Together, we can improve education in Utah.

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Support great teachers
Within a school, teachers will have a greater impact on my education than anything else.
We need to support great teachers to help our kids grow up to be successful in life.

If we support our teachers, we will ensure we always have enough great teachers to help our children be successful.

Great teachers help our kids gain the knowledge and skills they need to pursue their goals and be prepared for life. They give our kids confidence and set our kids on a path to becoming happy, productive adults who make our communities stronger.

The problem is, 42% of Utah teachers quit within the first five years. Many districts can’t even find enough teachers to fill all their needs.

In the 2014–15 school year, some 2,400 students graduated from college teaching programs and were recommended for teaching licensure, but districts in Utah needed to hire an estimated 3,000–4,000 new teachers.

Average teacher salaries and per-pupil spending in Utah are significantly less than the U.S. average, but class sizes are much higher than the average. These and other factors make teaching a tough job. We need the best and brightest to do that job, but surveys show that most Utahns don’t believe that the best and brightest of the next generation want to grow up to become teachers.

When we work to strengthen and support our teachers, we’ll make sure more teachers stick around, and we may even get more great people to become teachers in the first place.

Utah teachers work hard for our kids, and they deserve our support. There are lots of ways to support teachers, including competitive compensation, more lesson prep time, professional development opportunities, and more high-quality training and mentorship, to name a few. More support for our teachers will help us keep the best teachers in the classroom and will lead more people to pursue teaching as a career.


Strengthen and support diverse, high-quality teachers

Competitive
Compensation

Teachers work hard for our kids and deserve the kind of wages that will draw people into the profession and help them stick around.

Professional
Support

Like all professionals, teachers benefit from high-quality training, mentorship, diverse career pathways, and the chance for ongoing professional learning and practice.

Greater
Respect

When we all make sure teaching is a revered and respected profession, we’ll attract more highly skilled individuals to help our kids succeed in school.

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My Education Story
Why does education matter to you?

We all have a story about education. Remember that teacher that made an impact? Or the moment you realized why school mattered to you? Or when you felt like you could see wheels turning in your baby’s head? Click below to hear more stories and to share your own!

Our Research

Supporting great teachers has been proven to deliver the outcomes Utahns want from education: a higher quality of life, the knowledge and skills they need to achieve their goals, and prosperous communities. Take a look at the research and resources below to learn how supporting great teachers will create a brighter future for all of us.

 

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Utahns think schools are spending more on administration than they should. That perception doesn't match up with reality - administrative costs in Utah are among the lowest in the nation and the majority of funding is spent on helping students gain knowledge and skills.
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Measures of teacher preparation and certification are by far the strongest correlates of student achievement in reading and mathematics, both before and after controlling for student poverty and language status.
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The foundation of exceptional schools and institutions of higher education is outstanding educators. In K-12 education, teachers serve a critical and direct role in student learning, and are considered one of the most important predictors of student achievement.
Rice, J. K. (2003). Teacher quality: Understanding the effectiveness of teacher attributes. Economic Policy Institute. Washington, DC.
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A state Office of Education analysis of data from 2011 to 2016 shows that Utah's rate of teacher attrition mirrors the national trend. But when the time frame was narrowed to one year — 2011-2012 — the Beehive State lost instructors at about 15.5 percent, which is twice the national average.
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Policies adopted by states regarding teacher education, licensing, hiring, and professional development may make an important difference in the qualifications and capacities qualifications and capacities that teachers bring to their work.
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During an academic year pupils taught by teachers at the 90th percentile for effectiveness learn 1.5 years’ worth of material. Those taught by teachers at the 10th percentile learn half a year’s worth.
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To retain high-quality educators, especially in high-poverty communities, schools must offer working conditions that support educator growth (e.g., career advancement and capacity building) and student success.
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Teachers may already be working hard, but may not have the knowledge, skills, or resources to be successful. Collaboration and sharing knowledge with other teachers may help all teachers improve.
Darling-Hammond, L. (2012). Two futures of educational reform: What strategies will improve teaching and learning? Schweizerische Zeitschrift für Bildungswissenschaften, 34(1), 21-38.
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Educators leave the profession for numerous reasons, including low compensation, lack of support, the lack of the ability to have work/life balance, and lack of professional growth opportunities.
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Begin with
preschool

High quality preschool can help every child have the right foundation to gain the knowledge and skills they’ll need. Even though preschool is for young children, the effects of good preschool can last throughout a child’s education and throughout a child’s life—helping them become productive, contributing members of society.

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Help every
child succeed

We all face challenges, but when we remove barriers and give every child a chance to succeed, we help make our communities stronger too.

If we help students gain knowledge and skills in school, we’ll give them the confidence to pursue their goals in life and help them create a better life for their own families—and contribute to better communities for all of us.