Thursday, September 13, 2012

Voices for Utah Children

I had the opportunity to sit at the UEA table at the Voices for Utah Children 2012 Children's Champions Awards luncheon. Those recognized were Mark Bouchard from Prosperity 2020, Senators Karen Morgan and Aaron Osmond, and KSL Anchor Nadine Wimmer.

One quote that stuck out was by Mark Bouchard. He said, "We must be willing to make sacrifices for the future of our children."

Another quote that was in the video presentation was, "If it's not good for children, it's not good for Utah."

Hedy Chang of Attendance Works was the keynote speaker. Her message was that we can advance student success by reducing chronic absence. She defined that as missing 10% of the school year, 180 days, or just 2 days a month, for any reason. She had data showing that chronic attendance problems in kindergarten impacts achievement in 5th grade. I found what she said very interesting and valuable.

 Mark Bouchard, Prosperity 2020
 Senator Karen Morgan
 Senator Aaron Osmond
 KSL Anchor Nadine Wimmer
Hedy Chang - Attendance Works

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