KUED 2014 Teacher Innovation Awards

KUED, Utah's Largest Classroom, is proud to recognize outstanding educators in Utah in conjunction with the Salt Lake Tribune. Five educators, grades 1-12, will be honored at this year's Teacher Innovation Awards ceremony on May 16. A half-hour KUED program, profiling the teachers, will air on KUED Monday, May 18 at 8:00 p.m.

Last year, five educators were recognized for using digital media in the classroom. This year we are expanding the call to any educator who is using innovative classroom techniques. Winning teachers will be featured in a KUED documentary, highlighted in a Salt Lake Tribune article, and will receive a cash prize at the awards ceremony and banquet.

What is Classroom Innovation?

Innovation in the classroom helps students master content while producing, synthesizing, and evaluating information from a wide variety of subjects and sources. Students demonstrate 21st century learning skills, the three Rs and the four Cs: critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Innovation in the classroom is student driven, engages learners, and provides unique opportunities otherwise unattainable. Innovative teachers are trying something new, infusing passion into learning, tapping into students’ ideas, and using innovative tools to improve student learning.

Five educators will be honored this year for their classroom innovation, originality, and creativity; application of 21st century learning skills; student engagement; and student learning.

2014 Teacher Innovation Awards Winners

The Salt Lake Tribune Profiles of the Winning Teachers

  • Tami Ewell, ninth grade reading and language arts teacher from Jordan School District
  • Shon Feller, high school arts teacher from Davis School District
  • Roger Haglund, eighth grade math teacher from Salt Lake School District
  • Nicole Reitz-Larsen, high school science teacher from Salt Lake School District
  • Amber Palmer, fifth grade social studies teacher from Granite School District

2014 Teacher Innovation Awards Program


Contact Elise Peterson Education Coordinator at KUED if you have questions or concerns: epeterson@kued.org.


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