LAS VEGAS and PETERBOROUGH, N.H., May 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff Development for Educators (SDE) has announced that education expert and best-selling author Dr. Debbie Silver will be the opening keynote at the annual I Teach 2nd! National Conference for Second Grade Teachers taking place July 18-22, 2016 in Las Vegas. Silver will welcome more than 2,000 teachers and administrators from across the U.S. and the world at the humor-filled and inspiring keynote event.
Silver is a highly sought-after professional development speaker known for her optimistic and humorous style. She is an award-winning educator with 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, staff development instructor, and university professor. Silver's numerous recognitions include being named the Louisiana State Teacher of the Year. Her bestselling book, Drumming to the Beat of Different Marchers: Finding the Rhythm for Differentiated Learning, has been recognized for its insights into research-based models, teaching strategies, management tips, and inspirational "from-the-heart" lessons for addressing individual differences.
"My mission is to remind teachers of how important they are in the lives of children, highlighting both learning theory as well as tools for communication," says Silver. "I firmly believe that teachers need to be having fun, and staying in touch with their passion, to make their biggest impact in the classroom."
Also presenting at the event is popular elementary expert Hope King. King is a popular teacher from the Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta. Over her teaching career, she has taught first, second, and third grade, as well as serving as a fifth/sixth reading instructor. Hope always strives to find innovative ways to be creative in her classroom.
Joining Silver and King in the I Teach 2nd! line-up is popular presenter, author, educator, and technology enthusiast, Kayla Delzer. Delzer is a regular columnist for Edsurge.com, where she writes about a variety of ed-tech topics. She has also delivered a TEDx Talk entitled "Reimagining Classrooms: Students as Leaders and Teachers as Learners." Delzer sits on several advisory boards of educational companies, and she was recently selected as North Dakota's Lead Digital Innovator by PBS.
I Teach 2nd! is the largest second grade conference of its kind, and was developed and programmed by a team of experts addressing the latest research and developing trends. Attendees' days will consist of multiple breakout sessions, networking events and opportunities, a lively exhibit hall, and "add-on" events, including a Morning Mindfulness kickoff, an educator Meet & Greet, a bonus Sketch Noting session, afternoon storytelling session with Story Pirates, a camaraderie booth, and innovative take-away tips. New and experienced teachers will master both the basics every classroom educator needs and the groundbreaking ideas that lead to true transformation. This conference alleviates some of the anxiety teachers face as they try to prepare students to be college- and career-ready and meet new performance expectations. SDE has created an event that defines exactly what second graders need to know by the end of the year and provides the specific tools students need to use these skills going forward.
The I Teach 2nd! conference is one of eight national conferences that SDE hosts each summer, divided between Las Vegas, Chicago, and Orlando.
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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