4th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference
Early Edge California was proud to host the sold-out 4th Annual TK Conference in Sacramento on November 7, 2014 for more than 300 TK administrators, teachers, coaches and staff. This event was an exciting opportunity to learn innovative, promising transitional kindergarten (TK) practices from education leaders across the state and TK experts from the field.
At the conference, Early Edge California was honored to present Senator Darrell Steinberg with the Early Learning Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his strong leadership to expand and improve pre-kindergarten opportunities for California’s youngest learners. Thanks in large part to his unparalleled commitment to ensuring children get a fair start, California’s 2014-15 state budget included $273 million for early learning and development.
View the full conference agenda and press release with photos, and stay connected using event hashtag #TKconf2014! Please find more information and materials from the plenary and workshops below.
Keynote Address on the Social and Emotional Foundations of Transitional Kindergarten
|Presentation:||Social and Emotional Foundations of Transitional Kindergarten|
Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Resources
Presenters highlighted resources to support transitional kindergarten. Highlighted resources include: CDE’s Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide; videos that include illustrations of TK classrooms and interviews with administrators, teachers, and parents; and six professional development modules based on the CDE Alignment Document and focused in the areas of Social-Emotional Development, English Language Arts, Mathematics, History-Social Science, Visual and Preforming Arts, and Physical Education.
|Presenters:||Natalie Woods Andrews, School Readiness Director, Sacramento County Office of Education
Nancy Herota, School Readiness Director, Sacramento County Office of Education
Debbie Supple, Director, Contra Costa County Office of Education
|Presentation:||Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Guide and Modules|
Mathematics in the TK Classroom
This interactive session included topics such as developmentally appropriate instruction, assessment, integrating support for social emotional development, mathematical vocabulary, and scaffolding learning opportunities through hands-on activities.
|Presenters:||Kim Bambao, Early Learning Mathematics Coordinator, San Mateo County Office of Education
Martha Drinkwater, Early Learning Mathematics Project Specialist, San Mateo County Office of Education
Gail Oshima, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, San Mateo-Foster City School District
Andrea Meyers, Early Learning Mathematics Project Specialist, San Mateo County Office of Education
|Presentation:||Mathematics in the TK Classroom|
Engaging Dual Language Learners and Their Families in Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Learning Environments
Discussed the stages of second language acquisition; strategies for supporting children’s home languages and cultures; and ways we can partner with families from diverse backgrounds to support language-rich and culturally inclusive learning environments for all children.
|Presenters:||Carola Matera, Assistant Professor in Early Childhood Studies, CSU Channel Islands
Soodie Ansari, Coordinator, Early Learning Dual Language Support, San Mateo County Office of Education
|Presentation:||Engaging Dual Language Learners and Their Families in Linguistically and Culturally Responsive Learning Environments|
English Language Arts and Oral Language Development in the TK Classroom
This session explored instructional strategies that promote oral language development in all young learners. Together, participants examined effective instruction that incorporates experiential learning across the literacy domains and makes programs meaningful and engaging to young children.
|Presenters:||Elizabeth Magruder, E4 Coordinator, Center for Child Family Studies, WestEd
Whitcomb Hayslip, Early Childhood Education Consultant
|Presentation:||Strategic Planning for Early Language and Literacy Experiences|
Developmentally Appropriate Formative Assessment Strategies
Embedded formative assessment provides valuable information for planning daily instruction. The implementation of TK creates opportunities for identifying formative assessments that align instruction with both the Preschool Foundations and the path toward Kindergarten Common Core Standards. Participants explored formative assessment opportunities and strategies for linking assessment and differentiated instruction in both TK and TK/K combination classes.
|Presenters:||Karen Hayashi, Education Consultant
Teresa Hansen, Transitional Kindergarten Teacher, Elk Grove School District
|Presentation:||Developmentally Appropriate Formative Assessment Strategies|
Family Outreach: A Partnership among Families, Schools and Communities
Research continues to demonstrate that meaningful engagement of families in their children’s education positively impacts their school readiness and later academic success. To further the goal of supporting families to be active participants in their child’s education, this session discussed ways we can create opportunities that promote authentic collaboration between schools and homes.
|Presenters:||Betsy Nikolchev, Executive Director, Family Engagement Institute
Carmen Ponce, Director of Stretch to Kindergarten and Early Learning Programs, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
Pedro Carbajal O’Limon, Intern, Family Engagement Institute, Foothill College
|Presentation:||Video: Culturally Responsive and Relevant Teaching in TK|
Science for Young Learners: Creating Engaging and Inclusive Learning Environments
This session supported educators in building on children’s natural curiosity about the world to foster engagement and understanding of science in TK classrooms. The interactive session featured strategies to support inquiry and exploration, interactions with others, and literacy-science connections. Participants explored principles of inclusion and strategies to support access and participation by all learners.
|Presenters:||Kimberly A. Norman Ph.D., Professor, Department of Elementary and Bilingual Education, California State University, Fullerton
Janice Myck-Wayne, Ed.D., Associate Professor, Department of Special Education, California State University, Fullerton
|Presentation:||Science for Young Learners|
This event was co-sponsored by Early Edge California; First 5 California; Lakeshore; California Community Foundation; The California State University; and the Association of California School Administrators (ACSA).