4th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference

Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
November 7, 2014

Early Edge California was proud to host the sold-out 4th Annual TK Conference in Sacramento on November 7, 2014 for more than 300 TK administrators, teachers, coaches and staff. This event was an exciting opportunity to learn innovative, promising transitional kindergarten (TK) practices from education leaders across the state and TK experts from the field.

At the conference, Early Edge California was honored to present Senator Darrell Steinberg with the Early Learning Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his strong leadership to expand and improve pre-kindergarten opportunities for California’s youngest learners. Thanks in large part to his unparalleled commitment to ensuring children get a fair start, California’s 2014-15 state budget included $273 million for early learning and development.

View the full conference agenda and press release with photos, and stay connected using event hashtag #TKconf2014! Please find more information and materials from the plenary and workshops below.

Keynote Address on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Transitional Kindergarten

Presentation:

Social and Emotional Foundations of Transitional Kindergarten

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Resources

Presenters highlighted resources to support transitional kindergarten. Highlighted resources include: CDE's Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide; videos that include illustrations of TK classrooms and interviews with administrators, teachers, and parents; and six professional development modules based on the CDE Alignment Document and focused in the areas of Social-Emotional Development, English Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science, Visual and Preforming Arts, and Physical Education.

Presenters:

Natalie Woods Andrews, School Readiness Director, Sacramento County Office of Education

Nancy Herota, School Readiness Director, Sacramento County Office of Education

Debbie Supple, Director, Contra Costa County Office of Education

Presentation:

Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide and Modules

Mathematics in the TK Classroom

This interactive session included topics such as developmentally appropriate instruction, assessment, integrating support for social emotional development, mathematical vocabulary, and scaffolding learning opportunities through hands-on activities.

Presenters:

Kim Bambao, Early Learning Mathematics Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education

Martha Drinkwater, Early Learning Mathematics Project Specialist, San Mateo County Office of Education

Gail Oshima, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, San Mateo-Foster City School District

Andrea Meyers, Early Learning Mathematics Project Specialist, San Mateo County Office of Education

Presentation:

Mathematics in the TK Classroom

Engaging Dual Language Learners and Their Families in Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Learning Environments

Discussed the stages of second language acquisition; strategies for supporting children's home languages and cultures; and ways we can partner with families from diverse backgrounds to support language-rich and culturally inclusive learning environments for all children.

Presenters:

Carola Matera, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Studies, CSU Channel Islands

Soodie Ansari, Coordinator, Early Learning Dual Language Support, San Mateo County Office of Education

Presentation:

Engaging Dual Language Learners and Their Families in Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Learning Environments

English Language Arts and Oral Language Development in the TK Classroom

This session explored instructional strategies that promote oral language development in all young learners. Together, participants examined effective instruction that incorporates experiential learning across the literacy domains and makes programs meaningful and engaging to young children.

Presenters:

Elizabeth Magruder, E4 Coordinator, Center for Child Family Studies, WestEd

Whitcomb Hayslip, Early Childhood Education Consultant

Presentation:

Strategic Planning for Early Language and Literacy Experiences

Materials:

Reflective Practice

Developmentally Appropriate Formative Assessment Strategies

Embedded formative assessment provides valuable information for planning daily instruction. The implementation of TK creates opportunities for identifying formative assessments that align instruction with both the Preschool Foundations and the path toward Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Participants explored formative assessment opportunities and strategies for linking assessment and differentiated instruction in both TK and TK/K combination classes.

Presenters:

Karen Hayashi, Education Consultant

Teresa Hansen, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Elk Grove School District

Presentation:

Developmentally Appropriate Formative Assessment Strategies

Family Outreach: A Partnership among Families, Schools and Communities

Research continues to demonstrate that meaningful engagement of families in their children's education positively impacts their school readiness and later academic success. To further the goal of supporting families to be active participants in their child's education, this session discussed ways we can create opportunities that promote authentic collaboration between schools and homes.

Presenters:

Betsy Nikolchev, Executive Director, Family Engagement Institute

Carmen Ponce, Director of Stretch to Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College

Pedro Carbajal O'Limon, Intern, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College

Presentation:

Video: Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching in TK

Science for Young Learners: Creating Engaging and Inclusive Learning Environments

This session supported educators in building on children's natural curiosity about the world to foster engagement and understanding of science in TK classrooms. The interactive session featured strategies to support inquiry and exploration, interactions with others, and literacy-science connections. Participants explored principles of inclusion and strategies to support access and participation by all learners.

Presenters:

Kimberly A. Norman Ph.D., Professor, Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, California State University, Fullerton

Janice Myck-Wayne, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Fullerton

Presentation:

Science for Young Learners

This event was co-sponsored by Early Edge California; First 5 California; Lakeshore; California Community Foundation; The California State University; and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).