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A clunky Lego robot slowly rolled along a path outlined with two strips of blue tape. But seconds after it began, Arissa Cooper and her teammates spotted a programming mistake and snatched it up. “It was a little mind-wracking when you had to change it, fix it,” she said. “We just thought it through, like do we need [to make it turn at] a 40 degree angle or something else?” Arissa, 11, was attending her third Geek Squad Academy, a summer camp put on by Best Buy and Junior Achievement of Utah. It... <img src="http://mngislctrib.112.2O7.net/b/ss/mngislctrib/1/H.17--NS/0?&pageName=RSS" height="1" width="1" border="0" alt=""/> 58195562@www.sltrib.com Wed, 23 Jul 2014 14:48:15 MDT Jordan District to buy out adminstrator’s contract amid split talk http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58212590-78/district-jordan-agreement-tuesday.html.csp Jordan School District leaders approved an agreement Tuesday to buy out their former deputy superintendent, who left the district earlier this month amid threats of a possible district split. Richard Osborn, Jordan board president, said the district will pay Burke Jolley for the rest of his contract, which was supposed to go through June 2015. District leaders, however, did not release an exact figure, telling a Salt Lake Tribune reporter to file an open records request for it. “The terms are co... Jordan School District leaders approved an agreement Tuesday to buy out their former deputy superintendent, who left the district earlier this month amid threats of a possible district split. Richard Osborn, Jordan board president, said the district will pay Burke Jolley for the rest of his contract, which was supposed to go through June 2015. District leaders, however, did not release an exact figure, telling a Salt Lake Tribune reporter to file an open records request for it. “The terms are co... 58212590@www.sltrib.com Tue, 22 Jul 2014 20:15:39 MDT Utah moves up to 11th in child well-being ranks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/58207695-200/kids-utah-child-state.html.csp Utah ranks 11th in the country for child well-being, the first time in five years the state has improved in overall quality of life for its youngest citizens, according to a report released Tuesday. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked states according to economic well-being, education, health, and family and community as part of its annual Kids Count report. The foundation found Utah improving when it came to education and health but sliding when it came to child poverty. Last year, the state ... Utah ranks 11th in the country for child well-being, the first time in five years the state has improved in overall quality of life for its youngest citizens, according to a report released Tuesday. The Annie E. Casey Foundation ranked states according to economic well-being, education, health, and family and community as part of its annual Kids Count report. The foundation found Utah improving when it came to education and health but sliding when it came to child poverty. Last year, the state ... 58207695@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 22:36:11 MDT South Jordan mayor opposes school district split http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58207822-78/district-jordan-south-split.html.csp The mayor of South Jordan is taking a stand against splitting the Jordan School District, although leaders of his city were the ones who started the discussion. South Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord posted an open letter on his Facebook page Monday, expressing his opposition to a possible split. “The right course is for us to remain a member of the (Jordan district),” Alvord wrote. “This decision and my opinion have not come easily. There are many good arguments on both sides of this issue.” The city ... The mayor of South Jordan is taking a stand against splitting the Jordan School District, although leaders of his city were the ones who started the discussion. South Jordan Mayor Dave Alvord posted an open letter on his Facebook page Monday, expressing his opposition to a possible split. “The right course is for us to remain a member of the (Jordan district),” Alvord wrote. “This decision and my opinion have not come easily. There are many good arguments on both sides of this issue.” The city ... 58207822@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:26:01 MDT Teacher essay: Seeing the big picture in Finland http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58188051-78/teacher-students-doing-finland.html.csp Editor’s note: Tara Black, who teachers second grade at Indian Hills Elementary in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — I am constantly reevaluating what I’m doing with my current students to make sure I am teaching them in a way that they will comprehend and retain. I try to be the teacher that I hope my own family will have. I like to think I am back... Editor’s note: Tara Black, who teachers second grade at Indian Hills Elementary in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — I am constantly reevaluating what I’m doing with my current students to make sure I am teaching them in a way that they will comprehend and retain. I try to be the teacher that I hope my own family will have. I like to think I am back... 58188051@www.sltrib.com Sat, 19 Jul 2014 10:41:31 MDT What can Utah schools learn from education leader Finland? