We want to help Utahns understand what they and their families can do, as well as what we can do together, to improve education.
Strategies and Best Practices to Improve Education
A number of diverse groups of experts and stakeholders have identified proven strategies and best practices that have worked in Utah and elsewhere to improve educational outcomes. There are six categories of commonly identified strategies. Each category includes more specific actions.
1. Strengthen family and community influence on students
For example: Encourage parents to build their children's brains by talking to, reading to, and singing to their children from the day they are born. Help parents, family friends, and neighbors learn how important their influence on students can be and give them tips on how to encourage students. Help families learn about and access financial resources that can help their children pursue post secondary education.
2. Ensure early learning so students have foundational skills when they enter school
For example: Promote the importance of parents as a child's first teacher. Increase or expand early learning programs, such as preschool and voluntary all-day kindergarten.
3. Strengthen and support educators
For example: Recruit and retain high quality educators. Support high-quality professional learning environments and additional career pathways for teachers.
4. Help students meet high standards
For example: Implement research-based and proven strategies to improve early reading and math proficiency. Ensure students are held to high standards and are given feedback and assessments that help them accelerate their academic progress.
5. Encourage the completion of certificates and degrees
For example: Increase the number of Utahns who are able to access, decide to enroll, and are prepared for postsecondary education. Maintain and improve affordability. Align postsecondary opportunities with emerging workforce needs.
6. Ensure access and equal opportunity
For example: Support community partnerships and initiatives that remove barriers to learning for at-risk students. Increase targeted outreach to families with at-risk students. Prioritize increases in scholarships on a financial needs basis.
We’re not trying to replace anyone or reinvent the wheel in Utah. We believe there are already hundreds and thousands of Utahns—like you—who are invested in the future of education. We’re trying to bring us all together and find ways to enhance our efforts. Click here to see who is involved on our steering committee.
How Will We Do This?
Envision Utah has been bringing Utahns together for 20 years to help them achieve the future they want. Utahns across the state want to improve education. They rank education as one of their top priorities and also one of the issues they worry about the most.
So how do we bridge the gap between what we all want for education and where we are today? And what can we do to ensure all students can gain the knowledge and skills that lead to high quality of life and help them become contributing members of society?
1. UNDERSTAND HOW UTAHNS FEEL ABOUT EDUCATION
WE SURVEYED OVER 1,000 UTAHNS TO LEARN WHY UTAHNS CARE ABOUT EDUCATION
[Click here to see the results of the Values Study]
2. BRING UTAH’S LEADERS IN EDUCATION TOGETHER
STAKEHOLDER INVOLVEMENT IS ESSENTIAL – OUR LIST OF STAKEHOLDERS IS GROWING
[Click here to see who has been guiding the process thus far]
3. SPREAD THE WORD AND BUILD SUPPORT!
EVERYTHING FROM PAID MEDIA TO ADVICE FROM YOUR DOCTOR
[Click here to see media coverage based on our work]
Thank You To Our Donors!
The Brent and Bonnie Jean Beesley Foundation
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
Bob and Kathi Garff
George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation