#DTLUtah Back to School Edition

August 2019 Update - Digital Teaching and Learning

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"Back to School" Edition: We blinked and summer flew by! #KeepCalmAndReadOn

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LEA DTL Leadership Contact Info

If you've had any changes to your LEA's DTL leadership that you have not communicated to us already, please make us aware of updates so we can keep the right people in the loop! Email Juan Carlos Mejia, JuanCarlos.Mejia@schools.utah.gov with any updates. Thank you!

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Fall 2019 DTL Summit Update! Who is Getting Excited?!?

Save the date for our Fall 2019 Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Summit:

As a friendly reminder, each LEA currently participating in the DTL Grant has agreed to send a Team of 1 DTL Team Leader and 2 additional DTL leaders to this annual event.

Day 1: September 16th: Cohorts 3 & 4 Only:

  • Pre-Summit onboarding
  • Evaluation dashboard work session with Metiri
  • 12:30 - 3:30 PM
  • Utah State Capitol Building - Aspen Room: 350 N State St, Salt Lake City, UT 84103

Day 2: September 17th: Annual Fall DTL Summit, ALL Cohorts:

  • Keynote speaker: Jon Landis, National Development Executive with Apple Inc.
  • Guest Presenter: Julie Evans, CEO of Project Tomorrow
  • Reapplication conversation (Cohorts 1 & 2)
  • Panel & breakout sessions you won't want to miss!
  • Future Ready planning
  • Coordination of Fall & Spring LEA site visits *Please consider volunteering to host!
  • Collaborate with other LEA DTL leaders
  • Work with technical assistance providers from Metiri Group and Lea(R)n Platform
  • Meet the USBE Digital Teaching and Learning staff in person #WeAreYourBiggestFans
  • 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM
  • LOCATION CHANGE - Noah's of South Jordan: 322 W 11000 S, South Jordan, UT 84095

This year, in lieu of LEA posters, each LEA will tell their DTL story in a unique way...#Teaser


Cohorts 3 & 4: Register for the Pre-Summit onboarding on 9/16 AND the Summit on 9/17

Cohorts 1 & 2: Register for the Summit on 9/17 only:

  1. Log in to MIDAS
  2. Search for Course #41905 or click on THIS LINK and complete the registration steps

More information will be provided in the coming weeks, including more than a teaser about sharing your DTL story! #GetExcited

With healthy anticipation,

Todd Call

Rick Gaisford

Melanie Durfee

Syd Young

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Utah Grants: FY19 and F20 DTL "The More You Know..."

FY19 DTL Grant Awards don't expire until December 2019!

Reimbursements can still be requested through the first half of FY20 (July through December) and MUST BE RESOLVED before FY20 reimbursements can be requested.

FY20 DTL Grant Awards

All FY20 DTL Grant Awards have been entered into the Utah Grants system for all Cohorts! Please note that the award window will now be aligned to the fiscal year and will cover DTL expenditures aligned to approved plans from 7/1/2019-6/30/2020. This means there won't be a 6 month extension to December 2020. Please plan your spending and reimbursement requests accordingly.

Please Note: Emails inviting LEAs to "apply" for FY20 DTL Awards have been sent to Utah Grants admins for your LEA. In order to be able to request reimbursement for FY20 awards, please note the following:

  • All FY19 awards need to be reimbursed or waived before FY20 awards are accessible.
  • Your LEA's dashboard needs to be updated before FY20 funds are accessible for reimbursement.
  • An abstract needs to be submitted, along with a FY20 DTL budget for the 2019-2020 school year based on your FY20 allocation. Pro tip: Copy/paste your LEA's abstract from the Metiri dashboard and add a budget narrative, as appropriate, to explain what this year's funds will be spent on and how your spending plan supports your approved DTL Plan.

Where? Utah Grants

By When? September 1, 2019

Please work with your Utah Grants admin(s) to 1) align your abstract and budget to your approved plan and 2) submit them through Utah Grants no later than September 1, 2019.

