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Building Connections
730 East Three Fountains Drive, #84
Murray, Utah 84107
Phone: (801) 272-7923 | eric [at] ebuildingconnections [dot] com (E-mail)

Building Connections is a grassroots effort established in 1993 by Adele Woolley Weiler with the support of educators, architects, historians, planners and the construction industry. It uses architecture and the design of neighborhoods and cities as primary resources in the development of an integrated curriculum for grades 3 to 12.

Close Up Foundation
Megan Sette, Community Outreach Coordinator for Utah
44 Canal Center Plaza
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Phone: (800) 256-7387, Ext. 645 | (703) 706-3645 | Fax: (703) 706-0001 | settem [at] closeup [dot] org (E-mail)

Close Up is a week long academic experience in the nation's capitol for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, and teachers. With a minimum of five high school students teachers receive a fully paid round trip tuition, lodging and transportation. Teachers participate in seminars and workshops while the student winners on a parallel programs with students from other states. All participants stay in hotels in Washington during the week, but spend most of the day in Washington, D.C., including a full day on Capitol Hill. There are no prerequisites, other than permission from their school and their parents to miss one week of school. The program is offered from November through May. For prices and details contact Stuart Nelson, above phone number extension 608.

FLP (Food, Land, and People)
Grace Struiksma
Utah State University
2315 Old Main Hill
Logan, Utah 84322-2315
Phone: (435) 770-9847 | graces [at] ext [dot] usu [dot] edu (E-mail)

The Food, Land and People (FLP) online course (ASTE 6400) has been developed for the K-6 educator and provides teachers with 1-3 Continuing Education graduate credits that can be completed throughout the school year.  The instructional units address core content and integrated approaches for teaching reading and mathematics.  The activities are meaningful and the objectives are well defined.  By using hands-on, cooperative learning, inquiry methods, and other innovative teaching strategies, you’ll reach a variety of learners.  At the same time earn Utah State University credit and complete your class assignments in your own classroom.  Variable graduate-level credit is available. Contact us to attend an orientation session.

Geography Bee
Sheila Powell
Monte Vista Elementary
11121 South 2700 West
South Jordan, Utah 84095
Phone: (801) 254-8040

Geography Olympiad
Norma Jean Remington
Davis School District
45 East State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025
Phone: (801) 402-5328 | nremington [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

The Geography Olympiad is open to 9th grade teams (4 students) from across the state.  The meet has been the last few years at Bennion Junior High.  The competition yields Orienteering, GIS, Problem-Solving, Geography Bowl, Human and Individual test and Maps, Charts and Graph team test.  There is a traveling trophy for top over-all schools.  Medals, plagues, and ribbons go to teams and individual winners with certificates, t-shirts, food and fun for all.  Look for the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May.

GIS Coalition
Melvin Robinson, Technology and Engineering Education Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
Applied Technology Education Services
PO Box 144200
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Phone: (801) 538-7598 | mrobinso [at] usoe [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

Don Cressall
Davis School District
45 East State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025
Phone: (801) 402-5212 | dcressall [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

A coalition of Utah educator and GIS professionals working to bring GIS (Geographic Information Systems) into the class room through teacher training, curriculum and mentoring.

Utah History Day

Utah's affiliate of the National History Day program

Wendy Rex-Atzet
Utah Division of State History
300 S. Rio Grande Street
Salt Lake City, UT 84101
Phone: (435) 797-3633

An extra-curricular history research competition for grades 4-12. Students research a topic of their choosing. They can present their information as an essay, an exhibit, and audio/visual program, or a dramatic presentation.

Inclusion Center, formerly NCCJ
Anytown USA
Kilo Zamora, Director
On the Westminster Campus (Walker Building
1840 South 1300 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84105
Phone: (801) 832-3260 | kzamora [at] nccj [dot] org (E-mail)

An out-of-class experience for faculty, middle and high school students promoting: self esteem, citizenship, racial understanding, leadership skills, family relations, male/female role perceptions, community relations, inter-religious respect, cultural awareness. A variety of workshop formats are available; and Anytown week long camps are offered each summer.

