Responsive Education for All Learners
Get REAL! provides beginning teachers with classroom-based training using curricula and technology-informed simulations and modules with multimedia explorations for all students in Pre-K-6 classrooms.
Sponsored by the Urban Institute for Teacher Education
with support from the
Dr. Maria Franquiz, Dean of the College of Education and Mary D. Burbank, Assistant Dean and Director of the Urban Institute for Teach Education (UITE) are pleased to announce an award from the Sorenson Legacy Foundation. Funding of nearly one million dollars will continue the collaborative efforts established through a first year of the Get REAL! initiative. In alignment with College goals for research, teaching, and community engagement, Get REAL! – Phase I included the development of a communication platform, preservice teacher education field experiences, and professional development. Read more about this collaboration >>
Mary D. BurbankMary D. Burbank is the Assistant Dean for Teacher Education and Director of the Urban Institute for Teacher Education in the College of Education at the University of Utah. She holds the rank of Clinical Professor where she has been a faculty member since 1994.
In addition to her work with secondary preservice teachers, her teaching, research, and service interests include the identification of pathways to higher education for under-represented students and families. She has worked in collaboration with Colleges, Departments, Districts, and Community Stakeholders for over 20 years.
Gail S. Williamsen
Executive Director - Elizabeth Academy
Gail Williamsen, along with her husband Thom, founded the Elizabeth Academy in 2008. Gail was born and raised in Salt Lake City and attended public schools, graduating from Highland High School. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Utah in English and her Master's Degree in Education from Westminster College in Salt Lake City.
Head of School - Elizabeth Academy
Jennifer Spikner has worked in the field of education since 1987. She has held a number of roles including classroom teacher, teacher trainer, and administrator. She is currently the Head of School at Elizabeth Academy, an inclusive Montessori school in Salt Lake City, Utah. Jennifer is on the faculty of the Institute for Montessori Innovation at Westminster College where she teaches courses for lower elementary teachers.