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POSTPONED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE: School Readiness – Preparing Every Child to Learn


Per the advisement of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, the Central District Health Department, and the Centers for Disease Control — for the potential arrival of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Previously scheduled for: April 27, 2020

Boise State University, Student Union Building

The Andrus Center believes Idaho must invest in an early education system capable of preparing our children to compete in an increasingly global economy by ensuring every child can come to school ready to learn.

Research shows that 3rd grade reading scores and 4th & 8th grade math scores are strong predictors of future workforce success – from high school graduation rates to life-long earnings potential.  And sadly, lower scores at these critical junctures are also strong societal predictors – of future crime rates and higher incarceration rates.

Each part of the learning pipeline is important, and each part is reliant on the earlier parts for success.  Through the 3rd grade, students learn to read.  Afterward, they read to learn.  Those that start out without the requisite learning skills tend to struggle throughout their academic studies.

Five years ago, the Andrus Center’s Finding Common Ground conference focused on Idaho’s need for early education building blocks that communities could use to customize programs to their individual needs.  Five years later, we want to continue the conversation, spotlighting innovative solutions being implemented throughout our state and ensuring all Idaho children can access the tools they need to enter school ready to learn

7:30                 Registration & Breakfast

8:00                Welcome – 2015 Conference to Now // Dr. Linda Clark

8:20                Defining School Readiness Panel // Moderator: Paula Kelleher, Nampa Superintendent

9:50                Break

10:00              School Readiness by the Numbers // Evelyn Johnson, Lee Pesky Learning center

11:00               Lunch procession

11:30               Lunch Keynote

12:15               Break

12:30              Business Case for Readiness Panel // Moderator: Andy Scoggin, Idaho Business for Education Board Chair

2:00               Innovative Idaho Community Solutions Panel // Moderator: Beth Oppenheimer, Idaho AEYC

3:30                Break

3:35                Closing Keynote // Jim Spurlino, Spurlino Materials

4:40               Call to Action & Thank you for Attending

Thank you to all our conference sponsors!


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