Pre- K & Kindergarten Conference
40th Annual Pre-K and Kindergarten Conference
March 4-5, 2021
Access to ALL Session recordings for 60 days
Reaching Students on the Autism Spectrum...AND the Grown-Ups Who Come With Them
As increasing numbers of students on the autism spectrum are identified and included in general education classrooms, early childhood educators are stretched in “special” directions. Are you in sync with the parents and guardians of your students on the autism spectrum? Do they readily accept your observations and recommendations? Do you welcome theirs? No? Let's change that. This dynamic session will provide practical information and strategies to help general educators reach these challenging students—and their parents and guardians. We will explore ways to maximize adjustment and learning, and to broach difficult topics with parents and guardians. Ultimately our goal is to facilitate an environment of effective, open collaboration around the children we share
Presented by Barbara Boroson, author of Decoding Autism and Leading the Way to Successful Inclusion.
It is time for the 40th Annual ASCD Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Conference! The 2021 Conference features 100 sessions with 70+ Speakers, including Kim Adsit, Adam Peterson, Gerry Brooks, Danny Brassell, Shawn Brown, Donna Whyte, Kim Jordano, Katie Mense, Keri Brown, Vera the Tutu Teacher, many more! You can expect to leave feeling refreshed, inspired, and with tons of practical ideas to use in the classroom ASAP! The 2021 dates are March 4-5 and participants will have access to EVERY session recording for 60 days after the event!
- Two amazing Keynote Speakers, Gerry Brooks, and Dr. Tommie Mabry will frame the energy and inspiration for this two-day event.
- Breakout sessions - Over 100 breakouts sessions covering all the hot topics in the Pre-K and Kindergarten classroom. Sessions are hands-on and interactive! This is not a ZOOM MEETING!
- Watch all the Sessions! You have access to all session recordings and handouts for 60 days after the conference dates!
- This conference is for YOU! We specialize in a unique experience specifically designed for Pre-K and Kindergarten superheroes! The days of adapting down your Professional Development and attending all grade level conferences are OVER!
- An Interactive Expo Hall - Who doesn't love to shop? Check out all exhibitors for your classroom and teaching needs.
- Live interactive chat rooms- There's no reason we can't network with our colleagues from around the country. Many times the best ideas come from our fellow educator.
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2021 Keynote Speakers
Dr. Tommie Mabry grew up in one of Jackson, MS roughest neighborhoods. Trouble followed him everywhere and fifth grade when he was arrested for breaking into the state fairgrounds. After that arrest, he was suspended or expelled from several schools due to his behavior. A judge once prophesized that in five years his attitude would either get him killed or incarcerated. Tommie grinned at the judge who did not know that the “monster” lurking within Tommie was fueled by the prophecy. Things started to change for Tommie when he joined an AAU basketball league that traveled around the world. He was the first person in his family to graduate from high school when he crossed the stage at Bailey Magnet in 2007. Although he was shot in the foot after skipping school during his senior year, Tommie healed and received a full basketball scholarship to Missouri State University. Tommie later received a B.A. cum laude in Education from Tougaloo College and his M.A. in Child Development in 2017. After his undergraduate studies, he was hired as a teacher by the same Jackson Public School District that had suspended and expelled him many times during elementary and secondary education.
Tommie has also published three books that targets all age groups and has completed his Doctorate from Jackson State University in 2020 . He travels the world sharing his story to motivate and inspire others – He lives by the motto, “I cannot walk in my future with my foot in my past."
Gerry Brooks is principal at an elementary school in Lexington Kentucky. His educational experience includes six in the classroom two years as an intervention specialist and 12 years as an administrator. He is a passionate public speaker whose focus is on encouraging and helping teachers improve their instructional abilities. He also has a desire to contribute to administrators successfully leading their staff. As a passionate speaker, he has spoken to educational groups all around the nation. His focus is on encouraging teachers to improve their instruction through personal climate and culture strategies. He desires to help administrators focus on how to lead all staff positively and constructively. His following on social media has developed through humorous videos that focus on real-world educational experiences.
