I Teach K! Delivers Strategies and Inspiration to Kindergarten Teachers

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Peterborough, NH, March 3, 2015

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 K! National Conference for Kindergarten Teachers, taking place July 6-10, 2015 in Las Vegas.

Each summer, thousands of kindergarten teachers from across the country gather to learn how to energize their classrooms, meet the needs of today’s students, transform their teaching, and maximize student learning. The conference delivers hundreds of ready-to-use strategies over five exciting days.

Now in its 15th year, the increasingly popular professional development event provides teachers with fresh instructional strategies and support from top kindergarten experts—all in an environment that is collaborative, upbeat, and fun.

“Kindergarten teachers look forward to this event every year,” reports SDE’s Kymra Kurinskas, who planned and programmed the event. “Our goal is always to combine the practical with tons of hands-on and interactive sessions—which kindergarten teachers love! The positive energy and excitement that kindergarten teachers take with them in and out of each session is truly inspiring!”

SDE knows that kindergarten teachers are foundational in building excitement and preparation for the remainder of a student’s educational career. Because kindergarten teachers encounter such a wide range of abilities—from social, to emotional, to cognitive development—the focus of I Teach K! is always to help teachers reach all learners. Specialized sessions on techniques for behavior and classroom management, learning through interactive means, and infusing fun into teaching all help energize teachers as they return to the classroom.

The agenda features 150+ sessions on the most relevant topics, such as shaping behaviors, thinking skills, writing, differentiated instruction, literacy, and math. Designed to be interactive, educators will see learning in action through video, make & takes, and hands-on experiences. Sessions are facilitated by more than 30 expert presenters, including nationally-known names, classroom practitioners, and popular bloggers.

“This year’s presenters are among the most exciting names in education,” enthuses Kurinskas. “I Teach K! features keynotes by author Todd Parr and teacher favorite Jack Hartmann!” Other top presenters include popular author and educational expert Donna Whyte, experienced consultant Dan St. Romain, and popular kindergarten bloggers and featured Teachers Pay Teachers sellers such as Kim Adsit and Deedee Wills.

I Teach K! also features some exciting conference additions, such as a Meet & Greet for teachers and presenters, the return of the Techie Throwdown, a Pinterest Party, Jazzercise class with presenter Rachelle Smith, author signings, and more.

This year’s conference is especially exciting as it features a new conference add-on: the inaugural DI Encore event. This bonus day of professional development, offered exclusively to kindergarten teachers and their first grade colleagues, is designed to provide outstanding differentiated instruction to further address the specific needs of early learners. Teachers will meet with engaging DI expert thought-leaders and leave with ready-to-implement strategies, tools, and lessons. Educators will discover best practices based on current research and differentiation topics appropriate for early learning, as well as qualitative instructional tools that are student-centered and use a mix of whole-class, small-group, and individual instruction.

“We just know our teachers will love the special DI track we’ve designed for our K-1 educators,” raves Kurinskas.

I Teach K! is the only national event for kindergarten 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 kindergarten 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.

“A child’s attitude towards school and whether they develop a love of learning starts in kindergarten—with the teacher,” says Kurinskas. “At I Teach K!, we make the difficult job of teaching our youngest students easier by breaking down complex concepts into manageable pieces. Teachers expect us to tackle the issues that matter most to them, and we do it in ways that are motivating and fun.”

Designed for new and veteran teachers alike, I Teach K! is one of six outstanding national conferences that SDE hosts each summer, divided between Las Vegas and Orlando. Attendees can realize substantial savings on tuition by registering before SDE’s "Early Bird" discount deadline of March 15th, 2015. To learn more, visit www.SDE.com, call 1-800-462-1478, or email customersatisfaction@sde.com.

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