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Teacher Academies

The Utah Academy of Teachers is a collaborative effort of the Utah State Office of Education, U.S. Department of Education, school districts, universities and education associations. Davis, Granite, Jordan and Washington school districts offer academies for elementary and secondary language arts and social studies teachers. The Teacher Academies provide a powerful professional development opportunity for teachers who have the potential to become exemplary educators. During the Academy, teachers receive rigorous content and hands-on instruction that will dramatically impact student learning and provide a variety of professional development experiences designed to enhance teacher quality and reflection. Teachers receive USOE credit or university credit and a stipend for successfully completing the Academy work. Over 800 Utah teachers have participated in the Academies. Read quotes from Academy graduates. Also read the article “Hooking Kids on History: The Teacher Academy Model (pdf)” By Pam Su’a, Jordan School District Social Studies Specialist.

School district Teacher Academies are five-week summer institutes or a series of seminars focused on Utah core curriculum and assessment. For information on participating in a school district Teacher Academy go to:

Granite School District
Contact: Dawn Hauser
Granite Academy Project Director
Phone: (801) 685-4641 | Dawn [dot] Hauser [at] granite [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

Jordan School District
Contact: Pam Su’a
Jordan Social Studies Specialist
Phone: (801) 567-8320, pamula [dot] sua [at] jordan [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

Sandra Dahlhoulihan
Jordan Academy Project Director, sandra [dot] Dahlhoulihan [at] jordan [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)

Davis School District
Contact: Norma Jean Remington
Phone: (801) 402-5328 | nremington [at] dsdmail [dot] net (E-mail)

Washington School District
Contact: Chris Snodgress
Phone: (435) 673-3552 | csnodgress [at] wash [dot] k12 [dot] ut [dot] us (E-mail)