Once the above steps have been reviewed and approved by the USBE DTL team, an award letter will be generated and you will be able to start submitting FY20 reimbursement requests through Utah Grants.

For Assistance:

FYI: Monthly LEA Utah Grants submission deadlines for the 2019-2020 school year:

8/12, 9/10, 10/10, 11/7, 12/10, 1/10, 2/7, 3/11, 4/10, 5/8, 6/10, 7/10. Plan accordingly.

*To expedite the approval process for each DTL reimbursement request (FY19 & FY20), remember to attach a summary of expenditures in Utah Grants and ensure ALL expenses align to your approved DTL Plan.*

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Lea(R)n Platform Update

LearnPlatform has released new features, functions and services that align directly with Utah's digital teaching and learning efforts, including most LEA's current and future DTL plans. The new and existing tools provide a way for instructional technology, curriculum & instruction, finance, school administrators and teachers to save time, save money and improve outcomes, by moving from 'monitoring' technology to a fully scalable edtech management solution to drive decisions aligned across departments with your goals.

Knowing each LEA is different, LEAs can mix and match the tools that meet their needs. Best of all, these new features and supports are available at no cost to all participating DTL LEAs. Before the new year kicks off, find out more in this 100 second video and then contact your UT-based LearnPlatform team to assist you in customizing the tools to advance your edtech effectiveness.


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Committee Members Needed: CBE Advisory Committee

*Apply by August 19th if interested* *Share with your professional network*

There are five vacancies on the Competency-Based Education Advisory Committee.

We are looking for the following candidates:

  • 1 current teacher
  • 1 former teacher
  • 1 current LEA administrator
  • 1 former LEA administrator
  • 1 expert in STEM Education

If you are interested or aware of anyone in your professional network who may be a good fit for this committee, please share the detailed Notice of Vacancy Posting (below) and encourage completed applications to be submitted by August 19th!

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6-12 Computer Science Standards Draft Creation for Utah

*Respond by 8/15 if you are interested* *Share this opportunity with colleagues*

This workshop will allow LEA leaders in Secondary Computer Science to collaborate to create a draft set of standards for 6-12 Computer Science. These standards will align with the USBE K-12 Computer Science Framework. Each LEA may have up to 6 individuals involved in the process and participants need to be able to attend both days of the workshop in person.

We are seeking LEA leadership expertise in:

  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • STEM 6-12 experts
  • Computer Science K-12 experts
  • K-12 Digital Teaching and Learning Leaders


Date: Thursday, September 4th and Friday September 5th, 2019
Time: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Location: Instructure Corporate Office

6330 S 3000 E #700, Cottonwood Heights, UT 84121

INTERESTED? Respond HERE before Thursday, August 15, 2019 at 5:00 PM (MST). Participants will receive a confirmation calendar invite with logistics for the workshop on Friday, August 16, 2019. We need and look forward to your time and expertise.

If you have questions please contact Joel Marquez (joel.marquez@schools.utah.gov).

Stakeholder Feedback Needed: Licensing Revisions for Student Support Prep Programs

Draft for Public Comment: Student Support License Area Preparation Programs (R277-306)

USBE staff have prepared proposed revisions to R277-506 based on the licensing revisions passed by the Board in R277-301 and R277-303. This rule details updated requirements for preparation programs for the following license areas:

  • School Psychologist

  • School Social Worker
  • School Audiologist
  • Speech-Language Pathologist (SLP)
  • Speech-Language Technician (SLT)
  • School Counselor

This initial draft is being shared with stakeholders to solicit written feedback. Any additions, subtractions, modifications, or clarifications for the specific demonstrations listed under (2) in each license area section would be very helpful. Feel free to share the draft (attached below) with interested parties. It is important to note that these requirements are for Utah based preparation programs for these license areas. Due to the nature of these license areas, most have been aligned with the standards created by the national organizations related to each.

