[Curriculum Directors] Wednesday Weekly - August 28, 2019
Caren.Johnson at schools.utah.gov
Wed Aug 28 10:36:00 MDT 2019
Wednesday Weekly Edition
Aug 28, 2019
Call for U.S. Presidential Scholars Applications
Dear Curriculum Directors,
Call for U.S. Presidential Scholars Applications
In 1964, The President established The U.S. Presidential Scholars Program<https://www2.ed.gov/programs/psp/index.html> to recognize and honor some of our nation's most distinguished graduating high school seniors. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. The program was again extended in 2015 to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields. Each year, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
We are requesting nominations<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBw3bFhP-2guxNfpxwNPvhnJCLijTSVn_buKYJIyZc9g4Wkw/viewform?usp=sf_link> for students from your school district or charter school as candidates for the 2019 program. Unlike in previous years, we are asking you to nominate a total of two students: one student who has achieved the highest level of success in their academic scholarship and one student who has overcome substantial hurdles to excel in their educational pursuits.
10 males and 10 females will be nominated automatically from each state based on ACT scores. All states receive an additional 10 male and 10 female applications (which are the applications we're calling for here). With this in mind, please consider nominating students for this opportunity who demonstrate outstanding scholarship, but who might not otherwise be nominated through the current SAT/ACT, Arts, or CTE recognition processes. All high school seniors graduating between January and June of 2020, who are U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents and who attend public, parochial, or independent schools, as well as those who are home-schooled, are eligible. The candidates will go through the application process, and as in the past, the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars will be selected by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and receive the Presidential Scholars Medallion at a ceremony in their honor in Washington, DC.
It may be useful to know that the reviewers will be considering the following categories when evaluating the nominees at the semifinalist and Scholar evaluation levels:
* Involvement and Service (in school and community)
* Leadership and Character
* Writing samples
* Academic achievements
* Discretionary points for extraordinary achievement, heavy workload, family responsibilities, or obstacles overcome
To nominate an outstanding student for the 2020 U.S. Presidential Scholars Award, please complete this Google Form<https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdBw3bFhP-2guxNfpxwNPvhnJCLijTSVn_buKYJIyZc9g4Wkw/viewform?usp=sf_link> no later than Wednesday, October 25, 2019. REMEMBER: Utah can only submit 20 nominees (10 young men and 10 young women). Accordingly, please enact an internal process for choosing the most qualified students from all high schools in each LEA, as we will not consider more than two students from each LEA.
Contact Person: Nathan Auck
Email: Nathan.Auck at schools.utah.gov<mailto:Nathan.Auck at schools.utah.gov>
Fine Arts Courses Available
The following Fine Arts courses will be available for teachers to take online. Sign up on Midas. SUU credit will also be available.
* Fine Art: Visual Art for the Elementary Teacher # 39384
This course introduces elementary and early education teachers in the area of art education. It is designed to help participants acquire knowledge of the visual arts and develop creating and responding skills necessary for implementing a balanced or comprehensive art curriculum at the elementary level. The student will gain knowledge of facts, generalizations, and skills related to content and methods of inquiry in the art domains that comprise a comprehensive visual arts education-art production (studio), art criticism, art history, aesthetics, and visual culture. The student will apply essential art knowledge and skills to develop inquiry-based pedagogy and methodology appropriate to elementary children. The training provided will prepare students for the elementary arts endorsement. Co-Requisite: Participants must have access to a classroom of students in grades K-6 to complete the assignments.
* Fine Arts: Dance for Elementary Teachers #39392
The dance education online course will prepare K-6 teachers to use dance in their classroom. Course participants will learn the fundamental elements of dance, the Utah Core and National Standards in dance, and how to apply the elements and standards in dance lesson plans. More importantly, they will understand how to apply the dance elements into lessons that integrate dance with other core curriculum subjects, such as math, science, social studies and language arts. As course participants learn these skills, they will have the opportunity to teach lessons of their own design. As a result they can witness the joy and learning that occurs with successful dance integration. Co-Requisite: Participants must have access to a classroom of students in grades K-6 to complete the assignments.
* Fine Arts: Drama for the Elementary Teacher #50264
This three-credit course is designed to prepare K-6 teachers to successfully teach and integrate drama in the elementary classroom. Participants are expected to (1) improve their skills and knowledge, (2) create, collect and organize drama teaching materials, and (3) develop lessons and materials to use with their students. Participants will explore state standards and fundamentals and apply them in designing age appropriate and meaningful integrated drama lessons. This course will prepare students for the elementary drama endorsement.
* Fine Arts: Drawing #39397
This course introduces students to basic drawing media, techniques and concepts, with emphasis on the understanding of its formal language and the fundamentals of artistic expression. This course will emphasize drawing with experiences in both dry and wet media. Sketching will be emphasized along with skill building in drawing from still-life, landscape, and portraiture. Most assignments will be geared towards realism from direct observation; but drawing from imagination is also explored. Color theory, elements and principles, linear and aerial perspective, compositional structure, visual perception, spatial concepts, and critical thinking skills will all be emphasized extensively. The training provided will prepare students for the elementary arts endorsement.
* Fine Arts: Music for the Elementary Teacher #39387
This three-credit course is designed to prepare K-6 teachers to successfully teach and integrate music in the elementary classroom. Participants are expected to (1) improve their music skills and knowledge, (2) create, collect and organize music teaching materials, and (3) develop music lessons and materials to use with their students. Participants will explore music standards and fundamentals and apply them in designing age appropriate music lessons and meaningful integrated music lessons. This course will prepare students for the elementary music endorsement.
* Fine Arts: Orientation to Elementary Arts Integration #39398
Orientation to the effective integration of arts instruction into Utah schools. This course is designed to serve as the orientation to the Elementary Arts Integration Endorsement. Students in this course will: understand and recognize what is and is not arts integration; understand the powerful impact of arts integration by reviewing the research; learn of the arts learning resources available in the state; and understand how to proceed in pursuing the endorsement.
* Fine Arts: Music Theory (new course)
Contact Persons: Cathy Jensen cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov<mailto:cathy.jensen at schools.utah.gov>; Tamara Burnside tamara.burnside at schools.utah.gov<mailto:tamara.burnside at schools.utah.gov>
UtahFutures Needs You!
We are very interested in your feedback about the UtahFutures<https://utahfutures.org/> career planning website!
UETN continues to measure the impact of the UtahFutures resource. Once again, we seek input from advisors, counselors, teachers, educators, employers, job seekers, parents, adult learners, and students of all ages (basically everyone).
* How have you used UtahFutures?
* Has the website and its resources helped you and the people you work with and support?
* What improvements would make this statewide resource more valuable to you or your students or clients?
We have made it easy to share your experiences through a short survey.
* The survey is anonymous.
* It will take less than 10 minutes of your time.
* Your responses will help us identify and prioritize the continued development of the UtahFutures resources.
Select the survey that best matches you:
* Students, Job Seekers<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9Y6CKH7>
* Counselors, Advisors, Educators, Parents<https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9YTQ3NB>
We ask for your response on or before Friday, September 13.
Please help us provide the most valuable tools and information to you as we support job seekers and students.
p.s. Pass the Word! The survey is also linked directly on UtahFutures.org<http://utahfutures.org/> homepage and we'd like to hear from as many Utahns as possible!
Contact Person: Utah Education Network
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Jennifer Throndsen, PhD
Director of Teaching and Learning
Utah State Board of Education
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