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”

What does student learning look like in your classroom?

By Kayla Towner Published by the USBE Digital Teaching and Learning Team, January 2022 The moment I moved from being a second-grade teacher to a fifth-grade teacher, I fell in love with the power of technology in the classroom. After completing a professional development opportunity with Microsoft Education, I jumped in with both feet toContinue reading “What does student learning look like in your classroom?”

A Teacher Lost in the Dust

By Natalie Johnson, Monument Valley High School – Navajo Nation Published by The Educator’s Room, January 2022 I am sitting in the back of the school bus. Waves rock my body as we navigate the red sandy-washed roads. I’ve been riding in traditional yellow buses just about my whole life as a student, teacher, andContinue reading “A Teacher Lost in the Dust”

Education and the Chocolate Factory

Utah Teacher Fellow, Deborah Gatrell recently shared her thoughts on the pressures of public school teachers r on the Hope Street Group Medium blog.  Read a snippet here or check out the HSG blog for the full article. Pressure on public school teachers resembles the “I Love Lucy” episode where Lucy and Ethel are workingContinue reading “Education and the Chocolate Factory”

Utah Teacher License Requirements

There has been a lot of changes and discussion around the teacher licensing requirements in Utah. It has been a hot topic with many opinions coming from teachers, administrators, and policy makers. The state is opening up this highly debated issue for public feedback. If you have ideas about the teaching licensing requirements in Utah,Continue reading “Utah Teacher License Requirements”

How to get Involved in Education Policy

Have you ever wanted to get involved in education policy, but don’t even know where to get started? I feel you. Before my fellowship with Hope Street Group, the world of politics was overwhelming, but know that I know a few basics and have made several networking connections, I know how to get my voiceContinue reading “How to get Involved in Education Policy”

How to Make a Public Comment on the Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) Rule

Attention teachers and community members, this is your call to action. The Academic Pathway to Teaching will become a rule on August 30th unless the board hears enough compelling comments from the public on why this is a rule will negatively affect education in our state. You can read the rule in its entirety here.Continue reading “How to Make a Public Comment on the Academic Pathway to Teaching (APT) Rule”

Creating your first blog: the basics for a teacher blog

I am here working in Denver at a We Work office learning the basics of creating a teacher blog. Many of my amazing Hope Street Group National Teacher Fellows have incredible blogs, so I am a little late to the game. First step to creating this blog- informative training from pro-blogger, Meghan Everett. I knowContinue reading “Creating your first blog: the basics for a teacher blog”