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58166744-78/teachers-finland-students-utah.html.csp It’s a country that shies away from high-stakes school testing. It’s a place where teachers are required to have master’s degrees, students spend less time in school than in the U.S. and early childhood education programs are available to all kids. To some Utahns, the school system in Finland might sound like a dream, and, to others, a backward approach. But there’s no arguing with the results: Finland’s students rank far higher than those in the U.S. on international PISA tests. At a time when ... It’s a country that shies away from high-stakes school testing. It’s a place where teachers are required to have master’s degrees, students spend less time in school than in the U.S. and early childhood education programs are available to all kids. To some Utahns, the school system in Finland might sound like a dream, and, to others, a backward approach. But there’s no arguing with the results: Finland’s students rank far higher than those in the U.S. on international PISA tests. At a time when ... 58166744@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 15:19:17 MDT Teacher essay: Finland sees kids as ‘our greatest natural resource’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198450-78/finland-teachers-teacher-educators.html.csp Editor’s note: Linda Davis, a special education teacher at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — As a middle school teacher of special education for the past 29 years, I was impressed in Finland by the way raising and teaching children are truly communal activities, where everyone is treated as equally as possible. For example,... Editor’s note: Linda Davis, a special education teacher at Hillside Middle School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — As a middle school teacher of special education for the past 29 years, I was impressed in Finland by the way raising and teaching children are truly communal activities, where everyone is treated as equally as possible. For example,... 58198450@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:13:01 MDT Teacher essay: Getting students involved in the adult world http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198411-78/students-teachers-community-activities.html.csp Editor’s note: Lakeridge Junior High teacher Donell Willey was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — My philosophy of teaching stems from my belief that children generally want to contribute to the well-being of, and make a difference in, whatever situation they find themselves, whether in their family or broader community. But do our traditional classrooms provide our stu... Editor’s note: Lakeridge Junior High teacher Donell Willey was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — My philosophy of teaching stems from my belief that children generally want to contribute to the well-being of, and make a difference in, whatever situation they find themselves, whether in their family or broader community. But do our traditional classrooms provide our stu... 58198411@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 13:04:02 MDT Teacher essay: Training great teachers the Finnish way http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58198388-78/teachers-finland-teacher-doctors.html.csp Editor’s note: Laura Nelson, a French teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In Finland, most young people who choose to enter the teaching profession make that decision before they even leave high school. Potential teachers go through a rigorous application process. They have to have high scores on the matriculation exam, a... Editor’s note: Laura Nelson, a French teacher at East High School in Salt Lake City, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In Finland, most young people who choose to enter the teaching profession make that decision before they even leave high school. Potential teachers go through a rigorous application process. They have to have high scores on the matriculation exam, a... 58198388@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 12:47:02 MDT Teacher essay: Having the time to show students you care http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58161674-78/students-teacher-teachers-art.html.csp Editor’s note: Russ McKell, a social studies teacher at Summit High School in Orem, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In general, Finnish teachers are happy. They are professional. They are focused on students. And their classroom sizes are half the size of ours. In the small community of Siuntio, we toured an art classroom where art teacher Mari Sarviaho proudly s... Editor’s note: Russ McKell, a social studies teacher at Summit High School in Orem, was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — In general, Finnish teachers are happy. They are professional. They are focused on students. And their classroom sizes are half the size of ours. In the small community of Siuntio, we toured an art classroom where art teacher Mari Sarviaho proudly s... 58161674@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:52:01 MDT Teacher essay: Can we turn Finnish education values into Utah realities? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58165930-78/education-teachers-finnish-finns.html.csp Editor’s note: Music teacher Denise Jamsa was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — Finnish children start school at the age of seven, attend for only a few hours each day in the early grades, access very few gifted and talented programs, and take no standardized tests until they are at the end of 9th grade. Yet when they do finally take the international PISA test, they... Editor’s note: Music teacher Denise Jamsa was among 32 Utah educators who recently visited schools in Finland with Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Europe. Read the related story here. — Finnish children start school at the age of seven, attend for only a few hours each day in the early grades, access very few gifted and talented programs, and take no standardized tests until they are at the end of 9th grade. Yet when they do finally take the international PISA test, they... 58165930@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:51:02 MDT Dixie State University chooses 18th president http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58195749-78/university-state-williams-president.html.csp A northern Utah boy who attended college at Weber State and then left the state is returning home after being named Thursday as the 18th president of Dixie State University. Richard “Biff” Williams grew up in Brigham City and attended Weber State University before heading off to hold various positions at Indiana State University and the University of Northern Iowa. “I’m so excited to finally get the call and be appointed. I’m very emotional,” said Williams, 43. “This is such a great institution... A northern Utah boy who attended college at Weber State and then left the state is returning home after being named Thursday as the 18th president of Dixie State University. Richard “Biff” Williams grew up in Brigham City and attended Weber State University before heading off to hold various positions at Indiana State University and the University of Northern Iowa. “I’m so excited to finally get the call and be appointed. I’m very emotional,” said Williams, 43. “This is such a great institution... 58195749@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 09:08:44 MDT Utah guv wants academic standards re-examined http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58191271-78/standards-utah-state-herbert.html.csp With new academic standards continuing to divide educators, lawmakers and parents, the governor will ask the Utah attorney general’s office to reexamine the state’s adoption of them. Gov. Gary Herbert will ask the attorney general to look into what, if any, federal entanglements have been involved in Utah’s adoption of Common Core State Standards in math and language arts. He’s also convening a group of Utah experts to review the standards from a higher education perspective. And his office has... With new academic standards continuing to divide educators, lawmakers and parents, the governor will ask the Utah attorney general’s office to reexamine the state’s adoption of them. Gov. Gary Herbert will ask the attorney general to look into what, if any, federal entanglements have been involved in Utah’s adoption of Common Core State Standards in math and language arts. He’s also convening a group of Utah experts to review the standards from a higher education perspective. And his office has... 58191271@www.sltrib.com Fri, 18 Jul 2014 07:58:46 MDT State ponders, Should it go back to No Child Left Behind? http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58196296-78/waiver-state-board-utah.html.csp After more than two hours of heated debate, the state school board voted Thursday evening to postpone a decision about whether to return to the unpopular federal education law No Child Left Behind. The board voted to decide at its Aug. 8 meeting whether to seek a renewal of the state’s waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Opponents of renewing the waiver worry that doing so would further tie the state to federal control, while those in favor of renewal say that returning to NCLB would harm Ut... After more than two hours of heated debate, the state school board voted Thursday evening to postpone a decision about whether to return to the unpopular federal education law No Child Left Behind. The board voted to decide at its Aug. 8 meeting whether to seek a renewal of the state’s waiver to No Child Left Behind (NCLB). Opponents of renewing the waiver worry that doing so would further tie the state to federal control, while those in favor of renewal say that returning to NCLB would harm Ut... 58196296@www.sltrib.com Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:13:02 MDT Autistic teens use architecture software to build job skills http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58183934-78/students-autism-skills-disabilities.html.csp Sixteen-year-old Mason Dimock can focus intently on one subject, thinks visually and spatially, and is interested in technology — skills that have helped him land a summer job designing for a construction company. He and nine other Salt Lake City teens were selected for a pilot project by NeuroVersity, a company that aims to give students with autism or similar disorders the training they’ll need for careers. The students work with 3-D imaging software called SketchUp Make, developed by Google. ... Sixteen-year-old Mason Dimock can focus intently on one subject, thinks visually and spatially, and is interested in technology — skills that have helped him land a summer job designing for a construction company. He and nine other Salt Lake City teens were selected for a pilot project by NeuroVersity, a company that aims to give students with autism or similar disorders the training they’ll need for careers. The students work with 3-D imaging software called SketchUp Make, developed by Google. ... 