Virtual Conference Details

 

 

 

Can't get out of the classroom?  No substitute Teachers?  

 

No problem, we have you covered!

 

 

How does the Online Conference work?

 

-You get 60 days of On-Demand Access.  This means you can watch sessions 24 hours per day, 7 days a week until June 13th. No need to pick sessions and times.

 

- You will receive a login, a passcode and final instructions a few days prior to April 13th.

 

-Earn one Professional Development hour for each session you watch.  

 

WATCH ALL OF THE SESSIONS AT YOUR OWN PACE AND IN YOUR FREE TIME UNTIL JUNE 13. 

 

 

VIRTUAL CONFERNECE SCHEDULE 

Games Galore!

Mary Amoson 

P, K

Do you need some fresh, new ideas for games and activities kids LOVE to play and teach

the standards? Don’t miss this session! It’s loaded with kid-tested and approved games and quick assessment techniques. Learning, practicing, and extending the content in math and ELA will actually be FUN!

 

Learning How to Write Letters Using Tiny Treasures

Jackie Kops 

P, K 

Make learning letters and numbers FUN and hands-on using tiny treasures and non-traditional surfaces from your local dollar spot and dollar store! Join this session to learn tons of new strategies and activities for teaching letter and number formation using tiny treasures like mini-erasers, gems, seasonal table scatter, sensory bags, writing trays, and other fun non-traditional writing surfaces like foil.

 

Morning Makeover

Katie Mense 

P, K 

In classrooms across the country, students start their day with routines that include packets of work, problems of the day, and silent expectations. What if we rethought how we begin our day? What if we gave students opportunities to create, build, solve, and explore in an engaging and meaningful way? Join Katie as she takes you

on a journey from morning work to morning choice! We will offer up tips, strategies, and resources, including our very own Morning Tubs, that will allow you to prepare for your students to have a great start to the day!

 

Genius Hour for Kindergarten and 1st Graders

Crystal Wash 

K, 1

Genius Hour allows students to choose learning experiences based on personal interests while targeting skills

like critical thinking. Kindergarten and 1st grade students are not too young to engage in a Genius Hour session. This session will help teachers build personalized learning pathways that are managed by students.

 

I love this Game

Deedee Wills 

K, 1 

What happens when you combine practice with games?

Learning... lots of learning! Deedee will show different game structures that your students can play as they gain skills-based confidence! Use these games as part of your small group instruction, whole classroom learning, or student centers.

 

Science! It's What Kids Love

Karen Evans 

P, K, 1 

This session will give participants hands on experience with interesting and exciting science activities kids love. They all align to Illinois Early Learning Standards, Teaching Strategies Gold and DRDP/KIDS. Come prepared to get a little dirty and have a lot of fun. Discover how to inject a little science into all centers

 

 

The Power of Emotional Intelligence

Donna Housman

P, K, 1 

Training Educators to Promote Emotional Intelligence  Now. Now more than ever, children’s well-being is challenged by an increasing number of factors that impede their emotional development. From racial, social, and economic inequity to traumas set in motion by the pandemic, children are growing up in environments of uncertainty, and absorbing anxiety from key adults in their world. Even before COVID-19, rising anxiety disorders, depression, and suicides rates have overwhelmed schools. Educators and parents have struggled to support children‘s mental health needs while tending to their own.

 

Supporting Special Needs Students in the Classroom

Rachelle Sike

P, K, 1, A 

Tips and tricks for providing supports for special needs students in order to be successful in the general education environment.

 

 

 

 

Small Group Reading From A to Z

Keri Brown 

P, K 

Get ready for a stress-free and easy-to-implement small group reading time. Whether you are brand new or looking for new ideas, this session is for you. We will plan out your week, dive into quick warm-up games, and look at how we can incorporate writing into each group. Explore how to engage every group with differentiation and enjoyment

 

Retelling Strategies that Stick!

Kim Jordano 

P, K, 1 

Re-telling is a great comprehension strategy. Attend this session to find some new favorite ways to implement it. Kim introduces methods to get your kindergartners sequencing and re-telling and presenting popular fairy tales, old-time favorite books, and new popular stories. Engage your children through hands-on techniques that are creative, inspiring, and lots of fun to boot!

 

 

Creating Confident Writers

Kim Adsit 

P, K, 1

If you’ve ever wondered who is in charge of the writing in your room, then this session is for you. Come to Kim’s session on Kindergarten Writers to learn how to begin the writer’s workshop. Kim will also share how to get

kids to write and take ownership! Learn how to use writing mini lessons that will definitely put the children in charge!

 

 

Shuffling Into Math

Jane Felling 

P, K, 1 

What could be easier than using a deck of cards to teach and practice the following concepts: comparing numbers, greater than/less than or =, early addition and subtraction strategies, place value, graphing and sorting, doubles and ten frames. The games are great for math centers, differentiating your instruction and home practice. Games will help you rebuild the gaps and learning loss from the past year. All hands on Deck

for our best card games.

