The Barn at thanksgiving point

Lehi, Ut

JULY 31st 9am-4pm

UCN asks you or your school to pay the cost of lunch only. We will cover the rest!

7 Relicensure Points Available for Attending
See Keynote Speakers Below

Option 1: Your School Pays

Ask your school principal to add your name to the list of teachers and staff from your school that would like to attend. UCN will bill your school $30 per person.

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Dr. Matt Townsend

The abc's of happy healthy and hopeful educators

Join Dr. Matt Townsend as he walks us through the anxiety and stress-busting “ABC’s of Happy, Healthy and Hopeful Educators.”  Dr. Matt will couple his trademark sense of humor with real-life solutions from the latest research in positive psychology, to help you minimize your stress and maximize your happiness.

As a lead presenter for industry leader, Franklin Covey, Dr. Matt Townsend is known as one of America’s top presenters in the field of Human Relations and Development, Matt blends humor and story-telling with his real-life solutions to inspire and motivate healthier living. Matt created the company’s largest train-the-trainer program, certifying more than 900 trainers to teach his customized time management curriculum.

Through entertainment, humor, and a unique understanding of relationships, Matt empowers people and organizations to succeed by teaching them the fundamental skills of positive and effective communication and productive relationships.Matt completed both his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in the field of communication with an emphasis in conflict resolution. He then earned a second master’s degree and a Ph.D. in the field of Human and Organizational Systems. Before building his own coaching practice, Matt spent 7 years as a consultant and presenter for Franklin Covey Co., and also worked as a mediator for companies and couples.



Inclusion in the classroom

Nubia Peña is the Director for the Utah Division of Multicultural Affairs where their mission is to promote an inclusive climate for Utah's growing diverse community through training, outreach and youth leadership development. She is a national training consultant dedicated to bringing awareness to intersections of trauma and the School-to- Prison Pipeline, an epidemic that targets our most vulnerable youth by streamlining them into the juvenile justice system.She received her Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law in May 2016. During that year, she was selected as one of 25 law students in the nation to be recognized and highlighted for her social justice activism in the National Jurist, a leading news source in legal education. Due to Director Peña’s longstanding commitment to youth rights, empowerment, and leadership development, she was selected as the recipient of the National Juvenile Justice Network 2019 Emerging Leader Award.In addition, Director Peña is certified by the National Juvenile Defender Center as a Juvenile Training Immersion Program facilitator. She has actively sought to bring awareness to issues of violence and systemic oppression through her personal faith-based and professional endeavors.

Glenn Dyke

M.Ed., BCBA, LBA Owner and CEO of Blind Mule Behavioral Services

Strategies for Improving academic endurance in a post-pandemic classroom

Glenn has well over 20 years of experience working in the public school setting as an elementary and secondary teacher, behavior specialist, school administrator,  education specialist and behavior consultant.  Glenn and the community at Blind Mule Behavioral Services specialize in providing technical assistance, coaching and professional development to schools and districts throughout the Mountain West (and beyond). Glenn specializes in school-wide discipline (PBIS/MTSS), classroom management and tiered behavioral support for even the most severe problem behaviors. Glenn Dyke earned his B.S. in Psychology from the University of Utah, has a Special Education Teaching Certification and an Administrative Supervisory license from Utah State University.  He received his Masters of Education at the University of Utah and is a Licensed and Board Certified Behavior Analyst.

Matthew Winters

UEN Senior Technology Trainer, Product Manager for Google

Reconnect with your passion as a teacher by connecting with other teachers and challenging your own learning.

Matthew Winters is passionate about applying student choice, personalized learning, and competency based learning through technology to all levels of education. He holds a Master's in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master's in English Language and Literature. He most recently worked as an Instructional Technology Coach, English Language Arts, yearbook, and creative writing teacher in Weber School District. He is passionate about developing students' technology literacy alongside curriculum through use of digital media production, digital art, podcasting, and AR/VR projects. He has presented around the world as a teacher including travel to many US states, Ireland, Turkey, and Japan.

Take a look back on PAST symposiums

The Utah Charter School is proud to provide school leaders and teachers professional development symposiums annually.

2021 symposium, "I'm a teacher...What's your superpower?"

Our 2021 Symposium was held in the Show Barn at Thanksgiving Point with Utah's First Lady, Abby Cox as our keynote speaker. With Chad Kerby, a national motivational speaker, Amy Chandler, CEO of My Hero Journey, Natalie Lewis, an international speaker and Cory Henwood, founder of Launch H.S.

2020 symposium, "A whole new world!"

Our 2020 Symposium was our first ever online symposium. Due to the worldwide pandemic we were not able to be together in person but we had nearly 350 teachers and school leaders from around the state attend via Zoom!

2019 ucn symposium, "Social & emotional learning"

Our 2019 Symposium was held at the Grand America in SLC. We were thrilled to have Dr. Timothy Shriver and Governor Spencer Cox come to share their expertise on current social and emotional learning. "Our students need to know that we care before they can learn from us", was the theme of the day.

View Past Symposiums