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Wednesday, July 6
 

11:00am MDT

Conference Credit
URSA Conference Credit Options

There are two credit options for your attendance at the 2022 URSA Conference. Both require that you
complete the reflection assignment.

1. SUU Professional Development Credit
  • 5000-level graduate credit recorded on an official SUU transcript
  •  Cost - $21
  • This option requires that you attend the whole conference and participate in all keynotes and presentation sessions while also completing the reflection assignment
  • To register for SUU credit follow the three steps detailed here! Please note that if you don’t already have an SUU T number, it will take up to 48 hours to complete that step in the registration process.
  • If you run into any issues, please feel free to email k12inservice@suu.edu or call 435-865-808
  • SUU will also have a booth in the SUU Business Building during the conference

2. USBE Relicensure Points
  • Up to 11 points available (21 if you are a presenter)
  • Cost – Free
  • Receive 1 point for every section you complete of the reflection assignment

The deadline for both credit options is July 15, 2022.

Wednesday July 6, 2022 11:00am - 4:00pm MDT

11:00am MDT

Conference Registration
Pick up your conference name badge or register for the URSA conference in the atrium/entry of the Auditorium

Wednesday July 6, 2022 11:00am - 4:00pm MDT
AU - Auditorium Foyer

12:30pm MDT

Welcome and Housekeeping
Wednesday July 6, 2022 12:30pm - 12:45pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

12:45pm MDT

Portrait of a Graduate
In this keynote, learn how to unlock your hidden creative talents and transform the classroom by enhancing relationships through sharing you within your instruction. Discover simple, powerful tools to spark better ideas with personalized learning strategies. Dr. Hughes tackles why we need to consider changes in our mindset and how a focus on a Portrait of a Graduate and student pathways can help the educators as much as the student.

Overall, work to understand the importance of building solid relationships while emphasizing a focus on the learning environment.

Presenters
avatar for Kodey Hughes

Kodey Hughes

Superintendent, Juab School District
Dr. Hughes has three children and a wonderful wife, Jodie, who is also an educator. He is currently serving as the Superintendent of Schools for the Juab School District. Hughes briefly taught band in Las Vegas for one year and then Gunnison High School for three years, where he... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 12:45pm - 1:30pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA
  Keynote

1:45pm MDT

Assessment to Achievement: Improving Student Learning through Data-Driven Collaborative Practice
Educational leaders set lofty goals to transform schools, but do not always achieve the desired impact on student learning despite their knowledge, effort, and desire. Assessment to Achievement (A2A) has facilitated Utah educators from over 100 schools in more than 25 districts to fuse knowledge, beliefs, and practice. Co-facilitated by experts at the Utah State Board of Education and coaching partners at Ed Direction, A2A educators engage in a four-year professional learning experience coupling learning with feedback to strengthen collaborative practices, use data effectively, and incorporate evidence-based instructional strategies into their teaching practices. In addition to growing academic outcomes for students, staff build leadership skills, plan strategically, and work with coaches to deeply implement change management practices that positively impact student achievement outcomes for years to come.
What’s more? Consistently, participants indicate overwhelming satisfaction in this professional learning experience.
In this engaging presentation, participants will experience the high-quality professional learning that schools experience in A2A. From this experience, they will be able to glean some of the replicable practices Utah schools learn about and apply to create the meaningful changes in their schools. Participants will learn about the rationale and research behind the project. They will explore the high-leverage strategies schools employ over the course of their four years participating in A2A in strengthening collaborative practices, incorporating data-driven discussion structures, and evidence-based instructional practices. Participants will also explore specific examples of the transformative change A2A created in several rural schools before engaging in a Q&A discussion about replicable practice.
Participants will receive a URL to access all materials both during and after the session. They should bring a device with them to maximize their engagement.

Presenters
avatar for Megan Lopez

Megan Lopez

Secondary ELA and WIDA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Megan Lopez, M.Ed. is currently a Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist and WIDA Assessment Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. In her five years at the USBE, Megan has supported educators and administrators across the state support student outcomes. In addition, she... Read More →
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Carrie Miller

Director, A2A Program Manager, Ed Direction - USBE Partner Vendor
Carrie Miller, Ed.D. is a Director at Ed Direction, Cicero Group’s K-12 Public Education practice. Since joining the Ed Direction team, Carrie has partnered with over 150 schools nationally, and all around the great state of Utah including every school in Cedar City! Carrie infuses... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Nearpod + Google
If you use Nearpod and Google, join this session to learn some new ways to collaborate and extend learning using them together. We'll explore bringing in Google Slides, Docs, Forms and Jamboards. I'll do a mini-version of using the Google Slides add-on, but this is not a presentation on how to use the add-on.

Presenters
avatar for Jami Gardner

Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

PCBL Leaders: Leading to Foster Personalized Competency Based Learning
Explore leadership behaviors, skills and strategies that create the conditions and foster a culture and climate for personalized competency based learning to thrive.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Colledge

Rachel Colledge

Educational Leadership Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Rachel serves as Educational Leadership Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. In her role, she collaborates with and supports school leadership throughout the state of Utah. Rachel has served in the roles of teacher, CTE director, and secondary school principal at Spectrum... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Spark Learning in Your Classroom With Google Workspace for Edu
Google Workspace for Edu provides teachers and students with a toolset to do amazing projects, engaging work, and to produce artifacts of student learning based on choice. However, that toolset is enormous and is consistently being updated to meet the needs of the education community. In this session, join UEN trainer Matthew Winters for a whirlwind session on the new updates to Google Workspace for EDU and how to use these updates within your classroom to help best support your learners.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Winters

Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Classroom Management
We will go over classroom management strategies to keep kids engaged in learning and reduce challenging behavior.

Session slides here.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Manning

Christine Manning

BCBA, LBA, Manning Consulting
Christine has a variety of experience in Utah schools. She has worked as a classroom teacher, school administrator, teacher coach, and behavior specialist. She currently consults in several schools and has worked with students preschool age to post graduation. She supports regular... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
BUS 242- Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 242 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Get Connected: Interagency Collaboration for Transition
Come learn about how Utah State Board of Education is working to improve collaboration between professionals serving transition-age youth (ages 14-22) with disabilities. We will discuss current state initiatives, recommendations for best practice in teacher collaboration, and a tool teams can use to create and plan with their local transition teams.

Presenters
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Crystal Emery

Secondary Transition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Crystal Emery is a transition professional with over 25 years of experience working with young children and adolescents. She is certified as an early intervention specialist, a Coach for Early Childhood Professionals, an Employment Specialist, and a Customized Employment professional... Read More →
avatar for Lavinia Gripentrog

Lavinia Gripentrog

Secondary Transition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lavinia Gripentrog has a rich history in the field of Transition and special education. She began her career supporting adults with developmental disabilities in employment and community settings for an adult provider in 1991. She then became a special education teacher for 21 years... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 405 - General Classroom Building, Room 405 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Instructional Coaching: How to Start and Maintain Momentum
In this presentation we will share ideas on starting the school year strong with instructional coaching. This will include: how and why to embed coaching into other professional learning activities, coaching cycles, communication habits and skills, and program evaluation ideas.

Presenters
avatar for Sara McAffee

Sara McAffee

Elementary STEM Coordinator, Iron County School District
Sara McAffee has been an educator for over 20 years. Additional presenters will be added.
avatar for Candace Rowley

Candace Rowley

Instructional Coach, Iron County School District
I have taught in Iron County School District for 17 years - most of it as a middle school language arts teacher, but more recently as an instructional coach.


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Little RUUTE - Health Science & STEM Program for Utah's Rural & Underserved Schools
The University of Utah’s School of Medicine Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) and Regional Affairs Program has learning experiences range from community outreach, becoming a preceptor, to learning experiences for medical students and residents. This program is specifically catered to rural and underserved communities, and we have a lot to offer through our Little RUUTE Program.

We would like the opportunity to share with educators and institutions that housed within the RUUTE Program is our Little RUUTE Program for K-5th graders that offers the following options for institutions and educators:
• Access to free Education Checkout Boxes including:
o Multiple STEM Kits
o Multiple STEM Lessons with Health Education Extensions
o Growing RUUTE Connection to Campus Garden and Nutrition Lessons
o Materials to Participate in Growing RUUTE Sustainability Growing Activity
o Lab Coats

Presenters
avatar for Kacey Warburton

Kacey Warburton

Community Outreach, Education, and Engagement Coordinator, University of Utah
My name is Kacey Warburton, and I am the Community Outreach, Education, and Engagement Coordinator for the Rural & Underserved Utah Training Experience (RUUTE) and Regional Affairs Program. RUUTE has several opportunities housed within the program that align with the goals of the... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

PBIS and SEL: Connecting the Dots
Description to come

Presenters
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Emily Sagendorf

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Southwest Educational Development Center
Emily Sagendorf earned her certification as a Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst in 2015 and knew helping families change problematic behavior was her passion. She continued her education and experience by obtaining her Social Service Worker certification with the state of... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 201 - General Classroom Building, Room 201 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

PCBL & POG: Personalizing Education Today for Competent Citizens Tomorrow
If you're wondering "what is PCBL?", then you might also be thinking "How do we develop Mastery, Autonomy and Purpose in our students today so they will meet the competencies and expectations set forth in Utah's Portrait of A Graduate? " In this session we will examine the PCBL Framework to identify the mechanisms for creating a learner-centered educational system that supports learner agency, demonstrated competency and assessment, customized supports, social and emotional wellness, and a culture of learning.

Miss the presentation?  Don't worry, you can see the entire slide deck here!

Presenters
avatar for Michael Hakkarinen

Michael Hakkarinen

Education Specialist - Teaching and Learning, USBE
Michael Hakkarinen is an experienced classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and professional learning facilitator. As the PCBL Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education he provides support to Utah LEAs focusing on Personalized and Competency Based educational... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Sight Words, HFW, Word Lists, OH MY!
Join us for a description of the difference between High Frequency Words, Sight Words, Regular and Irregular Words. Learn which ones to teach and strategies to teach them.

Presenters
avatar for Julie Clark

Julie Clark

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Julie graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University in December of 1999. She later went on to receive her Reading Endorsement and Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction. She taught in Weber School District for most of her career, spending... Read More →
avatar for Christine Elegante

Christine Elegante

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Christine Elegante is a dynamic educator who currently serves as a K-3 Literacy Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She is passionate about education and considers herself a life-long learner. Her own educational journey began at Utah State University where she earned... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Strategies to Engage Adult Learners: Lessons Learned
Engaging learners in rich dialogue around learning outcomes is often a challenge for both teachers and school leaders. This session focuses on modeling instructional strategies that result in active engagement and support individual learner needs. Participants will experience the strategies and brainstorm opportunities to utilize the strategies in their teaching/leadership. Examples of how the strategies were used to train school leaders in the teacher/leader evaluation process will be shared.

Presenters
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Denise Schares

Associate Professor, University of Northern Iowa
Denise Schares currently serves as Associate Professor of Educational Psychology, Foundations and Leadership Studies at the University of Northern Iowa. Her background includes a B.S. in Vocational Home Economics and Health, M.A. in Educational Psychology; Teaching, and an Ed.D.in... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Teach engaging STEAM activities with Ozobot
Ozobot is a toy robot that blends the physical and digital worlds while teaching young learners programming. This workshop will demonstrate how students train Ozobot robots to move by drawing pre-programed color codes or sending block-codes using Ozoblockly. Participants will also explore Ozobot STEAM lessons and activities aligned for K-8 students.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

The Plight of Wearing Many Hats: Implementing a Comprehensive Program as a Rural School Counselor
Rural school counselors are often faced with many unique challenges, including taking on many roles and responsibilities that can be tricky to balance. This session will explore and provide ideas for how to implement a comprehensive program in rural school settings with these challenges in mind. Attendees will brainstorm ideas and share resources in collaboration with other school counselors in the session and learn ways to meet the needs of students and your school while meeting the expectations of the Utah model for College and Career Readiness School Counseling Programs.

Presenters
avatar for Ashley Chamberlain

Ashley Chamberlain

School Counselor, Valley High School
Ashley Chamberlain is a school counselor at Valley High School in Southern Utah. She earned her B.S. from Southern Utah University and her Master's Degree from Utah State University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in school psychology. She has been a foster parent, peer... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

UEN's Film Festival in a Box
Lights! Camera! Action! Filmmaking in the classroom helps students develop communication, collaboration, and problem solving skills. Filmmaking can help you add creativity, student voice, and personalization to your professional practice. Not sure where to start? UEN can help! In this session, you'll learn about UEN's "Film Festival in a Box" -- a collection of free resources, mentoring opportunities, and coaching supports to help you utilize filmmaking in your teaching, amplify student voices, and even host your own class, school, or district film festival. Click here to access our Slides presentation. Visit uen.org/digitalarts to access UEN's Film Festival in a Box!

Presenters
avatar for Katie Blunt w/UEN

Katie Blunt w/UEN

Product Manager/Trainer, Utah Education Network
Katie Blunt is a product manager and trainer for the Utah Education Network. Previously, Katie worked as an Educational Technology Specialist for the Canyons School District and taught sixth grade in the Jordan School District. She served as president of the Utah Coalition for Educational... Read More →
avatar for Dani Sloan

Dani Sloan

IT Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Dr. Dani Sloan is an IT Product Manager and Instructor for Utah Education Network. Her current passions are improving student research and educating teachers and librarians about information literacy. She has one energetic son and two lazy dachshunds.


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

1:45pm MDT

Using the Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program to Support Student Learning
The Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (known as FFVP) provides a fruit or vegetable snack to children at low-income elementary schools during the school day. The goal of the FFVP is to introduce children to fresh fruits and vegetables, to include new and different varieties, and to increase overall acceptance and consumption of fresh, unprocessed produce among children. FFVP also encourages healthier school environments by promoting nutrition education. In participating schools, 90% of parents, teachers, and principals say they enjoy the program and would like to see it continue, but Utah has a very low participation rate. In this session, you'll learn more about how FFVP works and how to apply. You'll also hear from a rural elementary principal and kitchen manager on how they successfully run FFVP in their schools, and get to sample some of the unique fruits and vegetables available through the program.

Presenters
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Kate Wheeler

Child Nutrition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Kate Wheeler is a Child Nutrition Specialist with Utah State Board of Education, where she works on farm to fork and local procurement initiatives, and oversees the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. Kate received her Master of Public Health from Emory University. Prior to joining... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
GC 407 - General Classroom Building, Room 407 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Pride & Prevention - Strengthening School Climate & Early Prevention Efforts
Are you in Proactive-mode, or Reaction-mode? Are you engaged in Prevention, or waiting for crisis, and then intervening? Are you actively connecting to students, or waiting for them to reach out to you? It's time to set aside ineffective strategies, and implement the best prevention, intervention, and postvention tool available!
What's the benefit to you? Less behavioral issues. Students are more engaged in curriculum. Early detection and prevention reduces crisis. Students feel supported and connected, thus raising the overall climate at your school.
Suicide is the leading cause of death for teens in Utah! Over 44% of youth reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year! The CDC states "a sense of being cared for, supported, and belonging at school—called 'school connectedness'—had an important effect on students during a time of severe disruption." What are you doing to help your students feel cared for, supported, and like they belong? What solutions are available? Join me and take home a tool that you can implement right away, at no extra burden to your staff. See you here.

Presenters
avatar for iuri Melo

iuri Melo

LCSW - Co-founder of SchoolPulse, SchoolPulse
iuri Melo has been a private therapist for 20 years. In addition, he is the published author of Mind Over Grey Matter & Know Thy Selfie, the latter being a self-help best seller for teens and young adults. He's also been awarded best counselor of Southern Utah for 2 years in a row... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

PCBL in Action: Elementary Classrooms
Learn about intentional steps Juab School District educators have taken to bring the USBE PCBL model to elementary classrooms. Presenters will model practices, lead discussions, share ideas and experiences, and connect the work to Portrait of a Graduate.

Presenters
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Darren Mecham

Principal, Juab School District
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Diane Blackham

Instructional coach, Juab School District


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 2:45pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

1:45pm MDT

Intentional Focus for Predictable Outcomes in Strategic Planning
Participants will better understand the purpose of a strategic plan, essential components, and the development of “buy in” by gaining stakeholder input and feedback, ensuring implementation and sustainability.

Personalized step by step process in strategic planning and implementation. 

This session is good for creating and developing any type of strategic plan, including: RTI, PBIS, MTSS and SEL.

Presenters
avatar for Jamie Webb

Jamie Webb

Director of Special Programs, Wayne School District
Using her background in Criminal Justice, Social Work and Education over a 26 year career, Jamie weaves education, experience and best practice in the development and implementation of strategic planning. Her studies of Criminal Justice, Social Work and Education enable her to bring... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 4:00pm MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

Kinesthetic Astronomy for 4th Grade
Why is the Sun so much brighter than other stars? Why do the Sun, Moon and stars appear to move across the sky? Clark Planetarium has developed kinesthetic activities to help your students engage in science practices to explain these phenomena, and produced a teacher resource kit with all the materials used in these activities. One kit will be given to each school that has one or more teachers that attend this conference session.

Presenters
avatar for Nicholas Hoffmann

Nicholas Hoffmann

Education Program Supervisor, Clark Planetarium
Nick Hoffmann leads Clark Planetarium's school programming, including outreach visits to schools, field trips, and curriculum trainings.


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 240 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 240 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

1:45pm MDT

What Does Coherence Look Like? Teaching Mathematics with Meaning
The Utah Core standards say that students must “experience mathematics as a coherent, useful, and logical subject that makes use of their ability to make sense of problem situations.” Unfortunately, current U.S. textbook structures and traditional images of instruction mean that most students instead experience mathematics as a disconnected set of facts devoid of meaning.

