Teaching & Learning
The mission of the UITE is to prepare educators to serve urban students and educational communities in all their rich diversity. We conceive of educational diversity as the dynamic engagement of a range of cultural and urban traditions, including individual differences in ability. In preparing teachers and leaders to work within and across differences, we collaborate with community-based initiatives, seek out community partners, and continually work to discover fresh and innovative ways to approach both curriculum and pedagogy. Our goal is an educational process in which teachers, leaders, and teacher educators draw upon multidisciplinary research and direct urban inquiry to serve all students well. We welcome prospective teachers to this vital, sometimes daunting but always exhilarating, challenge.
The UITE and Granite Park Junior High School!
A second year of campus visits to the University of Utah took place on Friday, April 12, 2013. This effort was specifically geared toward students from Granite Park Junior High School. As a coordinated effort between the UITE and Granite School District, 40 prospective students visited the University of Utah to learn more about programs, faculty, student life, and resources at the University of Utah. Members of the Center for Ethnic Student Affairs (CESA) welcomed students and ASUU-UITE mentors and College of Education/UITE graduate students and Peer Advocates oversaw campus tours. Spots of interest included ASUU, various campus colleges, and the Marriott Library.
A special visit to the U’s Nano Technology Lab provided students with a hands-on experience learning about programs affiliated with electron microscopes. Two presentations at the lab allowed students to view the Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM), which uses an electron beam to image objects up to 10,000x normal size. A second session included an experience with the Focused Ion Beam (FIB), and saw 100,000x magnification effects. After the microscope demonstrations, the students took a quick walk through to see the new clean-room facilities, where more equipment will be moved to from the old lab in the coming months.
At both demonstrations, some of the students had the opportunity to try and operate the microscopes for themselves. For more information on specific project details about the NanoFab at the U, please find their website: http://www.nanofab.utah.edu
Educators from across the Wasatch Front converged on the University of Utah as part of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education’s annual Site Teacher Educator Mentoring Conference!
Sixty cooperating teachers from participating teacher education sites met at the University of Utah’s Officers’ Club in November to examine best practices in student teacher mentoring and evaluation. Conference participants currently serve as Site Teacher Mentors in the Elementary and Secondary licensure programs through the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.
In addition to sharing information on effective mentoring, local teachers took part in workshops covering geospatial mapping, arts integration, and equity training. Conversations and networking were specifically designed to highlight excellence in teacher preparation and professional development.
Teacher Professional Development!
The UITE's Maggie Cummings has been providing professional development to teachers at the adult high school within the Draper Prison for the last year. Dr. Cummings’ primary focus is on adult numeracy strategies that are tightly coupled to communication skills. Utah is one of three states in the country that offers a high school education to its inmates.
University of Utah Teacher Education Program Accorded National Accreditation
The University of Utah Teacher Education Program has formally received national accreditation through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
This is the first time in the history of the College of Education that the UofU has sought and received national recognition for the rigor and quality of its teacher education program which is designed and implemented through the Urban Institute for Teacher Education and the Department of Special Education in partnership with the four departments in the College of Education, six U colleges, the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah State Office of Education, and school districts throughout Utah.
Future U of U students: Recipients of the 2010 and 2011 Teacher Scholars Scholarship
A partnership between the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Canyons, Davis, Jordan, Granite, and Salt Lake School Districts.
U of U - SLCC Teacher Scholars
U of U instructors Richard Diaz and Christine Vega
A College-Wide Commitment to Urban Teacher Education
The Urban Institute for Teacher Education, in conjunction with the four departments in the College of Education and academic colleges throughout the University of Utah, prepares undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. Through a college-wide core curriculum future teachers acquire the knowledge and skills in areas that include : school-family partnerships, multicultural education, educational law, assessment, special education, classroom management, and educational research. Classroom and community experiences through practica and service learning focus on issues of equity, access, and social justice for contemporary students, teachers, and families.
The Urban Institute for Teacher Education is currently in partnership with several programs, clinics and research centers that will become part of the new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. These include The Center for Integrating Arts into Academic Learning in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts; The Center for Math and Science Education in conjunction with the College of Science; the Utah Education Policy Center; the Masters in World Languages Program and the English as a Second Language Endorsement Program in conjunction with the College of Humanities, the College of Education Reading and Literacy Center, the University of Utah Reading Clinic; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; the Center for Applied Technology in Education; and a college-wide focus on k-16 education for students from ethnically and culturally diverse families as a coordinated effort with the College of Education's partnership with the University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) program.