Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education & Human Development

Iron County School District Partnership

SUU - Iron County School District Partnership Continues to Flourish

Iron County SchoolsSouthern Utah University, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, and the Iron County School District have enjoyed a long and productive partnership with the common goal of improving teaching and learning and enhancing student achievement.

As we begin a new school year we felt it would be good for our patrons to know just how much we accomplish in this partnership.  As Herman Melville said,

We cannot live for ourselves alone. Our lives are connected by a thousand invisible threads, and along these sympathetic fibers, our actions run as causes and return to us as results”.

The threads that make up the SUU-Iron County School District Partnership are weaving a most wonderful tapestry of ideas,  services, and actions.  As we look to the future, we look forward to building and strengthening this partnership, a model for cooperation and collaboration between higher and public education.

Key Areas of Focus in the Partnership Include Support, Collaboration, and Facilitation of:

  1. SUU’s Elementary and Secondary Block Teaching Training Programs at Canyon View High School and South Elementary School.
  2. SUU’s Elementary, Secondary, and Special Education Clinical Practice placements and Educational Leadership Intern placements at Cedar High School, Canyon View High School, Parowan High School, Cedar Middle School, Canyon View Middle School, and all district elementary schools.  This includes Mentor Teaching Training.
  3. SUU’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development in providing practicum opportunities for college students associated with Reading, ESL, Special Education, and other programs and courses.
  4. SUU’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development and College of Science in the facilitation of the Cedar Mountain Science Center Annual Summer Outdoor Education Camps.
  5. SUU’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development in providing highly-qualified adjunct instructors or guest lecturers in many of the College’s courses.
  6. SUU’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development artsFUSION Program and Arts Outreach Program.
  7. Sustained and coordinated efforts to improve teacher recruitment and retention in the Iron County School District.
  8. Multiple collaborations with Teacher Professional Development Courses and delivery of SUU’s Master’s of Education  Cohort Program.  (It is estimated that 80% of Iron County School District Teachers have their Master’s degree from SUU.)
  9. The Southern Utah Teaching Excellence Curriculum Consortium (SUTECC) and delivery of State and University approved teacher licensure programs.
  10. SUU’s Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development continued support and collaboration with the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) which serves not only the Iron County School district but the Millard, Beaver, Garfield, Kane, and Washington School Districts.
  11. SUU, Iron County School District, and the Cedar City Parks and Recreation Department in the development and facilitation of educational activities at Park Discovery.
  12. Continued efforts by SUU to provide concurrent enrollment courses for students in the Iron County School District and the region.

Future Endeavors

Discussions are currently underway on how SUU and the Iron County School District can facilitate training of the Digital Bridge - Student Assessment Management System (SAMS)  in SUU  teacher training programs and the creation of a SUU - Iron County School District Professional Development Education Center that provides training, service, and resources to the K-16 student population.