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Adelante teachers and studentsThe Adelante Partnership is Awarded the Annual Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award

The College of Education's Adelante: A College Awareness and Preparatory Partnership has been chosen to receive the Annual Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Award by the Utah Coalition of La Raza. Over the past nineteen years, this honor has been awarded yearly to five community members or community organizations who best emulated the attributes and characteristics of Cesar Chavez in championing the rights of all people, in particular Latinos, Hispanos, Mexicanos, and Chicanos. Since 2005 Adelante has been working in Salt Lake School District schools to promote the belief that all young people, particularly Latina/o students, should be expected and prepared to enroll and succeed in college, and that college preparation must emphasize students' intellectual development in relation to community and culture.

Starting with kindergarteners, Adelante works to provide higher education experiences by bringing students to the university campus and by bringing the university to them in the form of university student mentors who volunteer in classrooms throughout the academic year. Congratulations to Professors Dolores Delgado Bernal and Enrique Aleman and their partners on this prestigious award. To learn more about Adelante, visit:

University of Utah Reading Clinic "Getting Ready" Program

Our own University of Utah Reading Clinic's summer program, “Getting Ready for 1st Grade,” offered in conjunction with the FCS and the College of Education has been featured in an article produced by KSL Radio.

Click on the link below to see the article. The kids involved in this exciting summer program are from Salt Lake City and Granite schools.

Dr. Kathleen Brown

Dr. Kathleen Brown, Director of U of U Reading Clinic

Stegner Young Writing Scholars Institute Prepares Salt Lake Students in Advanced Writing Skills

The University of Utah, College of Education, in partnership with the Salt Lake City School District and the Salt Lake Education Foundation with support from the East High School Foundation, begins its third summer of the Stegner Young Writing Scholars Institute. This past summer’s Institute brought 52 high school students and eight teachers from the Salt Lake City Schools together on campus in a two-week intensive classroom and lab writing experience. The Institute is co-directed by Monica Ferguson, College of Education faculty member and Laura Scarpulla, Salt Lake District Language Arts Specialist. The participating high school students work closely with the Institute faculty and teacher participants in writing essays which are published by the Salt Lake City School District in its annual Our Voices magazine.Stegner Institute students

Evaluation of The Institute’s Effectiveness

During the Stegner Institute, students provide a first-day-and last-day writing sample, which is analyzed and evaluated to determine student progress and program effectiveness. Data from the past 3 years demonstrates that The Institute has a positive effect on student writing achievement.  The table below shows quantitatively that on average the students improve their writing skills by 15% as assessed in 5+1 categories using international writing instruction and assessment tool MyAccess®.  Additionally, students who have participated in the Stegner Institute are flagged within the SLCSD databases to collect longitudinal data about their writing and academic performances. Furthermore, qualitative data in the form of student and teacher feedback is collected annually: (student quote). These data demonstrate that The Stegner Institute is a very powerful learning experience. 

Pre Stegner Writing Sample Post Stegner Writing Sample  
2010 2011 2012 Overall 2010 2011 2012 Overall Average Change During
The Stegner Institute
42 49 50 141 32 44 45 121 -7 # Students
3.6 3.7 4.2 3.85 4 4.9 4.3 4.44 +15% Holistic (aggregate)
3.6 3.7 4.1 3.81 4 4.9 4.2 4.40 +15% Focus and Meaning
3.2 3.3 3.8 3.45 3.5 4.4 3.8 3.94 +14% Content and Development
3.2 3.3 3.7 3.41 3.6 4.3 3.7 3.89 +14% Organization
3.6 3.7 4.2 3.85 4 4.8 4.2 4.37 +13% Language Use, Voice, Style
3.4 3.5 3.8 3.58 3.8 4.4 4 4.09 +14% Mechanics & Conventions
Last Updated: 3/15/21