In this workshop we will briefly discuss some key information from mathematics education research framing the problem and steps we can take to address key issues. We will spend most of the time engaged in an exploration of trigonometry with a focus on meaning and connections across ideas. [But don't worry! You don't need to know anything about trigonometry to participate - all of the ideas we will use will be built up through hands-on activities.] This example will serve as a model for the kinds of lessons and units students need to reengage with mathematics and thrive.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Alan O'Bryan

Dr. Alan O'Bryan

Lead Instructional Designer and Professional Development Coordinator, Rational Reasoning, LLC
Dr. O’Bryan is a former high school math teacher and university instructor who has worked for almost 20 years as a curriculum developer, professional development leader, and teacher trainer. He is a co-author of six secondary and post-secondary mathematics textbooks and has delivered... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 1:45pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Tech Support for Presenters
If you are an URSA Conference presenter and need information or assistance, please call or text (435) 414-8755.


Wednesday July 6, 2022 2:00pm - 4:00pm MDT

3:00pm MDT

Canva - Tips, Tricks, Ideas, and Resources
Unleash creativity with this powerful tool. See dozens of tips and tricks for using Canva including how to make data visual, embed media, generate QR codes, access and use the draw tool, cool features while presenting in Canva, and so much more. Get ideas for how you and your students can use Canva for unleashing creativity and collaboration.

Presenters
avatar for Colby Hawkins

Colby Hawkins

Teacher Specialist, Jordan School District


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

3:00pm MDT

Design From the Problem, Not The Solution: Google Suite as a Design Assistant
Designing for your educational community can be a difficult idea. Whether you are trying to find a solution for your classroom, school, or larger local education authority, developing the solution can take time, effort, and be somewhat overwhelming to community members. However, Google Workspace for Edu helps to mitigate the difficulties throughout this process by streamlining routine check-ins and helping to give every member a voice in the process.

In this session, we will explore a design thinking procedure called the Gripe Jam and use Google tools to help mediate the process. We will also explore a few applications of Google Workspace for Edu for creating manageable, measurable change in your educational community. We will also explore leading design thinking techniques from Google, the Stanford d.school, and IDEO.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Winters

Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Looking at Math Through a PCBL Lens
As defined, Utah's Personalized Competency Based Learning framework supports
educators in engaging all students with high expectations for shared learning intentions and empowering each learner to take ownership of their assets, needs, and interests while tailoring customized supports to maximize student growth and competence.
This session will provide educators and coaches with opportunities to explore ways specific aspects of the PCBL framework can be utilized to support a positive mathematics experience that includes cognitive rigor, rich student discourse, and access to mathematics content for all students. Participants will engage with the Culture of Learning and Customized Support components of the framework as they relate to mathematics.

Presenters
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Trish French

USBE Gifted and Talented Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Hi, I am Trish French and I am currently serving as the Gifted and Talented Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. Prior to coming to the agency, I worked in GT classrooms in the Canyons School District where I also had the opportunity to co-lead their endorsement program... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Writing and Developing Science Assessment Clusters in the Utah Test Item Pool Service (UTIPS)
Participants will explore Science core guides and assessment exemplars with their personal devices based on their own individual grade level interest. Facilitators will guide participants through the exploration as well as provide instruction on how to add assessment exemplar components to UTIPS for classroom use. Participants should make sure their access to UTIPS is working. If they don't we will help them get set up at the workshop. Educators can reach out to Aliese Fry at aliese.fry@schools.utah.gov if they are having issues logging into the UTIPS system.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Roskelley

Scott Roskelley

Secondary Science Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Scott Roskelley has been involved in Utah science education since 2002. After spending 15 years in the classroom teaching 7th grade to high school, he moved to the Utah State Board of Education to develop the science assessments, first for SAGE, and then for RISE and Utah Aspire... Read More →
avatar for Jared Wright

Jared Wright

Elementary Math & Science Assessment Specialist, USBE
I taught for 10 years in the Box Elder School District. Fourth grade was my favorite! I have been with the State (USBE) for 8+ years in the Assessment & Accountability section. My current role is the Elementary Math & Science Assessment Specialist.



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

ADHD and Trauma: How are they the same and how are they different?
This will be a dive into ADHD and Trauma.  We will look at how they are assessed and then how we can use that information to learn how to engage with those that struggle in these areas.

Here is the link for the slide presentation.
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1Gf38bS_Q3UUBttNcCAoNnn-xLC5AlwfAxJMGoYeR3to/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Sheryl Vernon

Sheryl Vernon

School Psychologist, Central Utah Educational Services
Sheryl Vernon is a School Psychologist at CUES, where she covers diagnostic testing for the region. She completed her Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology from BYU in the Spring of 2021. Sheryl is helping to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 201 - General Classroom Building, Room 201 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Coaches as Educational Leaders: Impacts on Student-Athlete Lives
Investigating and describing student-athletes perceptions of how their high school coaches impact their athletic and personal lives.

Presenters
avatar for Rick Stafford

Rick Stafford

Alpine School District
Rick Stafford is a former high school, college, and professional basketball player. He currently coaches youth AAU basketball and has coached high school, semi-pro, and professional basketball teams in the past. Maren and Rick have 8 children together who all participate in either... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Fostering Trauma-Sensitive Schools Through Family and Community Engagement
In this presentation, we will be introducing and discussing the importance of family and community partnerships, its significance in creating trauma-sensitive schools, ways to achieve these partnerships to include examples of how students in Southern Utah University's Family and Community Engagement classes have implemented family and community engagement and how these partnerships can provide a support net for individual students and their families that focus on individual needs.
(Grant & Ray, 2018; Hands, 2011).

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Maren Hirschi

Assistant Professor/LCSW, Southern Utah University
Maren Hirschi, LCSW is an Assistant Professor of Family Life and Human Development at Southern Utah University. She earned her Master of Social Work degree from the University of Utah. In addition to teaching, she has practiced and continues to practice social work in a variety of... Read More →
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Maren Nielsen

Student, Southern Utah University


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Get in the Game: Customizable Educational Games
Come learn about some of the newer and more exciting educational games that you can customize and use with your students. Game-based learning can be an effective and engaging way to help students study the curriculum, but it can be next to impossible to find educational games that perfectly match what you teach. Online educational games like Blooket, Gimkit, Baamboozle, and Educandy, can be customized to exactly match the material you want your students to review. As students play these games, the gaps in their learning will be identified. Here's a link to the course web page and slides: bit.ly/gamesuen


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Rob Bentley

Instructor and Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Rob taught Language Arts and Spanish for 6 years. For the last 15 years he's been teaching teachers how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum. During his time at UEN he's presented at URSA, UELMA, UCET, ISTE, UFLA, and the CTE conferences many times.


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Healthy Habits for a Happy Life
In this fun and interactive presentation, you will learn habits that not only help you and your students live happier, healthier lives, but are proven to help with recovery from anxiety and depression, based on Nedley's Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program. Add to these habits mindfulness and whole wellness by focusing on the four dimensions of our lives: heart, mind, body, and soul, to bring balance - the key to being our best.

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Elise Hanson

Elementary School Counselor, North Sanpete School District
Elise Hanson has 30 years of PK-12 educational experience (23 as a school counselor), a BS in Education and MS in Psychology. She currently serves as the USCA Elementary School Counselor VP Elect and has served on several USBE committees. Her contributions include creating "Having... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

How Do Youth Really Feel about Mental Health in Schools?
How Do Youth Really Feel about Mental Health in Schools? A Youth Panel Discussion - The purpose of this presentation is to help schools enhance early identification and responses to students with mental health/substance use challenges, connect them to appropriate services, and support these students to achieve their maximum potential while experiencing mental illness/substance use.

Mentally healthy students free from substance use are more likely to learn and engage in school activities. First onset of mental disorders usually occurs in childhood or adolescence. However, most cases are undetected and untreated for years. Substance use is generally initiated in adolescence or early adulthood. Early onset correlates with high risk for psychosocial problems at home and schools. The pandemic and the associated stress have only worsened the well-being of our children and youth.

Expected outcomes are to learn:
1. Youth's perspective on mental health in school
2. What issues youth are currently facing
3. The importance of advocacy

A panel of youth with lived experiences of mental health/substance use disorders will discuss their perspectives on what had helped and harmed them while they were in schools and recommendations for school staff to better support them. Youth will discuss what mental health looks like for them and how advocacy can play a role in their mental health journey.

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Theo Schwartz

Youth Coordinator, Utah Division of Substance Abuse and Mental Health
Theo Schwartz strives to be an activist and advocate for underrepresented communities in the Public Health field. Schwartz received their Bachelor of Science in Community Health Education at the University of Utah in 2021. They are a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES). They... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

I Have a Sound Wall, Now What?
Learn the difference between a sound wall and a word wall. We will discuss how to set up a sound wall, where to put your sound wall, and USE the sound wall in your daily instruction to support phonemic awareness and phonics development.

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Julie Clark

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Julie graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University in December of 1999. She later went on to receive her Reading Endorsement and Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction. She taught in Weber School District for most of her career, spending... Read More →
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Christine Elegante

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Christine Elegante is a dynamic educator who currently serves as a K-3 Literacy Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She is passionate about education and considers herself a life-long learner. Her own educational journey began at Utah State University where she earned... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Making Math Meaningful
Learn how to make the most of your current math program by narrowing your focus, increasing student engagement, and making the math more meaningful and relevant in ways that result in greater student learning and achievement.

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Harmony Langford

With over 20 years’ experience in education, Harmony loves to share her enthusiasm for elementary education with children and the professionals who teach them. Harmony has a bachelor’s degree from SUU, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona... Read More →
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Jenny Blauer

Early Learning Instructional Coach, Central Utah Educational Services
Jenny has 26 years of teaching experience. She has had the opportunity to work in elementary and secondary school settings. She is currently working as an Early Learning Instructional Coach for CUES.



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 407 - General Classroom Building, Room 407 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

SEEd Standards: Science in Three Dimensions!
The new Utah SEEd Standards for science incorporate three dimensions: disciplinary core ideas, science and engineering practices, and cross-cutting concepts. It’s a lot! Join this workshop to get an overview of the three dimensions, experience a short 3D science lesson, and learn about tools that can help you revise your existing content to make it more 3D. Bring a favorite science lesson to brainstorm with colleagues. 

Presenters
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Rebecca Sansom

Associate Teaching Professor, Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Brigham Young University
Dr. Rebecca Sansom is an associate professor of chemistry at Brigham Young University. Prior to BYU she taught high school chemistry and biology for several years. Dr. Sansom is the principal investigator for the 3D-RST program which provides professional development for Utah’s... Read More →
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Heather Leary

Assistant Professor, Brigham Young University
I am an educational researcher passionate about inquiry-based learning, open education, teacher professional learning, and technology integration (where it makes the most sense) all for increasing student knowledge and skills.



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Tapping 2 Wellness
Interventions, Strategies and Techniques used to assist students to help self-regulate emotions to help stay focused and present in the classroom. We will be discussing Canyon View High School's Tapping 2 Wellness program and their use of bilateral tappers, and the strategies and techniques of movement, water, and breathing to create connections to help teachers, counselors and administrators work better with students.

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KarriAnn Raddon

School Counselor/Lead Secondary District Counselor, Canyon View High School
KarriAnn Raddon has worked in education for 23 years! She has dedicated her entire educational career to addressing the needs of the whole student both in the classroom and in her counseling office. KarriAnn worked as a (Social Studies) classroom teacher for 17 years in grades 7-12... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
GC 405 - General Classroom Building, Room 405 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Teaching English in a Rural Environment
Rural environments are often overlooked in traditional pedagogy discussions. Teaching English is a particular struggle in finding texts that relate to students, finding ways to scaffold for IEP and multilingual learning students, and dealing with heavy absence and home-life struggles. This session focuses on content, engagement, blended learning, and scaffolding methodologies that have been successful in other rural English classrooms.

Presenters
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Ren Hatt

Teacher, Mayor, Green River High School
Ren Hatt is an English Teacher for Green River High School in Green River, Utah. He is also an attorney, a criminal justice professor, a business manager for his family business, and the Mayor of Green River. In addition, he is the dungeon master of a Dungeons and Dragons campaign... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Utah Nearpod Community - Learn, Collaborate & Share
The Utah Nearpod Community is a (free) place for Utah Nearpod users to learn, collaborate, and share resources that are relevant to teaching in Utah. In this kicked-back meetup, we'll share resources, discuss Nearpod certifications and badges, and discuss the needs of the Nearpod users in Utah. Whether you're already a member or just looking to learn more about Nearpod, we'd love to see you! Visit uen.org/nearpod and click on "Join Utah Nearpod Community" to learn more.

Presenters
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Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

Rural Pathway to Education
Sorenson Impact Center has developed a comprehensive evaluation framework that identifies factors in K-12 educational systems that predict future postsecondary readiness, access, and success. This framework outlines appropriate indicators and metrics that can be used to measure postsecondary success. The Rural Pathway to Education post-secondary evaluation framework serves as a guide and resource for best practice and innovative solutions for positive postsecondary outcome for students who attend rural school districts.

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Bonita Teasley Ph.D.

Director of Data, Policy and Impact Strategy, Sorenson Impact Center in David Eccles School of Business at the Univeristy of Utah
Dr. Bonita Teasley currently serves as a Director of Data, Policy, and Impact Strategy, where she supports local, state, and federal entities in making data-driven impact decisions. Prior to joining the Sorenson team, Dr. Teasley managed and directed federal and state programs in... Read More →
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Danika Borcik

Associate Impact Strategy, Sorenson Impact Center
Danika Borcik currently serves as an Associate on the Impact Strategy team at the Sorenson Impact Center. Prior to joining the Center, Danika worked at the University of Utah's Continuing Education & Community Engagement department and the Office for Global Engagement. She has created... Read More →
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Bryan Brittain

Associate, Sorenson Impact Center
Bryan Brittain serves as an Associate on the Impact Finance team where his main responsibilities include financial modeling, research, and supporting business development efforts for the Center. Prior to joining the Sorenson team, his time was spent largely in the startup space. He... Read More →
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Timothy Schoof

Student Fellow, Policy Innovation Team, Sorensen Impact Center
Tim is a Student Fellow on the Policy Innovation team, working on the Rural Pathways to Education and Forbes Opportunity Zone projects. Prior to joining the Sorenson team, he wrote as a senior contributor for Salt Lake Underground (SLUG) Magazine. Tim is a master’s student at University... Read More →


Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
BUS 242- Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 242 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:00pm MDT

PCBL in Action: Secondary Classrooms
Learn about intentional steps Juab School District educators have taken to bring the USBE PCBL model to secondary classrooms. Presenters will model practices, lead discussions, share ideas and experiences, and connect the work to Portrait of a Graduate.

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Natalie Darrington

Instructional Coach, Juab School District
Natalie Darrington has had 22 years of successful experience impacting student learning in mathematics, science, and language arts.In 2019, Natalie became a micro-credential teacher leader in Juab School District. She focused her study on Student Reflection and Ownership, earning... Read More →
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Casie Maekawa

Secondary Math Teacher, Juab School District



Wednesday July 6, 2022 3:00pm - 4:00pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

8:00pm MDT

Free Concert and Ice Cream
Join us at Cedar High for free ice cream and music! The Superintendents of Rock Plus will be playing on the football field and we will be serving ice cream at the concession stand. The field is on 800 South. Seating is available in the bleachers please do not sit on the grass, as it has just been seeded! See you there! Bring your family!

Wednesday July 6, 2022 8:00pm - 9:00pm MDT
Cedar High School 703 W 600 S, Cedar City, UT 84720
 
Thursday, July 7
 

7:30am MDT

Registration
Pick up your name badges or register for the URSA Conference In the Auditorium entry/Atrium.

Thursday July 7, 2022 7:30am - 3:00pm MDT
AU - Auditorium Foyer

7:30am MDT

Conference Credit
URSA Conference Credit Options

There are two credit options for your attendance at the 2022 URSA Conference. Both require that you
complete the reflection assignment.

1. SUU Professional Development Credit
  • 5000-level graduate credit recorded on an official SUU transcript
  •  Cost - $21
  • This option requires that you attend the whole conference and participate in all keynotes and presentation sessions while also completing the reflection assignment
  • To register for SUU credit follow the three steps detailed here! Please note that if you don’t already have an SUU T number, it will take up to 48 hours to complete that step in the registration process.
  • If you run into any issues, please feel free to email k12inservice@suu.edu or call 435-865-808
  • SUU will also have a booth in the SUU Business Building during the conference

2. USBE Relicensure Points
  • Up to 11 points available (21 if you are a presenter)
  • Cost – Free
  • Receive 1 point for every section you complete of the reflection assignment

The deadline for both credit options is July 15, 2022.

Thursday July 7, 2022 7:30am - 4:00pm MDT

8:00am MDT

Ask Them’ – Why listening to our students matters
In this humorous, fast-paced, and broadly relevant keynote, Myron will start with the unmistakable reality that we are all different in our passions, skills, and learning styles. Considering this reality, we need to make learning personal, meaningful, and relevant, and essential to this goal is asking the student for input.  In an era of Facebook and Trip Advisor, where feedback from the user is considered essential information, how often do we ask students for their opinion on grading, assessment, reporting or relationships? In ‘Ask Them’ Myron Dueck will argue that it is high time we ask students about their opinions and experiences as they relate to learning. By sharing the views of real students, and incorporating some of the tools used to gather evidence of learning, Myron will present the case that students have much to share concerning their understanding and it is time we listened very carefully. 

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Myron Dueck

District Vice Principal for Assessment and Innovation, School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) Penticton, BC
Day 1: Full Day Presenter - Assessment StrandDuring his 23 years of teaching and administration, Myron has developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to feedback and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 8:00am - 9:30am MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

9:00am MDT

Tech Support for Presenters
If you are an URSA Conference presenter and need information or assistance, please call or text (435) 414-8755.


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:00am - 4:00pm MDT

9:45am MDT

Creativity and Accessibility with Google Docs!
Google Docs is an amazing tool for creating innovative projects with your students and encouraging student research and work. In this session we will explore Google Docs from beginner to advanced including some great recommendations for using Docs with parents, students, and community members. Come learn how to:

  • Use force copy in Google Docs
  • Create a pageless document for your online classrooms
  • Adding Google Drawings to your Docs
And much more! This session will teach you everything that you need to know about becoming a Google Level One and Level Two Certified Educator! Come join GEGUtah and learn about how to use Google in your classroom!

