Below are descriptions and information for all grants awarded in the state of Utah.
Jordan School District
Contacts: Pam Su’a – Social Studies Coordinator
Grant awarded May 30, 2017
This project will support a six-day Teaching with Primary Sources Academy in the summer of 2018 through the Jordan School District (JSD). The state of Utah has recently revised their social studies standards with an increased mandate to teach with primary sources, but has offered very little professional development. JSD has made efforts to provide primary source lessons and materials to their teachers, but sees a need to further develop the skills to effectively teach with them. Through their regional grant, they will recruit 19 social studies teachers to attend the Academy, develop primary source-based curriculum, and then return to their schools and share what they’ve learned with their existing district-supported PLC’s. The district curriculum team will also provide coaching though classroom observation and feedback to ensure successful implementation. District leaders also plan to use the TPS Teachers Network as another peer group to share and elicit feedback during the project. Collaborating partners include Brigham Young University and the Utah State Board of Education.
Granite School District
Grant awarded November 30, 2009
Twenty elementary and secondary teachers received additional training on May 22, 2010 on using the LOC and other digital tools to create personal resource sets. By September 2010, 17 Utah teachers created 207 resource sets which aligned with specific indicators of the Utah Social Studies Core Curriculum. The sets and host website were presented to 250 teachers at the UCSS Social Studies Seminar in November 2010. Finalized and approved sets have been disseminated throughout the state via the Utah State Office of Education (USOE) and Utah Education Network (UEN) - http://www.utahteachingwithprimarysources.com/.
Grant awarded April 3, 2009
This grant extended the initial TPS training to five Utah school districts throughout the state and created a consortium of teacher trainers. Activity for the second grant was completed during the fourth quarter of 2009 with a total of 150 teachers reached. Seventy teachers were trained in Murray, Alpine and Granite School Districts during October and November of 2009. Thirty-five teachers were trained on July 7-8, 2009 by UT teacher leaders who had participated in a previous TPS workshop in Salt Lake City. An additional 20 teachers were trained in the Washington School District on July 22-23, 2009.
Grant awarded February 13, 2009
Jordan and Granite school districts worked in partnership with local universities to train teachers on integrating primary sources into their history programs and Teaching American History grants. Peggy O'Neill-Jones traveled to Utah to present the initial TPS workshop on December 9 and 10, 2008. A group of 25 educators learned how to find and organize digital primary sources from the Library of Congress and other digital collections. Subsequent grants extended the initial training to 11 districts throughout the state and created a consortium of teacher/trainers.
The initial grant was completed during the second quarter of 2009 with a total of 25 educators reached with nine completed Annotated Resource Sets. The teachers who completed the initial TPS training in Salt Lake City submitted an ARS on a topic aligned with the Utah State Core Curriculum. Several of these teachers went on to become trainers in their local school districts.
Utah State University
Grant awarded February 13, 2009
Utah State University held a 3-day TPS workshop for 27 teachers and school library media specialists from the five school districts in northern Utah on June 10-12, 2009. They also incorporated TPS into the USU course Information Access and Technology. Grant activity was completed as of October 30, 2009 with a total of 136 educators reached. Additionally, ten Annotated Resource Sets were completed and 17 reflection papers submitted to the Western Regional Center. Follow-up included a presentation to 34 teachers at the Utah Education Association on October 1, 2009, a presentation to 55 digital content creators at the Southeast CONTENTdm Users Group on October 13, 2009, a half-day focus group held September 18, 2009 and 20 pre-service teachers reached through methods classes.