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6th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference
Fri, May 12, 2017, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM PDT
Early Edge and New Teacher Center are pleased to co-host the 6th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference in Sacramento on May 12, 2017, to 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.
Scientific Inquiry in TK: Discovering 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.
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.)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The TK Teacher’s Role During Play
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.
Designing Engaging TK Environments
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.
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.
School Leaders Supporting TK Programs and Teachers: Top Ten Components of High-Quality TK
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.
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.)
We hope to see you there!
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Cancellation Policy: Cancellations must be made by Friday, April 28 to receive a registration refund. No refunds will be issued after the posted date or for no-shows.