 

Pre-Writing , Fine Motor FUN using Fine Motor Journals

Jackie Kops 

P, K, 1 

Fine motor journals are a quick, engaging way to strengthen students’ overall fine motor strength, pencil grasp, scissor skills, and handwriting foundations. In this session, you will learn how to implement fine motor journals and why they are a powerful tool in the classroom. This session will highlight various activities you can do in the journals based on your students’ needs and development.

 

Mastering Centers Like a BOSS!

Deedee Wills 

P, K 1, 

Imagine having students work independently during your center time! Imagine easy centers to implement that essentially remain the same all year long! Join Deedee as she shares her center tips, tricks, and secrets that will transform your student center time!

 

Singing and Dancing Your Way Through PreK Phonics

Tracy Cupalo

P

This session will provide teachers with an energetic way to teach thenecessary phonetic skills to early learners. Basic skills are taught using songs, chants and dances which provide an auditory, kinesthetic, and visual way to learn and retain the necessary phonics skills for kindergarten.

 

 

Dice Up Your Life! Amazing Math Games

Jane Feling 

P, K 1, 

Ever wondered about all the awesome games and activities you can integrate into your math centers with double dice, 10, 12, 20 and even 30 sided dice! You will get ideas for building number sense, building graphs, ordering and comparing numbers, odd-even, early operations and more. Dice are engaging and intriguing to students and are easy to integrate into your centers or use whole group. You will be amazed with all the math you can teach with multisided dice, surprises in store!

 

Routines and Relationships for the Win

Adam Peterson 

P, K, 1

Ever heard the saying, “you can’t teach a class you can’t manage?” Adam will share how he manages his classrooms through effective modeling of procedures and routines. Come learn his favorite songs and rituals that keep their classrooms running smoothly. You will leave with a plethora of classroom management tips for the daily challenges of kindergarten teachers.

 

Teacher I’m done

Kim Jordano 

P, K , 1, A 

The 3 dreaded words you hear when you just sat down to teach small group reading! Well worry no more. Kim will show you how to create engaging hands on activities to keep your early finishers engaged, on task and learning through independent and partner activities.

 

 

 

The Science of Reading

Matt Halpern 

P, K, 1 

There is so much talk lately about the science behind the way our brains grow and learn. Join Matt as he breaks down the latest research, why it’s important, and what are some simple ways we can shift what we’re alreadydoing to incorporate this research into our classrooms. Filled with practical ideas, tips, and strategies you can take right back to your classroom, this presentation is one you won’t want to miss!

 

Centers Made Simple - DIY

Greg Smedley-Warren

K, 1 

Are you looking for inspiration to create your own DIY center or workstation activities? Look no further!You will learn how to elevate your center activities with everyday items. Engage your students during center time with these budget friendly ideas!

 

 

Hands-On Experiences to Keep Students Actively Engaged During Read Alouds

Jill Rafter 

Suzi McLeod

K, 1 

As collaborative coteachers in a blended preschool classroom, our goal is to keep students actively involved in learning experiences. During this session, we will share over 20 read aloud stories paired with hands on activities to help students participate in meaningful ways. These activities will facilitate listening, comprehension and language skills while maximizing student engagement and decreasing challenging behaviors.

 

Making the Most out of Every Minute - Transitions

Allison Harden

Carissa Jaminet

P, K, 1

Do your students struggle moving from one activity to the next? Is there a transition time that you dread? Join us as we problem solve together and learn new and engaging strategies to make the most out of every minute of your day.

 

Connecting the Dots - Domino Math Games

Jane Felling

K, 1 

Come prepared to play games that incorporate the use of standard double six-dominoes, one of our student’s favorite manipulatives. Concepts covered in the games will include subitizing, counting, early addition, graphing extensions, reading number words, ideas for management, and math journals. Activities are applicable for

both small differentiated math centers or whole group use. Student samples will be shared. Come prepared to play!

 

Finding the Time We Need to Teach- PLCs in Action

Donna Whyte

P, K, 1

Professional Learning Communities are the cheapest and quickest way to increase student achievement. Learn how to create and get the most out of your professional learning team by focusing on doing less and achieving more. Understanding and implementing a guaranteed and viable curriculum for ALL students leads to success.

Create a dream team that can harness the collective energy of all its members for growth and change.

 

Comprehend This! Read Aloud & Reading Comprehension

                                      Greg Smedley-Warren 

P, K, 1

Are you looking to up your reading comprehension game? In this session, you will discover how to take your read alouds & reading comprehension instruction to the next level using research-based, classroomproven

strategies & resources. You will see how a classroom uses research projects to focus on informational texts, research & writing. You will discover how to use our Read It Up! creations to elevate your students’ comprehension skills! You will stock up on ideas for engaging students, meeting all their needs & challenging time to reach for higherorder thinking skills!

 

#TeacherHacks: Top Tips

 Hilary Statum

P, K, 1                                   

Discover the ah-ha moments of classroom teachers just like you! This session is jam-packed with top teacher tips from effective parent communication tools to classroom management techniques that work. First year teachers and veteran teachers alike will benefit from a wide variety of tips ranging from what to do with early finishers to how to run centers like a pro. Return to your classroom with a renewed sense of energy and a toolkit full of classroom-tested and approved strategies!

