Episode 31 Why We Teach. A Conversation About Love and Learning with CSD’s Teachers of the Year

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Episode 31 Why We Teach. A Conversation About Love and Learning with CSD’s Teachers of the Year
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Teachers teach because they care, and Canyons District’s 2022 Teachers of the Year are some of the most outstanding professionals that public education has to offer. They mentor, motivate, and inspire, and operate under the mindset that children don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. They’re relationship-builders outside the […]

Episode 30 From Page to Screen: The Promise and Perils of Book-to-Movie Adaptations

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Episode 30 From Page to Screen: The Promise and Perils of Book-to-Movie Adaptations
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There is an art to turning a beloved book into a film or TV series, and some narratives more easily lend themselves to big-screen adaptations than others. In this episode, we chat with a few booklovers — Canyons Library Specialist Gretchen Zaitzeff and Corner Canyon High School Librarian Maria Jones — about their favorite adaptations. […]

Episode 29 Picture-Perfect Career: Penny Petersen Looks Back on 49 Years at Brighton High

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Episode 29 Picture-Perfect Career: Penny Petersen Looks Back on 49 Years at Brighton High
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Penny Petersen has worked at Brighton High for almost as long as the 52-year-old school has been in existence. In her 49 years with the Bengals, she has worn many hats. But it was a non-paying side-hustle that endeared her to so many student-athletes. For three decades, she and her late husband, Bryce, took, displayed […]

Episode 28: Todd Bird Reflects on 35-Year Career, End of an Era for Utah Prison Education Program

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Episode 28: Todd Bird Reflects on 35-Year Career, End of an Era for Utah Prison Education Program
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South Park Academy Principal Todd Bird, who’s retiring this spring after 35 years in education, doesn’t hesitate to admit he was “a terrible, terrible high school student.” Fortunately, Bird learned about perseverance and redemption after his high school struggles. As Bird notes in this podcast, those lessons, in turn, helped the career educator, counselor, and coach help countless students — […]

Episode 27 The ‘Write’ Words: Utah author encourages students to ‘tell their story’

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Episode 27 The ‘Write’ Words: Utah author encourages students to ‘tell their story’
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Tiffany Rosenhan “fell into writing books” after having completed college and finding herself at home caring for a newborn baby. Writing was something she enjoyed. It helped keep her mind sharp. “I wrote stories for fun for a year, until I realized that I had something that I couldn’t walk away from,” the Utah author […]

Episode 26 Ask a Librarian: Cozy Books to Curl Up With This Winter

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Episode 26 Ask a Librarian: Cozy Books to Curl Up With This Winter
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Brrr. It’s cold outside, and what better way to thaw the chill of winter than by curling up with some hot cocoa and a good book? And who better to ask for book recommendations than a librarian? Canyons District’s school libraries are full of warm winter reads for book lovers of all ages. In this […]

Episode 25: Utah jazz: CCHS director Randal Clark jazzed about new album, teaching music

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Episode 25: Utah jazz: CCHS director Randal Clark jazzed about new album, teaching music
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Randal Clark is a talented musician who wears many hats. The Corner Canyon High instrumental music director is a renowned saxophone player, instructor, conductor, and clinician with a Doctorate of Musical Arts from the University of Utah. Music from his debut album “Imaginary World” is even being played on XM radio and has been submitted […]

Episode 24: Weeding: It’s not Just for Gardens. How School Libraries Curate, ‘Weed,’ and Review Collections

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Episode 24: Weeding: It’s not Just for Gardens. How School Libraries Curate, ‘Weed,’ and Review Collections
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Canyons School District is updating its library management policy to more clearly define the criteria against which books should be evaluated for acquisition and the regular “weeding” of titles — and for those exceedingly rare instances when titles are challenged by someone. What prompted the review and how do the proposed policy changes align with […]

Episode 23: Canyons District is Undergoing Accreditation. What Does this Mean, and Why Does it Matter?

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Episode 23: Canyons District is Undergoing Accreditation. What Does this Mean, and Why Does it Matter?
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When you enroll in a college or university, you expect that your tuition dollars are being put to good use, and one important measure of quality is whether the institution is accredited. Accreditation is an assurance that the school you’ve chosen meets certain standards — and it applies, not only to colleges, but to high […]

Episode 22: The busy parent’s guide to school involvement

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Episode 22: The busy parent’s guide to school involvement
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Busy parents can’t do it all: check the backpack, help with homework, attend school events, and volunteer in the classroom. So, when it comes to getting involved in their child’s education, where should they start? What questions should they be asking? How can they make the most of parent-teacher conferences? What barriers, fears, or misunderstandings get […]