2021 Featured Speakers
Kim taught kindergarten for 30 years, and now works as a national presenter. Focusing on developing curriculum and strategies that incorporate child-centered activities, she emphasizes the fun of kindergarten. Kim has been selected as an Expert Teacher, and she serves as a teacher mentor. She has a Specialist Degree in Early Childhood Education as well as an At-Risk Endorsement. Kim has authored many teacher resources that are available on
Vera Ahiyya, The Tutu Teacher
Vera Ahiyya (née Corbett) was born in Germany and raised in El Paso, TX. Originally a pre-med student, Vera realized her calling as an educator at Austin College in Sherman, TX, where she majored in History and earned her MA in Education. Vera has taught Kindergarten and first grade for the last 14 years in Texas, Boston, and Brooklyn. Vera’s online presence is dedicated to influencing other educators by spreading her vast knowledge and love of diverse children’s books. Vera’s unwavering commitment to social justice and diversity is also the focal point of her professional development presentations for other educators. Vera lives in Brooklyn with her husband Lonnell and her dog, Mozi.
Mary has enjoyed 14 years in the kindergarten classroom, where she enthusiastically uses technology and hands on activities to engage her little learners. She loves sharing the ideas, activities, and tools that have worked with her own kindergartners through her blog, Sharing Kindergarten. She is committed to instilling passion in teachers because she believes that passion is truly the secret to increasing learning and achievement.
Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés, and their catchy songs get the whole family dancing and learning, in Spanish and English. 123 Andrés tours nationally with concerts for children of all ages and their families.
For the past two decades, Dr. Danny Brassell has served as an educational advisor to students ranging from preschoolers to rocket scientists. While he has held a variety of titles and worked with leaders from a variety of fields and disciplines, Danny has always considered himself first and foremost a teacher. A recognized authority on leadership development, motivation and communication skills, Danny has been honored consistently for his strategic intellect and practical solutions. Audiences rave about Danny’s ability to deliver meaningful and memorable messages that are applicable for individuals within all levels of organizations. A gregarious, sought-after author, speaker and business consultant, Danny is characterized by friends, colleagues and clients as one of the most insightful, powerful and compassionate individuals in business today. Thousands, from small business owners to corporate executives, have enjoyed his energetic, interactive and informative presentations.
Keri Brown is a kindergarten teacher in central Alabama. She has taught for 13 years in Kindergarten and First Grade. She loves traveling, meeting other teachers and creating resources for her students. She is obsessed with all things technology and loves teaching binders how to use it. Reading picture books, crafting in the classroom and enjoying being a classroom family are a few of her favorites. In her free time, Keri loves sharing her teaching adventures on her Instagram, Enchanted Kinder Garden (http://www.instagram.com/enchantedkindergarden).
Shawn Brown, originally from Chicago, formed Role Model Productions, Inc to serve today’s youth. He now writes implements unique and entertaining curriculum enhancement programs for childcare centers, elementary grades and private schools. He uses infectious music for hooking his audience into learning and moving while having “Super Fun.” Mr. Brown and The Super Fun Show team travel to schools and conferences all over the country with his hit live show, “The Super Fun Show.”
Jack Hartmann’s Super Fun Learning Songs are all about making learning even more fun with the very best in educational music. Jack’s music is research-based and teacher-approved to focus on helping children learn important state, national and early childhood standards. All of Jack’s songs and videos engage children with not only great educational content, but with cool beats, kids love, and fun movements.
ASCD's class of 2018 Emerging Leader Dr. Brandy Hempen has experience teaching at the primary, intermediate, junior high-grade levels. Over the past ten years, she has also served as a curriculum coordinator, response to intervention teacher, and instructional coach for a K-8 school district in southern Illinois. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education, a master's degree in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in differentiated instruction, and a doctoral degree in educational technology and leadership. She presents nationwide on a variety of educational topics and takes great pride in the hands-on approach she incorporates throughout each workshop. Her passion for bringing education to life is simply contagious. Join her and you'll see it!