Presenters
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Kelli Cannon

Teacher, Jordan School District
Kelli has been teaching for eight years, the most recent four in Jordan School District. She is an educator that values Educational Technology and the impacts it can have on student learning and growth. Kelli recently completed an endorsement through Utah Valley University in Educational... Read More →
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Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Integrating Early Literacy and Numeracy Curriculum in Play-Based Learning
Developmentally appropriate, play-based learning is the most effective teaching and learning method for early childhood education classrooms. In this session, we will explore resources available to educators in the Utah Early Learning Core Standards and the Early Learning Standards Strategies and Activities documents. These resources can be used to plan for effective and engaging learning experiences in the classroom with a specific focus on meeting literacy and numeracy standards. Using the principles of Personalized Competency Based Learning (PCBL), participants will observe examples of integrated curriculum in early learning classrooms, reflect and discuss the examples, and develop plans and strategies for implementing effective integrated play-based learning in their own classrooms.

Participants should bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access web-based learning activities and resources to fully participate in this session.

Presentation: Slides: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1_4BpUl7Qs4w9bIV0pCyyH3Wf-WXugYwp/edit?usp=sharing&ouid=106883970004448029265&rtpof=true&sd=true

Presenters
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Jared Lisonbee

Preschool Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Jared Lisonbee is a Preschool Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Prior to joining USBE, Jared worked in Head Start and taught in higher education. Jared earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University before earning a Ph. D. in human development... Read More →
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Chelsea Oaks

Education Specialist-Preschool, Utah State Board of Education
Chelsea Oaks is a preschool specialist for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). She has a bachelor's degree in English Education from Southern Utah University, and a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Utah. Prior to joining USBE, she taught... Read More →
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Jessica Mackley

Preschool Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Jessica Mackley is a preschool specialist for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), and has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining USBE, Jessica worked as a special education preschool teacher for Davis School District... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 202 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 202 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Interpreting WIDA ACCESS Score Reports and the Instructional Implications
Participants will learn how to access and interpret WIDA ACCESS student reports. Participants will learn how WIDA ACCESS data reports can build an understanding of the student level strengths and opportunities. Foundational knowledge of WIDA assessments and data can enlighten and support educators in educating our multilingual learners.

Participants will need a device and a Data Gateway account.

Presenters
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Megan Lopez

Secondary ELA and WIDA Assessment Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Megan Lopez, M.Ed. is currently a Secondary ELA Assessment Specialist and WIDA Assessment Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. In her five years at the USBE, Megan has supported educators and administrators across the state support student outcomes. In addition, she... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
CC Yankee Meadows - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Yankee Meadows Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Mobile Matters: Information Literacy for Educators
Today’s complex information landscape requires learners of all ages to take a second look at the news and media we consume. In this session, we will talk about how consuming information on a mobile device is different from a laptop (or television or newspaper) and everyday strategies to help students (and teachers) analyze and evaluate information.

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Dani Sloan

IT Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Dr. Dani Sloan is an IT Product Manager and Instructor for Utah Education Network. Her current passions are improving student research and educating teachers and librarians about information literacy. She has one energetic son and two lazy dachshunds.


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Basic Canvas Course Setup
Canvas is a great tool that has played a huge role in transforming education over the last couple years. Come learn some of my favorite Canvas course setup features that take a canvas class from good to great! I’ll show you things from basic setup to course design ideas and time savers that will help you as you continually strive to improve the design of your Canvas courses!

Presenters
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Stacey King

Teacher, Utah Online School
I am a teacher that has a passion for technology! I've always loved working with technology and using it to streamline processes, save time, and increase student learning and engagement. I love learning about new technologies and sharing the things I've learned with others!


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Bubbles and Crayons and FERPA, Oh My
This presentation will provide three examples to help translate FERPA and student privacy requirements into understandable actions and practices that teachers, counselors, administrators, and school staff can implement. The examples can be adapted for use in professional development and staff trainings to help reinforce expectations of confidentiality and appropriate use of student information.

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Caleb Olson

Planning & Enrollment Consultant, Jordan School District
Caleb Olson currently works as a Planning & Enrollment Consultant in Jordan School District, responsible for helping school staff to understand everything from calendars and custody to data and divorce decrees. Caleb came to the position after six years as an assistant principal and... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Canvas Essentials for School Leaders
This session is for school leaders and will help them understand what a well-designed Canvas course looks like in today's learning environment? In this session, participants will learn some simple steps to get teachers to use Canvas proficiently and have a design that is good for both students and parents. Participants will also see how other districts in the state have provided ways to improve Canvas course design at a district/school level.

Presenters
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Justin Brooksby

Associate Director, Utah Education Network
Justin manages the professional development department at UEN. His expertise is in instructional design, technology integration, learning strategies, and process improvement. He began his career as a network designer for Cisco Systems in 2000. Justin started working at the University... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Deep Reading is More Than Just Comprehension
We live in a digital world now, where reading deeply is not something we do. When we read on a digital screen, brain scans show that we process just enough words to get the gist of what we are reading. In this session we will discuss the importance of reading deeply, how to teach it and what will happen if we don't.

Presenters
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Teresa Pugmire

Early Learning Coach, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
Teresa Pugmire is an Early Learning Coach for NUES. She is passionate about teaching reading and has enjoyed working with teachers to help them improve their reading instruction.


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Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Fostering Adolescent Reading Motivation & Engagement
If you’ve spent any time in a secondary classroom, you know that motivation and engagement really matters, especially when it comes to reading, but finding that sweet spot with all of your students can be challenging. Research shows that reading and reading achievement among secondary students is connected closely to motivation (Guthrie, 2008). However, many students’ motivation to read often begins to decline in their elementary school years—particularly for those who struggled learning to read (McKenna, Kear, & Ellsworth, 1995). Although you may value principles of motivation, it is important to recognize that motivation doesn't just organically result from meaningful instruction. Rather, we need to intentionally embed principles of motivation into our pedagogical approaches. This session will ask you to examine practices that may lead to decreased student motivation and provide ways to engage students in meaningful reading experiences.

Presenters
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Naomi Watkins

Secondary English Language Arts Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Naomi Watkins is the Secondary English Language Arts Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.
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Davina Sauthoff

Library Media Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Davina is the Library Media Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Having Fun with Simple Book Art Projects
Simple book art projects will be presented and explained for Art classes. Best for secondary but some application for elementary schools

Presenters
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Michael Royall

Art Teacher, Emery High School
Mr. Royall has a B.F.A. in Art from Utah State Unversity and an MEd. in Instructional Technology, also from Utah State. He has participated in art classes at UNLV and also attended book art classes at the University of Utah. His deire is to provide simple and fun activities that actually... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Joyful Schools: Enhancing Student and Teacher Wellbeing
How do we support and foster joy and wellbeing in our schools? While most educators have deep expertise in improving teaching, academic learning, and classroom management, we often don’t really know where to turn to improve wellbeing. When in doubt, we turn to Google and are then confronted with sifting through endless resources of varying quality, trying to identify anything that might be useful in our context. Most of us as busy educators do not have the time to thoroughly review the countless resources available. As a result, we may end up choosing strategies and tools based on curb appeal, a great review from a colleague, a low price, or simply because it sounds promising. Come to this interactive session to both share and learn about some very practical, evidence-based tools and strategies for assessing and addressing wellbeing in our schools.

Presenters
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David Boren

Director of School Leadership, Brigham Young University
David has been an educator for the last 20 years. He has taught Spanish at a private university, has been a public school teacher and administrator, and currently works as the director of BYU’s School Leadership Program. His work as an educator has taken him to South America, Africa... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Learning Walks and PCBL
This session will focus on how Teacher Leaders and Administrators can conduct learning walks that focus on the components of PCBL as job-embedded professional learning. We will look at the 4 Shifts discussion protocol to push pedagogy to new levels. We will look at how to (re)design lessons together for deeper learning, greater student agency, more authentic work and rich technology infusion. We will also take a peek at a modified shifts discussion protocol around PCBL.

Presenters
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Carol Nef

Supervisor, Davis School District
Carol began her career in Davis School District as a classroom teacher and taught grades 5 and 6 for 14 years. As a classroom teacher, Carol served on numerous district committees and taught M3 Modeling Mathematical Methods for Elementary Math. As a supervisor, Carol currently oversees... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
CC Whiting Room - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Whiting Room (200 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Math Interventions Ideas and Helps for Students that are Struggling
I will be sharing my tips and tricks I use to create a Intervention in Math for individual students.  I also will be sharing research information on how to intensify instruction and interventions.

Presenters
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Sheryl Vernon

School Psychologist, Central Utah Educational Services
Sheryl Vernon is a School Psychologist at CUES, where she covers diagnostic testing for the region. She completed her Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology from BYU in the Spring of 2021. Sheryl is helping to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 303 - General Classroom Building, Room 303 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

The Case for Interdisciplinarity: Snow College's Foundations Program
Since 2018, Snow College has approached General Education from a fresh perspective. Foundations classes are designed to provide a jumping-off point for the general education program and are intended for students in their first year at Snow College. Like GE requirements themselves, Foundations classes connect three seemingly unrelated academic fields to study an issue that is richer because of interdisciplinary insights. Are you interested in cloning? You can discover more about it from the perspective of science, ethics, and art. Do you like imagining an impending zombie apocalypse? Combine the subjects of psychology, literature, and political science to create your very own survival guide and learn how your general education classes all connect.

How can approaching topics from an interdisciplinary perspective benefit your teaching or the different academic programs at your school? At Snow College, we don’t believe that general education courses are something to just get out of the way. We design GE classes that allow you to develop your ability to analyze, communicate, problem solve, and collaborate: real-world skills that will help you both on the job and in your everyday life.

Presenters
avatar for Anthony Beal

Anthony Beal

Assistant Professor, Business, Snow College
Grew up in Layton, Utah. Worked in Human Resources for 10+ years. Bachelor's from Brigham Young University, Master's from Utah State University, PhD from University of the Cumberlands. Worked at Brigham Young University-Idaho and Southern Utah University prior to accepting a faculty... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

The Importance of Writing and its Connection to Reading
Writing is an essential component of every literacy block so how do we develop proficient writers in our classrooms? If you are looking to enhance your writing instruction in the K-3 space, then join us as we take a deeper dive into helping our students become strong writers. In this session, participants will learn that transcription skills are as critical as composition skills in developing proficient writers.

Presenters
avatar for Christine Elegante

Christine Elegante

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Christine Elegante is a dynamic educator who currently serves as a K-3 Literacy Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She is passionate about education and considers herself a life-long learner. Her own educational journey began at Utah State University where she earned... Read More →
avatar for Julie Clark

Julie Clark

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Julie graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Weber State University in December of 1999. She later went on to receive her Reading Endorsement and Master’s Degree in Reading Instruction. She taught in Weber School District for most of her career, spending... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Tips and Tricks for Completing a Pedagogical Performance Assessment
Candidates seeking a professional teaching license in Utah are now required to complete a pedagogical performance assessment (PPA). This presentation will provide tips and tricks that will help candidates for licensure and administrators who support them successfully complete a pedagogical performance assessment. Topics include an overview of which PPAs are approved in Utah, requirements of each PPA including task requirements and deadlines for submitting tasks, and other tips for successfully completing the PPA. Participants are welcome to bring their own devices to access online resources.

Presenters
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Lisa McLachlan

Alternative Preparation and Licensing Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lisa is a Utah native who has spent 16 years in Utah public schools as a teacher, administrator, instructional coach, professional development coordinator, researcher, and policy maker. For the last two years she has worked for the Utah State Board of Education as the Alternative... Read More →
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Laureen Graves

Assistant Professor, Field Services Director, Southern Utah University



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 243 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 243 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Touchstone Teaching with your Librarian
This presentation will focus on the power of touchstone experiences in a library. Machelle will share how to curate and collaborate with history boxes, touchstone experiences and standards bases instruction. The presentation will highlight 3 specific experiences Machelle has designed with her high school teachers. She will share the planning stage, curation, day of experience and reflection of the teachers and students who were impacted. The touchstone teaching option is relevant at every grade level and is flexible in how it is used. Machelle used touchstone teaching as a teacher and now shares and collaborates with her staff as a librarian. Handouts will be available.

Presenters
avatar for Machelle Maxwell

Machelle Maxwell

Library/ Media Specialist, Uintah High School
Machelle has spent the last 10 of her 34-year career in the Uintah School District and currently serves as the library/ media specialist for the Uintah High School. She advises the Uintah chapter of National Honor Society and is assistant advisor for the Sterling Scholar program... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Work Smarter Not Harder: Tips for Effective Classroom Management
Teachers already work hard and classroom management shouldn't feel like one more thing put on their plate. This training will provide teachers with simple strategies that will help their classrooms run smoother, prevent undesirable behaviors, increase positive behaviors, and help teachers diffuse behavioral situations when they arise. Effective classroom management is working smarter, not harder.

Presenters
avatar for Lauren Ezzell

Lauren Ezzell

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Central Utah Educational Services
Lauren Ezzell is a board certified and licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA) (LBA). She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. As the BCBA with CUES, Lauren provides behavior support to the seven school districts throughout the Central... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
CC Charles Hunter - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Fill your Teacher Vacancies
"Connecting All Learners With the Expert Teachers They Deserve"
Proximity Learning livestreams certified teachers into districts in pursuit of greater educational equity. Students everywhere deserve the most interactive, dynamic, and effective education possible. Proximity Learning teachers are trained to take full advantage of the cutting-edge digital tools at their disposal to help make that happen.

100% live interactivity over multiple platforms is the core reason that Proximity Learning teachers are so impactful. They aren’t just talking heads on a screen — they prioritize engagement and effectiveness.

Prepare for next year and fill your teacher vacancies now.

Presenters
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Proximity Learning

VP of Business Development & School Partnerships, Proximity Learning
Dr.  Michael Robinson's mission is to ensure that all students and educational practitioners receive the best experience in educational technology that will ensure immediate and future success in the real world. I am an educational professional with strong expertise in education... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Embracing Authentic Learning Experiences: Assessing Students in Multiple Ways
Experts suggest that the ability to create, explore, and innovate will be essential tools for success in our changing world. However, educators might feel uncomfortable with the news because they have come to rely on traditional instructional and assessment methods that seem safe, trusted, and familiar. This session will identify the key pieces of engagement and challenge educators to use them to embrace Authentic Learning Experiences (ALE). Educators will see an array of engaging PBL and assessment ideas used in real classrooms by real teachers, and be challenged to incorporate some version of these tools for themselves and their students.

Presenters
avatar for Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck

District Vice Principal for Assessment and Innovation, School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) Penticton, BC
Day 1: Full Day Presenter - Assessment StrandDuring his 23 years of teaching and administration, Myron has developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to feedback and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

9:45am MDT

Iconic Problems: Facilitating Deep Exploration in Mathematics Even When You Feel You Don’t Have Time
Professional organizations such as NCTM, MAA, AMATYC, NSF, AMA, etc. are all calling for changes to students' mathematical experiences including inquiry-based lessons, deep engagement with mathematics, and coherent connections across lessons. However, research confirms that most U.S. students instead experience an incoherent approach to learning mathematics that privileges teachers’ solutions and textbook algorithms over students’ reasoning and construction of meaning. In many cases, teachers believe that they cannot change this reality because of high pressure to cover a high number of topics.

One way to facilitate deep exploration that allows you to still cover a large number of topics and in a more meaningful way is with “iconic problems”. An iconic problem is rich mathematical context useful for introducing a number of mathematical topics. In this session we will explore examples of iconic problems and discuss how to use them to rethink how we introduce new ideas in our math classrooms.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Alan O'Bryan

Dr. Alan O'Bryan

Lead Instructional Designer and Professional Development Coordinator, Rational Reasoning, LLC
Dr. O’Bryan is a former high school math teacher and university instructor who has worked for almost 20 years as a curriculum developer, professional development leader, and teacher trainer. He is a co-author of six secondary and post-secondary mathematics textbooks and has delivered... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 9:45am - 12:10pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

10:00am MDT

Digital Math Courses Reimagined with Derivita
Follow co-founder of Instructure and co-creator of Canvas, Devlin Daley, as he introduces URSA attendees to Derivita - an all-in-one digital math learning solution. Daley walks participants through the capabilities of the Derivita platform directly from within a Canvas Instance!

In this session you will see Derivita’s math test bank with 60,000+ math test items, SpotCheck -a real-time assessment tool, ability to deliver automated and targeted feedback, the process of automated grading for free-response questions and more!

Be prepared to participate for the chance to win a Derivita swag box!

Presenters
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Devlin Daley

CEO, Derivita Inc.
Before founding Derivita, Devlin was co-founder of Instructure and co-creator of the Canvas LMS. He started Instructure while in graduate school at BYU and, in 2015, the company went public. Canvas remains the fastest growing LMS and is one of the world's Top 50 largest websites.In... Read More →
avatar for Charles Ward

Charles Ward

VP of Sales and Marketing, Derivita Inc.
ABOUT DERIVITA Created by the cofounder of Canvas, Devlin Daley, Derivita is a first of its kind math platform with a proprietary computer algebra system. Built for educators, Derivita provides a library of over 65,000 questions from Algebra to Calculus. Student submissions are... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 10:00am - 12:10pm MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

11:10am MDT

Ask Before You App!
We all love new Ed-Tech tools. However, certain provisions need to be in place before a Utah educator can use these tools. Join us for helpful tips for educators and administrators from USBE. Learn how to evaluate and integrate educational apps & online tools safely, responsibly, and effectively.

Presenters
avatar for John Lyman

John Lyman

Student Data Privacy Trainer, Utah State Board of Education
20 years as a multidisciplinary educator, leader, mentor, facilitator, designer, partner and community advocate. My objective is to create cutting edge, immersive educational technology experiences and learning tools. I look forward to joining you in a brainstorm.


