorsement Program (ETEP) endorsement for teachers in our region. These courses will be held entirely online through the Canvas learning management system.

    The ETEP endorsement consists of 18 credit hours of courses: 3 3-credit core courses (9 credit hours) which are focused on many of the core concepts in educational technology integration. An additional 6 credits of courses focused on technology to support your curriculum, and 3 credits of courses where you use technology to enhance your professional practice are required as electives. These 5000-level credits will be awarded through SUU at a cost to participants of $23 per credit to record.

    Teachers following in-step with the SEDC ETEP plan will complete this endorsement in 2 years, but we plan on offering these courses on a continual rotating basis, so you are free to jump in anytime that you can. Credit earned in the program can also be used for salary lane changes. Coursework can be applied towards a Master’s degree program from either Southern Utah University or the University of Utah.

    Our next round of courses will begin September 6, 2018, but if you are interested you can join in at anytime. The courses offered during the 2018-2019 school year begin about every 2 months and run for 6 weeks. We will begin the 12-week core courses in early September 2019. Take a look at the upcoming courses we will offer!

    Learn more about the entire endorsement program requirements from UEN.

    Download the 2018 ETEP Flyer in PDF format.

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  • Academic Pathway to Teacher (APT/ARL) Licensure Program for Service Centers