2017 CONVENTION HIGHLIGHTS
- NEA President Lily Eskelsen García:
The former Utah teacher and popular speaker provided the Opening Session keynote address.
- Local Author Richard Paul Evans:
Bestselling author of The Christmas Box and the Michael Vey young adult serices provided the Friday keynote address.
- New Educator Discussion:
Participants learned how trauma has direct links to student success and achievement during a special event for new educators.
2018 UEA Convention Cancelled
The Utah Education Association Board of Directors has determined the Association will not hold its annual UEA Convention in 2018, previously scheduled for Oct. 18-19. The Association will instead focus efforts on critical student needs in Utah public schools as addressed in the Our Schools Now funding initiative.
“This was a difficult decision for our Board,” wrote UEA President Heidi Matthews in an email to state school district superintendents. “For more than 100 years, Utah teachers have gathered annually in a statewide convention for professional learning and social networking. However, the statewide convention format is now proving difficult for many, as evidenced by declining UEA Convention attendance in recent years.”
For more than 100 years, Utah teachers have gathered annually in a statewide convention for professional learning and social networking. The statewide convention format is now proving difficult for many, as evidenced by declining UEA Convention attendance in recent years.
Educators cite desire for “time off” from increased teaching demands as a primary reason for not attending the Convention. This feeling is supported by a recent University of Utah Education Policy Center study showing “emotional exhaustion, stress and burnout” as the No. 1 reasons teachers are leaving the profession. The UEA hopes to address teacher “emotional exhaustion, stress and burnout” by bringing additional resources to the classroom.
2019 and beyond:
The UEA Board is evaluating the most effective and accessible ways to provide its member teachers with professional learning and social networking. Based on this evaluation, the Board may elect to modify or eliminate the statewide convention format in 2019 and beyond. The 2019 UEA Convention is currently scheduled for Oct. 17-18.
Appreciation to vendors and sponsors:
“We want our UEA Convention vendors, exhibitors and partners to know how much we appreciate their loyalty to Utah teachers over many decades,” said UEA Convention co-manager and Communications Director Mike Kelley. “As we move forward, we hope to find new ways to connect educators with products and services tailored to their needs.”
2017 UEA Convention & Education Exposition Summary
The 2017 UEA Convention & Education Exposition began Oct. 19 with a series of workshops followed by remarks from the UEA president and the NEA president. Held at the at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, the 2017 UEA Convention delivered much more than just professional development for educators. Parents discovered new ways to engage their children in education and kids experienced hands-on science, math, art and reading activities.
For well over 100 years, Utah educators have gathered at the UEA Convention to share best practices. The 2017 Convention featured professional development for K-12 educators, compelling keynote speakers, a New Educators’ Workshop and dozens of vendor booths, seminars and workshops for parents, and a hands-on learning area for children...more
Future UEA Convention Dates
October 18-19, 2018 - CANCELLED
- October 17-18, 2019
Past UEA Convention Information