#UTedChat Questions for 09/12 – Utah Grads

Written by Derek Larson on . Posted in #utedchat



Tonight’s #UTEdchat is hosted by Diana Suddreth (@disudds). Diana is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Utah State Board of Education and has spent 35 years in education as a secondary Mathematics teacher in California, Nevada, and here in Utah. She will be leading tonight’s #UTedChat with an excellent topic of Identifying the Ideal Characteristics of a Utah Graduate after going through the K-12 system. Prepare for some great discussion and a lot of fun tonight. 

If you haven’t already followed Diana via Twitter (@disudds) you should probably do so because it will help you to better follow the chat. 

As always, please be sure to include #UTedChat in your responses so everyone participating can see your thoughts and ideas.

Q1 – What is the most important thing you learned in high school?

Q2 – What will our high school graduates need in the future?

Q3 – What are our hopes, dreams and aspirations for our students? 

Q4 – Someone new is joining your family. What qualities and characteristics do you hope they bring to the table?

Q5 – When an employer is hiring, what do you think they are looking for in an ideal employee?

Q6 – How would you measure success when a/your child graduates from high school?

Q7 – What themes did you see come out of our discussion tonight?

Diana Suddreth is the Director of Teaching and Learning at the Utah State Board of Education where she currently leads the Utah Teacher Effectiveness Team, the Standards Implementation Teams, The Digital Teaching & Learning Team, and Educator Licensing. She has served education for over 35 years, beginning her career as a mathematics teacher in middle and high schools in Nevada, California, and Utah. Diana was the 2000 Presidential Awardee in Secondary Mathematics in Utah and earned her National Board Teaching Certificate in 2002. Diana joined the Utah State Board of Education in 2006 as Secondary Mathematics Specialist and was also the STEM Coordinator for five years before becoming the director. She is currently working with the Board to define the Portrait of a Utah Graduate that can be used as we design systems that support student success in Utah.

You can follow Diana via Twitter at @disudds.

– Chat Archive available via Wakelet after the chat.


Derek Larson

Husband, father, teacher, learner, tech addict, musician, and friend. J. Derek Larson taught 4th and 5th grades in Southern Utah for 8 years, absolutely loving every minute, before becoming the Educational Technology Director for the Southwest Educational Development Center (SEDC) in Cedar City, Utah. Having completed his M.Ed. with an emphasis on technology, he feels technology is one of the most crucial aspects of teaching because of the way students are excited by and look forward to using it. If educators can find ways to effectively harness technology into their teaching, they will be better able to reach their students and help them catch the excitement of learning. This is one of Derek's goals as he works with teachers in rural districts across Southwestern Utah. He was awarded the 2014 UCET Outstanding Young Educator of the Year, an award presented to an outstanding young educator, in the first ten years of their teaching career, who demonstrates vision, innovation, action, and transformation using technology to improve teaching and learning. He also received the Certified Educational Technology Leader (CETL) certification from the Consortium for School Networking (CoSN) in October of 2016. Earning the CETL certification helps education technology leaders demonstrate they have mastered the knowledge and skills needed to define the vision for and successfully build 21st-century learning environments in their school districts. More recently, Derek earned the Google Certified Educator Levels 1 and 2 along with his Google Certified Administrator certifications, showcasing his ability to effectively use the G-Suite toolset as well as effectively administer the back-end of the G-Suite productivity system. Derek is a moderator for #UTedChat, an education Twitter chat focused on Utah educators which happens every Wednesday @ 9 pm MDT. Come on by and join the conversation, non-Utahns are welcome as well. He is serving his 5th year as a member of the UCET Board where he is the currently working as the Public Relations Director. Derek has three kids and a wonderful wife who help him stay grounded in the things that matter most. He loves spending time with them in the mountains where he is reminded of the need to unplug occasionally to make sure he is the best person he can be.