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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

What a young girl can learn from Utah women about STEM education and careers

Deseret News – Jasen Lee

“Here are the stories of four women who are succeeding in STEM fields and the lessons they can teach about succeeding in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.” (more)

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Student-centered education is best chance to rise from bottom of the list in education funding

The Deseret News – Lynn Stoddard

“A diverse group of educators and parents may have found a way to get Utah off the bottom of the list in funding for public education. They suggest this simple concept: Switch from subject-centered to a student-centered system of public education.” (more)

Sunday, June 29, 2014

A trip to China changes a state’s education

China Daily – Qidong Zhang

“It all began with a trip to China in 2006. As a result, today 13,000 students in the state of Utah in grades K-12 speak Mandarin, the highest ratio in the US population.” (more)

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Preparing Utah’s Workforce: The case for STEM

The Deseret News – Jon S. Pierpont

“With each and every graduating student and expanding business, we are building tomorrow’s economy today. By strengthening education through a special focus on science, technology, engineering and math — more commonly known as STEM — we will ensure tomorrow’s workforce is prepared for a slew of 21st century opportunities.”(more)

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Despite outrageous school spending, students actually dumber than in 1972

The Daily Caller – Robby Soave

“The amount of money that the American taxpayers have been forced to spend on public schools has more than doubled in the last few years — even though such spending has had no demonstrable impact on students’ intelligence levels, a bombshell new study found.”(more)

Friday, November 8, 2013

In Utah, foreign language immersion becomes the norm

GrandForksHerald.com – Gregg Roberts & Ofelia Wade

“Monolingualism is the illiteracy of the 21st century. On today’s world stage, multilingual skills and cultural competence have taken the lead roles, as the 21st century showcases the emerging professionals of a future competitive global workforce.”(more)

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Dual language education in Cache Valley showing positive results

Utah Public Radio – Beth McEvoy

“Elementary students throughout Cache Valley are studying their lessons this school year in languages other than English…“What we’re hoping to do with the dual language immersion program is we’re hoping to graduate doctors, lawyers, businessman, teachers with an added skill speaking a language; and it is just something that can happen so very easily because their brains are wired to do it,” she said.”(more)

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Taking a stand: Union High coach suspends entire football team in lesson about character

The Deseret News – Amy Donaldson

“Matt Labrum believes football helps create great men. And it is that belief and his passion for the game that led the Union High School head football coach and his staff to suspend all 41 players from the team because of off-field problems ranging from cyberbullying to skipping classes.” (more)

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pre-K Program Attracts Investors Out for Returns

Education Week – Sean Meehan

“An unusual partnership involving Goldman Sachs, a school district in Utah, and several community charities to expand the school system’s early-education program is intended to save taxpayers money and provide a financial return for investors.” (more)

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Utah’s school language programs drawing praise

The Ticket – Duane Jeffery

“…come this fall, about 20,000 Utah elementary students in 100 schools will be studying a foreign language for half a day…A big surprise is that many of the programs are teaching not Spanish, German or French — the ones we most commonly have associated with our schools. Instead the featured language is Mandarin…” (more)