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Teacher Development

Welcome to Summit Academy Coaching
Our coaching program connects teachers and provides resources that will directly impact classroom teaching and student learning.  New teachers are more likely to succeed with guidance from a more experienced teacher.  Likewise, experienced teachers can continue to grow with a colleague with different perspectives and approaches.
Mission Statement:  
Summit Academy Schools have a district coaching team that works with new and experienced teachers through conferencing, modeling, observing, and providing feedback in order to improve student learning.  
HLOL4ES = High Levels of Learning for Every Student
Jana Richards - Teaching and Learning Coordinator Email
Alana Johnson -Instructional Coach (Staff Website) Email
Cathy Christison - Instructional Coach Email
Breanna Murdock - Instructional Coach Email
Bluffdale Draper   Independence High School
Cathy Christison
Alana Johnson
Cathy Christison
Alana Johnson
Breanna Murdock
Jana Richards
Breanna Murdock
Jana Richards 
Teachers also benefit from working with their grade level teams.  Grade teams provide support with lesson planning, classroom procedures, assessments, and seeking out and implementing feedback from our community stakeholders.
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Praxis PLT II Test Overview:


Capture your learning!

Thanks to the STEM Action Center Professional Learning Grant we now have Swivl robots available for teachers to begin capturing their teaching. You can learn from your own teacher and/or share with your colleagues.


2018-2019 Professional Learning Grant Contacts:

Bluffdale - Devionare Howland

Draper - Alana Johnson

Independence - Janalie Jensen

SAHS - Gary Dustin 


Teacher testimonials:

"Using the Swivls has been a very easy and much improved method of recording teaching in the classroom.  The app has a quick walk-through which gives a quick concise idea of what it is capable of. Set-up took no longer than a minute and I was ready to roll. I love being able to start the recording by pressing the button on the device around your neck. It is a very unobtrusive way to start a recording without the students' attention going to the recording device. This gives you a very natural start and finish to your videos that get right to the teaching moment. Definitely worth giving it a try!" - Alan Larson, Draper Music Teacher


"The Swivl worked really well in my classroom. It lends itself to easy/user-friendly setup and it only took me a few minutes to figure it out. The Swivl app and website made it easy to watch my lesson again in order to reflect on my teaching. My only tip would be to put it in a place where it won’t be as noticeable for the students—the “robot” was a little distracting for some." - Bre Murdock, Draper ELA Teacher

Utah Education Network - Professional Development
Summit Academy Portfolio Completion Instructions
Teachers should begin gathering evidence of their teaching practices in their first three years of teacher. In the spring of the third year, teachers should follow the following steps:
1. Complete a portfolio as outlined in Summit Academy - EYE Portfolio Worksheet.
2. Complete the Summit Academy - EYE Requirements Checklist.
3. Complete the USBE EYE Manual Upgrade (Level 1 to 2) Application.
4. Schedule an hour appointment with Tyler Whittle via Kristie King Email
5. Be prepared to discuss the work you do with students in your classroom and your experiences teaching at Summit Academy.