Growing Kindergarten: Full-Day Kindergarten Conference
Full-day kindergarten is an important element of our state's strategy for improving student outcomes and closing the achievement gap. Much happens during the kindergarten year that makes it special, including welcoming families into the K-12 system, facilitating student success in a developmentally appropriate, standards-based environment, and forging "school readiness" partnerships with the early learning community. This year Growing K is offering three days of content especially for kindergarten!
Participants can attend one, two or all three days, choosing from a variety of sessions. Sessions will include the Washington State Full-day Kindergarten modules (Child Development, Environments & Centers); WaKIDS 201, Plan -Do-Review with High Scope, developing language-rich environments, hands-on STEM and more!
Dates: July 20, 21 & 22, 2016
Growing Kindergarten provides dedicated time for kindergarten teachers from across the region to:
Times: 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Cost: 3 days - $300, 2 days - $225, 1 day - $150 (lunch provided)
Increase understanding of the current context of kindergarten in Washington State, including the requirements of full-day kindergarten
Present examples of rigorous, research-based practices specific to the needs of kindergartners and kindergarten teachers,
Share promising practices for meeting and achieving high standards within a child development context and,
Reflect on what makes kindergarten special in the lives of children and families.
Two Tracks Each Day: Note: (both tracks go from 8:30 – 3:30, have a shared keynote and lunch time)
Full-Day Kindergarten (FDK) Professional Development Modules
These popular trainings provide foundational theory and practices for high quality teaching and learning during the key developmental year of kindergarten.
The modules were developed by OSPI, in collaboration with Eva Phillips (author of Basics of Developmentally Appropriate Practice: An Introduction for Teachers of Kindergartners) and Janet Collier, Capital Region ESD.
Each day at Growing K, NWESD will be offering a different Module:
July 20, 8:30 – 3:30: Module 1: Child Development
July 21, 8:30 – 3:30: Module 2: Learning Environments
July 22, 8:30 – 3:30: Module 3: Learning Centers
NWESD is excited to showcase a range of sessions specific to the needs of kindergarteners and kindergarten teachers, as presented by experts from around the region and state.
SparK Sessions :
Once registered, participants will receive a confirmation and information about how to RSVP to specific sessions.
July 20 & 21, 8:30 – 3:30: Participants will choose from four exciting sessions each day. Each session is offered twice.
July 22, 8:30 – 3:30: WaKIDS 201 Returning WaKIDS teachers only. Practical strategies to organize the start of the year using play-based approaches such as Plan-Do-Reflect (or Review). Learn ways to set up your day for observational assessment from day one. Calibrate developmental indicators (the "look-fors"-fors) with peers to get a more accurate picture of the students' growth. Explore the ways WaKIDS data can be used to individualize learning, provide evidence of students' growth and give feedback to families.