The opening session of the UEA Convention had UEA President Sharon Gallagher-Fishbaugh speak followed by Salt Lake Tribune columnist Robert Kirby and musician Kurt Bestor. Music was provided by the Crescent View Middle School Choir under the direction of CEA VP Rick Steadman. The speakers talked about making a difference in the lives of those students who are "borderline" as Kirby stated or are very "colorful" as Bestor said.
I walked through the exhibit hall and stopped at many of the booths. I ran into a lot of old friends who are teaching around the District or in Canyons District. It is always good to catch up with them.
I attended the political portion of the convention. I listened to both gubernatorial candidates speak. Governor Gary Herbert talked about how he and previous governor Jon Huntsman had been able to increase education funding over the last four years. He stated that he went against the legislature to "hold the line" on education funding and "absorb the growth". Go to Gary Herbert to see his views on education.
Mayor Peter Corroon talked about having a 10-year plan for education. He also talked about his 6 R's: Renew commitment to education. Raise standards. Rigor in math and science. Rethink accountability. Return local control. Responsible school funding. He went into detail on each of these items. Go to Vote Corroon for his 36-page plan for education in Utah.
I know that UEA has made a dual recommendation in this race and that Governor Herbert seems to be using that recommendation more openly than Mayor Corroon. As JEA President, I have to be cautious about how I say things. This is my PERSONAL opinion after hearing and meeting the candidates today. I will be supporting Peter Corroon. He is more intelligent, articulate, and personable. He actually has a plan for education. These are the reasons he will receive my vote. I AM NOT speaking for JEA or UEA, just for myself.
I hosted the "Signing in Schools" workshop this afternoon. It was about how to use basic ASL signs to maintain discipline, teach concepts, and assess knowledge. The class was well done.
See you tomorrow!