Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops | 2018

Registration for the 2018 Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops is now CLOSED. All teachers who submitted applications will hear from us within a week regarding acceptance or wait list.  

We look forward to seeing you all this summer!


*While open to all educators, priority registration will be given to 4th, 5th, 7th, and 11th grade teachers.

Instructors: Colleen McDannell, University of Utah Dept. of History; Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, Harvard University; Andrea Radke-Moss, Brigham Young University-Idaho; Jennifer Robinson, Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute; Naomi Watkins, Better Days 2020; Quinn Rollins, Granite School District
This workshop will explore the suffrage and women’s rights movements in Utah, including Native women’s unique challenges, from 1870 through the women’s rights movement of the 1970s. This workshop will seek to answer questions such as: What factors led to Utah women being the first to vote in the early modern nation? Why and how did Utah women lose and then regain the vote? How did Utah women participate in the national women’s suffrage movement? How did some Utah women shift from being leaders in the women’s rights movement to opposing this movement in the 1970s?


Instructor: Professor Gregory Smoak, Department of History; Director, America West Center
This workshop will focus on the Ute, Shoshone, Goshute, Paiute, and Navajo peoples whose homelands make up the modern state of Utah. The participants will learn about the diverse cultures and languages of Utah’s Native peoples, their interactions with newcomers from the Spanish to the Mormon settlers, the struggle to maintain their homelands and sovereignty over the course of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, and the status of modern tribal communities and governments. 


Instructor: Professor Ginger Smoak, Honors College
This workshop will focus on gender in the dynamic medieval and Renaissance periods, from 1000 to 1550 C.E.  Examining the social, political, religious, economic, legal, military spheres, we will consider gender roles and expectations as they transformed over time. Workshop topics will include a focus on major historiographical debates, socio-economic class distinctions, marital status, religious differences, geographic differences (Northwest European and Mediterranean patterns), work, and the impact of major socio-economic changes.


Instructors: Christin McKnight Sethi, Assistant Professor of Art History, George Washington University; Maile Arvin, Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies, Gender Studies, and History, University of Utah
This workshop will explore the art and history of the Pacific Islands and South Asia.  The content of this workshop will focus on the images and objects relevant to the AP art history curriculum and the thematic foci of the AP World History curriculum. While this workshop is most immediately focused on the curriculums of AP Art History and AP World History we encourage teachers of Studio Art, Geography, and other Social Studies courses to participate.  This workshop is co-sponsored by the Asia Center.


Instructors: Caren J. Frost, Ph.D., M.P.H., Director, Center for Research on Migration & Refugee Integration
Julie Stewart, Associate Professor, Honors College at Westminster
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the refugee populations in Utah from Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.  This workshop seeks to provide contextual information regarding the historical, political, and social conditions that drive refugees from their homes, as well as their experiences of flight, residence in refugee camps, and ongoing relationships with their origin communities. We also seek to provide an overview of the shared and varied experiences of refugees living in Utah with special attention devoted to the experiences that refugee children and the children of refugees encounter in Utah’s educational institutions from K-16.


Instructors: Ming Wen, Dept of Sociology; Eric Hutton, Dept. of Philosophy; Winston Kyan, Dept. of Art History; Fusheng Wu, Dept. of World Languages and Culture; Kirk Larsen, Brigham Young University Dept. of History
This course will cover the areas of ancient philosophy, history, literature, capped with a session on Chinese society today. The instructors will be faculty members from the University of Utah and Brigham Young University.


Instructor: Professor Natasha Seegert, Department of Communication, University of Utah
This course will critically examine how digital technologies and media shape our everyday lives both in the classroom and outside of the classroom. Specifically, we will explore how media, technology, and popular culture can produce profound moments of both connection and disconnection. Topics include relationships in the digital age, empathy and compassion, attention, and identity production. Course texts will be a mix of books, articles and films, including Sherry Turkle’s Reclaiming Conversation: The Power of Talk in a Digital Age, Matthew Crawford’s The World Beyond Your Head, episodes from the critically acclaimed television show Black Mirror, and the film Wonder Woman.

About Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops

Workshops are held daily Monday-Friday from 9:00am-3:30pm except where noted. Fees for each teacher are $90/workshop and include use of university facilities, faculty course development and instruction, books, materials, and lunches. REGISTRATION FEES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE. Participants who wish to receive academic credit through University Continuing Education (up to 3 credits/workshop) pay an additional $50 administrative fee. Upon workshop completion, teachers fill out evaluations and offer suggestions for future workshops. A strict attendance policy is enforced for those taking workshops for credit.

Working in consultation with teachers, administrators, and university faculty members, we solicit and develop potential topics in the fall months and then post them for registration early in the new year. We select faculty members to teach specific workshops based on their familiarity with current scholarship and innovative technologies, instructional skills, capabilities for developing curriculum and lesson plans for primary and secondary educational students, and approachability.  We cap enrollment at thirty participants per workshop to ensure individualized attention, small-group activities, and hands-on experience.

Established in 1990, our Gateway to Learning Educator Workshops offer K-12 Utah teachers rigorous, affordable professional development opportunities and continuing education courses at the University of Utah. Under the direction of nationally recognized University of Utah faculty members, teachers attend week-long summer workshops to explore current scholarship on academic subjects, new pedagogical methods, curriculum development, and innovative classroom technologies. Workshops seek to help Utah teachers meet state and federal mandates for professional development and continuing education; to create connections between faculty members and K-12 teachers; to build an intellectual community of teachers throughout the state; to enhance content knowledge and instructional methods for Utah teachers; to energize teacher and student engagement in the classroom; and to improve academic performance statewide for K-12 students.

For a list of previous Gateway to Learning Workshops click here

For all other inquiries, please contact Beth James, Associate Director at


Last Updated: 5/24/18