Utah Principals STEM Academy

David Smith

David Smith, Elementary Mathematics Specialist

I am pleased to announce that the application period for the Utah Principals STEM Academy is now open. This academy is an extension of and replaces the Elementary Principals Mathematics and Science Leadership Academy.

Most academy objectives remain the same and the successful experiences we have had in the past will continue. However, we recognized this year how vital it is that principals also have experiences in technology and engineering and have some understanding of how to integrate those fields into instruction.

So we have added some objectives and some new activities and expanded the enrollment to include both elementary and middle school principals. The academy will, therefore, have a K-8 focus.

The academy does require a significant time commitment. We will meet in six two-day sessions beginning in October. See the application for tentative dates. Principals will be out of their buildings 12 days during the school year for this experience. Our evaluations from the four years of the academy so far indicate that what principals gain by their participation more than compensates for the time out of school.

I have attached three documents. The first is the cover letter, the second is the Eight Step Plan for the academy, and the third is the application. All applications must be signed by a supervisor, either your direct supervisor or your superintendent. Charter school directors/principals do not need a second signature. Applications are due by June 30, 2014 and should be submitted via e-mail to david.smith@schools.utah.gov.

Paper applications will be accepted if necessary. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance status by the second week in July. Enrollment for the 2014-15 academy is capped at 30 participants.

Principals have priority registration. We will accept assistant principals on a space available basis.

Cover letter: http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary/materials/PrincipalsSTEMAcademyCoverLetterYearFive.aspx

Eight Step Plan: http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary/materials/EightStepPlanforPrincipalsSTEMAcademy.aspx

Application:  http://www.schools.utah.gov/board/Meetings/Summary/materials/Application-PrincipalsSTEM-Academy14-15.aspx

David A. Smith is an Elementary Mathematics Specialist in the Teaching and Learning Section at the Utah State Office of Education.

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