Education http://kuer.org en National Geographic Article Explores Utah's Ancient Past http://kuer.org/post/national-geographic-article-explores-utahs-ancient-past <p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument is featured in Next month’s issue of National Geographic. The article explores Utah’s ancient history as a hot and swampy island teeming with dinosaurs.</p><p>The article follows a group of researchers, hunting fossils in the remote landscapes of Southern Utah, which about 75 million years ago, looked more like the Louisiana Bayou.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 22:55:22 +0000 Whittney Evans 45024 at http://kuer.org National Geographic Article Explores Utah's Ancient Past U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname http://kuer.org/post/u-u-utes-announce-new-agreement-ute-nickname <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>The University of Utah’s athletic teams will continue to be known as the Utes under an agreement worked out with the Northern Ute Tribe.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:53:26 +0000 Dan Bammes 44898 at http://kuer.org U of U, Utes Announce New Agreement on "Ute" Nickname New Guadalupe School Nears Completion http://kuer.org/post/new-guadalupe-school-nears-completion <p></p><p></p><p>The walls are up at the new&nbsp;&nbsp;<a href="http://guadalupeschoolslc.org/">Guadalupe School</a>&nbsp;in Rose Park. And school administrators say the fundraising campaign is on target for an August opening.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 23:35:56 +0000 Whittney Evans 44858 at http://kuer.org New Guadalupe School Nears Completion Sandy Charter School Hosts First Annual STEM Expo http://kuer.org/post/sandy-charter-school-hosts-first-annual-stem-expo <p></p><p></p><p><a href="http://www.utahstemexpo.org/">&nbsp;The first annual Exposition of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math</a>, or STEM, was held on Saturday at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy. The free event was hosted by <a href="http://www.beehiveacademy.org/v2/">Beehive Science and Technology Academy</a>, a STEM charter school in Sandy. Hundreds of students in grades 6 through 12 demonstrated their STEM skills to the crowd of parents and spectators.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 18:03:21 +0000 Bob Nelson 44838 at http://kuer.org Sandy Charter School Hosts First Annual STEM Expo Utah Receives Grant for Higher Ed Partnership http://kuer.org/post/utah-receives-grant-higher-ed-partnership <p></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 21:25:55 +0000 Whittney Evans 44514 at http://kuer.org Utah Receives Grant for Higher Ed Partnership Highland Jr. High Takes Brunt of Ogden School District Layoffs http://kuer.org/post/highland-jr-high-takes-brunt-ogden-school-district-layoffs <p></p><p>Seventeen teachers in the Ogden School District were told not to come back to work next fall. &nbsp;Many were surprised to learn one Jr. High School took the brunt of the layoffs.&nbsp;</p><p>Six teachers at Highland Jr. High School will now have to find a new job.&nbsp;</p><p>Ogden School District Spokesman Zach Williams says the school isn’t keeping pace with the progress other schools are making, adding the district is in the process of implementing a school improvement program.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 22:04:48 +0000 Whittney Evans 44308 at http://kuer.org Highland Jr. High Takes Brunt of Ogden School District Layoffs Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology http://kuer.org/post/top-education-official-slc-discussing-early-education-and-technology <p></p><p></p><p>An official with the U.S. Department of Education is in Salt Lake City today&nbsp;talking about the impact technology has on young children. Dr. Libby Doggett is President Obama’s deputy assistant secretary of early education. She's at the Hilton Hotel<strong>&nbsp;</strong>speaking and taking questions.</p><p>Doggett’s presentation, called “High Tech Tots: Opportunities and Challenges” explores how ever-increasing screen time can both aid and impair early learning. But she’s focused on helping technology improve education for young people.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 01 Apr 2014 21:07:49 +0000 Whittney Evans 44243 at http://kuer.org Top Education Official in SLC Discussing Early Education and Technology Chief of Public Schools Announces Retirement http://kuer.org/post/chief-public-schools-announces-retirement <p></p><p>The Utah State Office of Education announced today State School Superintendent Martell Menlove will retire after only a year and three months on the job.</p><p>Menlove was appointed as State Superintendent of Public Instruction in January 2013 after serving as deputy to Superintendent Larry Shumway, before Shumway, himself retired in 2012.&nbsp;</p><p>Menlove said in a statement his immediate plans are to spend time with family.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 22:17:00 +0000 Whittney Evans 44075 at http://kuer.org Chief of Public Schools Announces Retirement Salt Lake County Inmates Get Science Lessons From U of U http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-county-inmates-get-science-lessons-u-u <p></p><p></p><p>The University of Utah is bringing science education to inmates at the Salt Lake County Jail. Starting today, scientists and educators will volunteer to give lectures and arrange hands-on projects inmates can do to get them motivated for life outside.