Off to a Good Start! Conference for California PreK, TK & Kindergarten Teachers
Feb 02-03 2017 -- Sacramento, CA
Featuring Presenters: Palma Lindsay, Kim Adsit, Nancy Cappelloni & Susan B. Katz
Discover research-based, innovative, practical, and motivating professional development that will help you increase rigor and critical thinking in your instruction.
  • Inquiry-Based Play
  • Interventions
  • Project-Based Learning
  • Kindergarten Readiness
  • STEM
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Kim Adsit

Kim is a former Teacher of the Year and has taught kindergarten for 30 years. She has developed strategies that are child centered, developmentally appropriate, and highly rigorous. Kim has been selected as an Expert Teacher, and she serves as a teacher mentor. She is the co-author of five books, including "Bookmaking Bonanza" and "Read with Ease."

Nancy Cappelloni

Nancy Cappelloni

Dr. Cappelloni was elected President of the California Kindergarten Association in January of 2015. Previously, she served on the Board of Directors for three years and was an active member of the organization for 20 years. She now consults internationally, specifically on kindergarten readiness. She is the author of "Kindergarten Readiness" and frequently contributes articles to the California Kindergarten Association (CKA) and California Association of the Education of Young Children (CAEYC).

Calvie Clement

Calvie Clement

Calvie is a high-energy, award-winning, veteran kindergarten teacher with more than 26 years of experience. She was nominated for Disney’s Teacher of the Year and was twice named her district's Teacher of the Year. Calvie was interviewed by “60 Minutes” and “CBS Sunday Morning with Charles Osgood.” Knowledgeable, creative, and passionate, she inspires teachers to make a difference in every student's life.

Laura Duinkerken

Laura Duinkerken

Laura is a kindergarten teacher in central California with more than 10 years experience in the classroom. She is the K-2 lead teacher and technology coach for her district as well as 2015 Teacher of the Year. As the author of the blog, Luv My Kinders, Laura loves sharing her passion for teaching and technology with others.

Drew Giles

Drew Giles

Drew is a Director of Quality, Enhancement and Professional Development for Early Learning. He has taught ECE and kindergarten in a variety of settings, including low-income, affluent, and even in a private preschool in South Korea. He is a co-author (with Dr. Jean Feldman) of the eBook, "Teacher Survival Guide: What They Didn't Teach You in College."

Susan B. Katz National Board Certified Teacher

Susan B. Katz

Susan is an award-winning author, National Board Certified Teacher, educational consultant, and former bilingual educator of more than 20 years. She is also the Founder and Executive Director of ConnectingAuthors.org, a national non-profit bringing children's book authors and illustrators into schools and libraries as role models of literacy and the arts. Susan's books have won multiple awards, including the Moonbeam Gold Award and "Best New Book of 2016" by The Children's Book Review.

Palma Lindsay

Palma Lindsay

Palma is a kindergarten teacher who has stayed on the cutting edge of educational research and technology throughout her 37-year classroom career. She has taught grades K through 8, serves as a mentor to new teachers, and shares her fun ideas in her innovative blog, "KFUNdamentals."

Kurt Schwengel

Kurt Schwengel

Kurt has been a classroom teacher since 1995. He is passionate about demonstrating the benefits of integrating technology into the classroom, and about delivering his creative primary curriculum. An NBC Crystal Apple award winner, Kurt has been appointed an eHow "Education Expert" and is also a Google Certified Teacher.

Andrea Simmons

Andrea Simmons

Andrea has been teaching kindergarten for 14 years and is always looking for ways to bring hands-on learning into the classroom and to bridge the connection from school to home. As the author of the blog, Always Kindergarten, Andrea shares her passion for teaching and the importance of learning through play with others.

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