Getting Involved





Getting Involved

Educational Acronyms
Don't understand? Ask us.

The world of education is fully of acronyms, here is a list of some of the most frequently used acronyms in special education.  If we use a term you are unfamiliar with, please ask us what it means.  As educators, we forget from time to time that not everyone speaks our language.

ABA——– Applied Behavioral Analysis
ABS——— Academic Behavior Support Classroom
ACC——– Accommodated Core Classroom
ADA——– Americans with Disabilities Act
ADHD—— Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
ALS——— Alternative Language Services
APE——– Adapted Physical Education
ASL——— American Sign Language
ASD——– Autism Spectrum Disorder
AUT——– Autism
AYP——– Adequate Yearly Progress
BCBA——- Board Certified Behavior Analyst
BIP——— Behavior Intervention Plan
CCC——– Certificate of Clinical Competence
COTA—— Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant
CTA——– Canyons Transition Academy
DCFS——- Division of Child Family Services
DD——— Developmental Delay
DI———- Direct Instruction
DLM——– Dynamic Learning Maps
DSPD——- Division of Services for Person with Disabilities
EC———- Early Childhood
ECC——– Extended Core Classroom
ED———- Emotional Disturbance
EE———- Essential Elements
EI———- Early Intervention
ELL——– English Language Learner
ESY——– Extended School Year
FAPE——- Free Appropriate Public Education
FBA——– Functional Behavioral Assessment
FERPA—– Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
HBI——— Home Bound Instruction
HI———- Hearing Impairments

IAES——– Interim Alternative Education Setting
ID———- Intellectual Disability
IDEA——- Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (2004)
     Part B – ages 3 through 22ND birthday
     Part C – birth through age 2

IEE——— Independent Educational Evaluation
IEP——— Individualized Education Program
IFSP——– Individualized Family Service Plan – Part C
ISP——— Individualized Service Plan
LEA——– Local Education Agency
LRBI——- Least Restrictive Behavior Intervention
LRE——– Least Restrictive Environment
MD——— Multiple Disabilities
MTSS——-Multi-tiered System of Supports
NCLB—— No Child Left Behind
NCSP——- National Certified School Psychologist
O & M—– Orientation and Mobility  
OCR——– Office of Civil Rights (Federal)
OHI——– Other Health Impaired
OI———- Orthopedic Impairment
OSEP——- Office of Special Education Programs (Federal)
OT——— Occupational Therapy
PBIS——– Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports
PLAAFP—- Present Levels of Academic Achievement and Functional Performance
PT———- Physical Therapy
PTA——– Parent Teacher Association
RtI——— Response to Intervention
SAGE——- Student Achievement Growth & Excellence      
SEA——— State Education Agency
SLD——– Specific Learning Disability
SLP——— Speech Language Impairment
SLP——— Speech Language Pathologist
SLT——— Speech Language Technician
SPED——- Special Education
TBI——— Traumatic Brain Injury
UAA——– Utah Alternative Assessment (Science Only)
UATT——- Utah Assistive Technology Team
UCAS——- Utah Comprehensive Accountability System
UPIPS—— Utah Program Improvement Planning System
USOE—— Utah State Office of Education
USDB——- Utah School for the Deaf and Blind
VI———- Vision Impairment
YIC——– Youth In Custody

Board Meeting Schedule

PUBLIC NOTICE is hereby given that the Board of Education for Canyons School District will hold a regular study session and public business meeting at the Canyons District Office building, 9361 S. 300 E., Sandy, UT each month unless otherwise posted. The Board may determine to conduct some business during a study session. All business meetings will begin at 7:00 p.m. unless changed by the Board and appropriately posted for the public.

Please note that ALL DATES, TIMES and LOCATIONS listed on this scheduled are TENTATIVE and are subject to change at any time.  Please check this schedule often to be informed of any changes.

Unless otherwise specified, all meetings in the schedule below will take place as the Canyons District Office located at 9361 S. 300 E. in Sandy, Utah.

District Leaders

Dr. Rick Robins


Dr. Rick L. Robins is the superintendent of Canyons School District. Dr. Robins, who was selected by the Canyons Board of Education after a national search, brings 24 years of experience as an educator to his role as the chief executive officer of Utah’s fifth-largest school district. Prior to joining Canyons, Dr. Robins, who earned an Ed.D. from the University of Las Vegas, for six years was Superintendent of the Juab School District, based in Nephi, Utah. While there, Dr. Robins, who also was the Juab High School Principal from 2009-2013, helped oversee efforts to improve the district’s graduation rate to 97 percent, a double-digit increase over a 10-year period. Other innovations he led in Juab included a partnership with Arizona State University for blended-learning opportunities; the launch of a districtwide competency-based personalized learning model driven by a 1:1 technology initiative and standards-based reporting system; and the construction of the STEM-focused West Campus Innovations Center, funded largely through private and corporate sponsorships. Dr. Robins began his career as a history teacher at Copper Hills High in the Jordan School District and has worked as an assistant principal and principal in the Alpine, Nebo and Juab school districts. He was the 2012 Utah High School Principal of the Year for the Utah Association of Secondary School Principals, and in 2014 earned the Lexington Institute Superintendent Fellowship Award presented to innovative superintendents across the country. Dr. Robins was starting quarterback for the football team at Southern Utah University Thunderbirds from 1991-1995, and in 2013 was inducted into SUU’s Athletic Hall of Fame. He has four children and one grandchild.

Leon Wilcox

Business Administrator and CFO

Leon Wilcox is a seasoned professional with 20 years of governmental accounting experience, with an emphasis on financial reporting, budgeting, and auditing. As Canyons District’ Director of Accounting from 2009-2013, Wilcox was intricately involved with the 2009 division of $1.5 billion in assets of the former Jordan School District, and was responsible for establishing Canyons’ original and subsequent budgets. Wilcox, a certified public accountant who earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting from Utah State University, also has worked nine years in the Granite School District and six years in the State Auditor’s Office.

Supervises:  Accounting and Budget Services, Facilities and Maintenance, Insurance, New Construction Budget, Nutrition Services, Purchasing, Payroll

Dr. Robert M. Dowdle

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance

Robert Dowdle has a Doctor of Education degree with an emphasis in Educational Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah, and more than 31 years of experience as a teacher and educational leader. He began his career at Mount Jordan Middle School, where he taught Earth Science, English and Social Studies. He later taught Advanced Placement Economics, U.S. History and World History at Bingham High School, and served as Principal of Jordan High School and Assistant Principal for Alta High School and Brighton High School. Dowdle has served in the District office for 11 years as Assistant Superintendent. This role has included various leadership responsibilities, including Chief of Staff and Chief Operating Officer. Dr. Dowdle currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and School Performance.

Lucie Chamberlain

Alta View Elementary

If a movie about super teachers were ever made, Lucie Chamberlain would be a prime candidate for a leading role. Fortunately for her kindergarten students at Alta View Elementary, she already thrives in a supporting role for them. Parents thank her for being a “super teacher.” She is also described as an “amazing colleague.” Whether students need help in the classroom or from home while sick, Lucie goes above and beyond to help them learn, overcome fears, and feel important and cared for. Lucie is the reason a number of kids went from hating school to loving it, according to parents. The way she exudes patience, sweetness, positive energy, and love for her students with special needs melts is appreciated and admired. One parent noted: “Both my kids wish she could be their teacher forever.” Another added:  “She treats every student like their learning and their feelings are her priority.” Super teacher, indeed!

Specialty Schools

High Schools

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Statement

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