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Interested in learning more about programs in Park City Schools? Want to know what challenges our principals face and how PCSD will meet the demands of educating students in the 21st century? Join us for Education Awareness Month. This month, the Park City Education Foundation and Park City School District will host a series of conversations on education.

The Charter Quality Counts annual report on Utah?s public charter schools details all aspects of charter schools in the Beehive state and includes a variety of helpful information, such as a charter school map, data on student enrollment and profiles of Utah?s existing and planned public charter schools. You can search for schools by legislative district and State Board of Education district.

Concurrent Enrollment is a Utah Valley University ? High School partnership program, where qualified students can earn tuition-free college credit. College classes are taught by UVU-approved instructors using college curriculum.

Steve Hess, the chief information officer for both the University of Utah and the entire Utah System of Higher Education, sketched out what that world might look like ? and what must be done to make it happen ? this week in presentations to lawmakers and the U.?s trustees.

Rep. Christopher Herrod?s bill to eliminate tenure died in committee last week after his colleagues concluded it would blunt Utah?s competitive edge on faculty recruitment. But the proposal opened a discussion that is sure to resurface in a Legislature that reveres free market principles and is wary of liberal academics.

On Tuesday, March 1, 2011, the Ogden-Weber Applied Technology College will host their 5th Annual Career Fair. Students, faculty and staff have been working hard to prepare students with the final polish they need to shine when meeting employers.

UASSP has selected Murray High School Principal Scott Bushnell as the Utah High School Principal of the Year. Robert Sonju from Fossil Ridge Intermediate in St. George is the association?s Utah Middle School Principal of the Year. And Paul Kirby from Midvale?s Hillcrest High School is the Utah Assistant Principal of the Year.

The Utah Educational Savings Plan (UESP), Utah?s official nonprofit 529 college savings plan, reached more than $4 billion in assets as families continue to make a commitment to save for the future higher education expenses of their loved ones. A small commitment today to save for the future college costs of a child can make a big impact if that child attains a college degree.

? The 2011 University of Utah Women?s Week celebration will highlight the progress women have made toward equality in the work place, education, athletics and more, while underscoring the need for continued strides toward full parity. ?Ain?t Misbehaving: Women Making History, Fighting for Equality? is the theme of the celebration, which runs Feb. 28 through March 4. All events are free and open to the public.

The biggest news from the Utah Legislature today is the Senate?s preliminary approval of a resolution changing the governance of the state?s public education system. S.J.R. 9 Joint Resolution ? Governance of Public and Higher Education, by Sen. Stuart Reid (R-Ogden), seeks an amendment to the state constitution, giving governance of public education to the governor, as provided by the Legislature in statute.

The 2011 SLVSEF will be held March 23-25, 2011 at Rice Eccles Stadium. NOTE: This year SLVSEF will span 3 days instead of 2! We?re having the Elementary and Junior / Senior fairs on different days to accommodate the addition of Canyons School District!

The current political and social turmoil in Egypt will be discussed during a video conference with Mohammed El-Saidi, associate vice president of academic affairs at Utah Valley University and an Egyptian native, on Thursday at 10 a.m. at the Liberal Arts Building, Room 110. El-Saidi will present his remarks by video conference due to his recovery from recent surgery.

Effective immediately, Davis Applied Technology College, a UCAT campus, is accepting students into a new Energy Technician Program. This program will prepare students for a career in the emerging energy industry. Students will complete one of three technical skill tracks in Energy Management, Green Construction or Renewable Energy Transmission.

The University on Wednesday received that word via letter from the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCCU) declaring the institution?s new accreditation status, which now also applies to UVU?s master?s programs. ?This is a well-deserved recognition for our university,? President Matthew S. Holland said. ?I?m so proud that this distinguished accrediting body recognizes the fine quality institution Utah Valley University is.?

Utah's online education buzz

Tue, 15 Feb 2011

As Project Director of the Neuro-Ophthalmology Virtual Education Library, a collaboration between the Eccles Health Sciences Library and NANOS, Nancy Lombardo presented the project update to the NANOS Executive Board on Saturday, February 5. In this session, new collections were outlined, as well as growth in existing collections.

The Human Element of Water

Mon, 14 Feb 2011

Experts and water rights advocates will discuss the challenges surrounding water in a conference Feb. 23-25 on the University of Utah campus. "Water, Conflict and Human Rights: Emerging Challenges and Solutions," is presented by the Barbara L. and Norman C. Tanner Center on Human Rights Advocacy. All events are free and open to the public.

With over 200 online and independent study courses and a variety of interesting degree programs, USU is helping to expand the opportunities for Utah students.

Many of the Chinese teachers in Utah had an opportunity to travel to China to attend a week-long training on Chinese teaching materials and methods sponsored by the Confucius Institute. Included in the group were three teachers from the Alpine School District.

Clearfield High School students collect donations to help build a day care facility in Guatemala.

