PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation's leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce its upcoming lineup of award-winning state conferences for kindergarten teachers.
These increasingly popular kindergarten conferences, taking place throughout the winter, offer kindergarten teachers unique take-aways and practical strategies to help strengthen every kindergarten classroom.
"Our kindergarten conferences provide educators with the tried and true topics that all kindergarten teachers need, while infusing fun and engaging ways to incorporate games and centers that kids love," explained SDE's kindergarten program planner, Kymra Kurinskas. "We carefully design and balance the topics that are most applicable to teachers with the ones they need to meet the standards."
SDE prides itself on quality professional development that is research-based, innovative, and motivating, while also being able to help teachers increase rigor and critical thinking in their instruction. The kindergarten conferences have been carefully designed to combine deep insight into kindergarten instruction with an eye to the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development needs of kindergarteners.
Valuable practical and hands-on strategies are at the core of each kindergarten conference. All sessions are hand-picked by educational experts to cover precisely the topics at the forefront of kindergarten teachers' minds. Topics include effective math and literacy strategies for meeting the standards, easy-to-implement games and activities to motivate and reteach essential kindergarten concepts, essential intervention tactics for at-risk and struggling students, and ways to successfully fit it all in and maximize learning in the classroom.
Each conference features an all-star lineup of expert presenters, including nationally-known names, classroom practitioners, and popular bloggers. Experts include Deanna Jump, whose practical ideas are a "huge hit with teachers," Donna Whyte, who is "consistently one of the most requested presenters we have," Kathy Griffin, a "Nationally Board Certified Teacher and expert presenter," and Cara Carroll, one of "the most followed bloggers in early childhood education today," enthused Kurinskas.
SDE's kindergarten conferences recognize that a child's attitude toward school and learning starts in kindergarten, and more specifically, with their teacher. The kindergarten conferences break down the complex concepts taught in kindergarten into easy, understandable, and fun strategies. Teachers will return to their classrooms 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.
"Kindergarten teachers have a lot to fit into their day, not to mention what their students need to know by the end of the school year. These conferences give them the tools they need not only to build a solid foundation in math and literacy skills, but also those emotional, social, and cognitive development pieces that are so important in early childhood education," explained Kurinskas.
Designed for new and veteran teachers alike, the kindergarten conferences will be offered on February 2-3, 2015 in San Marcos, TX, February 9-10, 2015 in Birmingham, AL, on February 9-10, 2015 in Towson, MD, on February 9-10, 2015 in Midwest City, OK, on February 23-24, 2015 in Madison, WI, on February 23-24, 2015 in Atlantic City, NJ, on February 23-24, 2015 in Wichita, KS, on March 2-3, 2015 in Columbia, SC, on March 2-3, 2015 in Harrisburg, PA, on March 30-31, 2015 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, and on April 13-14, 2015 in St. Louis, MO. Educators interested registering for this seminar, or learning about more about SDE's national conferences, upcoming SDE events, or other professional development opportunities, can visit www.SDE.com, call 1-800-462-1478, or email [email protected].
Each day of the conferences feature a morning keynote, followed by four 75-minute blocks of conference sessions. Attendees are able to pick from 4-5 sessions for each block to help customize their experience and center it on their most pressing issues.
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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