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College of Education to Offer a Series of Summer Institutes for Teachers

May 23, 2005 — The College of Education at the University of Utah will offer three summer institutes, emphasizing various continuing and outreach education for teachers.

The Annual Summer Institute on Civic, Character and Service Learning, sponsored by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Community of Caring Center, administered by the U’s College of Education, runs from June 13 through 15. The Honorable Christine Durham, Chief Justice of the Utah Supreme Court, who will give the keynote address, titled “Realizing the Civic Mission of the Schools.” Other speakers include national leaders from the education legal communities, presenters from the University of Utah, Utah State Office of Education, the Community of Caring National Office and 3 Rs Project, from the First Amendment Center in Washington, D.C. Cost of attending the institute is $195 per person. Information and registration information can be obtained by calling 801-587-8990 or at

Along with the College of Education, the Utah State Office of Education will sponsor a summer institute for elementary educators that will focus on useful measurements of basic literacy skills. In its third year, the educator outreach program will be held Aug. 1 through 3 in the Marriott Library’s Gould Auditorium, located on the University of Utah campus. The institute’s training will focus on what is known as Curriculum-Based Measurement and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (CBM/DIBELS). The CBM portion emphasizes efficient and effective measurement of student progress, which can be used to plan instruction. The DIBELS component focuses on ongoing measurement of student progress in early literacy skills.

“The institute for elementary teachers is wildly popular among educators as the information is useful-and the team presenting the material is highly skilled,” notes Clif Drew, associate dean of the U’s College of Education. “Institute organizers understand that K-6 educators have many different assignments. So the workshops are designed to provide vital skills for teachers, administrators, school psychologists and reading specialists.”

Institute presenters will be Michelle Hosp, John Hosp and Leanne Hawken, all faculty members in the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah. Cost for the three-day institute is $150. (The Utah State Office of Education is paying for half of each participant’s $300 fee.) All participants will receive re-licensure points and graduate credit is available. For more information or to register, contact Tana Allred by May 31 at 801-581-8585 or email her at

The U’s College of Education will also host an Advanced Placement (AP) Institute for teachers in the intermountain region who teach AP classes in high school. The AP Institute, which will be taught by 18 College Board-certified consultants from the western United States, will be held from Aug. 8 through 12. Participants may obtain information and register for the AP Institute online at The registration deadline is June 30th and cost is $575. For questions call Julie Rezai at 801-581-8221.