</p><p>One by one, cell doors at the county jail open to release about half the inmates lodged in a housing unit of about 64. They take a seat and turn their attention to Nalini Nadkarni, a professor of biology at the University of Utah and director of the U’s Center for Science and Math Education.</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 23:34:12 +0000 Whittney Evans 43862 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake County Inmates Get Science Lessons From U of U Higher Ed Commissioner Proposes 4 % Increase in Tuition http://kuer.org/post/higher-ed-commissioner-proposes-4-increase-tuition <p></p><p></p><p>Utah’s Higher Education Commissioner is recommending the smallest tuition increase in more than a decade. The Utah Board of Regents will meet next Friday to consider the&nbsp;<a href="http://higheredutah.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/TAB-V-2014-3-28.pdf" style="line-height: 1.5;">proposal</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:29:19 +0000 Whittney Evans 43736 at http://kuer.org Higher Ed Commissioner Proposes 4 % Increase in Tuition More Utah Women Complete College, Still Not Caught Up With Nation http://kuer.org/post/more-utah-women-complete-college-still-not-caught-nation <p></p><p></p><p>A professor at Utah Valley University who founded the Utah Women in Education Project says women in the state continue to lag behind the rest of the nation in college graduation rates, despite gains in recent years. Dr. Susan Madsen was speaking at an annual meeting of the independent research group Utah Foundation.</p><p>The focus of this year’s Utah Foundation meeting was growing the state’s economy with graduates.</p><p>Dr. Susan Madsen, a keynote speaker at the event says in a statewide comparison between men and women, women are outpacing men by about 6 percent.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 23:05:57 +0000 Whittney Evans 43690 at http://kuer.org More Utah Women Complete College, Still Not Caught Up With Nation East High Students Turn School “Inside Out” with Photo Installation http://kuer.org/post/east-high-students-turn-school-inside-out-photo-installation <p></p><p></p><p>East High School in Salt Lake City is widely known for being the film location of the Disney movie High School Musical. Now the public school is making its mark in the world of art. When the closing school bell rings Friday afternoon - a public art exhibit will be installed on an exterior wall of East High School. It’s intended to spark conversation about Utah’s cultural diversity, and it’s part of a global art project known as <a href="http://www.insideoutproject.net/en">Inside Out</a>.</p> Thu, 20 Mar 2014 21:55:23 +0000 Andrea Smardon 43685 at http://kuer.org East High Students Turn School “Inside Out” with Photo Installation Kids Learn STEM by Building Underwater Robots http://kuer.org/post/kids-learn-stem-building-underwater-robots <p></p><p></p><p>About 450 elementary and middle school students were in Lehi today competing to see who could build the best underwater robot. &nbsp;The event is part of an annual competition that gives students a hands-on introduction to science, technology engineering and math or STEM education.</p><p>Ashton Adamson and Brenna Pope are sixth graders at Snow Springs Elementary School in Lehi. They’re sitting poolside, where Adamson says they’re preparing to submerge their robot named Nemo into a tiny obstacle course.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 22:09:35 +0000 Whittney Evans 43631 at http://kuer.org Kids Learn STEM by Building Underwater Robots Legislature Okays Pre-K Funding Bills http://kuer.org/post/legislature-okays-pre-k-funding-bills <p></p><p>Early education won big this legislative session. State lawmakers set aside $6 million for preschool programs.</p><p>The Utah legislature had been reticent to fund preschool programs in previous years. Some were concerned about taking kids out of the home too soon. But Republican House Speaker Becky Lockhart says this year legislators were swayed by information about the value of preschool, especially for at-risk kids.</p> Fri, 14 Mar 2014 07:14:51 +0000 Whittney Evans 43369 at http://kuer.org Legislature Okays Pre-K Funding Bills Some Utah Colleges, Universities Get Extra Funding for Growth http://kuer.org/post/some-utah-colleges-universities-get-extra-funding-growth <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Some of the fastest growing Utah colleges and universities also receive the lowest amount of state funding per student. But this year, the state legislature has set aside $50 million to strike a balance at these institutions and keep costs low for students. &nbsp;</span></p><p>Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Salt Lake Community College, Dixie State University and Utah State University regional campuses will all get some of the so-called equity funding.</p> Wed, 12 Mar 2014 21:55:25 +0000 Whittney Evans 43303 at http://kuer.org Some Utah Colleges, Universities Get Extra Funding for Growth Child Sex Abuse Prevention Bill Advances in Senate http://kuer.org/post/child-sex-abuse-prevention-bill-advances-senate <p></p><p>A bill that would provide training for teachers and parents on child sexual abuse and give schools the option to educate students about avoiding abuse cleared its last major hurtle in the state legislature on Tuesday.