Upcoming Conferences & Workshops


Virtual 42nd Annual Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade Conference

March 27th, 2023




Virtual Conference Registration (online)


Virtual Conference Registration - hardcopy form




How Does it Work?


  • You will have 60 days of access starting March 27
  • You can earn PD Hours for each session - 18 total PD hours
  • Recordings can be watched any time of day or night
  • Email [email protected] with any questions





Conference Schedule


Assess But Don’t Stress

with Mary Amoson


Tackling Tricky Behavior Problems with Empathy and Kindness

with Matt Halperin


Not Your Mother's Reading - Science of Reading ( 2-hour session)

 with Deedee Wills


Fabulous Fine Motor Fun

with Marsha McGuire


All Things Play Dough!   

with Jackie Kops


Sound Wall Secrets

with Hilary Statum


Positive Peer Partnerships

with Adam Peterson


Dollar Store Math

with Kim Adsit


From Nonsense to Number Sense: Math Matters

with Keri Brown


Decrease Stress and Increase Productivity

with Mica Ike


Writing Conferences and Small Groups for the Early Ed Classroom

with Matt Halpern


Centers Made Simple DIY

with Greg Smedley-Warren


Phonics Phun

with Mary Amoson


Math Interventions

with Keri Brown


Teach, Play, Learn!

with Adam Peterson


Phonemic Awareness and Phonics Fun Dollar Store Style!

with Kim Jordano


Learning How to Write with Tiny Treasurers

 with Jackie Kops





Meet the 2023 Featured Speakers


Kim Adsit


Kim taught kindergarten for 30 years and now works as a national presenter. Focusing on developing a curriculum that incorporates 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





Mary Amoson


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.



Keri Brown


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 them. 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).



Matt Halpern


Matt Halpern is a joyful educator who draws on almost two decades of experience as a classroom teacher and coach. He is passionate about making classrooms child-centered and putting the effort and work of students at the forefront. His love for teaching social-emotional skills and literacy often combine as he is always looking for new ways to help others become the best versions of themselves. Recently, Matt started his own educational consulting, presenting, and writing business. You can find more information about Matt at www.MattHalpernEducation.com 




Kim Jordano


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.



Jackie Kops


Jackie is an enthusiastic preschool teacher with over fourteen years of classroom teaching experience in both full-day and half-day settings. She is from Missouri where she earned a Masters and Bachelor's in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from Maryville University. Her goal is to help you unleash your teaching superpowers! Jackie's passion is to inspire you with play-based activities, themed centers, and supports that nurture and challenge little learners in a caring classroom community. In addition to teaching, she is the teacher-author and CEO behind Pocket of Preschool (www.pocketofpreschool.com) and loves to share her passion with other educators.




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 was 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 aid other instructors in developing practical, developmentally appropriate and differentiated instructional strategies in their own classroom.   




Adam Peterson


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!






Hilary Statum


Hilary Statum is a kindergarten teacher in Middle Tennessee with 15 years of experience, at the same school, she attended as a child. is the author of Pencils to Pigtails, a popular blog for parents and teachers. Her first published book entitled “Solar System for Kids” was released on May 26th, 2020. Hilary is also a Featured Presenter at regional and national educational events held around the country. She holds a Master’s Degree in Instructional Leadership and enjoys coordinating and teaching her school district’s free parent English class. Her favorite days are spent with her two young girls and baby boy, husband, parents, siblings, and the rest of her very large extended family. You can connect with Hilary on all social media platforms using the handle @pencilstopigtails.



Greg Smedley-Warren


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.




Deedee Wills


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





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