PETERBOROUGH, N.H., April 20, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- First grade teachers have the overwhelming responsibility of bringing along children who have just learned how to be learners and transition them into being students…the ultimate important task! That's why Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation's leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce its annual I Teach 1st! National Conference for First Grade Teachers, taking place July 18-22, 2016 in Las Vegas.
This highly anticipated annual professional development event offers first grade teachers five days of intense focus on the strategies, techniques, and tips they need to be successful throughout the year. The conference delivers hundreds of fresh ideas to increase engagement and help meet the first-grade standards.
I Teach 1st! is structured to make every teacher better at what they do, and designed to make sure that as a teacher, you're more than just an advocate for your students—you're their champion. Ready to equip you with the content-specific knowledge, management strategies, and engaging games and activities designed to keep your students thinking at a higher level, you'll go back to your classroom excited to infuse your teaching with fresh new tactics. Best of all, you'll learn in an environment that is collaborative, upbeat, and fun.
How can teachers fit it all in? That's one of the big themes of this conference. The powerful instructional and time management strategies you gain at I Teach 1st! will help you to work smarter and not harder. You'll discover ways to promote your first graders' independence and learning through powerful student engagement and classroom management ideas to make every day a success
"You'll look back at your week of I Teach 1st! and realize: that's the place all the pieces come together!" enthuses SDE's Kymra Kurinskas, who planned and programmed the event. "We've made sure to include and address all of the areas that are important right now, like text complexity, writing, guided math, brain-based learning, behavior, and close reading, which are so crucial to a first grade teacher."
I Teach 1st! aims to provide teachers with the precise tools needed to foster student independence, recognize and identify gaps in learning, and build upon the components of literacy and numeracy students attained in Kindergarten. Dynamic, hands-on, make & take sessions help you confidently implement and integrate the standards into your best classroom practices, and provide motivation and energy to sustain you throughout the school year.
In addition, you'll discover ways to effectively use and integrate the various forms of technology into your classroom instruction as you promote your first graders' independence and learning. Your students will love the excitement and engagement that come through lively hands-on activities, games, and center ideas—all designed to maximize learning and make education fun for both your students and you. Hundreds of sessions are available to choose from as teachers look to find new and effective tools to transform the classroom, align with the standards, address learning gaps, and balance all the demands of the first-grade classroom.
Sessions are facilitated by more than 30 expert presenters, including nationally known names, classroom practitioners, and popular bloggers. Some of the top presenters include Reagan Tunstall, Cara Carroll, Pat Pavelka, Dan St. Romain, and Janiel Wagstaff. The conference kicks off with an opening keynote by award-winning educator Dr. Debbie Silver, who will inspire teachers with ways to re-kindle enthusiasm, choose optimism, and teach with a renewed sense of joy and purpose.
I Teach 1st! also features some exciting conference additions, such as a Meet & Greet for teachers and presenters, an afternoon sketch comedy musical by Story Pirates, a morning mindfulness day-starter, Sketch Noting 101, author signings, and take-away tips.
I Teach 1st! is the only national event for first grade teachers. It is developed and programmed by experts who understand child development and the wide range of abilities, developmental levels, and prior knowledge in a first grade classroom. Teachers return to their students with up-to-date knowledge of the latest issues and developing trends and armed with simple and effective techniques and strategies to sustain them throughout the school year.
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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