Welcome to Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL)

Overview

Utah's formal Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) initiative began in 2012 with the collaborative efforts of local school systems, the Utah State Board of Education, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN), and the Legislature working together. This led to the creation of Utah's Master Plan: Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning, which articulates the intent of technology-powered learning in Utah, including the critical role of educators as the architects of learning.

Each section has resources and tools to assist districts, schools, administrators and teachers as technology is leveraged to improve teaching and learning. We are committed to providing resources and support as you augment effective pedagogy practices with purposeful implementation of educational technology, always keeping in mind that learning comes first and technology is secondary to exceptional pedagogy.

Advisory Committee

Dr. Patty Norman, Co-Chair
Utah State Board of Education

Dr. Ray Timothy, Co-Chair
Utah Education and Telehealth Network

Todd Call, Coordinator
Utah State Board of Education

Tony Campbell
Washington School District

Missy Hamilton
Murray School District

Fred Donaldson
DaVinci Academy

Jim Langston
Tooele School District

Duke Mossman, Executive Director
Northeast Utah Educational Services (NUES)

Grant Program

2021 Fiscal Year Application Cycle

Local Education Agencies (LEAs) interested in receiving Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Grant funding need to do the following:

  1. Enroll in the Fiscal Year 2021 Digital Teaching and Learning Bootcamp to receive technical assistance and guidance with creating a DTL Plan as well as comprehensive grant application expectations and
  2. Successfully complete and submit a comprehensive DTL Grant Application, to be approved by the Utah State Board of Education.

Fiscal Year 2021 Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Application Submission Document
Google Doc

Instructional Document
Google Doc

Projected Allocations
Google Doc

Schedule

April 6, 2020
Grant Application Draft Due

May 6, 2020
Grant Application Final Due

Policy

The DTL Grant Program for LEAs was created in accordance with the following regulation:

Plans

The Digital Teaching and Learning (DTL) Program was launched in 2016, funding grants in 65 Local Education Agencies (LEAs) across the state in Cohort 1. Cohorts 2 and 3 added a total of 15 additional LEAs in subsequent years. Each participating district or charter school has created a plan for DTL, approved by the Utah State Board of Education, in order to receive DTL Grant Program funds.

To review DTL Grant Plans for cohorts already in progress, including background information, targeted outcomes, implementation progress, and evaluation reports, please visit the Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program (Dashboard).

Resources

Utah's Master Plan Essential Elements for Technology Powered Learning

Digital Teaching and Learning Grant Program
Utah Education Network (UEN)

Digital Teaching And Learning Grant Program (Dashboard)

Learn Platform
Learn connects educators and technologies to raise the bar on learning (EdTech Management)

The Future Ready Framework
Future Ready Schools

EdTech

Educator Endorsement

Utah State Board of Education Checklist of Minimum Requirements for the Educational Technology Endorsement (Inservice/College Course Work/Demonstrated Competency)
Educator Licensing

Educational Technology Endorsement Programs (ETEP)
Utah Education Network (UEN)

If you have any questions, please contact Rick Gaisford, EdTech Specialist at (801) 538-7798 or via e-mail at rick.gaisford@schools.utah.gov.

Software Initiatives

Early Intervention Software Program (EISP)

In 2012, the Utah State Legislature funded the Early Intervention Software Program (EISP) to support the growth of K-3 students’ literacy. Local Education Agencies (LEAs) in Utah can select from among four computer-based literacy programs which provide individualized instruction and are designed to supplement students’ classroom learning.

Reports

2019

Early Intervention Reading Software Program Report
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

2018

Early Intervention Reading Software Program Report
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

2017

Best Practices for Improving Early Intervention Software Programs (EISP) in Utah Schools: 2016-2017 K-3 Qualitative Study Findings
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

Utah’s Early Intervention Reading Software Program: 2016-2017 K-3 Program Evaluation Results
Utah State Board of Education Policy, Law and Professional Practices

Utah’s English Learner Software Initiative

The Utah English Learner Software Initiative provides English Learners throughout Utah access to literacy software, training, and support.

Please contact Melanie Durfee at melanie.durfee@schools.utah.gov for more information. 

DTL Team

Todd Call
Coordinator
Phone (801) 538-7785 | E-mail

Juan Carlos Mejia
Office Assistant
Phone: (801) 538-7751 | E-mail

Melanie Durfee
Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7719 | E-mail

Sydney Young
Digital Teaching and Learning Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7959 | E-mail

Rick Gaisford
EdTech Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7798 | E-mail

Alan Griffin
Instructional Materials Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7783 | E-mail

Jimmy Hernandez
Research Consultant
Phone: (801) 538-7753 | E-mail

Christy Schreck
Education Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7935 | E-mail

Nathan Auck
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) and Early College Specialist
Phone (801) 538-7664 | E-mail