Kendrick Johnson is the founder of Frontier Educational Consulting. He began his career as a high school English teacher in Chicago. Kendrick also spent time working with curriculum and assessment development at the district level, and then transitioned into working with teacher preparation residency programs. Kendrick’s areas of expertise include behavior/classroom management, data-driven instruction, and culturally relevant and responsive teaching. In his current role as a consultant, Kendrick is committed to providing school districts with research-based professional development and consulting services around instructional leadership, teacher development, and curriculum design in order to equip leaders and teachers with the tools necessary to cultivate and sustain a robust culture of teaching and learning at their schools.
Kimberly Jordano has incorporated over 30 years of teaching experience into her kindergarten classroom. A teacher and language arts mentor in the Los Alamitos School District in California, Kimberly holds a master’s degree in English as a Second Language (ESL). Kimberly is a full-time kindergarten teacher in Los Alamitos California. Kimberly is a national teacher presenter and teacher blogger. You can find her posts daily on both Instagram, and her Facebook pages Kinderbykim. Kimberly‘s kindergarten blog is kinderbykim.blogspot.com and has fans all across the world! You can find all of her creative teacher resource materials on Teacherspayteachers.com/kinderbykim Kimberly’s goal is to keep the joy in kindergarten while teaching the standards in a meaningful child-centered way.
A speaker should be: engaging, interactive, entertaining, and provide great content that is both easy to and apply. Jeff brings his street performing background to the table as he engages his audience, delivering quality business tools and concepts with explosive energy, laughs, and professionalism. Jeff collaborates with his clients to ensure that his presentations are the perfect complement to their event and bring exceptional value to their people.
Marsha M. Moffit McGuire
Marsha McGuire is a kindergarten teacher in Cadillac, Michigan where she has accumulated over 15 years of teaching in early childhood classrooms. Her undergraduate degree was completed at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota, and her graduate degree in Early Childhood Education with a focus on Differentiated Instruction at Grand Valley State University. Marsha is also the author and creator behind the blog, A Differentiated Kindergarten where she shares ideas, activities and products. Her blog has become an avenue to aide other instructors in developing practical, developmentally appropriate and differentiated instructional strategies in their own classroom.
Katie has taught kindergarten for more than 14 years and has a passion for creating fun, hands-on lessons and to meet the needs of all students. As a student who struggled through school, she truly understands that every student has different needs and learning styles. Katie has an MA in Education and also earned an additional 24 hours through a STEM grant. She loves to share her ideas and teaching experiences on her award-winning blog, littlekinderwarriors.com or on social media @littlekinderwarriors
Adam Peterson is an educator, speaker, author, and vlogger most known for his YouTube channel, Teachers Too. A kindergarten teacher with over 13 years in the classroom, Adam now dedicates his time to helping teachers create meaningful and engaging experiences for their students! He's on a mission to make classrooms as fun as possible to ensure every day is the best day ever in school!
Greg has been teaching for 15 years. He spent a year teaching fifth grade, two years in second grade, and is now 11th year in Kindergarten, which he’s determined is his calling and passion. He received his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and ELL certification from David Lipscomb University. In 2015 he was selected as Teacher Of The Year. When not in the classroom, Greg enjoys blogging and doing all things teaching. His husband (known as The Mister online) is a large part of his blog, social media, and their conference, ELEVATE. They recently added a daughter Adelynn to their family and complete the fam with their dog, Butters.
Donna Whyte is a certified teacher, an education consultant and an author. Her positive attitude, high energy, and many practical ideas make her presentations exciting and valuable to educators. Donna has published several books including You Can’t Teach a Class You Can’t Manage and a 2nd edition of Morning Meeting ~ Afternoon
Wrap Up. She is also the author of Social, Emotional and Behavioral Interventions, The Reading Aptitude Continuum and My Writing Words.
Deedee began her teaching career in San Diego where she taught at a school with 96% second language learners. several years of teaching second grade, she became her district’s literacy coach. She helped to train and implement balanced literacy to the K – 2 staff but found she missed the classroom and returned to teach Kindergarten. She runs the popular blog