Utah Charter School Conversations

Utah Association of Public Charter Schools

We do a little training, speak with charter school leaders, and touch on issues that affect Utah charter schools.

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Expressing Your Learning at Ascent Academy with Wade Glathar, Executive Director
May 3 2024
Expressing Your Learning at Ascent Academy with Wade Glathar, Executive Director
Join our discussion all about Ascent Academies of Utah and the Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM). With 5 campuses (Lehi, Saratoga Springs, West Valley, West Jordan, and Farmington), Ascent Academies provides an education not only geared to a student's learning type but to their expression type of learning through SEM. Developed at the University of Connecticut, Ascent teachers receive deep training in SEM to help children become engaged, self-motivated learners. In our discussion, Wade talks about how the students thrive with this learning style by taking charge of their own education with careful guidance from trained teachers. Wade has been in education for over 20 years as a teacher, principal, and now executive director over several campuses. We talk about how education has changed, including his optimism about the remarkable children in school now. He shares how Ascent has cross-campus collaboration for teachers and students to strengthen the community. We also talk about the role of schools in society. We hope you enjoy our discussion!The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.
Everyone is Important at Athenian eAcademy with Jared Ferguson, Executive Director
Mar 29 2024
Everyone is Important at Athenian eAcademy with Jared Ferguson, Executive Director
Join our conversation with Jared Ferguson, Executive Director, at Athenian eAcademy. Athenian has six campuses in Tremonton, Delta, Ephraim, Nephi, Richfield, and Ballard in addition to a blended program that combines home learning with school supports. Jared believes in the importance of each person at school from students to parents, and support staff to teachers. Athenian strives to provide differentiated learning for their multi-grade classrooms to meet each student at their level. Teacher training is targeted to be meaningful and highly pertinent. Jared believes in building trust and sees lack of trust as one of the big problems in education. To combat that, he values each person's perspective and advocates for using agency to be deliberate in interactions with others. A former high school biology teacher, with a particular interest in entomology, Jared makes time to visit each campus and give a presentation on insects that is a highlight for students, and for him. Listen to learn more about this school that caters to rural Utah.The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.
Happy Clickers, PPCD, and the Critical Role of Each Person with Lani Rounds, Principal, Bridge Elementary
Feb 23 2024
Happy Clickers, PPCD, and the Critical Role of Each Person with Lani Rounds, Principal, Bridge Elementary
Meet the delightful and experienced Lani Rounds, Principal at Bridge Elementary in Roy, UT. A long-time educator, Lani has worked with multiple charter schools in leadership positions, but began in education as a SPED teacher. Designing Bridge Elementary after Special Education principles of personalized learning, her school is active, "sometimes noisy," and full of enthusiastic professionals. Her teachers receive 16 hours/week toward PPCD (preparation, professional development, collaboration, and data analysis) to deliver personalized learning plans for every child.  Learn about this method of education, integrating specialities into math and language arts, and how a "no desk" environment supports it all.Lani describes the "happy clicker" she uses to highlight the good things happening around her and how it has helped students as well. (about minute 34). Lani also mentions the "ARL" route to her teaching after work as a berry picker at Sacco Fruits (age 10) to the IRS (for 13 years!) and as an IT professional testing software. ARL is an Alternate Route to Licensure used for years by the State to train teachers who were entering teaching outside a teacher preparation program at a university. The current route for teacher training is the APPEL (Alternate Pathway to Professional Educator License) program.The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.
Meet the New Leadership of the Utah State Charter School Board Staff with Marie Steffenson and Dr. Paul Kremer
Feb 9 2024
Meet the New Leadership of the Utah State Charter School Board Staff with Marie Steffenson and Dr. Paul Kremer
In this double episode (!) we get two interviews-first with Marie Steffenson, Associate Executive Director, State Charter School Board. Marie has extensive experience with Utah's charter schools as a teacher, instructional coach, and school director. Her desire to build relationships and support charter schools comes through. We discuss what an authorizer does, what supportive authorization looks like, and the organization of the SCSB.In our second interview (beginning at 35:00), we meet Dr. Paul Kremer, Executive Director, State Charter School Board. Dr. Kremer joined the SCSB in October 2023 from broad experience with charter schools in Arizona. Dr. Kremer seeks to fulfill the SCSB strategic plan to better serve the charter schools the SCSB authorizes. We discuss the great things going on in Utah's charter schools and how to make things even better.State Charter School Board Website: https://www.utahscsb.org/State Charter School Board Strategic Plan: file:///Users/ginajames/Downloads/SCSB%20Strategic%20Plan%20221208.pdf From May 11, 2023 SCSB Board MeetingThe Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.
Jump Rope Team: Learning Teamwork and Resilience at Canyon Rim Academy
Mar 30 2023
Jump Rope Team: Learning Teamwork and Resilience at Canyon Rim Academy
If your school is looking for a fun, active, easy-to-start, and affordable after school team/activity for students, consider a Jump Rope Team. One of the unique performances at Charter Day on the Hill at the Utah State Capitol was watching this enthusiastic, choreographed group of jump ropers performing rump jumps, synchronized swings, and crossies! Hear about the program...and you may find yourself wanting to take the leap!Canyon Rim Academy has a 20+ year tradition of having a Jump Rope Team. In this interview, I speak with founding parent of Canyon Rim (and the Jump Rope Team), Shana Heyn, about starting the Jump Rope Team. We talk to team members Mark (6th grade), Goldie (5th grade), and Beatrice (4th grade) about being serious jumpers and the joy (and pain) of jump rope performing. We wrap up with a discussion with the coaches (AND former Jump Rope Team members AND current teachers at Canyon Rim Academy) Paige Pectol, Serena Knaphus, Hanna Broome, and Calli Hodson. I was  interested to know how their passion for team jump roping informs how they coach and encourage this next generation of jumpers. Pictures from the Jump Rope Team performance at Charter Day on the Hill and at their after school practices can be found at https://www.utahcharters.org/podcasts. The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, training, and technical support to promote excellence in education across Utah. Visit www.utahcharters.org for more information.The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.
Eliminating Classroom Cellphone Use with Nathan Marshall, Executive Director, Providence Hall Charter School
Nov 11 2022
Eliminating Classroom Cellphone Use with Nathan Marshall, Executive Director, Providence Hall Charter School
Listen in to my conversation with Nathan Marshall, Executive Director at Providence Hall Charter School. He watches over 2000 students, K-12, in Herriman, UT. Recently discussed in a BYU Daily Universe article, Providence Hall has taken steps to eliminate cell phone use in the classroom. We talk the impact of this on student engagement and chasing lizards (no, really!) so take a few minutes and get to know Providence Hall and Mr. Marshall.NOTE: There were a couple recording errors, so the full explanation of the cell phone program was not recorded. You will understand the gist of the program which is that cell phones are put away in during each class. The students are allowed phones at schools between periods and during lunch.The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools (UAPCS) is a non-profit organization that provides advocacy, training, and technical support to promote excellence in education across Utah. Visit www.utahcharters.org for more information.The Utah Association of Public Charter Schools is a non-profit organization that promotes excellence in Utah's public charter schools through advocacy, training, and technical support. Our podcast is produced, hosted, and edited by Gina James. Original music was composed by James Valentine.Please subscribe to this podcast and visit us on Facebook and Instagram. Find student stories and training videos on our YouTube channel.