58183934@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 13:17:08 MDT Cities, Jordan School District meet to stave off a split http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58183510-78/district-jordan-south-cities.html.csp Four other cities are considering joining South Jordan in asking the Jordan School District to change its ways, in hopes of avoiding a possible district split. And it appears the Jordan district has already made at least one change, announcing to employees that Deputy Superintendent Burke Jolley will leave the district. Board vice president Susan Pulsipher said Monday she could not comment on whether Jolley’s exit has anything to do with threats from South Jordan City of splitting from the dis... Four other cities are considering joining South Jordan in asking the Jordan School District to change its ways, in hopes of avoiding a possible district split. And it appears the Jordan district has already made at least one change, announcing to employees that Deputy Superintendent Burke Jolley will leave the district. Board vice president Susan Pulsipher said Monday she could not comment on whether Jolley’s exit has anything to do with threats from South Jordan City of splitting from the dis... 58183510@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 10:28:25 MDT Utah mom’s plea: Let 12-year-old daughter into first grade http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173951-78/alexis-grade-watson-special.html.csp Salt Lake City mother Angie Watson is hoping for what once seemed impossible: She wants to see her 12-year-old daughter, Alexis, born with a rare genetic disorder, begin regular first grade this fall. Alexis Watson was born weighing 1½ pounds, and doctors said if she lived, she’d likely do little more in life than stare at the ceiling, her mother said. Instead, Alexis has surpassed everyone’s expectations, although her physical and cognitive growth are still dramatically delayed — she is the siz... Salt Lake City mother Angie Watson is hoping for what once seemed impossible: She wants to see her 12-year-old daughter, Alexis, born with a rare genetic disorder, begin regular first grade this fall. Alexis Watson was born weighing 1½ pounds, and doctors said if she lived, she’d likely do little more in life than stare at the ceiling, her mother said. Instead, Alexis has surpassed everyone’s expectations, although her physical and cognitive growth are still dramatically delayed — she is the siz... 58173951@www.sltrib.com Tue, 15 Jul 2014 09:54:23 MDT Sons of Utah lawmaker starting group based on father’s law http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58174852-78/stephenson-foundation-language-utah.html.csp Building on the success of Utah schools’ dual language immersion program, two sons of the state senator who wrote it into law are working to launch a foundation to spread it to other areas of the country. The effort began earlier this year, when Chinese business leaders offered donations after hearing Sen. Howard Stephenson speak in Philadelphia about government and the language program. The business leaders were traveling around the U.S. as part of a trip the senator’s son, Dan Stephenson, hel... Building on the success of Utah schools’ dual language immersion program, two sons of the state senator who wrote it into law are working to launch a foundation to spread it to other areas of the country. The effort began earlier this year, when Chinese business leaders offered donations after hearing Sen. Howard Stephenson speak in Philadelphia about government and the language program. The business leaders were traveling around the U.S. as part of a trip the senator’s son, Dan Stephenson, hel... 58174852@www.sltrib.com Sun, 13 Jul 2014 18:24:34 MDT Three finalists picked for Dixie State University presidency http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58173830-78/university-state-dixie-college.html.csp Three men, including the leader of the LDS Church’s Church History Department, have been selected as finalists to become the president of Dixie State University. Previous president Stephen Nadauld, who oversaw the college’s transformation into a university amid controversy over whether to keep the name Dixie, a word associated with the Southern Confederacy, announced his retirement in October 2013. The finalists will meet privately with groups representing faculty, staff, students and administra... Three men, including the leader of the LDS Church’s Church History Department, have been selected as finalists to become the president of Dixie State University. Previous president Stephen Nadauld, who oversaw the college’s transformation into a university amid controversy over whether to keep the name Dixie, a word associated with the Southern Confederacy, announced his retirement in October 2013. The finalists will meet privately with groups representing faculty, staff, students and administra... 58173830@www.sltrib.com Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:01:58 MDT West Jordan won’t investigate splitting from Jordan District http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58167840-78/district-jordan-split-council.html.csp The West Jordan City Council decided Wednesday night against conducting a feasibility study to assess a split from the Jordan School District. The $41,338 study was considered because council members are worried the possible split of South Jordan from the district might hurt residents of West Jordan. Council members made it clear they oppose any split of the district. But they also agreed they wanted to be prepared in case their southern neighbor votes to leave. “I think the games that are bei... The West Jordan City Council decided Wednesday night against conducting a feasibility study to assess a split from the Jordan School District. The $41,338 study was considered because council members are worried the possible split of South Jordan from the district might hurt residents of West Jordan. Council members made it clear they oppose any split of the district. But they also agreed they wanted to be prepared in case their southern neighbor votes to leave. “I think the games that are bei... 58167840@www.sltrib.com Thu, 10 Jul 2014 09:11:11 MDT