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 11:30am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Choice and Voice with Google Sheets/Forms
Google Sheets/Forms is an amazing tool for creating innovative projects with your students and encouraging student research and work. In this session we will explore Google Sheets/Forms from beginner to advanced including some great recommendations for using Sheets/Forms with parents, students, and community members. Come learn how to:

  • Create a Form to collect student work and connect a Sheet
  • Use Google Forms to create innovative learning experiences for your students
  • Use formulas in Google Sheets to quickly access student data. 
And much more! This session will teach you everything that you need to know about becoming a Google Level One and Level Two Certified Educator! Come join GEGUtah and learn about how to use Google in your classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Kelli Cannon

Kelli Cannon

Teacher, Jordan School District
Kelli has been teaching for eight years, the most recent four in Jordan School District. She is an educator that values Educational Technology and the impacts it can have on student learning and growth. Kelli recently completed an endorsement through Utah Valley University in Educational... Read More →
avatar for Matt Winters

Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Crisis Response Toolkit
The Crisis Response Toolkit and corresponding CANVAS course will be introduced and explored during this session. A school crisis response plan should include guidelines for membership on the school crisis response team and the roles of its members; protocols for delivering crisis intervention services; and protocols for notifying team members, school staff, students, parents, and the community of information about a crisis. The Crisis Response Toolkit and CANVAS course provides a "roadmap" for navigating a school crisis.

Presenters
avatar for Cathy Davis

Cathy Davis

Suicide Prevention Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Cathy Davis, MA.Ed taught ecology, biology, and health sciences (anatomy and physiology) for over eighteen years; for seven of those years Cathy taught school success to at-risk students. She is a small business owner and a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Program... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
CC Whiting Room - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Whiting Room (200 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

They'll Remember How You Made Them Feel in Class
Students can find the answers to almost anything online. At the secondary level some are starting to question why they need to go to school and are either habitually skipping class, going to online school or worse, dropping out. Help your students learn vital skills such as empathy, compassion, resilience and promote thought provoking discussions that won't take up all your academic time.

Presenters
avatar for BethAnne Chidester

BethAnne Chidester

Severe Special Education Teacher, Manti High School
I've been teaching special education for 17 years. I'm always learning how to balance teaching real life skills and academics to my students with the most severe disabilities as well as the regular ed peer tutors who come to help in my classroom. 


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
CC Charles Hunter - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Using PCBL to Enhance the Learning Experience for Gifted/Talented Learners
As defined, Utah's Personalized Competency Based Learning framework supports
educators in engaging all students with high expectations for shared learning intentions and empowering each learner to take ownership of their assets, needs, and interests while tailoring customized supports to maximize student growth and competence.
This session will provide educators and coaches with opportunities to explore ways specific aspects of the PCBL framework can be utilized to support the learning environment for gifted learners in all spaces. Participants will engage with the Culture of Learning, Learner Agency and Customized Supports components of the framework as they relate to gifted and talented learners.

Presenters
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Trish French

USBE Gifted and Talented Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Hi, I am Trish French and I am currently serving as the Gifted and Talented Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. Prior to coming to the agency, I worked in GT classrooms in the Canyons School District where I also had the opportunity to co-lead their endorsement program... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Using Tech to Save Time
Life is busy - people who work in schools are busier! In this session, we'll discuss how you can use technology to increase your productivity and streamline some of the things you do to make yourself more available for the things that really matter.

Presenters
avatar for Dani Sloan

Dani Sloan

IT Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Dr. Dani Sloan is an IT Product Manager and Instructor for Utah Education Network. Her current passions are improving student research and educating teachers and librarians about information literacy. She has one energetic son and two lazy dachshunds.


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Addressing Privacy and Compliance Risks When Administering Interventions
When school counselors and other school-based mental and behavioral health professionals plan for and administer student interventions, they need to be aware of privacy since it is in the student’s best interest and in many cases legally required. In this session, we will work through several scenarios to help participants ensure that they are legally complaint (e.g., when you need to get parental consent) and also learn how to address privacy risks when working with sensitive information.

Presenters
avatar for David Sallay

David Sallay

Chief Privacy Officer, Utah State Board of Education
David started as the Chief Privacy Officer at USBE in December 2021. He is a Fellow in Privacy (FIP) Certified Information Privacy Professional-US Sector (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), and Certified Data... Read More →
avatar for Katy Challis

Katy Challis

Student Data Privacy Auditor, Utah State Board of Education
Katy is a student data privacy auditor for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) where she works with school districts and charter schools to help them improve their privacy and security practices. Sweet! Formerly Katy taught middle school science for 7 years and later worked as... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 202 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 202 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Archaeology: Put Some Science in Your Utah Studies
Come and hear from a real archaeologist how you can bring archaeology into your classroom! Archaeology blends together scientific concepts and methods, history, and Utah studies to create memorable, meaningful lessons. Public Archaeologist Elizabeth Hora will teach you how to use teaching trunks from your local Regional Service Center to bring the past back to life!

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Hora

Elizabeth Hora

Public Archaeologist, Utah State Historic Preservation Office
Elizabeth Hora is Public Archaeologist at the Utah State Historic Preservation Office. Her work focuses on bringing science-based interpretations of archaeological data to the public; she is especially interested in ways to Stop Archaeological Vandalism at sensitive sites.


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Be a Pilot!
This presentation would go over formative assessments and how to utilize them for the maximum benefit of the classroom. It will give ideas for quick and simple ways to give formative assessments, and then how to use them to create and pilot achievement from your students. Whether through assessment walls, exciting exit tickets, differentiating them, and using technology as a method of assessing at the end of a unit.
As an instructional coach I have seen the need to learn how to effectively use formative assessments and do so without great strain on the lesson planning. Teachers are so busy and sometimes this is what is lost in planning or in the classroom lesson.

Presenters
avatar for Courtnee Justice

Courtnee Justice

Teacher/Instructional Coach, Emery High School
Courtnee JusticeI grew up in Emery County. I am the oldest of three and have one brother and one sister. I am a mother of five and am married to my high school sweetheart. I love my family very much. We try to experience life through travel and family time whether at the dinner table... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Getting Started with Google Sheets
Come learn the basics of Google Sheets! We will go over everything from how to create them, to organizing your data and even displaying it graphically. I have a few super fun tricks - like linking them to other Google Tools - that I will share with you, also!

Presenters
avatar for Stacey King

Stacey King

Teacher, Utah Online School
I am a teacher that has a passion for technology! I've always loved working with technology and using it to streamline processes, save time, and increase student learning and engagement. I love learning about new technologies and sharing the things I've learned with others!


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Hispanics and the American Revolution
Hispanic Americans have played an important role throughout American history. Teaching about our contributions is a part of better understanding our history and also represents a fantastic opportunity to better engage our Hispanic students today. By seeing the impact that people who share their origins have had it makes American history feel more relevant. It helps us feel like we belong. In this presentation we will discuss the role Hispanics played during the events of the American Revolution. Examples of events and names will be shared as well as ideas on how they can be integrated into our U.S. History classrooms. It is hoped that this presentation can serve as an example of similar steps that can be taken with other events.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. David J. Rodríguez Sanfiorenzo

Dr. David J. Rodríguez Sanfiorenzo

Assistant Professsor of Education, Snow College
David Rodríguez Sanfiorenzo is an Assistant Professor of Education at Snow College. He has an Ed. D in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Puerto Rico. Prior to joining the team at Snow, he worked in Faculty Development at Salt Lake Community College and, before that... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
CC Yankee Meadows - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Yankee Meadows Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

How to talk differently to your students when they are struggling
I will be sharing with you the most important executive function  (EF) skills that students need to be successful in shcool and teaching you what research says about using these EF skills to promote change and success.

Here is the google link for this presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1rmt44UqX4IaYDQPntuSOde6Tvo75oMjrIWfnxZPvf2g/edit?usp=sharing

Presenters
avatar for Sheryl Vernon

Sheryl Vernon

School Psychologist, Central Utah Educational Services
Sheryl Vernon is a School Psychologist at CUES, where she covers diagnostic testing for the region. She completed her Educational Specialists Degree (Ed.S) in School Psychology from BYU in the Spring of 2021. Sheryl is helping to implement Positive Behavior Intervention Supports and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GC 303 - General Classroom Building, Room 303 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Licensing Q&A
This presentation will provide an update on the latest changes to educator licensing requirements in Utah and address participants questions and concerns regarding licensing.

Presenters
avatar for Malia Hite

Malia Hite

Executive Licensing Coordinator, Utah State Board of Education
Dr. Malia Hite is the Executive Educator Licensing Coordinator for the Utah State Board of Education. She worked in a variety of schools, districts, universities, and state educational organizations focusing on educator preparation, special education, and mathematics. She completed... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Minimalist Teaching: Decluttering our Approach
Are you feeling overwhelmed in your teaching or home life? Minimalism could be the answer! Minimalism can reduce more than physical clutter, it can help with mental clutter, too. It can reduce stress, improve organization, and make your life calmer. This could be the solution to work/life balance you've been looking for.

Most experts in the minimalism field agree that author Joshua Becker explained minimalism perfectly with this definition: The intentional promotion of the things we most value and the removal of anything that distracts us from it.

A minimalist teacher utilizes the basic principles of minimalism to help “declutter” their classroom, mind, and teaching, in order to better focus on what matters most. A minimalist teacher values the act of learning and enjoys the process because they aren’t as caught up in collecting proof. That’s not to say that a minimalist teacher doesn’t comply with what is required or that they reject accountability, it just means that their perspective is changed by their renewed focus on the necessities.

Presenters
avatar for Anthony Beal

Anthony Beal

Assistant Professor, Business, Snow College
Grew up in Layton, Utah. Worked in Human Resources for 10+ years. Bachelor's from Brigham Young University, Master's from Utah State University, PhD from University of the Cumberlands. Worked at Brigham Young University-Idaho and Southern Utah University prior to accepting a faculty... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Teacher Home Visits: Changing Perceptions and Building Relationships
Administrators and teachers consistently seek practices that can build or strengthen both student/teacher and school/home relationships, knowing that these relationships have the potential to improve student academic performance, attendance, and behavior. Teacher home visits are a promising practice that helps deliver these ends. In this session, we will briefly discuss the importance of those relationships, what an effective home visit looks like, training for the visits, and some costs and benefits of implementing this practice. 

Presenters
avatar for Kevin Thomas

Kevin Thomas

Director of Human Resources, Alpine School District
Kevin Thomas has been an educator for 24 years. He has taught in inner-city North Las Vegas and rural Utah. He has been an assistant principal and principal. Both his teaching and administration roles have all been at the junior high level. He currently works as a director of human... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

The School Counselor's Tech Corner
Get the quick scoop on educational technology tools to deliver engaging presentations that strengthen the counseling relationship. Dive into a quick preview of Nearpod with preloaded counseling content, FlipGrid, Padlet, Kahoot, Google Slides, SlidesGo, Adobe Rush, and Screen-cast-o-matic. Learn best-practices and how to adapt tools to fit the needs of school counselors across K-12 settings.

Presenters
avatar for Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson

Content Specialist, Utah Education Network Professional Development
Nicole specializes in educational technology tools for school counselors. She holds a Master’s in Educational Psychology / School Counseling from the University of Utah and has worked as an Academic Advisor, School Counselor, and a College/ Career Advisor in all K-12 settings. Nicole... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Touchstone Learning / Library Collaboration with Teachers
This session will describe using touchstone experiences and how to create them with teacher and library media specialist. Machelle will share how she brought students back into the library and how creating hand ons experiences created to ELA standards have kept students involved.

Presenters
avatar for Machelle Maxwell

Machelle Maxwell

Library/ Media Specialist, Uintah High School
Machelle has spent the last 10 of her 34-year career in the Uintah School District and currently serves as the library/ media specialist for the Uintah High School. She advises the Uintah chapter of National Honor Society and is assistant advisor for the Sterling Scholar program... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

Reading Horizons - Gold Exhibitor Session
Description to come

Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

What Are We Supposed to Do About Homework?
Homework can be an effective tool to increase student learning, but it can just as easily be detrimental, misleading, and unjust if administered poorly. Many teachers grade piles of homework despite not knowing who did it. Further complicating the issue is that some students have immense supports at home and others have no home at all. We need to establish the purpose for homework and then build support structures that address plagiarism, personalized learning needs, and socio-economic inequality. Homework can be effective within a standards-based grading model, but a critical look at our systems is long overdue. This session will tackle real-life examples of replacement routines that transform homework as we know it.

Presenters
avatar for Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck

District Vice Principal for Assessment and Innovation, School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) Penticton, BC
Day 1: Full Day Presenter - Assessment StrandDuring his 23 years of teaching and administration, Myron has developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to feedback and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

11:10am MDT

Exploring the Universe
The sky is not the limit... it's just the beginning! Through a generous grant from the STEM Action Center, CUES has been able to add Digitalis Digitarium portable planetarium to our check-out inventory. Digitarium is an easy-to-use, full-featured instant portable planetarium system, allowing us to take the wonders of the universe to the students - or to simply stow them in a closet when we don't need them.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Harrison

Brandon Harrison

Innovation Specialist, Central Utah Educational Services
Brandon has been the Innovation Specialist and Technology Trainer for the CUES (Central Utah Educational Services) Region since 2015. Prior to CUES, he taught junior high school in the Murray City School District for a dozen years. Around the turn of the century, Brandon worked for... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
CC GH - Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:10am MDT

URSA Playground, Session 1
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different STEM tools. Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, U of U, SUU STEM Center, Jordan District, and the STEM Action Center. Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour or more in the Playground!
  • Ozobot, Bee Bot, Sphero Indi - facilitated by Nathan Wilson & JoLynn Torgerson, Southeast Educational Service Center (SESC)
  • Digitalis Digitarium - facilitated by Brandon Harrison, Central Utah Educational Services (CUES)
  • Nearpod VR Headsets for Virtual Fieldtrips - facilitated by Clint Stephens, Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC)
  • Ino-Bot, Snap Circuits, Power Tiles, Makey Makey and more - facilitated by SUU STEM Center
  • Dash & Puzzlets, Cubelets, & Meowbits - facilitated by Kami Taylor, Jordan School District
  • Discover Engineering - facilitated by Craig Clifford, University of Utah
  • Nearpod - facilitated by Jami Gardner, Utah Education Network (UEN)
  • Curriculum Kits: Physics & Forces, Utah Lake & Renewable Energy - facilitated by Julienne Bailey, Utah STEM Action Center
  • Button Maker-Facilitated by Chris Haught, Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC)


Presenters
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →
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Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →
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Brandon Harrison

Innovation Specialist, Central Utah Educational Services
Brandon has been the Innovation Specialist and Technology Trainer for the CUES (Central Utah Educational Services) Region since 2015. Prior to CUES, he taught junior high school in the Murray City School District for a dozen years. Around the turn of the century, Brandon worked for... Read More →
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Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →
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Julienne Bailey

STEM Project Specialist, Utah STEM Action Center
Julienne is a Coordinator with the Utah STEM Bus Program. Her education in entertainment technology combined with her experience working for young people to create a passion for STEM Education. She is always looking for new ways to help students and adults alike to engage creatively... Read More →
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Jolynn Torgerson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I've been involved in public education for the last 15 years, with experience as a classroom teacher, site technology resource, behavior management paraprofessional, Title One paraprofessional, and coach. My current role as a technology integration specialist with SESC allows me to... Read More →
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Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:10am - 12:10pm MDT
CC GH - Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:30am MDT

Sora Student Reading App for classroom learning and interventions.
SoraApp.com. Using the digital library, Sora- The student reading app, in the K-12 classroom to help address gaps in student learning and provide intervention strategies. App settings include Dyslexic font and adjustable contrast, font, size and speed for audio. Additional in app helps include word definition, bookmarking, and note taking. Reading and listening uses in the classroom could include individuals or groups, including classroom sets. Content possibilities include read-along (words on the page highlighted with narration), high-low (& peers won’t know), decodable/phonics books, and ESL/non-English reads. Social and emotional learning books include self-help books as well as empowering fiction/nonfiction novels as mirrors and windows. Multiple genre possibilities grab students' interest. Ability to download books and take them anywhere. Audiobooks are great for comprehension and long bus rides.  ~~ Links: Sora Student Reading App for classroom learning and interventions

Presenters
avatar for Dawn Roberts

Dawn Roberts

Media Specialist, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
NUES Media Specialist


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:30am - 11:50am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:50am MDT

Bring Creativity and Innovation to your School through BTS Arts
Learn how your school can become a part of the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program. Schools receive a grant to help pay the cost of a licensed arts educator to work with grade-level teachers to integrate art, dance, drama or music with other core content. Schools participating in the program report increased student engagement, deeper learning, and happier kids and happier teachers.

Presenters
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Cathy Jensen

Fine Arts Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Cathy Jensen has been an education specialist at the Utah State Board of Education since 2010. She oversees the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS). She is passionate about sharing the joy of student learning in and... Read More →
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Kelly Bruce Glynn

Fine Arts Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Kelly Bruce Glynn is a Fine Arts Education Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Utah, Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Utah Education License. Throughout her career as a dance... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 11:50am - 12:10pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

12:20pm MDT

Lunch and URSA Conference Awards
Join us for a tasty lunch and to honor our 2022 URSA Conference awardees. 

Thursday July 7, 2022 12:20pm - 1:45pm MDT
ST Ballroom - Sharwan Smith Student Center
  Lunch

2:00pm MDT

Best Practices in Asynchronous Online Course Design
Many schools offer course content in asynchronous formats. In this session, I will show design practices that will improve student experience in an asynchronous online course.  Here is the link to our presentation: http://bitly.ws/sFFa


Presenters
avatar for Valarie O'Bryan

Valarie O'Bryan

Teacher and Concurrent Enrollment Instructor, Utah Online School
Val has been an online teacher for 10 years. She holds a doctorate in education (curriculum and instruction) from Kansas State University.
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Janna Neville

Secondary Teacher, Utah Online School
I have had the pleasure of being a Secondary ELA teacher for the last 13 years.  I was also the ELA, New Teacher Coordinator, and CTE Coordinator for the Washington County School District. I now work from my small farm as an online LA teacher for Utah Online School.  Because of... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 2:20pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Ignite Student Learning through Arts Integration and Utah's Portrait of a Graduate
Learning in and through the arts engages student learning across multiple content areas, which provides an opportunity for students to explore the world around them, make connections, and express themselves. The arts also serve as a foundational component of Utah’s education landscape. In this session, participants will explore how the arts can connect across curriculum to make deeper meaning, connect to Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate, and provide joyful learning experiences. Attendees can expect to engage in hands-on projects, research-based best practices, and conversations to increase student learning and retention with the goal of creating actionable steps for school and community implementation.

