National Powered By Teach To Lead Summit Comes to Utah for the First Time

Teachers Will Come Together to Address Challenges and Develop Solutions
with a Focus on Mathematics

SALT LAKE CITY, July 26, 2018 – Utah State Board of Education (USBE), and Hope Street Group (HSG) Utah Teacher Fellows program will bring Powered By Teach to Lead Summit (TTL Summit) to Utah for the first time on July 31 and August 1. The TTL Summit in Utah is titled “Equity and Inclusion in Math” with a focus on applying ideas to better support and engage mathematics teachers and students. The summit will take place at the Jordan Auxiliary Services building located at JATC-South 12723 S Park Ave (2080 W) Riverton UT 84065

The two-day TTL Summit will bring together 20 teams made up of five teachers who will engage in unique breakout sessions to address specific challenges, and develop creative solutions. These individuals were invited through a selection process where educators applied by presenting a unique challenge, and the initial steps to address it. Once accepted to the summit, there is no cost to attend.

The teams attending the summit will create, refine and prepare action plans for solving their challenges with the support of the TTL network, consisting of supporting facilitators on site known as Critical Friends, USBE, Utah Teacher Fellows, plus HSG National Teacher Fellow alumni Meghan Everette and Tabitha Pacheco. Everette is a Mathematics Specialist for the Salt Lake City School District, and Pacheco, previously a special education teacher with Utah Virtual Academy, now leads the Utah Teacher Fellows program.

The TTL Summit is led by teachers for teachers, all of whom are dedicating their time off during the summer to hone their expertise and become solution-driven leaders in their classrooms and communities.

In addition to the team breakout sessions, the TTL Summit will feature noteworthy speakers and performers:

  • Sydnee Dickson – State Superintendent of Public Instruction, USBE
  • Celeste Rodriguez – Teacher Liaison, U.S. Department of Education
  • ​Quinn Rollins – Author of “Play Like a Pirate” and History Teacher in Salt Lake City
  • Egyptian YouTheatre – Youth performance group, Directed by Jamie Wilcox

Media is invited to video and photograph the Summit. We also invite media to interview spokespeople from their respective organizations:

  • Celeste Rodriguez – Teacher Liaison, U.S. Department of Education
  • Joleigh Honey – Mathematics/STEM Coordinator, USBE
  • Leah Voorhies – Assistant Superintendent of Student Support, USBE
  • Celia Gregory – Director, Engagement and Communications, HSG
  • Tabitha Pacheco – Director, Utah Teacher Fellows

 About Teach to Lead

Teach to Lead is a partnership of the U.S. Department of Education and ASCD  that envisions a world in which teachers are valued as the foremost experts in instruction, and as such, are leaders of informing, developing, and implementing education policy and practice to steer systematic improvements to benefit student learning. Powered By Teach to Lead Teacher Leadership Summits are one- or two-day team learning experiences designed in partnership with supporting organizations to further opportunities for teacher leadership development in specific communities and/or around specific topic areas.


 About Utah State Board of Education

The Utah State Board of Education (USBE) is a constitutionally established, elected, non-partisan body that exercises “general control and supervision” over the public education system in Utah, including establishing the state educational core standards, state educator licensing policies, and state high school graduation requirements. Its 15 members are elected from geographic areas in Utah to four-year terms. The State Board meets for a two-day session each month; meetings include study sessions, committee meetings, full board meetings, and meeting separately as the board of the Utah Schools for the Deaf and the Blind (USDB). The State Board appoints the State Superintendent of Public Instruction to administer all programs assigned to the Utah State Board of Education in accordance with the policies and standards established. Both the State Board and State Superintendent are responsible for compliance with state and federal laws and administrative rules affecting education and for the distribution of over $4 billion to charter and district schools.

 About Hope Street Group

Hope Street Group (HSG) is a national nonprofit that strives to ensure every American has a path to economic opportunity by strengthening our nation’s education and workforce systems. HSG’s Utah Teacher Fellows program was launched in 2017 in partnership with the National Network of State Teachers of the Year (NNSTOY), supporting a cohort of 20 public school educators to develop high-impact competencies over the course of two years. Teacher Fellows inform policy and practice by engaging their peers on education challenges and delivering teacher-led solutions to the State Board of Education.

Scott Hazleton
The Summit Group

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