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Saturday, March 21, 2015

Utah bets big on foreign language learning, but not everyone is on board

PRI – Nina Porzucki

“Utah probably isn’t the first place you’d think would be at the forefront of language education in the United States. When it comes to per-student spending in public schools, Utah comes in dead last among all 50 states. What’s more, Utah passed an “English Only” law 15 years ago, declaring English to be the state’s sole official language. So what accounts for this language push? One man: Republican State Senator Howard Stephenson. Stephenson has served in the Utah legislature for more than 22 years. He calls himself a “government watchdog” and idolizes Ronald Reagan. He’s even got a page dedicated to the past president on his website. Safe to say, the senator is wary of the government messing in his business. But during a 2008 trip to China, where the government messes in everyone’s business, Stephenson had what he describes as an “epiphany.” He met many Chinese students who spoke with him in fluent English. They were bright, eager and articulate.”(more)

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Helping students ‘climb the mountain’ of higher education

The Deseret News – Morgan Jacobsen

“SALT LAKE CITY — Fewer than half of Utah’s college freshmen graduate within six years of consecutive enrollment, many of them falling from the ranks before their sophomore year. Institutions measure this as retention, or the percentage of students who come back each year. But beneath the numbers lies a problem of student persistence — individual effort toward college completion — that challenges every college and university in the state. The numbers reveal a sobering trend. Last year, 86 percent of high school graduates said they intended to graduate from college, but only 40 percent of them who didn’t leave for a church mission or military service enrolled, according to a recent Utah Foundation report. And currently, only 47 percent of college students end up graduating within 6 years.”(more)

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Program introduces young students to STEM education

The Deseret News – Jasen Lee

“SALT LAKE CITY — It may not be typical for a sixth-grader to want to pursue a career in teaching science or biochemistry, but Mary Maestas believes she has found an early passion. The 11-year old is one of about 250 second- to sixth-grade students at Rose Park Elementary School involved in a specialized curriculum aimed at introducing them to the attributes of science, technology, engineering and math education. “We have leaned how to make peppermint hand scrubs and many other makeup items,” she said. Among the things she found most interesting was learning how to create the items from household components.”(more)

Friday, January 9, 2015

Educators seek to enhance STEM skills for current and future workforce

The Deseret News – Morgan Jacobsen

“Businesses across the state are calling for a more skilled and qualified workforce, especially among recent college graduates in fields of science, technology, engineering and math. It’s a call that Utah educators say they are taking seriously. The Ogden School District and the YMCA of Northern Utah this week are introducing new after-school programs for K-12 students that focus on STEM academic assistance and career exploration — the first time that YMCA programs have been offered to high school students in the area.”(more)

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Educators seek to enhance STEM skills for current and future workforce

Deseret News – Morgan Jacobsen

“Businesses across the state are calling for a more skilled and qualified workforce, especially among recent college graduates in fields of science, technology, engineering and math…The Ogden School District and the YMCA of Northern Utah this week are introducing new after-school programs for K-12 students that focus on STEM academic assistance and career exploration — the first time that YMCA programs have been offered to high school students in the area…Whatever the age or experience of the student, Utah school officials are hopeful that supplemental instruction will mean success for students and sustainability for businesses…”(more)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

In search of a bridge between STEM education and employment

The Deseret News – Morgan Jacobsen

“But women engineers aren’t the only group underrepresented among Utah’s college graduates and workforce. A recent report by the Brookings Institution showed 24 percent of job openings in Salt Lake City require a four-year degree in science, technology, engineering or math, subjects collectively known as STEM. Yet only 14 percent of adults are qualified to fill those positions.”(more)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Unsatisfied with Student Performance, Utah Business Leaders Release Education Plan

NPR Utah – ANDREA SMARDON

“Utah business leaders unveiled a five-year plan on Tuesday to improve the educational system in the state. The plan comes just one day after test results revealed that less than half of Utah students are proficient in math, language arts, and science.” (more)

Sunday, October 5, 2014

My view: STEM education must start early — and Ogden’s Green Acres shows the pathway

The Deseret News – William J. Bennett

“Throughout my career in education, I have had both the fortune and distress of visiting hundreds of schools throughout the country. By my count, I have just completed my 603rd school visit, at the Green Acres Elementary School in Ogden, Utah. Green Acres belongs in the “fortune” category.” (more)

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)