Dr. Leilani Nautu is an assistant professor of education and the executive director of K12 Programs at Southern Utah University. She focuses on experiential education; diversity, disability, and inclusion; excellence in teaching and learning, and faculty development.
Dr. Nautu is an educational visionary promoting learning for all learners.
Dr. Nautu has a bachelor of arts in social science and a master of arts in education from Chapman University, a master of public administration from Southern Utah University, and a Ph.D in curriculum studies with an emphasis in diversity and disability studies, from the University of Hawaii.
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Areas of Expertise (13)
Board of Trustees Award of Excellence Nominee (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2018
Utah Campus Compact Presidential Award Nominee (professional)
Community Engaged Faculty Member, 2018
Influencer Award (professional)
Southern Utah University, 2017
Diligence in the Pursuit of Excellence, Arete Award (professional)
Southern Utah University Success Academy, 2015
Teacher of the Year (professional)
Windward School District Kaneohe Hawaii, 2009
Outstanding Accomplishment in Teaching Program (professional)
Teacher of the Year (professional)
Palm Tree Elementary, 2001, 2002, 2003
University of Hawaii at Manoa: Ph.D, Curriculum Studies
Southern Utah University: MPA, Public Administration
Chapman University: M.A.T., Education
Chapman University: B.A., Social Science
- Utah Council of Teachers of Mathematics
- Pi Alpha Alpha - MPA Honor Society
- National Society for Experiential Education
- Experiential Learning and Leadership Institute
Media Appearances (2)
SUU, Iron County School District partner to help math students
The Spectrum online
If your college-bound high school student struggles in math, help is on the way.
In an effort to boost scores on ACT exams for students in Iron County, Southern Utah University and the Iron County School District have partnered for several tutoring opportunities.
“Nationwide, there are college students that struggle in their senior year because they have not passed math,” said Leilani Nautu, director of K-12 programs at SUU. “We are trying to bridge that gap and get Iron County students to enter college with higher ACT scores in math so they don’t have that problem later on.”
Southern Utah University and Iron County School District receive USHE StepUP Ready Grant
SUU News online
Southern Utah University and the Iron County School District (ICSD) were awarded a $74,977 StepUP READY Grant sponsored by the Utah System of Higher Education (USHE). The goal of the StepUP READY Grant is to create opportunities for public and higher education to work together to promote Utah’s students’ college-readiness.
The program has been made possible through a partnership between SUU and ICSD. SUU’s Dr. Leilani Nautu, director of K-12 programs, collaborated with Jennifer Wood, ICSD director of secondary education and Jet Warr, secondary math specialist, to design the “Step It Up” project.
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StepUp READY Grant
Utah System of Higher Education $74,977
Creating opportunities for public and higher education to work together to promote Utah’s students’ college-readiness.
EDUC 2000 Exploring Education in Society
This course explores the historical, philosophical, political and economic foundations of education in the United States. Topics include multiple perspectives, current events, and trends and issues.
EDUC 3000 Principles of Teaching & Learning
This course will provide students with a comprehensive overview of the Professional Teacher Education Program including standards, requirements, and models of effective teaching.
EDUC 6010 Classroom Management
Theory and application for creating a favorable learning environment by gaining and maintaining the cooperation of the students through 21st Century skills. The coursework has a distinct emphasis on applicable research and discussion of research in the context of experienced teachers.
EDUC 6380 Ethics for Educational Leaders
Critical thinking and methods of ethical decision making will be examined and applied to current educational issues.
EDUC 6420 Education of the Gifted & Talented
Provides multiple cultural and historical perspectives on giftedness and talent, explores characteristics of gifted individuals with emphasis on identifying needs and a general overview of possible services for gifted learners
EDUC 6430 Practicum: Individual Case Study
A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6420 - Education of the Gifted & Talented. Requires an intensive, supervised study of other gifted and talented of an individual child of student’s choice.
EDUC 6440 Creativity in Education
Exploration of theories, research, and strategies concerning creativity and their application to personal creativity and improvement of classroom practice.
EDUC 6460 Identification/Evaluation in Gifted Education
Designed to provide educators with theory and models for identifying students as gifted, creative, and talented. Presents models for evaluation of programs for gifted learners. Explores instruments for use in identification and evaluation.
EDUC 6470 Practicum: Team Consultation
A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6460. Requires participation, as part of a consultative team, to improve practice in an approved setting for a specific child, classroom, school, school district, or other educational entity.
EDUC 6490 Practicum: Classroom Applications
A practicum experience in association with EDUC 6480. Requires application of at least 3 curriculum cognitive, or affective models in the student’s current teaching assignment.
EDUC 6652 M.Ed. Portfolio Writing
This course sets the criteria, strategies, & techniques for writing the M. Ed. Portfolio-based on NBPTS standards and utilizing APA guidelines.
EDUC 6710 Multicultural Education
Examines the social and cultural conditions that influence education. Places emphasis on programs development to meet the needs of culturally diverse school populations.
EDUC 6854 Special Topics in Gifted Education
Special Topics in Gifted Education is a student-centered course. It provides an opportunity for deeper understanding of current trends and issues in Gifted Education. The course is personalized to the student’s interests and concerns and is modifiable so as to create an exceptional learning experience.
EESL 6330 Developing a Curriculum for Pupils Studying ESL
Study and apply strategies and methods for selecting, adapting, and developing materials and resources in planning, implementing, and managing standards-based instruction for ESL learners.
SPED 6120 Applied Behavior Analysis & Management
This course helps students understand how to analyze behaviors, apply interventions, and monitor strategies designed to assist students with mild/moderate disabilities.