Dear Parents…Kids and Language Immersion

Parley's Park Elementary School Spanish Dual Immersion_Gemma Arro third grade_Park City_Utah

Do you want to give your children an edge? Make sure they speak more than one language – and the earlier, the better. Kids who are exposed to two languages from birth have an advantage over their single-language peers. The best practice is to have one parent consistently speaking English, and the other parent consistently speaking a second language to the child. . . . → Read More

Who Will You Nominate?

Utah Commission on Volunteers

Do you have an outstanding volunteer in your classroom? Do you know someone or a group of people who work hard to improve your community? Celebrate an extraordinary volunteer or service organization by nominating them for one of the 2011 Utah Volunteer Service Awards. . . . → Read More

State Charter Board Screens Applicants for 2013-14 School Year

Utah Charter Schools

Eight applicants will come before the Utah State Charter School Board tomorrow, seeking charters to open new schools in the fall of 2013. The State Charter Board will meet with the governing boards of the prospective charter schools in a six-hour work session following its regularly scheduled board meeting. . . . → Read More

Utah’s First Lady participating in reading event with at-risk readers

Utah's First Lady Participating in Reading Event with At-Risk Readers_"Read to the Dogs" by Fairfax County Public Library/flickr

First Lady Jeanette Herbert will participate in a reading event with the Intermountain Therapy Animals (I.T.A.) R.E.A.D. (Reading Education Assistance Dogs) program. Previously, Mrs. Herbert donated books to Copperview Elementary, a Title I school. The event will be attended by 30 to 40 first-grade students, dogs in the I.T.A R.E.A.D.Teams, I.T.A administration and school administration. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education welcomes new member

The Utah State Board of Education swore in a new member this morning, Dean Rowley. He is the new non-voting member representing the Utah School Boards Association. . . . → Read More

Utah’s First Lady announces new initiative at Prevention Dimensions event

Utah’s First Lady Jeanette Herbert will announce a new initiative to support Utah parents and children tomorrow at the Prevention Dimension Day at the Salt Lake Bees baseball game. More than 12,500 Utah fourth through sixth graders will attend the event, where the Governor will officially declare May 24th as “Prevention Dimensions Day.” Prevention Dimension is the Utah State Office of Education’s Safe and Drug-free School Program. . . . → Read More

Alisa Morgan is Teacher Feature recipient

KSL Radio and Zions Bank honored Alisa Morgan, a kindergarten teacher at Springville’s Art City Elementary School in the Nebo District, for the “Teacher Feature” program this week. This program was developed to recognize outstanding teachers who have gone the extra mile, not only in the classroom, but who have also made a significant impact on many young lives. . . . → Read More

Utah State Board of Education meets this week

The Utah State Board of Education meets on Thursday and Friday with a loaded post-legislative session agenda. There are three areas in particular the State Board wishes to highlight: new rules, a legislative overview and a resolution honoring a community partner. . . . → Read More

New literacy fundraiser nets $154,000 for children’s books

A day-long children’s literacy telethon and radiothon marked the end of a month long campaign to raise $1 million to buy books for Utah’s elementary school children. The “Once Upon a Time” Utah Story Literacy Event brought hundreds of Utah school children to the Union Pacific building at the Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City yesterday to celebrate literacy. . . . → Read More