Feedback must be received by noon on Thursday, August 22
to be considered for the draft of the rule that will be presented in the September 2019 Board meeting. Direct written feedback to Travis Rawlings, Educator Licensing Coordinator: travis.rawlings@schools.utah.gov.


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Utah in the Spotlight: Utah Banks on Statewide Approach to Adopting Education Technology

June 2019: An analysis from NASBE details how the Utah State Board of Education helped school districts across the state ensure that teachers and leaders have the capacity and skills to deliver digital learning in the classroom. The piece also identifies important lessons for other states looking to implement a statewide program to promote digital learning.

Refer to the article below for details and thank you for being part of our #DTLUtah Community!

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Three Scenarios: Educational Technology Improving Relationships

Thomas Arnett, senior research fellow in education for the Clayton Christensen Institute, shares how edtech can 1) Replace stress with fun and lectures with caring relationships; 2) Nip high school drama in the bud; and 3) Make space for the realities of life. He also reminds us that, "the MAGIC happens in the student-teacher interactions..." while online and blended learning enables shifts in classroom practices that can support stronger student-teacher relationships. Read more in the article attached below.

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CS4Utah Hub on eMedia is Now Live!

The CS4Utah Hub on eMedia is finally live. Many curriculum resources for different courses and grade levels have been added and groups have been created for many of the CS/IT courses across the grade levels. Access the Hub here: https://emedia.uen.org/hubs/cs4utah.

Help get the word out! The hub is meant to be a central location for teachers to find and share curriculum resources and events, discuss CS education, find support and contacts, etc. Teachers can also submit resources through the system or send Suzy Cox the link and she will take care of it for them (her contact info is below).

UEN can provide training on how to use eMedia, add resources, participate in groups, etc. This is such a great opportunity for teachers to support each other, network, and get the resources they need!

Suzy Cox, PhD
Associate Professor of Secondary Education

Creative Learning Studio Coordinator

Utah Valley University


Pronouns: she, her, hers

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Google Launches New Coding Resource for Teachers

Code with Google was recently launched as a free resource to help teachers give coding instruction. There are other resources for students with the program, including opportunities for internships and scholarships. Check it out and share this free resource with colleagues.

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Transformative Digital Learning: A Guide to Implementation


LEAs should evaluate, adapt and develop quality course content and instructional materials aligned to standards on a regular basis. Effective planning is essential when selecting quality instructional materials aligned to standards, whether your state, district or school is selecting full course (core) materials or supplemental materials The State Instructional Materials Review Association identifies three criteria for the selection of print and digital instructional materials, regardless of format: Content, Accessibility, and Pedagogical Design. Utah's Master Plan and the DTL Grant Application also address this topic.

Read more from SETDA's Publication on Instructional Materials. A facilitator guide with presentation slides can be accessed in the attached document below.

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When it Comes to Personalized Learning, Understanding the Problem is Everything

Worth a read:

Findings on personalized learning were shared in an article by Chelsea Waite, featured in the May 2019 Christensen Institute newsletter. It is attached below just for you!

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ISTE19 Recorded Sessions Now Available!

Nearly 50 recorded sessions from ISTE19 are now available for viewing on the ISTE website! Enjoy some of the most exciting content from ISTE19, including Mainstage Sessions featuring Mike Walsh, Phil Hansen, Sharif El-Mekki, Michael Bonner, Mandy Manning and Sady Paulson; thought-provoking educator and student Ignites; and dozens of the most popular sessions on critical edtech topics. #BoldEducatorsActivateChange

Did you miss ISTE this year? Mark your calendars for ISTE20 in Anaheim June 28-July 1.

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STEM Action Center News

Do You Have News to Share in an upcoming #DTLUtah Newsletter?

DTL newsletters are sent monthly at the beginning of each month. If you have information for the DTL community, please send it via email to Syd Young by the last Friday of the month.

USBE Digital Teaching and Learning Team

Rick Gaisford

Educational Technology Specialist

A Little Inspiration...The Myth of Average

Edited: The Myth of Average