</p><p>House Bill 286, sponsored by Democratic Representative Angela Romero requires the State Board of Education and Department of Human Services to approve the required curriculum by 2016.</p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 23:01:07 +0000 Whittney Evans 43245 at http://kuer.org Child Sex Abuse Prevention Bill Advances in Senate Kevin J. Worthen Appointed President of BYU http://kuer.org/post/kevin-j-worthen-appointed-president-byu <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>Kevin J.&nbsp;Worthen will become the 13<sup>th</sup> president of Brigham Young University.&nbsp; His appointment was announced Tuesday morning at a student devotional.</p><p>Worthen<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is a former law professor and the current vice-president of advancement at BYU.</span></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 19:28:57 +0000 Dan Bammes 43220 at http://kuer.org Kevin J. Worthen Appointed President of BYU No Funding for Technology Initiative in Budget Compromise http://kuer.org/post/no-funding-technology-initiative-budget-compromise <p></p><p>Utah House and Senate leaders have finally come to an agreement on the state budget following a week’s-long impasse. The sticking point was primarily House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart’s proposed $200 million technological upgrade for public education. But that bill is now off the table.</p><p>House Speaker Rebecca Lockhart says the technology initiative would have required up to $50 million in ongoing revenue to make it worthwhile. But Senate leaders were unwilling to spend more than $26 million.</p> Mon, 10 Mar 2014 23:08:09 +0000 Whittney Evans 43180 at http://kuer.org No Funding for Technology Initiative in Budget Compromise Partisan School Board Races Fails in House http://kuer.org/post/partisan-school-board-races-fails-house <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Utah won’t be subjecting state school board candidates to partisan elections this year. House Bill 228, sponsored by Republican Representative Brian Greene, would have done away with the current process of choosing candidates for the ballot in favor of partisan election. The House narrowly voted it down on Friday.</span></p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 21:32:59 +0000 Whittney Evans 43067 at http://kuer.org Partisan School Board Races Fails in House Some Question Strength of Air Quality Recess Guidelines http://kuer.org/post/some-question-strength-air-quality-recess-guidelines <p></p><p></p><p>When fine particle air pollution along the Wasatch Front reaches the high end of what the Utah Division of Air Quality deems unhealthy, the Utah Department of Health recommends schools keep students inside for recess. But some wonder if that recommendation should come when pollution levels are even lower. Officials with the Utah Asthma Program say discussions about revising those standards are underway.</p> Fri, 07 Mar 2014 00:26:51 +0000 Whittney Evans 43031 at http://kuer.org Senate Approves High Quality Preschool Pilot Program http://kuer.org/post/senate-approves-high-quality-preschool-pilot-program <p>In an effort to help fight intergenerational poverty the Utah Senate passed a bill to provide grants to schools to create or expand preschool programs that serve at-risk children.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 21:57:48 +0000 Brian Grimmett 43026 at http://kuer.org Senate Approves High Quality Preschool Pilot Program Study Gives Utah "D" In Civil Rights Education http://kuer.org/post/study-gives-utah-d-civil-rights-education <p></p><p></p><p>The Southern Poverty Law Center says Utah is about average among other states in how well it covers the civil rights movement in the classroom. But the organization’s&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><a href="http://www.splcenter.org/get-informed/news/civil-rights-movement-education-remains-woefully-inadequate-in-a-majority-of-state" style="line-height: 1.5;">latest report</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;from the Teaching Tolerance Project shows the average grade is pretty poor.</span></p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 00:11:11 +0000 Whittney Evans 42985 at http://kuer.org Study Gives Utah "D" In Civil Rights Education Senate Approves Bill that Removes Homeschool Curriculum Requirements http://kuer.org/post/senate-approves-bill-removes-homeschool-curriculum-requirements <p></p><p>Parents who homeschool their children in Utah will not be required to follow any state curriculum guidelines under a bill that passed the state Senate Monday. The debate centered around whose responsibility it is to see that children are educated – parents or the government.</p><p>The bill’s sponsor Republican Aaron Osmond explained to the Senate that parents who teach their children at home do not want to be constrained by state curriculum guidelines, and that some of the parents are concerned about the influence of national Common Core Standards in Utah.</p> Mon, 03 Mar 2014 22:51:30 +0000 Andrea Smardon 42881 at http://kuer.org Senate Approves Bill that Removes Homeschool Curriculum Requirements House Passes Bill to Swap Classroom Time for Teacher Development http://kuer.org/post/house-passes-bill-swap-classroom-time-teacher-development <p></p><p>A bill that would allow schools to set aside regular classroom days for teacher professional development advanced in the Utah House of Representatives on Wednesday--but not without some contention.