2018 TK Conference Workshop Videos

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The following workshops at this year’s conference were video recorded and are available below. To view past workshops, click here.

TK Conference 2018 Plenary


Plenary speakers Dr. Linda M. Espinosa, Dr. Laurie Olsen, Dr. Carola Oliva-Olson, and Dr. Marlene Zepeda addressed the following topics during their presentations:

TK Conference 2018 Workshop Videos

Beginning Steps to Building Resilient Classrooms  
Esmeralda Fuentes, Program Consultant, New Teacher Center
Nicole Nelson, Associate Program Director, New Teacher Center

Teachers are serving children who have experienced adversity in many different ways. Resilient students have the tools to adapt to change and work through challenging situations. In order to build resilient classrooms, we start with resilient teachers. Research tells us that resiliency is built through positive adult-child interactions. In this session, we will explore three brain states and their implications on our relationships. Participants will learn strategies to promote positive relationships and create an environment that promotes children’s resiliency.

Practical and Proven Strategies for Teaching Young Dual Language Learners (POLL)
Linda Espinosa, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus of Early Childhood Education, University of Missouri, Columbia
Whit Hayslip, Early Childhood Education Consultant, Starting Smart and Strong Initiative
Elizabeth S. Magruder, M.Ed. Senior Program Associate, WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies 

This session will present specific strategies for ECE teachers that address the language, social, and emotional needs of young DLLs. The Personalized Oral Language Learning (POLL) approach, which has been implemented in several districts throughout California, is based on the new National Academies of Science report. Participants will learn effective classroom strategies for DLLs and their families and have opportunities to interact with each other and share local best practices. Real life examples from the Fresno Language Project will be woven throughout.

Differentiating Instruction for Children’s Optimal Social-Emotional Development
LACOE, Head Start Division
Karina Loza, Disabilities Consultant
Cristina Preuss, Disabilities Consultant
Dr. Sandra Williams, Mental Health Consultant
Dr. Tony Wu, Mental Health Consultant

Differentiated instruction is critical for young children with differing learning styles and levels of socio-emotional development. In this session, you will learn how to design lessons based on students’ learning styles and use a process for differentiated instruction that will improve students’ achievement of intended outcomes. We will additionally discuss important environmental considerations for improved classroom management and support of children with challenging behaviors.

Language Development Strategies for DLL Supportive TK Classrooms 
Laurie Olsen, Ph.D., SEAL Founding Director and Strategic Adviser, Sobrato Family Foundation

An effective TK classroom for DLLs is alive with language! This workshop will equip teachers with a toolkit of developmentally appropriate strategies that: invite and support participation, make the curriculum comprehensible, engage children with text and narrative, develop oral language, establish foundations of early literacy, and affirm their languages, cultures and identity. We will draw connections to Preschool Foundations and the ELA/ELD Common Core standards throughout the session.

What should we teach? Integrated TK curriculum for DLLs
Laurie Olsen, Ph.D., SEAL Founding Director and Strategic Adviser, Sobrato Family Foundation

Young children experience the world, construct ideas and build knowledge in an integrated manner. This workshop focuses on designing TK curriculum that integrates powerful language development with learning about the world through science and social studies-based thematic units. Building upon the Preschool Foundations and looking towards Kindergarten standards, teachers will learn how to construct thematic units that touch all aspects of the day. Examples, videos and templates for planning thematic units will be shared.

Book Reading: How can we make it more effective for young DLLs?
​Marlene Zepeda, Ph.D., Professor Emerita, California State University, Los Angeles

This workshop will discuss myths associated with bilingual language development, describe the general stages associated with second language development, and describe and demonstrate a book reading strategy appropriate for monolingual English-speaking teachers serving Dual Language Learners.