Last Updated May 5, 2015 09:07AM

Eleven Utah educators have been selected by the Huntsman family for this year’s Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education. Each year, a principal and two teachers from the elementary, middle school and high school levels are selected, as well as …

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  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
President Matthew S. Holland speaks during Utah Valley University's Commencement Ceremonies at the UCCU Events Center Thursday April 30, 2015. A group of UVU professors is criticizing Holland for signing an amicus brief arguing against gay marriage before the U.S Supreme Court. Professors say UVU president’s signature against gay marriage harms Utah school’s mission
    Scores of Utah Valley University professors say the school’s president has undermined students and the university’s mission by signing on to a “friend...
    Updated May 05 2015 10:49 am   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Brandon Engles, a sixth-grade teacher at Alpine School District's Shelley Elementary, expresses his surprise at his students' ideas for amplifying music from speakers. Engles has won an award from KUED and The Salt Lake Tribune)   for innovative teaching. Colleagues praise Engles for engaging his students by infusing different kinds of technology into his lessons. Utah Teacher Innovation Awards: Digitizing the classroom to spark curiosity
    Editor’s note • This is the second in a five-part series about Utah educators given Teacher Innovation Awards this year for their use of technology in...
    Updated May 04 2015 11:13 am   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Damian Lillard, point guard for the Portland Trail Blazers, center, hugs his mother Gina Johnson at a press conference at the Dee Events Center before he received his diploma at the Weber State commencement ceremony Friday May 1.    Lillard is graduating with a degree in professional sales. He  was six credits shy of graduating when he was drafted in 2012, but polished off his classes in the offseason.
Damian Lillard returns to WSU to claim degree
    Ogden • Old footage of his star point guard fumbling for minutes on end still replays in coach Randy Rahe’s mind.  Damian Lillard was shaky, stammerin...
    Updated May 04 2015 05:15 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Trent Nelson  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Bonneville Jr. High teacher Dr Rose Jacklin was surprised Thursday with the news that she is one of 11 Utah educators selected for this year's Huntsman Awards for Excellence in Education. Thursday April 30, 2015. Huntsman Awards: Longtime Bonneville Junior High history teacher known for stepping up and showing her students what citizenship means
    Holladay • Shortly after joining the faculty of Bonneville Junior High 15 years ago, history teacher Rose Jacklin noticed that the school’s landscapin...
    Updated Apr 30 2015 11:02 pm   |     |   Share

