Volume 1: Use Your Teacher Voice

By Marley McClune Welcome to Hope Street Group Utah’s Introductory post to our new blog series: Use Your Teacher Voice. It’s no secret that Education is a hot topic across the media, online and in the Legislature. In this weekly series we are going to talk about the ins and outs of Education Policy andContinue reading “Volume 1: Use Your Teacher Voice”

It’s in the best interest of parents to leave curriculum decisions to teachers

By Ryan Rarick Originally published as a Letter to the Editor by the St. George News, February 2022 OPINION — The 2022 session of the Utah Legislature kicked off in the middle of January. Amid the multitude of tasks the legislature hopes to accomplish before adjourning in March are a variety of education bills. TwoContinue reading “It’s in the best interest of parents to leave curriculum decisions to teachers”

We’re online, but are we connecting?

By Stephan Seabury What’s it like to teach online?  It’s sometimes like this…this right now.  You are reading my words, yet you can’t see my eyes, feel my thoughts.  I could create an eloquent soliloquy extolling the beatific and meritorious efforts being made by teachers world wide…but could anyone really get a sense of it?Continue reading “We’re online, but are we connecting?”

It’s Thursday- Thank a Teacher: Taunya James Edition

Did any of you attend the UCET 2020 Conference? If you did, you probably saw Ms. Taunya James win the award for Outstanding Teacher of the Year for the amazing hands-on and tech experiences she provides for her 2nd grade students. Read on to learn a little more about this amazing educator. Where did youContinue reading “It’s Thursday- Thank a Teacher: Taunya James Edition”

Rocking Distance Learning

By Taunya James When the announcement came that we were moving to distance, or online, learning; I started helping teachers around me gear up for the challenge. As our school’s Ed Tech Coach and a Second Grade teacher, I was essentially working multiple jobs with a hard deadline of two days. The coaches joined togetherContinue reading “Rocking Distance Learning”

It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher: Becca Proper Edition

Drum-roll, please. Today we are featuring Becca Proper, who teaches Spanish and English at Ephraim Middle School in South Sanpete School District. She teaches English AND Spanish AND she works with teens AND is a professional in a rural community– could she be any more awesome?! Read on to learn more about her. Where didContinue reading “It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher: Becca Proper Edition”

It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher: Victor Neves Edition

Wahoo! It’s your lucky day– I am spotlighting Victor Neves from WHMS in Jordan School District.  Mr. Neves Music; read on to learn more about him. Where did you do your teacher prep? at BYU. What is the greatest thing about being an educator? Seeing kids grow. What advice would you give to new teachers?Continue reading “It’s Thursday-Thank a Teacher: Victor Neves Edition”

Teachers: A Voice that Matters

By: Austin Green  I sat looking up at the beautiful paintings sprawled across the House Floor ceiling, a rich history of the State of Utah’s legacy. Representative Steve Handy turned to me and asked for a quick summary of what Utah Teacher Fellows do. Suddenly we were standing… Representative Handy was reading the summary IContinue reading “Teachers: A Voice that Matters”