 

Music and Movement For Early Childhood

 Miss Carole

P, K, 1 

What’s different about our youngest learners? EVERYTHING! Yet they are quite capable and engaged when presented with developmentally appropriate curricula. We’ll explore the qualities, presentation methods and content of musical activities for 2’s and 3’s. Come ready to sing, move and learn!

 

Foundations of Reading

Donna Whyte 

P, K, 1 

Join Donna to explore the role of alphabetic principles and sight word recognition in emergent/early readers. Learn the 4 components of letters/sounds and how each plays a role in literacy development. Examine how the brain learns high frequency sight words and learn fun activities for ensuring effective transformation of skill to reading. This is an opportunity to better understand your young readers and the key elements to success.

 

Diving into the Dollar Store!

Kim Jordano 

P, K, 1 

Keep the Kindergarten Standards engaging and fun for all learners. Kimberly will show you how to take your dollar store finds and turn them into creative standards-based activities for Math and Literacy Centers!

 

 

 

Morning Meetings 101

Melissa Walter 

K, 1 

Have you been interested in learning how to implement Morning Meeting in your classroom? Do you want to incorporate more SEL into your day? Attend this session to explore how to design, plan, and implement

daily morning meetings. Encourage students to build important connections and create a strong classroom community!

 

 

 

Vocabulicious! -Literacy Games for Differentiated Center

Jane Felling 

K, 1  

Come prepared to play literacy games that incorporate the use of letter tiles, literacy dice, paint chips and word decks! Concepts covered will include: learning the alphabet and its’ sounds, building rhyme, CVC words, vocabulary activities, initial work with vowels, and more. Activities will help you rebuild the gaps and learning loss after a year of interrupted instruction. 

 

Fitting It All In!

Deedee Wills 

P, K, 1, 

How can you fit it all in? Take a peek at a week that is both fun and filled with standards-based learning! See how to plan out your instruction to incorporate reading, writing, math, and content-area studies. Using these tips, don’t be surprised at how engaged your class is and how much fun they’re having, all while you’re meeting the needs of each student and the demands of your curriculum.

 

Math Fun for the Little Ones

Kim Adsit 

K, 1 

Looking for ways to create fun and excitement during your math block? Kim will share some of her favorite dollar store finds and how to turn them into games to teach a plethora of math standards. She will also share other easy-to-make games and activities. See how she creates magic through special events and everyday activities that will support your math curriculum.

 

Handwriting in Kindergarten: I Can Form My Letters!

Katie Mense 

K, 1 

Start your kindergartners off on the “write” foot by giving them explicit and consistent instruction in fine motor and handwriting. Join Katie to learn how to teach your children to form their letters correctly, why it’s important, what research says about the benefits of explicit instruction, and how it eventually evolves into kindergarten writing!

 

 

The Last 30 Days of Kindergarten

Keri Brown 

K, 1 

The last 30 days of kindergarten are just as important as the first 30 days. Learn ideas and strategies to keep your students just as excited about learning as they were at the beginning of the school year. From tech to bouncy balls, I’ve got ideas to make sure your students are ready for first grade. Plus, the end of the year also means prepping for summer. I’ve got you covered there as well. Leave school prepared for the next year.The last 30 days of kindergarten are just as important as the first 30 days. Learn ideas and strategies to keep your students just as excited about learning as they were at the beginning of the school year. From tech to bouncy balls, I’ve got ideas to make sure your students are ready for first grade. Plus, the end of the year also means prepping for summer. I’ve got you covered there as well. Leave school prepared for the next year.

 

Understanding Students Who Have Special Learning Needs... AND the Grown-Ups Who Come with Them

Barbara Boroson

P, K, 1, A 

Are you in-sync with parents and guardians of students with special needs? Do they accept your observations? Do you welcome theirs? No? Let’s change that. This dynamic session will help you differentiate your inclusive classroom, broach touchy topics, and optimize equitable outcomes for your students and their families.

 

Setting up and Managing Learning Centers

Mary Amoson

P, K, 1 

Set up and manage amazing learning centers that are student-friendly, teacher-tested, and guaranteed to delight your students. Get inspired by Mary’s TONS of pictures and walkaway ideas. Understand how to differentiate your centers for all your learners and connect the learning to the Common Core. Plus, takehome activities your students will dive into and have a ball completing! This session includes digital make and take freebies.

 

Shared Reading - A Years Worth of Ideas

Mary Pat Larocca and Celine Hill 

K, 1 

 

 

 

 

Next Generation Student Scientists

Adam Peterson 

P, K, 1 

Learning the science standards has never been more fun than this. With a few surprises and exciting twists to your curriculum, Adam will show you ways to make science come alive in your classroom. This hands-on session will have you and your staff working together to solve problems in ways that can be adapted for even the youngest of learners!

 

Empower Your Students with Interactive Writing

Matt Halpern 

K, 1 

Interactive Writing is one of the most powerful tools in lifting the level of writing in early childhood classrooms. Matt will help demystify this practice and give you tips and tools to make it a part of your regular practice across all areas of your day. You’ll see interactive Writing in action, see examples from real classrooms, and learn how to have fun while engaging and empowering your students towards writing independence.