Register for the 2017 Transitional Kindergarten Conference!

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
May 12, 2017

Early Edge and New Teacher Center invite you to

The 6th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference

Friday, May 12, 2017
8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel

1230 J Street, Sacramento, CA 95814

Eventbrite - 6th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference

The 6th Annual TK Conference will provide TK teachers, administrators and support staff with innovative strategies, practical resources, and hands-on activities to take back to their TK classrooms for a high-quality experience for young learners.

We are pleased to announce that our keynote speaker will be Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making and President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute. Ms. Galinsky is generously offering 200 free copies of her book to conference attendees. Guests can look forward to participating in two of the following part-day workshops:

Supporting Math Talk in Centers

Please join us for a fun, hands-on experience of Common Core and Preschool Learning Foundations-aligned math activities. Participants will learn how to support math talk with 8 easy to implement math activities that can be used in centers, small group, and whole group settings.

Presenter:

Barbara Chisholm, San Francisco Unified School District

Scientific Inquiry in TK: Discovering the Physical Sciences

What can teachers do to support a child’s curiosity and growing ability to engage in scientific inquiry? This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate experiential learning that supports the integration of scientific inquiry with an emphasis on physical sciences. The Preschool Learning Foundations and other resources will be highlighted to support teachers to plan active hands-on experiences that hone observation skills, encourage exploration and investigation, and promote language development and documentation.

Presenter: Shelia Arnold, Orange County Department of Education, California Preschool Instructional Network

Scientific Inquiry in TK: Exploration of the Earth and Life Sciences

What can teachers do to support a child’s natural wonder about earth and life science phenomena? This workshop will focus on developmentally appropriate experiential learning that supports the integration of scientific inquiry with an emphasis on earth and life sciences. The Preschool Learning Foundations and other resources will be highlighted to support teachers to plan active hands-on experiences that hone observation skills, encourage exploration and investigation, and promote language development and documentation. (This session can be taken as a continuation of the Physical Sciences workshop or standalone.)

Presenters:

Shelia Arnold, Orange County Department of Education, California Preschool Instructional Network

Engaging Children through Storytelling to Promote Comprehension

Children’s competence with constructing narratives can be greatly expanded through instructional activities guided by teachers. The Preschool Learning Foundations and other resources will be highlighted to identify and discuss the developmental progression of comprehension. Teachers will practice and apply various interactions and strategies that support children’s growing ability to make predictions, connect to real life experiences, retell, reenact, and to pose and respond to questions about the content in stories. This workshop will explore a variety of literature that promotes social and emotional development.

Presenter:

Lorraine Weatherspoon, Sacramento County Office of Education, California Preschool Instructional Network

Developing Young Authors

Our TK students are emerging authors! We will present an age-appropriate writing process and structure to teach beginning writing skills for 4 and 5 year olds. Participants will engage in hands on learning and receive resources to support doing these activities in your classroom immediately.

Presenters:

Judy Lee, Oakland Unified School District

Nicole Nelson, New Teacher Center

Bridging Self Regulation and Oral Language Development

Language is a powerful tool for teachers and kids! In this session, we will explore how a teacher's intentional use of language can not only build student language but also promote self regulation. Participants will learn how to use tools for capturing student talk and then practice using that information to make instructional decisions that support students’ continued growth.

Presenters:

Benilda Medders and Janis Americh, New Teacher Center

Social and Emotional Learning in the TK Classroom

Participants will define and explore the critical importance of Social and Emotional Learning in the TK classroom. Using the California Learning Foundations and the Desired Results Developmental Profiles, participants will understand the developmental stages of their students and will walk away with hands on strategies and resources that will establish and maintain healthy and positive relationships in the classroom environment.

Presenters:

Esmeralda Fuentes and Judy Radiloff, New Teacher Center

Strategies for Supporting Students with Challenging Behaviors: Working From the Inside Out

This session will provide hands-on strategies for supporting children with challenging behaviors.  We will also focus on the brain states of ourselves and our students and unpack how our internal mindset may impact behaviors. Participants will walk away with concrete next steps to put into action in their classrooms.

Presenters:

Pam Crookedacre, CAP Tulsa

Kristin Tripathy, New Teacher Center

Meaningful Family Engagement to Enhance Student Learning and Classroom Community

In this interactive session, participants will explore the importance of building effective relationships with families in support of student success.  There will be opportunities to reflect on the many beliefs, values and experiences that families bring to the classroom community, and develop strategies for involving families in meaningful ways.

Presenters:

Ana Moreno and Betsy Fox, New Teacher Center

Fundamentals of Play in Early Learning Classrooms

Throughout this session, participants will explore the value of play and its critical role in developing young children’s social-emotional and academic skills through hands-on activities.  Participants will be able to articulate the importance of play in learning, understand the stages and types of play, and plan environments needed to support play based instruction.

Presenters:

Elia Garcia and Katherine Powell, New Teacher Center

The TK Teacher’s Role During Play

By applying simple design principles, you can transform your classroom into an environment that supports children’s curiosity, invites children to collaborate and encourages self regulation.  Come learn about these principles!  You will also enjoy pictures of inspiring environments, learn about interesting resources and discuss how you might start transforming your own classroom.

Presenters:

Kaytie Smith and Lisa Peloquin, New Teacher Center

Designing Engaging TK Environments

In this session, participants will examine the ways a teacher can engage, support and extend children’s learning during play. Participants will learn how to observe children’s skills and knowledge during play, make intentional choices about planning and when to step into authentic play, encourage student interaction and reflection, and prepare for transfer back to their own classrooms.

Presenters:

Eliana Elias, Harvest Resources Associates, Pre School for All San Francisco

Building an Early Learning Continuum for Student Success

This workshop will help school and district leaders create seamless transitions for your TK students, developing a solid foundation for learning that builds from one year to the next. Connect children’s preschool experiences with TK and kindergarten by aligning curriculum, instruction and assessment. Support teachers with shared learning opportunities that will help all your students be successful in the earliest years and beyond. The workshop will provide opportunities to connect with your peers and engage in hands-on planning and activities.

Presenters:

Julie Montali, Fresno Unified School District

School Leaders Supporting TK Programs and Teachers: Top Ten Components of a High-Quality Early Learning Program

What are the elements of high-quality TK and early learning programs that will prepare young learners for success in kindergarten and beyond? Administrators will have the opportunity to explore components that research shows support our youngest students’ development and learning. Come and have fun while learning how to support your teachers and these young students.

Presenters:

Betsy Fox and Jenna Wachtel, New Teacher Center

The Power of Our Voice - Advocating for TK

Join us for an interactive advocacy opportunity to engage legislators and/or their staff in the state Capitol to showcase the benefits of transitional kindergarten programs in your school district. In this session you will learn techniques and strategies that will prepare you to make the case for broadening investments and/or educating policymakers about the core elements that make TK successful. (Please note: this session may last longer than other workshops depending on the timing of meetings scheduled at the Capitol. All meetings will conclude by 4:00pm at the latest.)

Presenters:

Deborah Kong, Early Edge

Ana Moreno, New Teacher Center



For questions about the conference, please contact Hedy Andersson at handersson@earlylearninglab.org.