Welcome to Educator Effectiveness

The purpose of the Educator Effectiveness Team is to create a system for continuous growth that aligns to the Utah State Board of Education Board Strategic Plan. The essential characteristics of this system include accountability, transparency, feedback, and flexibility. We ensure the quality of this system through effective professional learning and personalized support.

Educator Excellence Plan
Utah State Board of Education Teaching and Learning Resources

Effective Teaching and Leadership Standards

The Effective Educator Standards are a description of highly effective teaching and leading as adopted by the Utah State Board of Education. The standards provide a resource for educators throughout the state of Utah to analyze and prioritize expectations for high quality instruction.

Educational Leadership Standards

Utah State Standards for Educational Leadership

Effective Teaching Standards

Utah Effective Teaching Standards (Booklet) | Utah Effective Teaching Standards and Indicators

Regulation

R277-530: Utah Effective Educator Standards
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53G-11: Employees
Utah State Legislature

Educator Awards and Incentive Programs

Utah Teacher of the Year Award (UTOY)

The Utah Teacher of the Year is part of the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) National Teacher of the Year Program. It began in 1952 and continues as the oldest, most prestigious national honors program that focuses on public attention on excellence in teaching.

Utah State Board of Education 2018 Utah Teacher of the Year
Teaching and Learning

T.H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan (TIL) Program

The T.H. Bell Scholarship is for those intent on entering the teaching profession in Utah. It can be used at all public or private institutions in Utah that offer an approved program including Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College. Changes include:

Award

The Terrel H. Bell Teaching Incentive Loan Program transitioned to the T.H. Education Scholarship Program on July 1, 2019. Awards distributed prior to July 1, 2019, are forgivable loans and after July 1, 2019, are scholarships.

The T.H. Bell Education Scholarship Program aims to recruit first-generation students into teaching, encourage outstanding students to work in high-need fields, and recognize teaching as a critically important career in Utah. The scholarship can be used at public or private higher education institutions in Utah that offer approved programs: Brigham Young University, Dixie State University, Salt Lake Community College, Snow College, Southern Utah University, University of Utah, Utah State University, Utah Valley University, Weber State University, Western Governors University, and Westminster College.

T.H. Bell Scholarships may be for up to the cost of resident tuition, fees, and books, and may be received for up to four consecutive years. Recipients must study in an approved teacher preparation program or in an approved program that prepares an individual to become a speech-language pathologist or another licensed professional providing services in a public school to students with disabilities.

Eligibility

Undergraduate and graduate students who meet required academic standards, are enrolled in at least six credits, intend to apply to and complete an approved program, and intend to work in a Utah public school are eligible to apply.

Scholarship priority:

  1. first-generation students who intend to work in any teaching field or licensure area;
  2. students who are not first-generation, but intend to work in a teaching field or licensure area where there is high need;
  3. other students who meet the requirements of the scholarship.
Deadlines

Contact an eligible Utah higher education institution for more information on the application process and deadlines.

Evaluations

Educator Professional Performance

Utah Measurement for Educational Leadership Tool
Leadership Tool

Utah Teaching Observation Tool (Version 4.0)
Teaching Tool

Student Growth

Utah Code and Board Rule require Student Growth to be measured with these three components:

  • Learning goals measuring long-term outcomes linked to the appropriate specific content knowledge and skills from the Utah Core Standards;
  • Assessments; and
  • Targets for incremental monitoring of student growth.

For further information on student growth, please contact your district's office.

Stakeholder Input

Utah Code and Board Rule require Stakeholder Input from:

  • Students and Parents for Educator Evaluations
  • Students, Parents, and Staff for Administrator Evaluations

For further information on student growth, please contact your district's office.

Regulation

Utah Office of Administrative Rules:

Title 53G-11: Employees
Utah State Legislature

Title IIA

Purpose and Description

The purpose of the program is to increase academic achievement by improving teacher and principal quality. This program is carried out by:

  • increasing the number of highly qualified teachers in classrooms,
  • increasing the number of highly qualified principals and assistant principals in schools, and
  • increasing the effectiveness of teachers and principals by holding Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools accountable for improvements in student academic achievement.

Title IIA Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 Preliminary Allotments
Preliminary allotted amounts for Title IIA funds on the local school level.

Resources

Improving Teacher Guality State Grants | Improving Teacher Quality State Grants: Non-Regulatory Guidance
United States Department of Education

Entry Years Enhancements (E.Y.E)/Mentoring

This program is currently under review by the Utah Board's Licensing Task Force.

Entry Years Enhancement is a structured support program for Level 1 educators as they fulfill the requirements for a Level 2 professional license. It provides level 1 educators with school, district, and state support for a three-year period. All educators are required to participate and all requirements must be completed within the first three years of service.

New Teachers

Entry Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) Brochure

Entry Years Enhancement (E.Y.E.) Forms
Utah State Board of Education Educator Licensing

All information for licensing can be obtained through the link below or please call our Licensing Desk at (801) 538-7740.

Mentor Coordinators

Our 2018-2019 scheduled meetings for coordinators are specified below. If you are a Mentor Coordinator, and have not received communications from our team, please contact our department for more information.

If you are interested in any handouts from the meetings below, please contact Lana Kopecky at lana.kopecky@schools.utah.gov.

November 26, 2018

Educator Mentoring Coordinators Meeting
YouTube

February 20, 2019

Statewide Mentor Coordinator Meeting
YouTube

April 29, 2019

Time: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Location: Utah State Board of Education, 250 East 500 South, Salt Lake City, Utah

National Board Certification

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) leads the way in making teaching a profession that is dedicated to student learning, while upholding high standards for professional performance. National Board Certification is a demonstration of a candidate's teaching practice as measured against high and rigorous standards.

Becoming a Board Certified Teacher through National Board for Professional Teaching Standards

National Board for Professional Teaching Standards emphasize that accomplished teachers in every field and at every level are aware of what they do and why they are doing it as they teach. These standards represent a consensus among accomplished teachers and educational experts about what accomplished teachers should know and be able to do. To apply for these credentials, please visit the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards National Board Certification website.

Application Fees and Teacher Salary Supplement Program (TSSP) Eligibility

  1. Teachers currently teaching in Utah schools who complete the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards Certification after July 1, 2016 may apply for reimbursement of the Initial Application Program fees.
  2. Reimbursement is also available for certificate renewal expenses. Note: Funds are limited and are awarded on a first come first served basis.
  3. National Board for Professional Teaching Standards National Board Certified Teachers that are currently teaching in Utah classrooms may also be eligible to receive the Teacher Salary Supplement Program annual salary supplement.

For more information on reimbursements available, visit the Utah State Board of Education Teacher Salary Supplement Program website.

Resources

Utah National Board Coalition (NBCT)

Contact

David Smith
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Teacher Leader

The Hope Street Teacher Fellowship Group

The Utah State Board of Education Effectiveness Team is happy to work with the Utah Teacher Fellows, experienced professionals with 3 to 28 years in classrooms. The fellows will engage their educator peers and submit teacher-led solutions to the Utah State Board of Education to inform policy and practice.

Hope Street Group (Utah)

Projects are based on Senate Bill (S.B.) 51: Teacher Leader Role from the 2016 Utah State Legislative Session.

Regulation

R277-513: Teacher Leader
Utah Office of Administrative Rules

Title 53E-6-902: Teacher Leaders
Utah State Legislature

Contact

David Smith
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

Educator Effectiveness Team

Jeannie Rowland
Coordinator
Phone: (801) 538-7923 | E-mail

David Smith
Specialist
Phone: (801) 538-7766 | E-mail

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