Presenters
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Cathy Jensen

Fine Arts Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Cathy Jensen has been an education specialist at the Utah State Board of Education since 2010. She oversees the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program and Professional Outreach Program in the Schools (POPS). She is passionate about sharing the joy of student learning in and... Read More →
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Kelly Bruce Glynn

Fine Arts Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Kelly Bruce Glynn is a Fine Arts Education Specialist with the Utah State Board of Education. She holds a Master of Fine Arts from The University of Utah, Bachelor of Fine Arts from The University of Southern Mississippi, and a Utah Education License. Throughout her career as a dance... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Making Books with ELA Standards in Mind
The presenters will show how to create student made books with ELA standards in mind. Children's books, Shakespeare, poetry, grammar, Chasing Lincoln's Killer are just some examples we will share. Participants will leave with template books they create in the session.

Presenters
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Rachel Maxwell

7th grade ELA, Cedar Middle School
Rachel Maxwell is in her 8th year of teaching and has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade ELA, creative writing, Gifted and Talented and was a SpEd co- teacher. She served as a team leader and MTSS team coordinator. She was a member or the 2017 Utah Middle Level Team of the Year. Writing... Read More →
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Machelle Maxwell

Library/ Media Specialist, Uintah High School
Machelle has spent the last 10 of her 34-year career in the Uintah School District and currently serves as the library/ media specialist for the Uintah High School. She advises the Uintah chapter of National Honor Society and is assistant advisor for the Sterling Scholar program... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Put the FUN in Functional Behavior Assessment
Walk through the Functional Behavior Assessment (FBA) process. During this training we will fill out the different assessment forms, analyze the data, and write the report. This is a hands on learning experience to help you feel confident when it is time to conduct an FBA at your schools.

Presenters
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Lauren Ezzell

Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Central Utah Educational Services
Lauren Ezzell is a board certified and licensed Behavior Analyst (BCBA) (LBA). She has a Master’s Degree in Psychology with a Specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis. As the BCBA with CUES, Lauren provides behavior support to the seven school districts throughout the Central... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC Whiting Room - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Whiting Room (200 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Showing and Telling with Google Slides
Google Slides is an amazing tool for creating innovative projects with your students and encouraging student research and work. In this session we will explore Google Slides from beginner to advanced including some great recommendations for using Slides with parents, students, and community members. Come learn how to:

  • Embed video, audio, and more in your slides
  • Create a master background for your slides
  • Change your slide orientation to better meet your learners' needs 
And much more! This session will teach you everything that you need to know about becoming a Google Level One and Level Two Certified Educator! Come join GEGUtah and learn about how to use Google in your classroom!

Presenters
avatar for Kelli Cannon

Kelli Cannon

Teacher, Jordan School District
Kelli has been teaching for eight years, the most recent four in Jordan School District. She is an educator that values Educational Technology and the impacts it can have on student learning and growth. Kelli recently completed an endorsement through Utah Valley University in Educational... Read More →
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Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Utah’s Online Library: Scavenger Hunts Powered by Nearpod
In this session, we will share the newly created Nearpod lessons intended to teach students and teachers how to use Utah's Online Library and eMedia. These Nearpods will be shared with educators to add to their Nearpod Library. Educators will be able to select an eMedia Nearpod, intended for teacher/librarian training, or student scavenger hunts broken down by age level.

Resources will be available for download at uen.org/uol

Presenters
avatar for Dani Sloan

Dani Sloan

IT Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Dr. Dani Sloan is an IT Product Manager and Instructor for Utah Education Network. Her current passions are improving student research and educating teachers and librarians about information literacy. She has one energetic son and two lazy dachshunds.


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Bullying Prevention and Changes to the Bullying Rule
We will overview the changes to USBE Bullying Prevention Rule and Discuss why Bullying Prevention is important to school Culture and Climate

Presenters
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Amy Steele-Smith

Prevention Specalist, Utah State Board of Education
We began our family and have three amazing children who are now grown and walking their own wonderful paths. I attended Weber State University receiving a degree in Criminal Justice and Sociology. In 1998 both my husband and I began working for Juvenile Justice and caught the social... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Canvas for Today's Learner
Let's get back to the basics of Canvas. What is most important to students, and parents when it comes to the design of your Canvas course? In this session, we will simplify the course creation process by using Canvas templates to create a blended course that best suits student learning in today's classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Justin Brooksby

Justin Brooksby

Associate Director, Utah Education Network
Justin manages the professional development department at UEN. His expertise is in instructional design, technology integration, learning strategies, and process improvement. He began his career as a network designer for Cisco Systems in 2000. Justin started working at the University... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Digital Literacy for All!
The ed techs and librarians can do it without you! See specific examples of how to weave digital literacy in all grade levels and subject areas.

Presenters
avatar for Rick Gaisford

Rick Gaisford

Educational Technology Specialist, Utah State Office of Education
Rick Gaisford has 35 years in education and has been involved with educational technology for over 30 years at the classroom, school, district and state levels. He was an elementary school teacher, school technology specialist, district technology specialist and trainer. For the past... Read More →
avatar for Melanie Durfee, PhD

Melanie Durfee, PhD

Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Melanie works on the Digital Teaching and Learning team at USBE. 


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

2:00pm MDT

Leading School Improvement: The Four Domains Framework and CALL
The Four Domains CALL assesses leadership capacity and potential across the entire school staff, including administrators, teachers, and support staff. This past year, Title I, TSI, and CSI schools were provided an opportunity to use this tool to measure essential practices linked to school effectiveness taking place in their schools. These lead indicators align with the The Four Domains of Rapid School Improvement which is school improvement framework used in Utah to drive our school improvement work. Come learn more about the Four Domains framework and what the results tell us about our work in Utah.

Presenters
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Tracy Vandeventer

Director of the Center for Continuous School Improvement at USBE, Utah State Board of Education
Tracy Vandeventer is the Director of the Center for Continuous School Improvement (CCSI) at USBE. The CCSI is creating a multi-tiered system of support for schools across the state, and building connections internally within USBE to support school improvement efforts. Tracy has been... Read More →
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Heather Newell

School Improvement Educational Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Heather Newell has most recently been principal at Backman Elementary in Salt Lake City School District where they received an Exemplary Award for Success with English Learners.  She also has worked as an Assistant Principal, District 504 Coordinator, Special Education Data Specialist... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GC 303 - General Classroom Building, Room 303 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Math Manipulative Magic
Think math manipulatives are just for early learners? Students of all ages and stages benefit from the opportunity to use manipulatives in their math learning. Come learn how to use manipulatives in powerful ways to enhance student engagement and understanding of math concepts.

Presenters
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Jenny Blauer

Early Learning Instructional Coach, Central Utah Educational Services
Jenny has 26 years of teaching experience. She has had the opportunity to work in elementary and secondary school settings. She is currently working as an Early Learning Instructional Coach for CUES.
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Harmony Langford

With over 20 years’ experience in education, Harmony loves to share her enthusiasm for elementary education with children and the professionals who teach them. Harmony has a bachelor’s degree from SUU, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Purpose in Practice
Join us for a conversation on strategies, research, and tools to support student success through the effective use of technology. Learning is the priority, technology is a tool. Explore ways to find purpose in your edtech practice with ELA and Math software!

Presenters
avatar for Amber Wright

Amber Wright

DTL- Software Initiatives Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Amber Wright is on the Digital Teaching and Learning Team at the Utah State Board of Education. She previously taught elementary for 6 years at a charter school, then taught 1st and 2nd grade online and finally transitioned into a technology coaching role. She has an M.Ed in Curriculum... Read More →
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Clarence Ames

Research & Implementation Manager, STEM Action Center
Clarence Ames is a STEM Program Specialist at the STEM Action Center. He has an M.S. in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State University, and a bachelor’s degree in Public Relations from Central Washington University. He is passionate about helping people... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

R277-328 Educational Equity in Schools Overview and Q&A
This presentation will provide an overview of R277-328 Educational Equity in Schools. This Board Rule requires LEAs to provide professional learning to educators on educational equity. The Rule also outlines parameters around educational equity curriculum and instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to ask facilitators questions about the Rule and its implementation.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Bell

Holly Bell

Student and Family Rights Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Holly Bell (She/They) is the Student and Family Rights Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education. She is a passionate advocate for educational equity. She was a school counselor for 8 years and the Jordan School District secondary school counselor specialist for 2 years prior... Read More →
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Jeffrey Van Hulten

Policy Advisor, Utah State Board of Education
Jeff Graduated from the University of Utah Law School in 2013 and continued working for a small law firm in the private sector doing appeals before joining the public sector with the Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED). In GOED Jeff wore several hats including drafting... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC Charles Hunter - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Resilience in Challenging Times: How do administrators build it?
The demands on educators can be relentless, especially in the complicated times we are in now. This presentation will focus on what teachers and leaders can do to intentionally increase their resilience in challenging times. Various strategies will be reviewed and multiple ideas presented to help educators develop an intentional approach to increasing their resilience and helping others do the same.

Presenters
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Dr. Dale Cox

Assistant Professor, Educational Leadership, Utah Valley University
Dr. Cox is an Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership at Utah Valley University. He received his doctorate in educational leadership from Lehigh University, his M.Ed. in educational administration from Arizona State University, and his B.A. in history from Brigham Young University... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Social & Emotional Supports That are Making A Difference
This session will provide participants an overview of the strategies used at Pahvant Elementary by our refocus team. The background of the process of implementation along with success and challenges will be discussed. If you are looking for new ways to support all of your students including your most at risk, this session will provide you with practical support and ideas to take to your classroom and teams. 

Presenters
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Chad Johnson

Principal, Sevier School District
CHAD JOHNSON, is the Principal at Pahvant Elementary.  He holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Southern Utah University with an endorsement in K-12 Administration and most recently added a Mathematics endorsement. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education... Read More →
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Cliff Whatcott

Mental Health Specialist, Sevier School District
Cliff Whatcott is currently employed by the Sevier School District as a Mental Health Specialist.  He earned a Masters's Degree in Social Work at Brigham Young University and his Bachelor's Degree at Utah State University.  He is licensed as a School Social Worker and has worked... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

What Does an Effective Elementary School Counseling Program Look Like?
Learn the many benefit of having an elementary school counselor at your school who's following the USBE College and Career Readiness School Cousneling Program Model, you'll wonder how you ever survived without one. With the growing need for mental health supports in our schools, having an elementary school counselor in your school is a HUGE plus. But what does it look like? What does an elementary school counselor do? Learn how the College and Career Readiness School Counseling Program Model looks on the elementary level, and how to make it highly effective for your school. Learn how an elementary school counselor reaches and positively influences 100% of the students, not just a select few, focusing on PREVENTION and providing MTSS interventions. 

Presenters
avatar for Elise Hanson

Elise Hanson

Elementary School Counselor, North Sanpete School District
Elise Hanson has 30 years of PK-12 educational experience (23 as a school counselor), a BS in Education and MS in Psychology. She currently serves as the USCA Elementary School Counselor VP Elect and has served on several USBE committees. Her contributions include creating "Having... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

What Trust Lands Mean to You
"Did you know that Utah Trust Lands distributed over 90 million dollars to public schools last year? Come find out about the fascinating history of Utah’s School Trust and your important role that allows schools to continue to access this vital, increasing, and unique funding source through the School LAND Trust Program."

Presenters
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Elisse Newey

Training Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Elisse Newey is an educational specialist at the Utah State Board of Education in the School Children's Trust Section. she is also an attorney, a former special education teacher and a mom to three wonderful girls.


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

URSA Board Meeting
The URSA Board Meeting will begin at 2:00 p.m. in the Hunter Conference Center

Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC-Hunter Conference Center-Ronthaler Boardroom Southern Utah University, 351 W. University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah

2:00pm MDT

Come Work Through the Privacy Course Required for Relicensure
What other session at URSA will get you closer to renewing your educator license? Since one of the requirements for renewing your educator license in Utah is completing Utah’s Student Data Privacy course in Canvas, we are offering this session where you can bring your own device and work through the course with USBE’s Student Data Privacy team on hand to help out and answer any questions you might have! Even if you are not renewing your license, the course if publicly available, so all participants will be able to access the materials and learn from it. Specifically you will learn the following:
 
* What federal and state student privacy law says about when a school may share data (especially ed tech apps or websites)
* What rights parents have toward their student’s data
* Restrictions on collecting sensitive information from students
* Steps you can take to keep data secure
 
Participants will also be able to provide feedback on the course, which will allow us to keep it timely, useable, and relevant for teachers around the state.

Presenters
avatar for Katy Challis

Katy Challis

Student Data Privacy Auditor, Utah State Board of Education
Katy is a student data privacy auditor for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) where she works with school districts and charter schools to help them improve their privacy and security practices. Sweet! Formerly Katy taught middle school science for 7 years and later worked as... Read More →
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David Sallay

Chief Privacy Officer, Utah State Board of Education
David started as the Chief Privacy Officer at USBE in December 2021. He is a Fellow in Privacy (FIP) Certified Information Privacy Professional-US Sector (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), and Certified Data... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC Yankee Meadows - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Yankee Meadows Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

From Passenger to Co-Pilot: Practical Ways to Assess WITH Our Students
For far too long, assessment is what we have done to students, not with them. Perhaps we could take a page from tactical teams and first responders. Navy SEALs practice ‘Decentralized Command’ – that every team member must understand not just what to do, but why they are doing it. Firefighters around the world are familiar with ‘Span of Control’, that in a complex and changing environment, a single leader cannot effectively manage more than about 7 people at one time. If these principles are true for emergency situations, they likely spill over into learning environments. In fact, research suggests the extent to which students perceive assessment to be authentic, formative for teachers, and not reliant on external factors, the more they will engage in it. Other research suggests that student self-reporting is one of the powerful forces in education. Considering the potential power of student's voice, this interactive presentation will focus on practical ways that we can invite students into the assessment realm as co-pilots rather than disinterested passengers. Join ASCD author, administrator, and teacher, Myron Dueck for a session featuring his new book, ‘Giving Students a Say – Smarter Assessment Practices to Empower and Engage.’ Key topics will include:
 
·      Sharing and co-creating learning targets based on standards.
·      Helping students understand and use performance assessments (rubrics).
·      Considering the right scale: proficiency levels vs 100 categories (percentage)
· Student self-reporting – on academics, behaviors & personal insights

Presenters
avatar for Myron Dueck

Myron Dueck

District Vice Principal for Assessment and Innovation, School District 67 (Okanagan Skaha) Penticton, BC
Day 1: Full Day Presenter - Assessment StrandDuring his 23 years of teaching and administration, Myron has developed a number of grading, assessment and reporting systems with his classes in which students have greater opportunity to show what they understand, adapt to feedback and... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA

2:00pm MDT

Exploring the Universe
The sky is not the limit... it's just the beginning! Through a generous grant from the STEM Action Center, CUES has been able to add Digitalis Digitarium portable planetarium to our check-out inventory. Digitarium is an easy-to-use, full-featured instant portable planetarium system, allowing us to take the wonders of the universe to the students - or to simply stow them in a closet when we don't need them.

Presenters
avatar for Brandon Harrison

Brandon Harrison

Innovation Specialist, Central Utah Educational Services
Brandon has been the Innovation Specialist and Technology Trainer for the CUES (Central Utah Educational Services) Region since 2015. Prior to CUES, he taught junior high school in the Murray City School District for a dozen years. Around the turn of the century, Brandon worked for... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC GH - Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

URSA Playground, Session 2
Come join us in the conference playground and experience hands-on activities using STEM-inspired technology, among other things. The Playground is not a typical session you attend, but rather a time for you to investigate, explore, and play firsthand with different STEM tools. Visit with the technology trainers from Utah’s Regional Service Centers, UEN, U of U, SUU STEM Center, Jordan District, and the STEM Action Center. Come and go as you'd like, or spend an hour or more in the Playground!
  • Ozobot, Bee Bot, Sphero Indi - facilitated by Nathan Wilson & JoLynn Torgerson, Southeast Educational Service Center (SESC)
  • Digitalis Digitarium - facilitated by Brandon Harrison, Central Utah Educational Services (CUES)
  • Nearpod VR Headsets for Virtual Fieldtrips - facilitated by Clint Stephens, Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC)
  • Ino-Bot, Snap Circuits, Power Tiles, Makey Makey and more - facilitated by SUU STEM Center
  • Dash & Puzzlets, Cubelets, & Meowbits - facilitated by Kami Taylor, Jordan School District
  • Discover Engineering - facilitated by Craig Clifford, University of Utah
  • Nearpod - facilitated by Jami Gardner, Utah Education Network (UEN)
  • Curriculum Kits: Physics & Forces, Utah Lake & Renewable Energy - facilitated by Julienne Bailey, Utah STEM Action Center
  • Button Maker-Facilitated by Chris Haught, Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC)



Presenters
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →
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Clint Stephens

Educational Technology Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
During his twelve years teaching secondary Science, Regional Technology Integration Specialist Clint Stephens was awarded the Utah Middle School Science Teacher of the Year award in addition to several technology innovation grants & awards. Currently, Clint is a Level 1 & 2 Certified... Read More →
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Brandon Harrison

Innovation Specialist, Central Utah Educational Services
Brandon has been the Innovation Specialist and Technology Trainer for the CUES (Central Utah Educational Services) Region since 2015. Prior to CUES, he taught junior high school in the Murray City School District for a dozen years. Around the turn of the century, Brandon worked for... Read More →
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Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →
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Julienne Bailey

STEM Project Specialist, Utah STEM Action Center
Julienne is a Coordinator with the Utah STEM Bus Program. Her education in entertainment technology combined with her experience working for young people to create a passion for STEM Education. She is always looking for new ways to help students and adults alike to engage creatively... Read More →
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Jolynn Torgerson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I've been involved in public education for the last 15 years, with experience as a classroom teacher, site technology resource, behavior management paraprofessional, Title One paraprofessional, and coach. My current role as a technology integration specialist with SESC allows me to... Read More →
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Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 3:00pm MDT
CC GH - Hunter Conference Center, Great Hall Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Do the Write Stuff
Experience real science and learn how to incorporate more writing in your curriculum. Come join us for two hours of hands-on science experiments and ways to engage your students in simple phenomena. Learn how to have students leave their thoughts in proper format on laminar sheets of cellulose or on magnetic digital memory discs stored on computational devices.