  • Nation’s students flatline in U.S. history, geography and civics education
    History repeats itself, and so have history test scores among the nation’s eighth-grade students. The latest scores from the National Assessment of E...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 10:48 pm   |     |   Share
  • U. computer glitch forces some school sites to go dark in the middle of exam week
    As if finals week isn’t enough of a nightmare. The University of Utah’s home page and some classroom portals went dark Wednesday afternoon as some stu...
    Updated Apr 29 2015 05:39 pm   |     |   Share
  • Whooping cough confirmed in Utah County
    A high school student in Salem has been diagnosed with whooping cough, according to Utah County Heath Deparment managers. The case has not yet been d...
    Updated Apr 28 2015 10:30 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Leigh M. VandenAkker, a Techniques for Tough Times/social studies teacher at Salt Lake City's East High School, right, is surprised Monday April 27, 2015, by Karen Huntsman suddenly appearing in her classroom with a $10,000 gift. She is the first of 11 Huntsman Education Award winners for 2015. First 2015 Huntsman Education Award winner surprised at Salt Lake City’s East High
    East High School teacher Leigh VandenAkker was surprised Monday with the announcement that she is the first of 11 Utah teachers who will be named this...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 10:51 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Francisco Kjolseth  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Charlie Matthews, one of the winners of this year's Teacher Innovation Awards, teaches one of his engineering classes at PCCAPS (Park City Center for Advance Professional Studies), part of the Park City School District. Teacher, once an engineer, helps turn students into engineering consultants
    Inside a brightly lit office suite in Park City, tech-savvy kids work on projects for Skullcandy, Adobe and Overstock.com. But this isn’t a “Silicon S...
    Updated Apr 27 2015 07:15 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
BYU President Kevin J. Worthen speaks during Brigham Young University’s Commencement Exercises at the Marriott Center Thursday April 23, 2015. A total of 5881 students from 10 colleges received degrees at the ceremonies, with 5004 students receiving bachelor’s degrees, 692 students receiving master’s degrees and 185 receiving doctoral degrees. Speakers at BYU commencement laud special role of ‘heaven-supported’ school
    Gemie Martin’s education at Brigham Young University began 40 years ago, when the Moab native transferred from Snow College to start work on a bachelo...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 10:49 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Jacqueline Medina takes a practice exam to prepare for the SAGE test with her third-grade class at Elk Run Elementary school, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. School districts say number of Utah students opting out of SAGE test holding steady
    The debut of Utah’s Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE) testing system last year produced a bump in the number of public school student...
    Updated Apr 23 2015 08:56 am   |     |   Share
  • Utah Valley University offers new autism studies minor
    Orem • Students at Utah Valley University in Orem can now minor in autism studies. The Provo Daily Herald reports that the minor has been officially r...
    Updated Apr 21 2015 12:15 am   |     |   Share
  • Utahns eyeing possible update of No Child Left Behind
    New movement in Washington on No Child Left Behind has Utah education policymakers optimistic that change is coming to the widely criticized federal l...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 11:21 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Scott Sommerdorf   |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Nurse Shasta Mitchell, right, waits to speak with Charge Nurse Mary Anderson during a shift in the UofU Emergency Room, Wednesday, April 15, 2015. Despite a national shortage of nurses, the U. is only accepting about 60 percent of qualified applicants. Why are the U.’s nursing programs rejecting qualified applicants?
    The United States will need half a million more nurses in the next decade as baby boomers age and hospital workers retire. But Utah’s flagship univers...
    Updated Apr 17 2015 07:28 am   |     |   Share
  • Growth in University of Utah student fees
Since the 2000-2001 academic year, annual student fees at the University of Utah have grown from $525.70 to $1,060.32 — or a little more than double in 15 years. Utah students pay hundreds in fees to pay for sports, new buildings
    Tuition doesn’t cover all of it. Utah students and their families will pay more next year for the nonacademic costs of college: new gyms, buildings, ...
    Updated Apr 14 2015 08:21 am   |     |   Share
  • Obama aide: Communities need to help disadvantaged youth succeed
    Communities and neighborhoods need to begin taking responsibility for helping disadvantaged youth — especially minorities — get the education they nee...
    Updated Apr 18 2015 09:01 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Al Hartmann  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)   
Salt Lake Center for Science Education tenth-grader Elliot Hamilton takes measurement during an experiment in making biodiesel from used cooking oils from local restaurants Tuesday April 7, 2015. The state school board will vote this week on advancing new science standards that emphasize engineering and hands-on experimentation. New school science standards could soon go before Utah parents for review
    After being put on hold in February over concerns about content and clarity, new science education standards earned preliminary approval from a commit...
    Updated Apr 09 2015 10:27 pm   |     |   Share
  • President Barack Obama walks out and waves with the Easter Bunny on the Truman Balcony during the White House Easter Egg Roll on the South Lawn of White House in Washington, Monday, April 6, 2015. Thousands of children gathered at the White House for the annual Easter Egg Roll. This year’s event features live music, cooking stations, storytelling, and of course, some Easter egg roll. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) Easter Bunny, and Salt Lake County sheriff, to visit Riverton special-needs school
    The Easter Bunny is getting an extended gig in Utah, thanks to the Unified Police Department, the Jordan School District and a National Sheriffs Assoc...
    Updated Apr 10 2015 11:45 am   |     |   Share
  • (Chris Detrick  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
Salt Lake City School District board member Michael Clara attends a school board meeting as School board member dons ‘Bandito’ costume to protest police presence at meetings
    In-fighting between members of Salt Lake City’s school board has taken a turn for the theatrical. For the past month, board member Michael Clara has a...
    Updated Apr 07 2015 11:10 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Steve Griffin  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  

Erika Gustafson to her preschool children during class at the Child and Family Development Center, which is the laboratory school at the University of Utah, in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, April 7, 2015. Utah trails the nation with public preschool offerings
    Thanks to New Hampshire, Utah doesn’t have the smallest percentage of students enrolled in public preschool programs. But the Beehive State does have...
    Updated Apr 13 2015 01:44 pm   |     |   Share
  • (Rick Egan  |  The Salt Lake Tribune)  
University of Utah students, Ryan Clayton and Sam Babcock walk to class last month. University officials faces student questions on tuition, faculty raises and other issues on Tuesday. University of Utah students get an explanation for their higher tuition
    University of Utah students on Tuesday quizzed administrators on rising tuition, faculty raises and the school’s low rate of American Indian students....
    Updated Apr 07 2015 08:30 pm   |     |   Share