Intrigue of the Past: Investigating Archeology
Julie Howard, Archaeologist, Utah Cultural Resources Project Lead for the KREP 2003
Bureau of Land Management
Utah State Office
PO Box 45155
Salt Lake City, Utah 84145-0155
Phone: (801) 539-4067 | Fax: (801) 539-4200 | julie [dot] howard [at] ut [dot] blm [dot] gov (E-mail)

Project Archeology
This website is an archaeology project through the BLM and Montana University.

Museum of Natural History
University of Utah. This website has workshops for teachers throughout the state.

Junior Statesmen Foundation
60 East Third Avenue, Suite 320
San Mateo, California 94401
Phone: (800) 343-5353 | Fax: (415) 347-7200

Junior Statesmen Summer School is conducted on the campuses of the University of Texas at Austin, Yale, Stanford, Northwestern and (Jr Statesman Continued).

Georgetown Universities. It offers high school students an opportunity to study with nationally recognized political scientist; develop and polish their leadership skills; improve their speaking ability, and debate controversial issues. Scholarships and fund raising assistance are available.

Law Related Education
Kathy Dryer, Director
Utah Law-Related Education Project
645 South 200 East, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, Utah 84111
Phone: (801) 322-1802 | Fax: (801) 323-9732 | lre [at] ics [dot] com (E-mail)

Utah Law Related Education is a fantastic resource for teachers who want to engage students in deeper understanding of the rule of law, the Constitution, and the role of the judiciary. Students can learn about mock trials, mentor and resolution training, and more. Check out their new website.

Middle East Center Outreach Program
Cynthia Douglass, Outreach Director
260 South Central Campus Drive, #153
University of Utah
Salt Lake City, Utah 84112
Phone: 801-587-3470 | Fax: 801-581-6183 | cynthia [dot] douglas [at] utah [dot] edu (E-mail)

The Middle East Center at the University of Utah was established in 1960 by a grant from the US Department of Education and is today one of this country's major resources for the study of the Middle East.  The Center coordinates a program of study, both undergraduate and graduate, which includes the major languages (Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish) and area studies dealing with the culture, politics, history, economics, social institutions, religion, geography, and philosophy of the Middle East.

Its primary objective is to assist educators, K-12 students, business organizations, the media, governmental agencies, and the community-at-large in acquiring a more informed view of the Middle East-a region that is often misunderstood and misrepresented.

The Outreach Program provides speakers, workshops, a film series, and is available to provide training to anyone who might want to learn more about this vitally important part of the world.

Mock Election Program
Norma Jean Remington, Utah representative
Davis School District
45 East State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025
Phone: (801) 402-5328 | nremington [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

Mock Election Coordinator League of Women Voters

National Mock Election

Utah State Election Office

The Mock Election provides students with the opportunity to participate in the voting and balloting process for state and national elections.

Model United Nations
Courtney Kochevar
Brigham Young University
Phone: (801) 979-1414

Brook Gregg
Woods Cross High School
600 West 2200 South
Woods Cross, Utah 84087
Phone: (801) 402-4500

National Council for Geographic Education (NCGE)
16 A Leonard Hall
Indiana University of Pennsylvania
Indiana, Pennsylvania 15705-1087
Phone: (412) 357-7708 | Fax: 412-357-7708
Website :

Central Office
206-A Martin Hall
Jacksonville State University
Jacksonville, Alabama 36265-1602
Phone: (256) 782-5293 | Fax (256) 782-5336 | ncge [at] jsucc [dot] jsu [dot] edu (E-mail)

NCGE, a non-profit organization, was chartered in 1915 to enhance the status and quality of geography teaching and learning.  Its activities include conducting and gathering research on geographic teaching and learning (including publication of the Journal of Geography, a peer-reviewed journal published six times a year), curriculum and instruction activities at the university and K-12 levels, annual meetings, and a wide variety of electronic and print resources.

National Council for Social Studies

Project Citizen
Bill Spence
Pleasant Grove Jr.
810 North 100 East
Pleasant Grove, Utah 8707
Phone: (801) 785-8707 | billspence [at] alpine [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

We the People: Project Citizen is a curricular program designed for middle grade students, but is adaptable to upper elementary and high school students. The program helps young people learn how to monitor and influence public policy.  In the process, they develop support for democratic values and principles, tolerance, and feelings of political efficacy. Entire classes of students work cooperatively to identify a public policy problem in their community.  They then research the problem, evaluate alternative solutions, develop their own solution in the form of a public policy, and create a political action plan to enlist local or state authorities to adopt the proposed policy.  Participants develop a portfolio of their work and present their project in a  simulated hearing before a panel of civic-minded community members or before an actual government body.