</p><p>Professional development days give teachers time out of the classroom to collaborate and train on new technologies, learning materials and curriculum. Prior to the recession, Utah spent roughly $70 million dollars on professional development but that money is no longer available.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 22:40:49 +0000 Whittney Evans 42696 at http://kuer.org House Passes Bill to Swap Classroom Time for Teacher Development School Grading Fixes Advance in Education Committee http://kuer.org/post/school-grading-fixes-advance-education-committee <p></p><p>State lawmakers in the Senate Education committee voted unanimously Monday morning to support proposed changes to the controversial school grading system. Republican Senator Stuart Adams’ bill would provide additional flexibility for schools, including the option to opt out of the system.</p><p>Last fall,&nbsp;<a href="http://psdreports.schools.utah.gov/Gateway">Utah schools received, for the first time letter grades “A” through “F”</a>&nbsp;under the state’s second and newest grading system. Senator Stuart Adams says it’s has already increased transparency.</p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 21:28:33 +0000 Whittney Evans 42583 at http://kuer.org School Grading Fixes Advance in Education Committee House Would Give Aid To Families With Autistic Children http://kuer.org/post/house-would-give-aid-families-autistic-children <p></p><p>House lawmakers want to give families with autistic children a helping hand. They voted Tuesday to continue supporting a few programs that have shown success in Utah.</p><p>Republican Representative Rhonda Menlove says a constituent call a few years ago triggered her interest in autism programs. She told her House colleagues that she picked up the phone one day and heard a screaming child in the background as the sobbing mother pleaded for help.</p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 00:22:55 +0000 Judy Fahys 42329 at http://kuer.org House Would Give Aid To Families With Autistic Children Salt Lake City School Board to Seek External Audit of School Lunch Issue http://kuer.org/post/salt-lake-city-school-board-seek-external-audit-school-lunch-issue <p></p><p>The Salt Lake City School Board plans to discuss tonight how to move forward with an outside investigation into the seizure of more than 30 school lunches from Uintah Elementary School. The decision comes as the district’s human resources department continues its ongoing probe into the incident.</p> Tue, 18 Feb 2014 22:29:38 +0000 Whittney Evans 42324 at http://kuer.org Salt Lake City School Board to Seek External Audit of School Lunch Issue Awarded Engineering Degrees at University of Utah Double from 1999 http://kuer.org/post/awarded-engineering-degrees-university-utah-double-1999 <p>The University of Utah College of Engineering marks National Engineering Week boasting a doubling of the number of engineering graduates since 1999. 368 engineering and computer science degrees were issued that year by the U. Then Governor Mike Leavitt challenged the state’s higher education system with the 2000 Engineering Initiative. 777 total degrees were issued in 2013. Dean of the College Richard Brown says the result has been a reverse of the so called brain drain of 30 years ago.</p> Mon, 17 Feb 2014 13:00:00 +0000 Bob Nelson 42188 at http://kuer.org Awarded Engineering Degrees at University of Utah Double from 1999 Quick Upgrade Coming for Huntsman Events Center Arena http://kuer.org/post/quick-upgrade-coming-huntsman-events-center-arena <p>A $6.6 million dollar renovation is planned for the Jon M. Huntsman Center. Crews will begin work as soon as the Ute basketball season is over so the project can be completed before the commencement season starts. &nbsp;Shireen Ghorbani&nbsp; of University Facilities Management says the sound baffle known as “the cloud” is going away.</p><p>“And then above in that space in the center will be a grid system that can hang curtains to break up the space in different ways,” says Ghorbani.</p><p>She says the project fills the long-time need for medium sized spaces on campus.</p><p></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 21:21:58 +0000 Bob Nelson 42170 at http://kuer.org Quick Upgrade Coming for Huntsman Events Center Arena Classroom Overhaul Envisions More Technology http://kuer.org/post/classroom-overhaul-envisions-more-technology <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">House Speaker Becky Lockhart only needed to look at her own children to see kids and electronic devices go together naturally. The insight has inspired her new initiative to transform Utah’s public schools.</span></p><p>Lockhart says parents and teachers need to catch up to children when it comes to technology. That’s what prompted her Public Education Modernization Act. It would put electronic devices into the hands of all 620,000 students in Utah’s schools. Lockhart’s asking for up to $300 million to make her vision a reality.</p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 03:48:00 +0000 Judy Fahys 42139 at http://kuer.org Classroom Overhaul Envisions More Technology