WSU Plans Engineering Day

Thu, 10 Feb 2011

?Parent-Daughter Engineering Day? will be held on Feb. 26 at 9 a.m. in the Hurst Center for Lifelong Learning at Weber State University. The day is designed to spark the interest of 40 middle school-age girls and get them thinking like engineers.

Johnson is keeping close watch on the transition of power in Egypt. Should unrest continue to spread, stability in the Middle East could crumble. Then countries like Jordan that have a more positive relationship with the United States and the West could be threatened.

Principal Carolyn Merrill was honored Wednesday by the Utah Council for Crime Prevention as its school administrator of the year. She had been nominated for the honor in October by American Fork Police Chief Lance Call.

Weber State University physics professor Adam Johnston has been named the 2010 Outstanding University Science Educator by the Utah Science Teachers Association (USTA). Nominated and selected by his peers for this honor, the award recognizes Johnston?s continued efforts to improve science education in grades from kindergarten through college.

The students sought to better understand how the people of Cache County have shaped the landscape since its settlement. They wanted to find out how Green Canyon has been used in the past in order to help preserve it for the future.

The Utah State Board of Education has begun a discussion about how its members would like to see the Legislature add back funding it cut from the state?s public education base budget earlier this week. Lawmakers cut more than $257 million, about 11 percent, from the budget, with the intention of replacing at least $91 million, if not more, by the end of the legislative process.

The Utah College of Applied Technology (UCAT) announced today that Paul Hacking, Campus President for its Uintah Basin Applied Technology College (UBATC), has accepted a position with a regional higher education and economic development partnership in the Uintah Basin

Utah Valley University is pleased to announce that K. Newell Dayley has been appointed to be the new dean of the School of the Arts. It is anticipated that he will begin the transition to his new duties the week of Feb. 14 with full-time involvement commencing April 13.

Under the terms of the partnership, the two organizations will launch a national study on student veterans and their experiences on college campuses

The Public Education Appropriations subcommittee was directed to cut 7 percent, as was each appropriations subcommittee, but decided to reduce the budget by an additional $91 million. This money came from several line items lawmakers describe as ?below the line,? including eliminating all student busing, adult education, the K-3 reading improvement program...

The University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business has landed among the nation's elite for its undergraduate and graduate accounting programs. The honor comes from the 29th annual professor's survey, published in the 2010 edition of the prestigious Public Accounting Report (PAR) newsletter.

Utah's fourth grade students scored on average five points higher and Utah's eight grade students scored nine points higher than their counterparts nationwide.

Located on the south wing of the Natural Resources building, the Quinney Library houses a wealth of digital and print collections supporting natural resources and environmental science studies and research.

In November 2010 the Russian government invited Portwood and 14 other U.S. student body presidents, some from Ivy League institutions, to Moscow. The U.S.-based Open World Leadership Center helped coordinate the trip, during which the young cohort met with key Russian dignitaries and leaders. Portwood has since been chosen to report on the trip at the annual meeting of Open World?s Board of Trustees on Feb. 8 in Washington, D.C. ? an unusual honor for a non-board member.

Dozens of Utah elementary through high school students came to the Utah Capitol today to participate in the Utah State Office of Education?s first Public Schools at the Capitol day. The students had an opportunity to show off their projects and tell lawmakers what they like about their schools.

The University of Utah?s most prolific inventors were honored at a private ceremony in January following the recent recording of the university?s 5,000th invention disclosure, which was filed by Professor Richard Brown, dean of the College of Engineering. Brown collaborated on the device with Intermountain Healthcareendocrinologist Joel Ehrenkranz.

Award-winning filmmaker Issac Goeckeritz will premiere his latest documentary, ?Street Vets,? at two local screenings, prior to the film?s broadcast debut Jan. 31 on KUED. Goeckeritz, a senior at Weber State University, will host two free screenings of the film on Jan. 25 and Jan. 28 in Salt Lake City and Washington Terrace, Utah. ?Street Vets? will air Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. on KUED.

Utah State University, in collaboration with the Utah Education Network, has chosen Utah-based Instructure to provide a statewide learning management system for Utah college students and faculty. It will replace Blackboard Vista. More than 109,000 Utah college students and 29,000 higher education faculty and staff will have access to the system by June 2012. The system will also be available to about 40,000 public education students and their teachers.

While an official range management degree program is still in the works, students have already taken the initiative and formed a range management club as a means of coordinating hands-on learning experiences. Their proximity to so many types of ecologies allows these students to gain a wealth of real-world experience from working with local farmers and ranchers. At a recent competition with other university range management groups from around the state, the SUU club took top team honors.

Utah State University?s Energy Dynamics Laboratory Deputy Director Paul Israelsen was presented the Governor?s Medal for Science and Technology Jan. 18 by Utah Gov. Gary Herbert to recognize Israelsen?s transformational solutions to environmental issues which foster both the economic growth and the energy independence of Utah.

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