Presenters
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Kim Rathke

Test Administration and Data Coordinator, Utah State Board of Education
Kim Rathke is the Test Administration and Data Coordinator at USBE. She has a master’s in gifted education and is Nationally-Board Certified in ELA/Early Adolescence. She supervises the systems team in the Assessment section that oversees RISE, Utah Aspire Plus, WIDA, DLM, NAEP... Read More →
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Jared Wright

Elementary Math & Science Assessment Specialist, USBE
I taught for 10 years in the Box Elder School District. Fourth grade was my favorite! I have been with the State (USBE) for 8+ years in the Assessment & Accountability section. My current role is the Elementary Math & Science Assessment Specialist.



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 4:15pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:00pm MDT

Supporting Paraeducators through Power Professional Learning That Supports Student Success
Paraeducators provide critical support for students by addressing learning gaps and providing important interventions to ensure progress and growth. However, paraeducators are often on their own when it comes to implementing these strategies and using existing resources to support student success. In this interactive session, participants will learn about a year-long professional learning design that supports paraeducators to deepen their understanding of the Utah Standards for Instructional Paraeducators, improve instructional practices, and increase collaboration between paraeducators and classroom teachers that leads to improved outcomes for students.

Specifically, participants will learn about the tools and strategies that support paraeducators to increase competence and confidence in:

Supporting a positive student-centered learning environment

Using appropriate pacing in small group settings

Implementing effective instructional strategies and engagement strategies, particularly in small group setting

Communicating with teachers, including feedback on student performance

Participants will have time to identify strategies for designing effective professional learning for paraeducators in their own settings, including sample tools and templates used to inform ongoing professional learning.

Presenters
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Cori Groth

Associate Director, Utah Education Policy Center
Cori Groth, Ph.D. is the UEPC Associate Director who works with the Bridgeworks School Improvement team and the UEPC Evaluation Team to support educational and community-based organizations in improving programs, policies, and practices that result in excellent and equitable outcomes... Read More →
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Bryan Becherini

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC), University of Utah
Bryan Becherini M.A., M.Ed. is a research associate who works with UEPC's Bridgeworks team to support schools across the state of Utah in turnaround initiatives.   Bryan believes that every student in Utah deserves an education that properly prepares them for college or career pathways... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:00pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 202 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 202 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:20pm MDT

MTSS in the Elementary Classroom
What is this data telling me about my students? How should I group my students for small group instruction? How long should I meet with them? These are just a few of the questions that go through educators’ minds after each benchmark window. This resource may help with some answers, the Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS)-Literacy and Math. This tool can be used to help with the instructional decisions that educators make to best meet the needs of their students. During this 20-minute session, participants will be introduced to the tool and see how it can be used to guide instructional decision making, for all 3 tiers including the content, time, delivery, and assessment/data.

Presenters
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Krista Hotelling

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Krista Hotelling is a K-3 Literacy Specialist with USBE and has been an educator for 21 years. She has been a classroom teacher for grades PreK-6th grade, Special Educator working with students in grades K-9th grade, and an administrator for grades K-6 in various settings including... Read More →
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Christine Elegante

K-3 Literacy Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Christine Elegante is a dynamic educator who currently serves as a K-3 Literacy Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She is passionate about education and considers herself a life-long learner. Her own educational journey began at Utah State University where she earned... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 2:20pm - 2:40pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

2:40pm MDT

PCBL Grant Info Session
USBE's PCBL Grant provides funding over the course of five years to LEA's who are working towards a personalized, competency-based culture of learning for their communities. PCBL moves the focus of the classroom from teaching to learning based on fixed and well-defined targets for all students. It provides equitable access for each student to demonstrate core knowledge and skills in personalized and differentiated ways and can also empower students to engage in opportunities for deeper learning. PCBL moves instruction beyond information dissemination to a focus on transferable skills necessary for success in the modern world. In this session we will review the application process for LEAs interested in applying for the 2023-24 PCBL Planning Grant.  (Click here to create your own copy of the PCBL Planning Grant Application and get started)

Can't Make It?   Check out the slides here!



Presenters
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Michael Hakkarinen

Education Specialist - Teaching and Learning, USBE
Michael Hakkarinen is an experienced classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and professional learning facilitator. As the PCBL Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education he provides support to Utah LEAs focusing on Personalized and Competency Based educational... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 2:40pm - 3:00pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Your Students Get SOEP Courses, Your School Keeps Full WPU
Since the passing of HB 417 last month, high schools with fewer than 1,000 students can keep full WPU any time their students enroll in an any SOEP course. The cost of the SOEP course will be covered by the state, without impacting the school's WPU for that student. Starting in Fall 22, your students can sign up for an online class with a UT certified teacher to accelerate their progress, remediate a credit, or take an elective that interests them. Further, your school can partner with ASU Prep Digital Powered by Juab School District to offer an online version of a course to your students that you have not been able to staff on-site. In this session, we'll talk about the steps for students to enroll in a free online course, what they can expect from the course and teacher, and how ASU Prep Digital and Juab School District have worked together to ensure high student achievement alongside academic integrity.

Presenters
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Shannon Moberly

Partnerships Manager, ASU Prep Digital
Shannon Moberly serves as ASU Prep Digital's Partnerships Manager for Utah schools and districts. In this role, she facilitates student success and partner school satisfaction with her quick communication, process knowledge, and steadfast commitment to caring. Shannon began her career... Read More →
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Krista Parrott

National Partnership Development Coordinator, ASU Prep Digital


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 3:35pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Acadience Math Data Interpretation - Getting Ready for Year 2
During this one hour presentation we will discuss what we have learned in year 1 of the statewide Acadience Math and collaborate on positive ways to effectively use the data to influence student learning and guide instructional practices.

Presenters
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Molly Basham

Early Learning Math Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Hi, I’m Molly Basham, I am the Early Learning Mathematics Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education.  I come to this roll with a background in preschool and elementary education having taught PreK, kindergarten, second, and fourth grade during my time as a classroom teacher... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
CC Whiting Room - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Whiting Room (200 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Google Certified Educator Level One/Two BootCamp
Becoming a Google Certified Educator provides you with a series of quickly applicable skills for your classroom and learners. In this session, we will explore how to become a Google Certified Educator including:

  • What you need to know to successfully complete the exam
  • Some lesser know Google tools and how to use them
  • Exploring the Google Coach, Trainer, and Innovator programs 
And much more! This session will teach you everything that you need to know about becoming a Google Level One and Level Two Certified Educator! Come join GEGUtah and learn about how to use Google in your classroom!

Presenters
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Kelli Cannon

Teacher, Jordan School District
Kelli has been teaching for eight years, the most recent four in Jordan School District. She is an educator that values Educational Technology and the impacts it can have on student learning and growth. Kelli recently completed an endorsement through Utah Valley University in Educational... Read More →
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Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Google Classroom
Are you an avid Google Classroom user? Or maybe a novice? No matter your familiarity with the platform, I'll provide Google Classroom tips and tricks I used as a classroom teacher. I'll suggest setup ideas that should save you time, promotes routines and expectations with your students, and provide engagement opportunities as a classroom community.  I'll also touch on ways you can collaborate with your colleagues to share the workload while implementing Google Classroom in each of your classrooms.

Presenters
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Jolynn Torgerson

Technology Integration Specialist, SESC
I've been involved in public education for the last 15 years, with experience as a classroom teacher, site technology resource, behavior management paraprofessional, Title One paraprofessional, and coach. My current role as a technology integration specialist with SESC allows me to... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Land Trust Plan Writers Workshop
This interactive workshop will walk you through the process of writing and uploading a Land Trust Plan. Together we will review the qualitites of an excellent plan and then spend time evaluating and revising your current plan to make it truly fit your needs.

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Elisse Newey

Training Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Elisse Newey is an educational specialist at the Utah State Board of Education in the School Children's Trust Section. she is also an attorney, a former special education teacher and a mom to three wonderful girls.


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Scrible for Research
Media Literacy, Information Fluency and Scrible! What do they have in common? Find out how these topics come together to help students become better researchers and content curators! Are you tired of your students taking the first page results from Google and doing a copy/paste and calling it done when researching? Would you like to show them a way to collect, curate and cite the information they find anywhere online? Then come check out Scrible.
The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) has secured a statewide contract to provide Scrible Edu Pro for all Utah K-12 educators and students.

Presenters
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Chris Haught

Media Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

3:15pm MDT

Supporting Powerful Collaboration using the Collaboration Self-Assessment Tool
The benefits of collaboration for improving teaching and learning have long been promoted as schools and districts across the country have implemented professional learning communities as a strategy to ensure high levels of student success. The many benefits of effective collaboration include, but are not limited to, improved teacher collective efficacy, less isolation, increased professional satisfaction, increased confidence, increased student achievement, increased positive attitudes, higher levels of trust, increased creativity, increased retention. Now more than ever we must support educators to realize the promise of effective, powerful collaboration. In this interactive session participants will learn about the Collaboration Self-Assessment (CSA). This research-based tool examines the qualities of effective and powerful collaboration related to the following dimensions:

* Capacity Building
* Empowerment
* Intentional
* Improvement-Focused
* Inquiry-Based
* Collective Responsibility

Within each collaboration dimension are indicators one would see in practice.

In this session participants will learn about how school teams use the results from the CSA to assess the qualities of their collaborative culture and to identify strengths, as well as areas for continued growth and improvement. Participants will have the chance to explore the tool and the ways in which results are shared back with school teams in an online data dashboard that highlights the aggregated results from all participants. Participants will have the chance to identify how this tool could be used in their own settings to explore areas of collaboration to cultivate and identify action steps.

Presenters
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Andrea Rorrer

Director, Utah Education Policy Center
Andrea Rorrer is Director of the Utah Education Policy Center at the University of Utah, Associate Dean for Research in the College of Education, and a Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. Andrea received her M.S. at the University of Virginia... Read More →
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Janice Bradley

Assistant Director, Professional Learning, Utah Education Policy Center
Janice Bradley, Ph.D., is an assistant director with the UEPC who partners with education entities to support their school improvement efforts and leadership capacity building resulting in excellence and equitable school systems. Janice believes that leadership, educator capacity... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
CC Charles Hunter - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Charles Hunter Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Using Canvas to Emulate Both the RISE and Aspire+ Assessments
Come learn how you can use tools already available in Canvas to mimic the processes and modalities of the two tests. You can simulate tests, or make highly engaging worksheets that are fun and the kids will model the modalities of both tests. Leave this class with the tools to make testing a lot easier on your students.

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Jason Snow

EdTech Specialist, Northern Utah Educational Services
21 years a science teacher, MEd in Technology to best bring technology to my students. Now the Technology Trainer of Northeastern Utah Educational Services.


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
BUS 243 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 243 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Computer Science in YOUR Classroom
We have adopted CS standards in UT! But how in the world do you fit one more thing into your classroom? We'll be taking a look at those standards, what you might already be doing in your course, and what an integrated CS lesson can look like for you with computers, robotics, and unplugged!

Presenters
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Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Education Pathway Opportunities
The education pathway opportunities to lane changes, M.Ed. & teacher leadership presentation will showcase Southern Utah University's (SUU's) avenues for educator advancement. In this 1-hour presentation, Dr. Davis and Shelbie Jones-Alm will deliver hands-on activities (i.e., digital icebreaker, polling participants and using devices to ask questions during the presentation) all to equip participants with educator knowledge for advancement through SUU's myriad of professional development opportunities.

Presenters
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Cynthia Kimball Davis

Director of K-12 Programs, Southern Utah University
Cynthia Kimball Davis is the Director of K-12 Programs and an assistant professor at Southern Utah University (SUU) in their College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). Dr. Davis holds a Ph.D. and M.Ed. in curriculum and instruction. Her Director of K-12 Programs oversees... Read More →
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Shelbie Jones-Alm

Coordinator of K-12 Programs, Southern Utah University
Shelbie is Southern Utah University's (SUU's) Coordinator of K-12 Programs in the College of Education and Human Development (COEHD). She is a recent SUU elementary education graduate and has worked in SUU’s K-12 Programs as a student worker for two years prior to her coordinator... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Elevate and Springboard: What's New in SB245
On March 24, 2022, Governor Cox signed SB245 which revises the state School Turnaround program. There are no more Turnaround Schools. Instead, we have State Elevate Schools and State Springboard Schools. What's the difference, and how can it help your school? Come and learn more about these changes, and maybe apply to join!

Presenters
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Tracy Vandeventer

Director of the Center for Continuous School Improvement at USBE, Utah State Board of Education
Tracy Vandeventer is the Director of the Center for Continuous School Improvement (CCSI) at USBE. The CCSI is creating a multi-tiered system of support for schools across the state, and building connections internally within USBE to support school improvement efforts. Tracy has been... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
GC 303 - General Classroom Building, Room 303 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

eMedia: Explore, Create, Collaborate
eMedia is a digital library of free educational resources created specifically for Utah educators. eMedia allows you to explore, create, and collaborate with educators around the state to improve curriculum. In this session, learn the basics of exploring eMedia resources using search functions, filters, curated collections, and hubs. Learn how to create and share your own resources using the Open Author tool and UEN's lesson plan template. And learn how to use eMedia's collaboration and feedback tools to build your online professional learning network. Click here to access the eMedia Slides presentation.

Presenters
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Katie Blunt w/UEN

Product Manager/Trainer, Utah Education Network
Katie Blunt is a product manager and trainer for the Utah Education Network. Previously, Katie worked as an Educational Technology Specialist for the Canyons School District and taught sixth grade in the Jordan School District. She served as president of the Utah Coalition for Educational... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

High Quality Instruction - It Begins with Clarity
This presentation will provide an overview of the High Quality Instructional Cycle and a close examination of Step 1 of the cycle. As we consider Step 1 of the cycle, we will clarify the importance of establishing clarity around learning intentions and success criteria as a driving force for providing high quality instruction and improved student outcomes.

Presenters
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Kami Dupree

Educator Development Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Dr. Kami Dupree works as an Educator Development Specialist with the USBE where her work is informed by her passion for supporting teachers in developing into proficient and self-sufficient veterans. Kami has taught mathematics and statistics courses in high school as well as higher... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Moments Matter-Create Them in Your Classroom
Instead of leaving our most memorable teaching moments up to chance, let's create them! A bit of attention and energy can transform an ordinary moment into an extraordinary one. Join this session for a "moment" of insight.

Presenters
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Harmony Langford

With over 20 years’ experience in education, Harmony loves to share her enthusiasm for elementary education with children and the professionals who teach them. Harmony has a bachelor’s degree from SUU, a Masters Degree in Early Childhood Curriculum and Instruction from Arizona... Read More →
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Jenny Blauer

Early Learning Instructional Coach, Central Utah Educational Services
Jenny has 26 years of teaching experience. She has had the opportunity to work in elementary and secondary school settings. She is currently working as an Early Learning Instructional Coach for CUES.



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Time for a Coaching Tune Up
Coaching guru Atul Gawande claims, "Coaching done well may be the most effective intervention designed for human performance." Over the last decade, instructional coaching has become increasingly common in schools. Many schools enjoy the benefits of a well-run coaching program that builds the capacity of teachers, teams, and leaders. Unfortunately, other schools coaching efforts are clunking along, in serious need of a coaching tune-up. Let’s take a minute to pull instructional coaching out of the proverbial garage and give it a basic tune-up. This session is designed to help schools perform any needed tightening, aligning, or lubricating so that coaching can enjoy a smooth ride.


Presenters
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David Boren

Director of School Leadership, Brigham Young University
David has been an educator for the last 20 years. He has taught Spanish at a private university, has been a public school teacher and administrator, and currently works as the director of BYU’s School Leadership Program. His work as an educator has taken him to South America, Africa... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Using Film to Teach Core Curriculum Standards
This workshop demonstrates the films and lesson plans/study guides Utah Film Center curates for educators across the state to supplement and provide a different approach to teaching core curriculum standards in K-12 Language Arts, Science, and History.

Presenters
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Julie Gale

Director, Education & Family Programs, Utah Film Center
Mission & About Utah Film CenterUtah Film Center connects people, stories, and ideas through film, artist support, and media arts education.Utah Film Center, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, believes that “Good Film Makes Better Humans” and utilizes the power of film to educate... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:15pm MDT

Come Work Through the Privacy Course Required for Relicensure
What other session at URSA will get you closer to renewing your educator license? Since one of the requirements for renewing your educator license in Utah is completing Utah’s Student Data Privacy course in Canvas, we are offering this session where you can bring your own device and work through the course with USBE’s Student Data Privacy team on hand to help out and answer any questions you might have! Even if you are not renewing your license, the course if publicly available, so all participants will be able to access the materials and learn from it. Specifically you will learn the following:
 
* What federal and state student privacy law says about when a school may share data (especially ed tech apps or websites)
* What rights parents have toward their student’s data
* Restrictions on collecting sensitive information from students
* Steps you can take to keep data secure
 
Participants will also be able to provide feedback on the course, which will allow us to keep it timely, useable, and relevant for teachers around the state.

Presenters
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Katy Challis

Student Data Privacy Auditor, Utah State Board of Education
Katy is a student data privacy auditor for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) where she works with school districts and charter schools to help them improve their privacy and security practices. Sweet! Formerly Katy taught middle school science for 7 years and later worked as... Read More →
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David Sallay

Chief Privacy Officer, Utah State Board of Education
David started as the Chief Privacy Officer at USBE in December 2021. He is a Fellow in Privacy (FIP) Certified Information Privacy Professional-US Sector (CIPP/US), Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Information Privacy Technologist (CIPT), and Certified Data... Read More →


Thursday July 7, 2022 3:15pm - 4:15pm MDT
CC Yankee Meadows - R. Haze Hunter Conference Center, Yankee Meadows Room (100 Level) Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:35pm MDT

Utah Microcredentials: Earn Credits and Endorsements for Your Self-Directed Learning!
Educators are self-directed learners, continually developing new skills and finding innovative ways improving their practice. The Utah Microcredentials System recognizes this and provides educators with an opportunity to earn USBE credits for these self-directed efforts.

Additionally, for the first time, you can now use microcredentials to earn USBE teaching endorsements! Beginning in 2022, Utah teachers can demonstrate competencies with microcredentials as an alternative to taking courses.

Come learn how to earn microcredentials, how to become a stipended microcredential reviewer, and how to participate in the creation of new microcredentials for other educators to earn!

A microcredential, also known as a badge, is a digital form of certification. It represents an educator’s demonstration of effective and consistent use of the target skill or concept as a part of instructional practice. Any educator in Utah’s public education system can earn microcredentials, including classroom teachers, instructional coaches, counselors, administrators, etc. Earning a microcredential provides the educator with three things: visible recognition of demonstrated competency, leadership opportunities, and USBE credit.

Presenters
avatar for Daron Kennett

Daron Kennett

Supervisor, Davis School District
Daron received an M.Ed in curriculum and instruction from WSU and is currently a doctoral candidate at USU. He has been a professional educator for 20 years, teaching English Language Arts, Reading, and ESL. Daron served in Davis's Curriculum Department as the Secondary ELA Supervisor... Read More →



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:35pm - 3:55pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

3:55pm MDT

Behavior Strategies that Actually Work
Come and learn about why undesired behaviors occur within the classroom and ways to potentially mitigate these challenging behaviors through solid strategies that will not only help your student, but also yourself! This presentation will explore the functions of behavior while explaining some strategies that I have found success with in my special education classroom in relation to the function of the undesired behavior. The strategies discussed have the potential to help in any classroom setting, not just the special education classroom setting!

OTS Session is pre-recorded due to a scheduling conflict. Please add the session to your schedule and then look for the 'Video Stream' button to view. 

Presenters
avatar for Braden Johnson

Braden Johnson

Special Education, Millard School District
I am a special education teacher in Central Utah with nearly a decade's worth of experience in many classroom settings.



Thursday July 7, 2022 3:55pm - 4:15pm MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah
 
Friday, July 8
 

8:00am MDT

Registration
Pick up your name badges in the Atrium/entry of the Auditorium.

Friday July 8, 2022 8:00am - 9:00am MDT
AU - Auditorium Foyer

8:00am MDT

Conference Credit
URSA Conference Credit Options

There are two credit options for your attendance at the 2022 URSA Conference. Both require that you
complete the reflection assignment.

1. SUU Professional Development Credit
  • 5000-level graduate credit recorded on an official SUU transcript
  •  Cost - $21
  • This option requires that you attend the whole conference and participate in all keynotes and presentation sessions while also completing the reflection assignment
  • To register for SUU credit follow the three steps detailed here! Please note that if you don’t already have an SUU T number, it will take up to 48 hours to complete that step in the registration process.
  • If you run into any issues, please feel free to email k12inservice@suu.edu or call 435-865-808
  • SUU will also have a booth in the SUU Business Building during the conference

2. USBE Relicensure Points
  • Up to 11 points available (21 if you are a presenter)
  • Cost – Free
  • Receive 1 point for every section you complete of the reflection assignment

The deadline for both credit options is July 15, 2022.

Friday July 8, 2022 8:00am - 12:00pm MDT

8:30am MDT

Megaphonic Bliss! Finding Purpose and Hope in Our Students' Voices
Presenters
avatar for John Arthur

John Arthur

6th Grade Teacher, Salt Lake City School District
John Arthur is the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist.  He teaches 6th grade at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City.  John Arthur is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Utah Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 8:30am - 9:30am MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA
  Keynote

9:00am MDT

Tech Support for Presenters
If you are an URSA Conference presenter and need information or assistance, please call or text (435) 414-8755.


Friday July 8, 2022 9:00am - 12:00pm MDT

9:45am MDT

Using Padlets for Secondary Transition Resources
Participants will learn about secondary Transition resources using Padlet. A Padlet is a digital board that features documents, links, videos, images and more, organized on a "wall" that can be made public or private. The presenter will walk participants through Padlets on a variety of topics in secondary Transition for students with disabilities.

Presenters
avatar for Deanna Taylor

Deanna Taylor

Secondary Transition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Deanna Taylor is a Secondary Transition Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education. She has spent her career in public education in the capacity of music teacher, resource teacher and Charter School Special Education Director. Deanna and her family live in Salt Lake City and... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:05am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Arts Access for Rural and Other Underserved Populations
Arts advocacy comes in many forms whether occurring within our classroom, school, district or more broadly. It is shaped by the needs and desires of our learners as well as those of the larger community. Utah Arts Education Association (UAEA) provides the scaffolding to build advocacy by bringing together individuals specifically focused on creating art learning experiences.

In this presentation, we will demonstrate how advocacy can happen in a variety of environments, and, most importantly, it is something all educators, not just art teachers, can build into their practice. We propose creating advocacy systems that can be implemented across any level. We would like to share two important impact areas using hands-on, arts-integrated activities accessible to all participants.

Arts Education Relationships and Advocacy at Different Levels - We will show how to harness a variety of arts, cultural, political, and commercial organizations to broaden access to art learning across content areas. Our "Clouds" lesson and hands-on activity will demonstrate how the arts can be integrated across a variety of content areas.

Getting Arts Education and Arts Awareness into the Public Sphere - When art is integrated into communities, it helps to cultivate a student’s experience and teach them that art is a powerful tool in their life. Our second "All in for Art" hands-on activity will demonstrate how we can harness the arts to provide a creative voice beyond the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Georgiana Simpson

Georgiana Simpson

7th - 12 Grade Visual Arts Educator/Utah Art Education Association Advocacy Chair, Utah Art Education Association
For the past seven years, Georgiana Kennedy Simpson has guided 7th through 12th grade Visual Arts, Student Council, and Sterling Scholars at Whitehorse High School in the Navajo Nation. She has been Whitehorse Teacher of the Year twice, received the 2020 Sorenson Legacy Award for... Read More →
avatar for Erinne Roundy

Erinne Roundy

7-9th grade Visual Art Teacher/Program Assistant/Board Member, NDPA/WSU/UAEA
Erinne Roundy is a 7th - 9th grade visual art teacher at North Davis Preparatory Academy, a Spanish-Immersion charter in Davis County. She teaches a variety of courses, including Book Arts, Painting and ArtsBridge Jr. She is also the program assistant with the Arts Learning Collaborative... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Creative Backbone: Promoting Learning not a Tool
One of the unfortunate side effects of adding technology to our classroom is that we focus less on learning and more on integrating the technology into our classrooms. This session flips that script and pushes creativity and learning to the forefront of technology integration. Throughout this session we will explore 3-5 simple scalable learning experiences using existing classroom tools like paper, pens, and tape with just a small slice of Google Workspace for Edu added into overall process. These activities include:

- Creating a Zine to show student learning
- Quick prototyped dioramas for writing processes
- Scrap pages for formative assessment
- Note Clothes
- Crafting Comics

Teachers will leave with activities they can use day one of the 2022-2023 school year that foreground creativity and learning within the technology integration process.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Winters

Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Harnessing the Power of Afterschool and Summer Programs
Afterschool and summer programs are often overlooked but powerful elements of a systems approach to supporting student success. Afterschool and summer programs can offer important strategies for addressing gaps in student learning and providing effective interventions. In this interactive session, participants will engage in a collaborative discussion about how they can use a continuous improvement cycle to harness the power of afterschool and summer programs using student and program data. Using the four essential elements of the cycle—engage, design, implement, and adjust—participants will explore new tools, strategies, and resources to help them collect, analyze, and use data to make necessary adjustments to student and program services and desired outcomes. Through this process participants will discuss what it means to develop a culture of data within their afterschool and summer programs and make data a part of everyday decisions, including opportunities to align with the regular school day programs. Participants will leave this session with action plans to implement when they return to their schools/organizations, including next steps, timelines, and additional resources needed.

Presenters
avatar for Lisa Wisham

Lisa Wisham

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center
Lisa Wisham, M.Ed., is a research associate who works with both the Bridgeworks School Improvement Team and the UEPC Evaluation team.Lisa believes that helping others make intentional connections to align their work around shared outcomes is critical to building collective capacity... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Introducing Computer Science to the K-2 Learner
In this session we will unpack the newly adopted Utah Computer Science Standards for grades K-2. Using BeeBots and Sphero INDI robots we will practice hands-on CS aligned activities that will introduce concepts such as algorithms, programming, and computational thinking to your students.

Presenters
avatar for Nathan Wilson

Nathan Wilson

Technology Integration Specialist, Southeast Education Service Center
I am a Technology Integration Specialist for the Southeast Education Service Center serving Carbon, Emery, Grand, and San Juan school districts. I received a Bachelors degree in Graphic Design and a Masters degree in Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences from Utah State... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

New Credit Pathways for High School Students
Come learn about a new state resource available for local schools and districts to support students in earning required graduation credits through demonstrated competency and credit recovery pathways.  The Utah State Board of Education partnered with teacher leaders across the state to design updated content to afford opportunities for students to earn graduation credit through demonstrating their competency or recovering credit previously not obtained.  You will get access to the 18 courses developed and spend time exploring the resources and thinking about how they may be used to support your students.

Presenters
avatar for Jennifer Throndsen

Jennifer Throndsen

Director of Teaching and Learning, Utah State Board of Education
Dr. Jennifer Throndsen is an experienced educator currently serving at the Utah State Board of Education as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Driven by impacting student learning, she takes pride in developing and designing policy, resources, and supports to help other educators... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 405 - General Classroom Building, Room 405 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Using CS First to Meet the New Standards
Come learn how you can use Googles CS First program to easily meet the new Computer Science Standards. Teach coding without knowing how to code, but you will love learning as you go. Let's make this one more thing, easy simple and integrated with what you are already doing.

Presenters
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Jason Snow

EdTech Specialist, Northern Utah Educational Services
21 years a science teacher, MEd in Technology to best bring technology to my students. Now the Technology Trainer of Northeastern Utah Educational Services.


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 238 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 238 Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Cedar City, UT, USA

9:45am MDT

Canvas for Elementary
The Canvas for Elementary (C4E) platform allows you to create a digital classroom that is an extension of your physical elementary classroom. C4E allows you to set up a homeroom course and subjects to organize and focus student participation. In this session, you will learn how to utilize C4E as a flexible learning tool. You will learn to design and organize a homeroom course and subjects, add content, create and design pages, and add meaningful instruction tailored to elementary learners. Click here to access the C4E Slides presentation.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Blunt w/UEN

Katie Blunt w/UEN

Product Manager/Trainer, Utah Education Network
Katie Blunt is a product manager and trainer for the Utah Education Network. Previously, Katie worked as an Educational Technology Specialist for the Canyons School District and taught sixth grade in the Jordan School District. She served as president of the Utah Coalition for Educational... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Getting to the Core, Math, Music and More
Everything you always wanted to know about Acadience Math alignment to the core. Plus, answers to filling gaps through curriculum arts integration that expand, enhance, and engage student learning. Dress comfortably to move. 

Presenters
avatar for Kayleen Nelson

Kayleen Nelson

District Fine Arts Specialist, Provo School District
Kayleen Nelson is the Provo School District Fine Arts Specialist and Instructional Coach. As part of the Beverley Taylor Sorensen Arts Education Grant, art teachers in drama, dance, visual arts and music are placed in elementary schools to support arts education and integration. Kayleen... Read More →
avatar for Andrea Schoenfeld

Andrea Schoenfeld

Pre-K3 Early Learning Coach, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
Andrea Schoenfeld is a PreK-3rd grade Early Learning Coach for the NUES region. She supports teachers and administrators in districts and charters within a regional area to improve English Language Arts and Mathematics instruction. She focuses on the implementation of the Utah Core... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Inspire Wonder with Adobe Creative Tools
The Adobe Creative Suite of tools includes several powerful and practical educational tools. Most teachers, though, primarily use Adobe Creative Cloud Express. In this session we'll go beyond that tool and learn how Character Animator, Aero, and Rush can help infuse more creativity and wonder into your classroom. Here's a link to the slides for this session: bit.ly/adobecreativetools

Presenters
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Instructor and Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Rob taught Language Arts and Spanish for 6 years. For the last 15 years he's been teaching teachers how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum. During his time at UEN he's presented at URSA, UELMA, UCET, ISTE, UFLA, and the CTE conferences many times.


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

It Doesn't Have to Be Traumatic to Be a Trauma-Responsive Educator
Educators will have students and co-workers who have experienced events that lead to a traumatic response. In this session, participants will learn about how trauma impacts the individual and simple strategies to be more trauma responsive that won't create trauma for you.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Todd

Holly Todd

Crisis Response Counselor, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
Holly Todd has worked in education for over 20 years. She has worked in Wasatch School District, Jordan School District, at the Utah State Board of Education, and currently works for the Northeastern Utah Educational Services Agency and Rocky Mountain University. Holly has been a... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Supporting "Cultural Competence" in K12 Educators
Utah principals know that high quality instruction that mirrors the demographics of the learners they steward leads to improved student outcomes, particularly for learners who may be at-risk. Many schools throughout the Intermountain West reflect a percentage of minority teachers and administrators much below the level of their minority learners. Because these chasms exist, Utah’s teachers and leaders must make extraordinary efforts to understand and include their learners’ backgrounds and experiences into their classroom climate and culture to ensure that their unconscious and implicit biases and values do not negatively impede their learner’s education.

Presenters
avatar for Tony Pellegrini

Tony Pellegrini

Department Chair - Teacher Education, Southern Utah University
Dr. Tony Pellegrini is a professor of Education at Southern Utah University. He received his B.A from Brigham Young University, his M.Ed. from Utah State University, and terminal degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before eventually becoming school principal at Blanding... Read More →
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Jenna Olson

Principal, Monticello Elementary


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
GEO 109 - Geoscience Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

The Power of Patterns and Themes in ELA and Social Studies Classrooms
Social Studies and ELA are ripe for collaborative opportunities but so often we silo these disciplines into separate spheres in both elementary and secondary settings. This session will engage teachers in planning instruction through the lens of literary themes, historical patterns, Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate competencies, and Utah core standards. We will collaboratively work to make connections between historical patterns such as power or perspective and literary themes like identity or survival. We will then connect these patterns and themes to Utah’s Portrait of a Graduate competencies like hard work and resilience. This approach helps students ask deeper questions, make meaningful connections to themselves and the world, and also build their literacy and historical critical thinking skills. Participants will leave with the skills to build and use rich text sets – including novels, picture books, primary sources, and nonfiction – that are connected to these themes and develop student skills.

Presenters
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JoAnna Sorensen

PreK-6 Social Studies Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
JoAnna Sorensen is the PreK-6 Social Studies Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education, fresh out of 21 years as a classroom teacher in Utah in four different districts: Granite, Logan, Cache, and Davis. She taught sixth grade for all of those years - some at the elementary... Read More →
avatar for Naomi Watkins

Naomi Watkins

Secondary English Language Arts Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Naomi Watkins is the Secondary English Language Arts Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education.
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Robert Austin

K-12 Humanities Coordinator and K-12 Social Studies Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Robert Austin is the Humanities Team Coordinator and K-12 Social Studies Specialist at the USBE. A former middle school teacher and secondary literacy coach, Robert coordinates the Utah Teacher of the Year program and civics education efforts as well as supporting K-12 social studies... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Building Better Relationships in Our Classrooms
Supportive, meaningful relationships are the foundation of everything we do in school.  For students, strong relationships with their teachers and peers enhance their levels of engagement, motivation, and learning; for teachers, these relationships are critical for finding satisfaction, purpose, and longevity in the classroom.  Learn the strategies and daily practices John Arthur, the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year, uses to build and sustain healthy, positive relationships with his students.

Presenters
avatar for John Arthur

John Arthur

6th Grade Teacher, Salt Lake City School District
John Arthur is the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist.  He teaches 6th grade at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City.  John Arthur is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Utah Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 10:45am MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA
  Keynote

9:45am MDT

Understanding and Acting on Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) Designations
This session will provide participants with a detailed discussion of the indicators in Utah's Accountability System and the method by which Targeted Support and Improvement (TSI) student groups are designated. Schools and LEAs will access their specific data to uncover areas of opportunity for improvement and discuss improvement planning using the continuous improvement cycle.

Presenters
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Leslie Evans

Education Specialist - School Improvement, Utah State Board of Education
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Jimmy Hernandez

Educational Spec Consult UPSTART, UBSE


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
BUS 244 - Dixie Leavit School of Business, Room 244

9:45am MDT

Building Leadership that Promotes Excellence and Equity
How do schools and districts build leaders’ capacity to create the conditions that ensure excellence and equity for every student in every classroom? In this interactive session participants will learn about five leadership principles that can be used as a foundation to build the capacity of a core group of school and district leaders to accomplish their school and/or districts’ mission and vision for student success and increase alignment and coherence district wide.

In whole group and small group discussions, participants will:

Learn about five leadership principles that can be used to promote excellent and equitable outcomes for students

Identify the ways in which school and district leadership is aligned and coherent to ensure student success

Examine a tool (Journey Map) for leaders to reflect on their practice and identify actions and commitments

Create an action plan for how this learning could be implemented in their settings

Participants will leave with examples of how leadership capacity can be built school- or district-wide, including sample tools and templates used to focus on problems of practice, create action plans for building leadership capacity, and identify leadership roles that lead to systemic and systematic changes that inform ongoing professional learning.

