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I teach K! National Kindergarten Teachers Conference

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“I love coming to the SDE conferences! I love getting new ideas, meeting other teachers, and buying great stuff to use in my classroom with the kids. You have helped me change my teaching for the better!”
Laura Huffman
Bettendorf, IA

Conference Venue & Accommodations

The Venetian/Palazzo Resort & Casino is the new home for the 2011 I teach K! National Kindergarten Teacher Conference. In the heart of the Las Vegas strip, the Venetian/Palazzo offers five-diamond, luxurious suite accommodations, outstanding restaurants, spectacular entertainment, as well as a wealth of shopping opportunities. For a complete list of hotel amenities and a virtual tour, visit To book your overnight accommodations and secure the special rate for attendees click here.

The Venetian/The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
3355 Las Vegas Boulevard South
Las Vegas, NV 89109

For reservations and directions call: (888) 283-6423 and use code RSTDEK when calling.

Special Overnight Rate
$129 single/double; $164 triple; $199 quad (plus tax and a mandatory $12 resort fee) per suite/night Call (888) 283-6423 or book your room online before June 6, 2011 (rates based on availability).

Complimentary valet & self-parking

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“It was so wonderful to come to a kindergarten conference with so many great presenters and such a wide range of session topics. I am feeling ready to jump into the new year!”
Rachael Childers
Farmington, NM


The recommended airport is McCarran International Airport (LAS) which is just one mile from downtown Las Vegas. For flight information and general information visit:

Travel Tips

Download our Travel Tips for educators attending SDE's I teach K! conference (PDF document requires Acrobat Reader)

This handy reference guide will help to make your travel to and within the Las Vegas area as safe and easy as possible.

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“It was great to have an opportunity to network with fellow educators while gaining practical knowledge that can be easily implemented in my classroom.”
Andrea Todd
Louisville, KY

Viva Las Vegas!

Nothing beats Vegas for nonstop excitement. So we’re delighted to bring the conference back to the entertainment capital of the world, with its five-star restaurants, top-name shows, and world-class shopping. There’s always something new for you to explore and discover in Vegas–and many activities you’re sure to enjoy.

Click here to see a list of free shows or click here to view fun activities in the area.

  • Entertainment at The Venetian/The Palazzo Resort Hotel & Casino
    From mesmerizing Las Vegas shows including Blue Man Group, Phantom - The Las Vegas Spectacular and Jersey Boys to four Las Vegas bars and lounges, including Tao Nightclub, V Bar, and La Scena, we maintain our celebrity status as a hotspot for the Las Vegas nightlife seeking crowd. Experience entertainment in Las Vegas like nowhere else at The Venetian. Learn More

  • The Fountains of Bellagio
    Every evening, a water and music show plays again and again in the spectacular fountains filling the quarter-mile-long lake in front of the Bellagio. The show runs every 15 minutes or every half-hour, depending on the time of year (the fountains are still in high winds). The fountains' pattern, which varies with the season, is choreographed to a number of different pieces of songs, which last between five and ten minutes.   
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  • Eiffel Tower Experience
    A ride to the top of this Eiffel Tower will literally take your breath away, unless traveling up the center of the tower at 340 feet per minute pushed up against the door of a glass elevator doesn't bother you. So, acrophobes and the faint of heart beware! The replica stands 540 feet, about half the 1,051 feet of the original. It also offers the posh Eiffel Tower Restaurant, which is by reservation only.
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  • Elvis-A-Rama Museum
    Elvis aficionados will be amazed at the expansive collection of Elvis memorabilia on display here. The self-guided tour begins with the museum's namesake, an 80-foot-long mural titled "Elvis-A-Rama." Created in Nashville in 1979, the mural chronicles the life of the music legend and has been signed by celebrities including Maria Shriver and Chet Atkins. You'll see covers from all 729 of his songs, spanning from 1953 to 1977, the only display of its kind.
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  • Ethel M® Chocolate Factory and Cactus Garden The Botanical Cactus Garden is only 15 minutes from the "Strip", on the way to Hoover Dam. In its 2.5 acres, you'll discover an arid landscape rich with over 350 species of cactus, succulents and desert plants from the Southwest and other deserts of the world.
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  • Hoover Dam and Lake Mead Deluxe Tour With Chocolate Factory
    (Bus Tour, 8 hours)
    Tours by bus and motor coach from Las Vegas, Nevada to the Hoover Dam and Lake Mead with tour of Las Vegas and the Ethel M. Chocolate Factory, lunch included. Examine the history and present day function of Hoover Dam.
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“I have been teaching for 27 years and this was the BEST thing I've ever attended for kindergarten teachers. I will be back again next year!”
Fiona Rimstad
Snohomish, WA


Savor the art of cuisine at The Venetian – home to 20 critically acclaimed Las Vegas restaurants. From Emeril Lagasse’s Delmonico to Thomas Keller’s Bouchon, Tom Maloney’s Aquaknox to Wolfgang Puck’s Postrio, our sumptuous Las Vegas dining options promise to satisfy every indulgence. Learn more

There are endless dining options in Vegas

  • Taste of Vegas: The guide to best in Las Vegas dining—This online guide provides locals and tourists with precise and detailed information on the best places to eat and have fun in Vegas. Includes dining guide, online reservations, reviews and featured stories.
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“This was my first kindergarten conference with SDE and it won't be my last. I will share my great memories with all my colleagues and administrator. Thank you SDE!”
Lisa Casey
Fairbanks, AK

  • