FRANKLIN, Tenn. and PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Oct. 4, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- These are challenging times for Tennessee kindergarten and first-grade teachers faced with delivering instruction that both meets students' needs and exceeds mandated requirements. Two upcoming conferences help alleviate the anxiety by providing standards-aligned, research-based, and motivating strategies for reaching learners at every stage of development. The 2016 Conference for Tennessee Kindergarten Teachers and 2016 Conference for Tennessee First Grade Teachers will be held November 14-15, 2016, in Franklin, TN.
Why focus specifically on the beginning years of a child's education? According to SDE program developer Kymra Kurinskas, "Any kindergarten or first grade teacher can tell you just how pivotal these years are. Children who are provided with a high-quality learning experience often show significant developmental differences compared to children who are not. That is a huge opportunity—and responsibility—for teachers."
SDE has designed two highly focused events to ensure both teachers and administrators are up to the challenge. Teachers will collect the latest tools and tips to foster their students' academic, social, and cognitive development. At the same time, administrators will get a better sense of the struggles their teachers are facing day-to-day and ways to revitalize their staff's love for what they do.
"The state standards have dramatically shaped what teachers teach and how they teach it. In these conferences, teachers will gain strategies clearly aligned with the standards, the best tools for creating an environment where children want to learn, and innovative ways to develop foundational skills as well as skills in ELA, math, and science," Kurinskas states.
With 39+ innovative sessions packed into two, fast-moving days, SDE's state conferences are where it all comes together. Topics covered include differentiated instruction, play-based activities, math, writing, reading, centers, technology, and more.
The five-star quality of this year's speakers will be a huge draw, Kurinskas says. Featured will be top experts in their fields, popular authors, beloved bloggers, and classroom teachers with years of experience. Each speaker has been hand-picked for their depth of knowledge and insight, their understanding of what really goes on in the classroom, and their motivating training style. The 2016 line-up of speakers includes Tere Bowen-Irish, Lynne Ecenbarger, Jessica Travis, and Donna McKenzie. Keynote presentations by Donna Whyte and Kathy Griffin will pack a powerful punch for teachers seeking encouragement and affirmation in these standards-based times.
SDE is one of America's leading providers of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-Based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only research-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation's top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.
For more information about SDE, educators are encouraged to visit www.sde.com, or to call 1-800-462-1478.
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