Wednesday, August 12, 2020


Moab, UT

77.9 F

    Educator’s Day on the Hill

    Featured Stories

    Survey: Local parents want daily in-person teaching

    “I really don’t think that 40% of all people are not going to send their kid to school.”

    Tales of Trails: Savor spectacular views from thrilling Shafer Trail

    In the 1890s, Moab pioneer brothers Frank M. And John S. Shafer developed the route from what had been a Native American pathway connecting what is now Canyonlands National Park to the river below.

    At 99, Moab man is knighted by France

    “The French people will never forget his courage and devotion to the great cause of freedom,”

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 4: ‘A year in the land of eternal spring’

    Though I planned to return someday, whether as a Peace Corps volunteer or not, this experience proved that even the best-laid plans go awry.

    Leaving Guatemala, Part 3: Sudden departure came with painful goodbyes

    Men donned wooden masks and numerous layers of sweatshirts and ponchos then proceeded to hit each other with whips as they danced around the town square.
    Public submissions to The Times-Independent can range from press releases to obituaries to feature stories and news. All submissions are subject to editorial review and approval.

    Grand County contingent meets with lawmakers

    Grand County educators met with state Sen. David Hinkins during a visit to the Legislature on Friday, Feb. 22. From the left is, BreAnn Brewer, Chase Clyde, Libby Bailey, Robyn Johnson, Hinkins, Katelyn Finley, Bryce Rogers, Kari Barnard and Abbey Martinez.
    Courtesy photo

    Eight educators from Grand County School District attended the Educator’s Day on the Hill in Salt Lake City on Friday, Feb. 22. Teachers from the high and middle schools, as well as HMK, supported by the Grand Education Association and Utah Education Association, traveled to meet with lawmakers and discuss priorities to support students and schools during the 2019 Utah Legislative Session.

    The educators met with state Sen. David Hinkins and state Reps. Christina Watkins and Carl Albrecht to express their concerns over education bills that are being presented to the Legislature this year. The group’s main priorities were to focus on appropriation of funding and address four major areas – individualized student attention, the ongoing teacher shortage, student equity, and student health and safety.

    The Utah Education Association suggests that these measures can be implemented by increasing the funding of the Weighted Pupil Unit by 6.5 percent and allowing each Utah school district to allocate the money to fit the unique needs of each district.

    The group of Grand County teachers and GEA members spoke in support of these initiatives (SB149: Teacher and Student Success Act) and emphasized that an increase in WPU would allow local school districts maximum flexibility in addressing local needs.

    In addition to attending the Educator’s Day on the Hill, these teachers are involved in a leadership program sponsored by the National Education Association. The Early Leadership Institute program is intended for teachers who are 35 years old or younger and are in the first three years of their teaching career.

    The group, along with a coach and local association leaders, is working to develop projects to address the obstacles of young educators and why they may leave the profession. According to a study released by the Utah Education Policy Center in collaboration with the Utah State Board of Education, 56 percent of teachers who began in the profession in 2007-08 were no longer teaching by the 2014-15 school year.

    The Early Leadership Institute Grand County cohort is working toward identifying and offering solutions to why teachers in Grand County may follow the state trend. It is a yearlong project that works with teachers, community members, district administration and the school board in order to find solutions and improve Grand County’s teacher retention through systematic programming.

    Share this!

    - Advertisement -

    Latest News

    County: No avoiding tax hike — even during a pandemic

    Were the property tax increase to be rescinded, he said Grand County “would literally be totally broke.”

    USFS proposes campground fee increases

    Members of the public are invited to comment on the proposed fee changes to the developed recreation program.

    Pine Gulch burns north of Grand Junction

    Bureau of Land Management spokesperson Maribeth Pecotte said the fire continued to grow in Sunday’s hot and dry conditions, which are expected to persist through the first half of the week.

    Zion rangers looking for vandals; squares painted on stone

    While most of the paint was removed, the area still has some paint remaining on the sandstone

    BLM lifts fire bans in Tres Rios, Uncompahgre field office areas

    “The BLM areas near the City of Durango are ‘Day Use Only,’ and overnight camping and campfires are prohibited to reduce fire risk."