United States Senate Youth Program Scholarship
Dawn Hauser
7683 South 5320 West
West Jordan, Utah 84081
Phone: (385) 646-4530 | dlhauser [at] graniteschools [dot] org (E-mail)

Two student leaders from each state, the District of Columbia and the Department of Defense Education Activity will spend a week in Washington experiencing their national government in action. Delegates will hear major policy addresses by senators, cabinet members, officials for the Departments of State and Defense and directors of federal agencies, as well as participate in a meeting with a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. Each delegate will be awarded a $5,000 College Scholarship for undergraduate studies.

The state competition is held annually in the fall and each high school may send one representative.

Utah Geographic Alliance
Norma Jean Remington
Davis School District
45 East State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025
Phone: (801) 402-5328 | Fax: (801) 402-5333 | nremington [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

The Utah Geographic Alliance (UGA) is a Utah based educational organization allied for improving and strengthening geography education throughout the state of Utah. Established in 1988 in partnership with the Utah State Office of Education and the National Geographic Society, the UGA education network is composed of active Elementary, Secondary, College and University educators throughout Utah. All activities and functions are supported by the Utah Geography Education Endowment.

Utah Council for Social Studies
Dawn Hauer, President
7683 South 5320 West
West Jordan, Utah 84081
dlhauser [at] graniteschools [dot] org (E-mail)

The Utah Council for Social Studies coordinates and promotes social studies activities for teachers statewide, regionally and nationally. The council hosts professional development opportunities, honors teachers and provides workshops on timely social studies topics. It also promotes social studies education at the national NCSS conference each November.

Utah High School Model United Nations
John McMannis, Secretary General
Brighton High School
2220 East Bengal Blvd
Salt Lake City, Utah 84121
Phone: (801) 256-5200 #6204 | Home: (801) 274-2648 | Fax: (801) 256-5270

Student teams participate in a two day simulation of the United Nations. There are nine committees in competition for delegate and school awards. Students must do preliminary research and prepare a country policy paper.

Utah Local Close Up
Robert Austin, Social Studies Specialist
Utah State Office of Education
PO Box 144200
250 East 500 South
Salt Lake City, Utah 84114-4200
Phone: (801) 538-7575 | Fax: (801) 538-7769 | robert [dot] austin [at] schools [dot] utah [dot] gov (E-mail)

This annual program introduces students to the legislative process as they visit the legislature in action, hear from state officials and field trip to various Salt Lake area sites. Program is limited to high school students. Partially funded by the Close Up Foundation.

Utah State Bar Association
Charolette Miller, President
645 South 600 East
Salt Lake City, Utah, 84111
Phone: (801) 531-9077 | Fax: (801) 531-0660 | info [at] utahbar [dot] org (E-mail)

Coordinates Law Day activities.

Utah State Historical Society
300 South Rio Grande
Salt Lake City, Utah 84101-1182
Phone: (801) 533-3500 | Fax: (801) 533-3567

The Utah State Historical Society was founded in 1897. We became a state agency, the State Division of History, in 1917. In 1968 our name was changed to the Division of State History and later became a part of the Department of Community and Economic Development (Now the Department of Community and Culture). Our offices were in the State Capitol from 1915 to 1957, then in the historic Kearns Mansion (now the Governor's Residence) from 1957 to 1977. We have been housed in the Historic Rio Grande Depot since 1980.

We The People
Norma Jean Remington, District I Coordinator
Davis School District
45 East State Street
Farmington, Utah 84025
Phone: (801) 402-5328 | nremington [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

Sandra Dahl-Houlihan, District II Coordinator
West Jordan High School
8136 South 2700 West
West Jordan, Utah 84088
Phone: (801) 256-5663 | (801) 256-5670 | sandra [dot] dahlhoulihan [at] jordan [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

Matt Logan, District III Coordinator
Orem High School
175 South 400 East
Orem, Utah 84097
Phone: (801) 227-8765 | (801) 796-9522 | loganma1 [at] yahoo [dot] com (E-mail)