The Last Lecture
2016 Last Lecture
Dixie has spent most of her career training teachers. She began as an adjunct math instructor at WSU. That experience grew into a full time position and necessitated earning an MS in Curriculum and Instruction in 1990 from WSU. She worked with Pat Henry on multiple teacher training grants including an NSF grant which required writing curriculum to train middle school teachers. She wrote six books in two years and created a “Math Specialist” concentration for elementary teachers. After Pat Henry retired she recruited Diane Pugmire to help teach the prospective elementary teachers. This involved teaching day classes, professional development for school districts, working on teacher training grants, working with the State Office of Education to create an elementary math endorsement, and teaching endorsement courses for surrounding districts.
2015 Last Lecture
"The Original Shades of Gray"
2014 Last Lecture
"Reflections of a Time Traveler"
2013 Last Lecture
In March, we were happy to hear from Fran Butler, from the Department of Education for our 2013 "Last Lecture." Fran Butler is a Professor in the Department of Teacher Education at Weber State University, in Ogden, Utah. She came to Weber State University in 1999 after completing her EdD at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in methods and instructional design for students with disabilities or at-risk for school failure. Her research interests include issues in international special education, mathematics disabilities, curriculum and instruction, learning strategies, and teacher preparation. Dr. Butler is the Primary Investigator for Project PRIME, a grant funded through the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) part D. Project PRIME is an alternative preparation program for teachers seeking licensure in Special Education throughout the state of Utah and has been in operation since 2007. In addition, she serves as coordinator for on-campus and distance Special Education programs and works with district and state partners to improve outcomes for students with disabilities.