Three of our teachers, Jodie, Paula, and Jim, were given the opportunity to participate in a SHIFT training sponsored by Youth in Care at USBE (Utah State Board of Education). SHIFT is a series of trainings that “support innovative technology integration in classroom instruction.” They were given a backpack full of equipment and resources to use in their classrooms for curriculum based multimedia projects.
The YESS, Safe School, and GAPP faculties recently held a luncheon. It was good to come together, share school experiences, and build camaraderie. A great time was had by all.
The YESS Technology Specialist, Suki, recently was given the opportunity to share her interests in recorders with Pamela’s music students at Genesis. She brought her recorders, a sopranino down to a tenor, demonstrated the range of each, and taught the students the fingering for 5 different notes. The students were even able to play 3 songs by the end of the class period!
(There, she tooted her own horn!)
YIC at USBE recently purchased a testing platform, Renaissance Star 360, with the intent to use it throughout the state with YIC students. Decker students have been the first group in YESS to take these exams. The tests cover Reading and Math and the results go into a database that can be accessed throughout YIC statewide. Many of our students move from one facility to another within the state and this will enable the data to be accessible wherever they go. There are also lessons and other resources built-in to the platform to enable review of concepts with which students may need more practice.
Hanging in the entrance of the Salt Lake Valley Youth Center are some pretty amazing gratitude flags created by students and staff in art classes at DT. This project definitely involved many helping hands (“It takes a village . . .”). Cathy, registrar/secretary, cut and prepared the fabric. Anthony, staff at DT, approved the work to make sure it was appropriate, students and staff worked hard on their work, and Ed hung the finished projects for visitors to view. A collaborative endeavor spearheaded by Cathleen, Art Teacher.
Thanks to Kath, YESS Science Teacher, for this submission
A weeks long partnership with the STEM/CAP ambassadors from the University of Utah, Granite Schools District, and the Juvenile Justice Community culminated with the presentation of podcasts researched, written, compiled, and recorded by students in a JJS youth center. The University branded the new project “Mission StemCap.”
The notion is that students from underserved populations could come to have an understanding and deep impact on a big picture problem, such as the sixth mass extinction, currently taking place on our planet. The students were deeply empowered by the role they played in addressing this grand challenge.
The challenge included a research project that delved into the phenomenon of Mass Extinction and the parties driving those processes forward. The students viewed relevant video presentations, interviewed extinction scientists, and created podcasts in conjunction with public radio professionals, working in concert with the University Stem/Cap program.
Fundamental to the outcomes were the persons involved in each step of this complicated and enriching process. Dr. Nalini Nadkarni, Department Chair of the Biology Department at the University of Utah, along with Stem/Cap ambassadors, AmeriCorps, VISTA supervisors, and Youth Conservation Corps principals, all cooperated in bringing the latest and most relevant research to the problems and solutions for the grand challenges associated with extinction.
One of the JJS youth centers was chosen to pilot this process because of a longstanding relationship with the biology department in YESS and the STEM/CAP scientists at the University of Utah. Without the benefit of this relationship and the gracious efforts of Dr. Nadkarni, none of this would have been possible.
We are grateful for the opportunity to partner with the University and are hopeful that future programs will continue to enrich the lives of students in our schools.
Kathy Nelson, Science teacher extraordinaire, has been facilitating this partnership with her students since STEMCAP began working with the state and YESS.
For a recent professional development training, YESS teachers selected from three options that were offered based on their responses to survey. Sandy, teacher at YESS’s Transition Classroom at Connection High and TILT member, facilitated a session on creating one’s own Nearpod (an online resource with a vast database of lessons correlated to core standards). Brenda, teacher and Site Facilitator at Decker Lake Youth Center and TILT member, facilitated a session on editing a current Nearpod lesson. The third session, using google Slides to create a Nearpod, was taught by Michael Hakkarinen, a Professional Development Instructor from UEN (Utah Education Network). The three groups were small allowing for time to delve deeper into Nearpod and explore more of the possibilities for implementation in their classrooms to enhance learning for our YESS students.
Granite School District recognizes the importance of equipping parents and guardians with skills to meet the unique challenges of their children. Each year Granite provides an opportunity for parents to attend a district sponsored event to provide them with a variety of available resources. This year, it will be held at Taylorsville High School from 5:00-7:00 P.M. on Monday, November 18, 2019. Whether you are a parent or someone who works closely with Youth in Care students, please consider attending and taking advantage of this valuable opportunity.
Students from DSI and Gemstone in Kath’s Science classes are exploring the topic of extinction and sharing that information by preparing a podcast. These pictures show part of the writing process.
Students at Gemstone and Day Skills Intervention at the Salt Lake Valley Youth Center are participating in a 10 day science program hosted through the University of Utah, STEMCAP (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math, Community Alliance Program). They will be exploring the topic of extinction and will create a podcast as the vehicle for sharing the information they gathered and learned regarding extinction.
The first few days consisted of identifying key elements of a quality podcast through listening to various types of public information podcasts.
More to come!