2013 Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Conference

February 6, 2013
9:00 am - 3:30 pm PST


First 5: Transitional is Not Traditional Kindergarten

Camille Maben, Executive Director of First 5 California, looks at the differences between traditional and transitional kindergarten. Maben declares that transitional kindergarten makes education hands-on for early learners.

How Transitional Kindergarten Closes the Achievement Gap

Christopher Steinhauser, Superintendent of the Long Beach Unified School District, shares how educators are planning for future success with early education programs.

Nurturing a Child's Innate Ability to Learn

Elizabeth Magruder, Early Childhood Education Consultant, discusses a child's innate ability to learn. According to Macgruder, children observe and experiment by modeling the actions of adults, and she presents strategies for teachers to nurture language and writing skills in developing children.

Pre-K Learning: A Powerful Advantage for Achievement

Kris Damon, Transitional Kindergarten Coach, shares a powerful example of a Pre-K learning exercise that helps early learners to achieve.

Ross Thompson: Kindergartners and Cognitive Development

Ross Thompson, professor of psychology at UC Davis, describes the anterior singulate, a part of the brain that controls inhibition, and how studying cognitive development can help teachers better understand their students.

Simple Tools for Quick, Effective Formative Assessment

Karen Hayashi demonstrates an inexpensive formative assessment kit that can be used in a transitional kindergarten classroom to evaluate student skills and mastery.

The Importance of Drawing in Learning to Write

Elizabeth Magruder, Early Childhood Education Consultant, suggests drawing is the first step in learning to read and write for early learners.

The Name Game Engages Kids in Learning

Teresa Cooper, Elementary English Language Arts and Math coach, introduces "The Name Game". Cooper believes that the game can be used as a device for teaching beginning literacy in transitional kindergarten.

Transition & Continuity: Improving Learning for Students

Mary Seaton, Educational Consultant at New Vistas Consulting, explains how well-rounded support for pre-K initiatives can help reduce stress and improve learning for early learners.

Using a Child's Learned Experience to Help Teach English

Christie M. Baird, Preschool GLAD Director of the Orange County Department of Education, shares how teachers can enrich their classroom for English learners. Baird believes that teachers must use a child's learned experience as scaffolding to help create meaning.

Why Early Math Education Matters for Later Life Success

Linda Platas, Program Officer in Early Math, Heising-Simons Foundation, discusses the findings from a study that proves the importance of early math. Success in early math informs success later on in math and reading ability. 

Why TK Kids Respond to Songs

Early Childhood Education Consultant Whitcomb Hayslip explains why the repetition of song is a powerful learning tool for the development of TK children.

About this conference

Preschool California, the Los Angeles County Office of Education (LACOE) and the Regional System of District & School Support (RSDSS) - Region XI invite you to the 2013 Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Conference on Feb. 6, 2013. This event is an exciting opportunity to learn promising TK practices from education leaders across the state. Join teachers, principals, coaches and administrators for an interactive event that will leave you with practical TK tips and strategies to take back to your district.

About Preschool California

Preschool California is a nonprofit advocacy organization working to increase access to high-quality early learning for all of California’s children, starting with those who need it most. We bring together K-12 educators, business leaders, parents, labor, law enforcement, community leaders, early care and education providers and others to achieve this goal.

For more information, visit www.preschoolcalifornia.org