Welcome to Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL)

Overview

Utah's formal Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) initiative began in 2012 with the collaborative efforts of local school systems, the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), and the Legislature working together. This led to the creation of Utah's Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning, which articulates the intent of technology-powered learning in Utah, including the critical role of educators as the architects of learning.

Each section has resources and tools to assist districts, schools, administrators and teachers as technology is leveraged to improve teaching and learning. We are committed to providing resources and support as you augment effective pedagogy practices with purposeful implementation of educational technology, always keeping in mind that learning comes first and technology is secondary to exceptional pedagogy.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Patty Norman, Co-Chair
Utah State Board of Education

Dr. Ray Timothy, Co-Chair
Utah Education and Telehealth Network

Todd Call, Coordinator
Utah State Board of Education

Tony Campbell
Washington School District

Missy Hamilton
Murray School District

Fred Donaldson
DaVinci Academy

Scot McCombs
Canyons District

Duke Mossman, Executive Director
Northeast Utah Educational Services (NUES)

Grant Program

2021 Fiscal Year Application Cycle

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) interested in receiving Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Grant funding need to do the following:

  1. Contact Todd Call to enroll in the Fiscal Year 2021 Digital Teaching and Learning Bootcamp to receive technical assistance and guidance with creating a DTL plan as well as comprehensive grant application expectations and
  2. Successfully complete and submit a comprehensive DTL Grant Application, to be approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Fiscal Year 2021 Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Application Submission Document
Google Docs

Instructional Document
Google Docs

Projected Allocations
Google Docs

Schedule

April 6, 2020
Grant Application Draft Due

May 6, 2020
Grant Application Final Due

2021 Fiscal Year Digital Teaching and Learning Requirements
Google Docs

Policy

The DTL Grant Program for LEAs was created in accordance with the following regulation:

Plans

The Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Program was launched in 2016, funding grants in 65 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state in Cohort 1. Cohorts 2 and 3 added a total of 15 additional LEAs in subsequent years. Each participating district or charter school has created a plan for DTL, approved by the Utah State Board of Education, in order to receive DTL Grant Program funds.

To review DTL Grant Plans for cohorts already in progress, including background information, targeted outcomes, implementation progress, and evaluation reports, please visit the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program (Dashboard).

ResourcesUtah's Statewide Educational Technology Tools

Utah's Master Plan Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning

Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Digital Teaching And Learning Grant Program (Dashboard)

Learn Platform
Learn connects educators and technologies to raise the bar on learning (EdTech Management)

The Future Ready Framework
Future Ready Schools

EdTech Endorsement

Educator

Utah State Board of Education Checklist of Minimum Requirements for the Educational Technology Endorsement (Inservice/College Course Work/Demonstrated Competency)
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

Educational Technology Endorsement Programs (ETEP)
Utah Education Network (UEN)

If you have any questions, please contact Rick Gaisford, EdTech Specialist at (801) 538-7798 or via e-mail at rick.gaisford@schools.utah.gov.

Software Initiatives

Early Intervention Software Program (EISP)

In 2012, the Utah State Legislature funded the Early Intervention Software Program (EISP) to support the growth of K-3 students’ literacy. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Utah can select from among four computer-based literacy programs which provide individualized instruction and are designed to supplement students’ classroom learning.

Reports
2019

Early Intervention Reading Software Program Report
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

2018

Early Intervention Reading Software Program Report
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

2017

Best Practices for Improving Early Intervention Software Programs (EISP) in Utah Schools: 2016-2017 K-3 Qualitative Study Findings
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

Utah’s Early Intervention Reading Software Program: 2016-2017 K-3 Program Evaluation Results
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

Utah Preparing Students Today for a Rewarding Tomorrow (UPSTART)

Title 53F-4-402: UPSTART Program to Develop School Readiness Skills of Preschool Children
Utah State Legislature

Is an in-home, technology-delivered kindergarten readiness program that is designed to give Utah four-year-old's an individualized reading, mathematics, and science curriculum with a focus on reading. Children participate in the program the year before they attend kindergarten. The UPSTART program is administered by the Waterford Institute.

Training and Support

Parents and caregivers in both English and Spanish, and qualifying families without them may receive a Chromebook and Internet during the time they are in the program.

During 2015-2016 the UPSTART Program will serve 6,622 children. While all Utah children are eligible to participate in UPSTART, legislation extending the UPSTART Program gave participation priority to low-income families and families that are not native English speakers.

Program Costs

UPSTART legislation also charged the Utah State Board of Education with working with the Waterford Institute to establish a price for the program so that families that cannot be served by state funding can pay to participate in the program. For 2015-2016, the price is $725. Families must provide their own computers and Internet access. For more information, please contact the Waterford Institute at 1 (800) 669-4533.

Report of Fiscal Year

2016

2015

2014

Please contact Jimmy Hernandez at jimmy.hernandez@schools.utah.gov if you have any questions.

Utah’s English Learner Software Initiative

The Utah English Learner Software Initiative provides English Learners throughout Utah access to literacy software, training, and support.

Please contact Melanie Durfee at melanie.durfee@schools.utah.gov for more information. 

DTL Team

Todd Call
Coordinator
Phone (801) 538-7785 | E-mail

Juan Carlos Mejia
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail

Melanie Durfee
Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7719 | E-mail

Sydney Young
Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7959 | E-mail

Teresa Hartvigsen
Program Specialist
Early Interactive Software Programs (EISP)
Phone: (801) 538-7751 |  E-mail

Rick Gaisford
Education Specialist
Education Technology
Phone (801) 538-7798 | E-mail

Cory Kanth
Statewide Online Education Program Specialist (SOEP)
Phone: (801) 538-7660 | E-mail

Jimmy Hernandez
Research Consultant
Phone: (801) 538-7753 | E-mail

Christy Schreck
Education Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7935 | E-mail