TA Profile

About Utah

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A CEEDAR TA Partner since: 2014

Participating Teacher Preparation Programs:

  • Brigham Young University
  • Southern Utah University
  • University of Utah
  • Utah State University
  • Utah Tech University
  • Utah Valley University
  • Weber State University
  • Western Governors University
  • Westminster College
  • Utah State Board of Education
  • Spectrum Academies
  • Granite School District
  • Iron School District
  • Jordan School District
  • Lincoln Academy
  • Nebo State District
  • CEEDAR Cross-State Convening 2023

Utah Goals

CEEDAR UT is focused on:

  • addressing teacher shortages through processes and materials designed to support preservice clinical experiences and in-service professional development, including professional dispositions
  • identifying competencies needed for effective teaching and has created the Personalized Competency-Based Learning (PCBL) courses to be used by teachers across the state
  • using data to leverage current practices for preservice and in-service mentor professional learning, mentor training, and communities of practice to review processes to assist institutions in reflecting and revising current work

Utah Resources


2014 Utah Spotlight

CCSC 2017: Utah TEAMs: Together we can Envision and Achieve More

CCSC 2019: Partnerships in Utah

UT CEEDAR Infographic


Utah Policy Summary

Utah Strategic Plan

Additional Resources:

Business Case

Clinical Practice Placement Guide Checklist created for use by LEAs and IHEs

Personalized, Competency-Based Learning

Improving Mentor Capacity and Student Teacher Effectiveness:

Brigham Young University, Utah Tech University, Utah Valley University, University of Utah, and Southern Utah University are collaborating on a system to provide high-quality student teaching experiences for students in both Special Education and Elementary Education. The efforts have resulted in the development of a Student Teaching Placement Guide to help ensure that students are placed with highly qualified mentors. In addition, the placement guide helps match student teachers to mentors according to current strengths and areas for growth using Utah’s selected five High Leverage Practices (HLPs).

The Multi-University team has also developed a set of Canvas modules for Cooperating Teachers. The modules are designed to help strengthen critical mentoring skills and knowledge on the HLPs. Initial feedback after 2 pilot studies indicates teachers felt the modules significantly improved their ability to mentor and coach their student teachers. Significant differences in teacher efficacy were also observed in both student teachers and mentor teachers when participating in focused mentoring.  These pilots have shown promise in developing cooperating teacher mentoring capacity. Ongoing research will look at retention of teachers mentored using the modules in the hopes of contributing to a new teacher retention trend.

In Their Own Words

Interested in learning more about reform efforts in Utah? Contact one of our CEEDAR agency representatives.

Institution RepresentedNameEmail
CEEDARKate Adamskadams@coe.ufl.edu

Tim Dovetim.dove@coe.ufl.edu
CEEDARGarrett Stevensstevens.g@ufl.edu
Utah State Board of Education
Jennifer ThrondsenJennifer.Throndsen@schools.utah.gov
Utah State Board of Education

Leah VoorhiesLeah.voorhies@schools.utah.gov
Brigham Young UniversityCade Charltoncade_charlton@byu.edu
Utah Tech UniversityKari Galikari.gali@utahtech.edu
Southern Utah UniversityJenna Behmjennabehm@suu.edu
University of UtahMatt Jamesonmatt.jameson@utah.edu
Utah State UniversityTim Slocumtim.slocum@usu.edu
Utah Valley UniversityGeorge Odongogeorge.odongo@uvu.edu
Westminster CollegeLowell Oswaldloswald@westminstercollege.edu
Spectrum AcademiesChristina GuevaraCGuevara@spectrumcharter.org
Iron School DistrictKevin Garrettkevin.garrett@ironmail.org
Jordan School DistrictBrian Kingbrian.king@schools.utah.gov
Granite School DistrictBryce Daybbday@graniteschools.org
Lincoln AcademyPeter Ehlenehlen@lincoln-academy.org
Southern Utah UniversityJennifer McKenziejennifermckenzie1@suu.edu
Weber State UniversityShirley Dawsonshirleydawson@weber.edu
Western GovernorsAaron Pophamaaron.popham@wgu.edu
Nebo School DistrictMegan Langfordmegan.langford@nebo.edu