Presenters
avatar for Cori Groth

Cori Groth

Associate Director, Utah Education Policy Center
Cori Groth, Ph.D. is the UEPC Associate Director who works with the Bridgeworks School Improvement team and the UEPC Evaluation Team to support educational and community-based organizations in improving programs, policies, and practices that result in excellent and equitable outcomes... Read More →
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Bryan Becherini

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC), University of Utah
Bryan Becherini M.A., M.Ed. is a research associate who works with UEPC's Bridgeworks team to support schools across the state of Utah in turnaround initiatives.   Bryan believes that every student in Utah deserves an education that properly prepares them for college or career pathways... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
GEO 108 - Geoscience Building, Room 108 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

The Forgotten Tier- Tier 2 Intervention
This presentation will focus on the systematic structure of Tier 2 behavior and SEL interventions. Many schools go from Tier 1 classroom management to a crisis version of Tier 3. Creating a sustainable structure for Tier 2 intervention is essential to mitigating struggle for students and maximizing the foundation for their success. This also helps to support teacher wellness and efficacy. This will cover basic data collection procedures, teaming and training structures, and criteria for intervention. Each participant will leave with a next step action plan.

Presenters
avatar for Aspen Florence

Aspen Florence

Consultant, Person Centered Consulting
Aspen Florence has been an educator in Utah for the past 19 years. She taught Special Education for ten years in the K-12 setting. She worked as a behavior specialist for four years and was the Director of Student Advocacy for two years in the Ogden School District. She also teaches... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
BUS 246 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 246 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

The Pro-Human Approach to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
The Foundation Against Racism and Intolerance (FAIR) takes Pro-Human approach to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion training that focuses on our core principles of understanding, fairness and common humanity. The Pro-Human approach overcomes cognitive biases that can lead to flattening and stereotyping, by celebrating both our shared humanity and acknowledging the unique perspective of each person on the team. Our Diversity training provides tools that enhance positivity, build team cohesion, mitigate conflict, and foster healthy relationships, and opportunities to create diverse, dynamic teams. Through listen & learn segments, roleplay, small group discussion, large group discussion, and reflection, we foster an interactive and engaging learning experience.

Session slides (PDF)

Presenters
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Christine Sefein

Director of FAIR Diversity, The Foundation Against Intolerance and Racism (FAIR)
Christine Sefein, MA, LMFT is a results-oriented Trainer and Educator with proven leadership and cross-functional team skills, and experience with training in both corporate and academic settings. Utilizing logical and creative thinking, she has expertise in curriculum design, development... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 202 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 202 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

Using Quick Diagnostic Interviews to Elicit Evidence of Student Understanding
Current data available to teachers do not always specify student learning needs at a deep enough level needed for teachers to know how to respond. In this interactive session, participants will experience a process and tools for administering quick Diagnostic Interviews (DI) to identify student gaps in concepts and skills that can be used to respond to student learning needs during Tier 1 Instruction. The 3–5-minute DI focuses on student thinking more deeply than typical data currently available. If your school has collaborative teacher teams, such as Professional Learning Communities (PLC), strategies and tools will be shared showing how to integrate the interview data into PLC planning conversations making it easier to differentiate upcoming units of study and daily lessons to meet each student’s unique learning needs.

Learning goals for the session include the following:
* Identify a process for conducting a quick Diagnostic Interview
* Practice using the DI
* Explore samples of student work resulting from the DI
* Create ways you can integrate the DI into your context and/or PLC.

Participants will leave the session with the following products:
* Diagnostic Interview Process
* Diagnostic Interview Probing Questions
* Samples of Student Work
* Protocol for Integrating Data into PLCs
* Checklist for Applying to Your Context

Presenters
avatar for Janice Bradley

Janice Bradley

Assistant Director, Professional Learning, Utah Education Policy Center
Janice Bradley, Ph.D., is an assistant director with the UEPC who partners with education entities to support their school improvement efforts and leadership capacity building resulting in excellence and equitable school systems. Janice believes that leadership, educator capacity... Read More →
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Magda Tsagaris

Research Associate, Utah Education Policy Center (UEPC), University of Utah
Magda Tsagaris, M.Ed is a school support associate with the UEPC Bridgeworks team working to support schools across the state of Utah to establish meaningful collaborative partnerships and implement data-driven practices to impact student achievement.   Magda believes that strong... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 407 - General Classroom Building, Room 407 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

9:45am MDT

YouScience - Discover Student Talent!
Did you know you YouScience is available for you to use right now?  For FREE? 
Admins, teachers, counselors and WBL - you have tools at your fingertips that can:
  • Help students identify their natural talents and validate their skills
  • Have better tools for students to select classes and pathways. 
  • Improve WBL and employer connections. 
  • Expand access to internships, apprenticeships, and a wider variety of CTE courses. 
  • Participate in more meaningful career fairs and direct the right kids to the right opportunities. 
Learn from those who are using YouScience and prepare to make YouScience part of the culture of your school!

Counselor Resources Wakelet
Teacher Resources Wakelet
 

Presenters
avatar for Kellie Openshaw

Kellie Openshaw

Utah State Director, YouScience
As an “extrovert/liaison”, Kellie is in her element talking to educators about YouScience. She loves sharing the vision of making meaningful connections between each student, their education, and future careers. On any given day you may catch her meeting with the legislature... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 9:45am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 203 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 203 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

10:05am MDT

Introducing the New Teacher Mentoring Endorsement
This would be ideal for the 20-minute OTC - to introduce folks to the new teacher mentoring endorsement being developed with anticipated rollout this summer. The endorsement will parallel the existing instructional coaching endorsement and provide opportunity for teachers and school leaders to build capacity for and the prestige associated with being a mentor for new teachers.

Presenters
avatar for Kami Dupree

Kami Dupree

Educator Development Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Dr. Kami Dupree works as an Educator Development Specialist with the USBE where her work is informed by her passion for supporting teachers in developing into proficient and self-sufficient veterans. Kami has taught mathematics and statistics courses in high school as well as higher... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 10:05am - 10:25am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

10:25am MDT

Transition Elevated: Transition Planning with an App
Participants will learn about the Utah Transition Elevated Planning App and supporting materials. This app is designed to help Utah students and family members plan and participate in the transition planning process. As a Utah student with a disability who is 14 years or older, or a family member of a transition age student, this app can help prepare for the Individualized Education Program (IEP) meeting where transition planning will be discussed, and the Postsecondary Transition Plan will be created.

Presenters
avatar for Lavinia Gripentrog

Lavinia Gripentrog

Secondary Transition Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Lavinia Gripentrog has a rich history in the field of Transition and special education. She began her career supporting adults with developmental disabilities in employment and community settings for an adult provider in 1991. She then became a special education teacher for 21 years... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 10:25am - 10:45am MDT
ED 103 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 103 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Google Demo Slam!
The Ultimate Demo Slam: Utah Google Certified Trainer Edition is an action-packed hour of pure Google Workspace excitement! The Google Certified Trainers in Utah will vie to become the Demo Slam master by presenting one SLAM* each. Participants will watch, learn, discuss, and ultimately judge which Demo Slam will be deemed ultimate Google champion for 2022! Come be a part of this URSA experience! *A SLAM is a two-minute demonstration of the capacities of our favorite tools. All Slams will focus on using the Google Workspace tools to positively impact productivity, instruction, and student learning.

Presenters
avatar for Matt Winters

Matt Winters

Sr. Technical Trainer, Utah Education Network
Matthew Winters is a Utah Education Network trainer specializing in Google Workspaces for Edu. He is a former English Language Arts teacher at the secondary and college level. When his is not committing fully to his role as an educational whirlwind, he loves reading (graphic novels... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 104 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 104 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Self-Directed Learners: The Missing Link In The PCBL Evolution?
The USBE PCBL Framework defines "Learner Agency" as "achieved through a broad range of instructional strategies including goal setting, choice in learning path ways, voice in how to demonstrate competency, and learner self-assessment." These strategies also depend on a vital characteristic among our learners, self-direction. In this session we will model and explore instructional strategies educators can use to develop self-direction, self-reliance, and resilience in our learners.

Click here to access the slides used in this presentation.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Hakkarinen

Michael Hakkarinen

Education Specialist - Teaching and Learning, USBE
Michael Hakkarinen is an experienced classroom teacher, instructional technology specialist, and professional learning facilitator. As the PCBL Specialist for the Utah State Board of Education he provides support to Utah LEAs focusing on Personalized and Competency Based educational... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 215 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 215 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

What's New in Nearpod!
No fluff, just awesomeness! I’ll show you all of the newest Nearpod features, programs and what’s coming in 2022. Come join the fun!!

Presenters
avatar for Jami Gardner

Jami Gardner

Sr. Trainer, Utah Education Network
As the Product Manager for the state’s contract with Nearpod, Jami Gardner shares her Nearpod expertise with educators across the state of Utah. Jami is also passionate about helping teachers integrate the 4Cs into their lessons by using educational escape rooms and computer science... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
BUS 126 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 126 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Be Your Own Emotional Superhero
Be Your Own Emotional Superhero! Schools need vigilant emotional leaders in order to meet the intense needs of the growing number of struggling scholars. Learn from Navajo Nation Principal Denece Kitto and author/educator Rachelle Castor who have been practicing social emotional skills to help themselves and their students heal from grief, trauma and fear. Learn a number of skills that can be utilized easily in any classroom situation.

Presenters
avatar for Denece Kitto

Denece Kitto

Principal, Tse'bii'nidzisgai Elementary, Monument Valley
Denece Kitto moved to Monument Valley to accept the role of principal after serving in a variety of educational and state capacities. She has taught in elementary, secondary and higher education, with a heart for her Native American students and colleagues. She first came to the Navajo... Read More →
avatar for Rachelle Castor

Rachelle Castor

Author Presenter, Emotional Super Powers
Received the Covenant Communications Bronze Trumpet Award, 2022, for 100,000 books sold, the Mom’s Choice Award, 2019 for her Emotional Super Powers, and the Noteworthy Award for her short story Angels in Every Storm, 2019. Produces tools of hope for humanity, “If we can teach... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 109 - General Classroom Building, Room 109 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Canvas Tips and Tricks
Even if you have been using Canvas for a while, you may not have discovered all the helpful tools available. Join us for a lightning fast round of basic and advanced tips. You should have a basic knowledge of Canvas, we’ll cover a lot, but you’ll have access to the presentation with links to refer back to and share with others! Here is the link to the presentation.

Presenters
avatar for Chris Haught

Chris Haught

Media Specialist, Southwest Educational Development Center
Chris Haught is the Technology/Media Mentor at Southwest Educational Service Center (SEDC), a regional Service Center that serves six district and seven charter ELA’s.Chris works closely with the region’s librarians providing support and training on Utah’s Online Library, the... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
BUS 120 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 120 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Cozy Centers: Developing a Cozy Wellness Area in Your Classroom!
Come learn how to implement a wellness area in your classroom to support your students’ social-emotional skills, decrease challenging behaviors, and increase self-regulation. Cozy centers can be created in any size classroom with any budget. You do not have to have prior experience with cozy centers to benefit from this session. This session provides guidance for developing cozy centers as well as recommendations for effective use. Participants will learn what elements and resources should be included in cozy centers, why cozy centers are useful, how to implement and use them with students, and other ways to support your students’ social-emotional learning. Cozy centers are especially useful in early childhood classrooms and k-12 special education rooms, but they can also be useful in regular education and older grade classrooms with some modifications.

Participants should bring a laptop, tablet, or smartphone to access web-based learning activities and resources to fully participate in this session.

Presenters
avatar for Chelsea Oaks

Chelsea Oaks

Education Specialist-Preschool, Utah State Board of Education
Chelsea Oaks is a preschool specialist for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). She has a bachelor's degree in English Education from Southern Utah University, and a master’s in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Utah. Prior to joining USBE, she taught... Read More →
avatar for Jared Lisonbee

Jared Lisonbee

Preschool Education Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Jared Lisonbee is a Preschool Specialist at the Utah State Board of Education (USBE). Prior to joining USBE, Jared worked in Head Start and taught in higher education. Jared earned bachelor and master’s degrees from Brigham Young University before earning a Ph. D. in human development... Read More →
avatar for Jessica Mackley

Jessica Mackley

Preschool Specialist, Utah State Board of Education
Jessica Mackley is a preschool specialist for the Utah State Board of Education (USBE), and has a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Special Education from Utah State University. Prior to joining USBE, Jessica worked as a special education preschool teacher for Davis School District... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 303 - General Classroom Building, Room 303 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Happiness Through Storytelling
Storytelling can be a great way for students and teachers to collaborate, dialogue, and listen. This session will provide examples and take-a-ways you can use in your classroom.

Presenters
avatar for David Tanner

David Tanner

School Director, Davis School District
Math, physics, and chemistry teacher, high school and junior high assistant principal, principal and district secondary director with 34 years in education. Owner of Howie's Root Beer.


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 405 - General Classroom Building, Room 405 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

How Do We Teach Media Literacy in a Tech Environment
Teaching Media Literacy is more important that ever, as students are on devices for school, homework, and for socializing. It's important for them to know how to vet and verify the information they are consuming, and know when to ask questions. This presentation will talk about Media Literacy, bias, misinformation, and how to help students navigate these topics in a digital world.

Presenters
avatar for Karina Gathu

Karina Gathu

Operations Director, Digital Respons-Ability
Teaching Media Literacy is more important that ever, as students are on devices for school, homework, and for socializing. It's important for them to know how to vet and verify the information they are consuming, and know when to ask questions. This presentation will talk about Media... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 111 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 111 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Making it Through the F.O.G. (Frustration, Overwhelmed, Guilt) in Education
This session will take the 7 Steps outlined by Jen Molitor in her book, The Happy Teacher’s Handbook, and apply them to all roles in education. Helping you find strategies to renew your passion for working in education in a time that so many are leaving.

Presenters
avatar for Holly Todd

Holly Todd

Crisis Response Counselor, Northeastern Utah Educational Services
Holly Todd has worked in education for over 20 years. She has worked in Wasatch School District, Jordan School District, at the Utah State Board of Education, and currently works for the Northeastern Utah Educational Services Agency and Rocky Mountain University. Holly has been a... Read More →



Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 106 - General Classroom Building, Room 106 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

PLC Protocols and Practice
This session will look at the PLC work done with an ELA team who was UMLA team of the year, how they used data, protocols and daily practice to give students a viable curriculum and data driven decision making. They will also discuss how these same ideas are not part of their foundation in their respective jobs.

Presenters
avatar for Machelle Maxwell

Machelle Maxwell

Library/ Media Specialist, Uintah High School
Machelle has spent the last 10 of her 34-year career in the Uintah School District and currently serves as the library/ media specialist for the Uintah High School. She advises the Uintah chapter of National Honor Society and is assistant advisor for the Sterling Scholar program... Read More →
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Rachel Maxwell

7th grade ELA, Cedar Middle School
Rachel Maxwell is in her 8th year of teaching and has taught 6th, 7th, and 8th Grade ELA, creative writing, Gifted and Talented and was a SpEd co- teacher. She served as a team leader and MTSS team coordinator. She was a member or the 2017 Utah Middle Level Team of the Year. Writing... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
ED 102 - Emma Eccles Jones Education Building, Room 102 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Practical Digital Tools for the Classroom
Come learn about several practical digital tools that can make your job as a teacher easier. These tools are free, easy, and quick to apply to your teaching practice. Many of these are also tools that students can use on their class projects and reports as well. We'll look at ClassroomScreen, Remove.bg, Unscreen, Video Candy, PDF Candy, GoQR.me, Photopea, Soundzabound, eMedia, and more!  Here's a link to the session slides: bit.ly/practicaldigital 


Presenters
avatar for Rob Bentley

Rob Bentley

Instructor and Product Manager, Utah Education Network
Rob taught Language Arts and Spanish for 6 years. For the last 15 years he's been teaching teachers how to effectively integrate technology into their curriculum. During his time at UEN he's presented at URSA, UELMA, UCET, ISTE, UFLA, and the CTE conferences many times.


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
GC 107 - General Classroom Building, Room 107 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Rethinking School Discipline: A Restorative Approach
The International Institute of Restorative Practices posits that the fundamental hypothesis of restorative practices is that human beings are happier, more cooperative and productive and more likely to make positive changes in their behavior when those in positions of authority do things with them, rather than to them or for them. A restorative approach to discipline focuses on restoring the relationship between an offender and his/her community through collaboration and rehabilitation of mindset and behavior. A major flaw of traditional disciplinary practices is that it addresses only behavior, a symptom of, but not the root of, the issues that manifest as problematic behavior. Pairing a cognitive behavioral approach with restorative practices, schools can more effectively and compassionately address underlying self-defeating thinking patterns, thus addressing the root of the issue. And more importantly, we allow our students to be part of their own process of change, thus creating lasting change. Recent research published by the IIRP attests to this: restorative practices in schools reduced suspensions and serious infractions by an average of 65%, reduced aggression by 26% and improved social skills by 20%. May we suggest that we collectively rethink our approach to school discipline, and shift into a more restorative one.

Presenters
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Lisah Mo’unga

Onboarding and Curriculum, ACCI/Education Lifeskills
ACCI is a national evidence-based provider of cognitive lifeskills courses and programs. Established in 1975, ACCI started with a focus on reducing recidivism rates through a cognitive behavioral approach to help participants address underlying self-defeating thoughts and behaviors... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
BUS 250 - Dixie Leavitt Business Building, Room 250 Southern Utah University, 351 W University Blvd., Cedar City Utah

11:00am MDT

Building Better Relationships in Our Classrooms
Supportive, meaningful relationships are the foundation of everything we do in school.  For students, strong relationships with their teachers and peers enhance their levels of engagement, motivation, and learning; for teachers, these relationships are critical for finding satisfaction, purpose, and longevity in the classroom.  Learn the strategies and daily practices John Arthur, the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year, uses to build and sustain healthy, positive relationships with his students.

Presenters
avatar for John Arthur

John Arthur

6th Grade Teacher, Salt Lake City School District
John Arthur is the 2021 Utah Teacher of the Year and National Teacher of the Year Finalist.  He teaches 6th grade at Meadowlark Elementary, a Title I school in Salt Lake City.  John Arthur is a National Board Certified Teacher, a Utah Teacher Fellow with the Hope Street Group, and... Read More →


Friday July 8, 2022 11:00am - 12:00pm MDT
AU - Auditorium 351 W University Blvd, Cedar City, Utah, USA
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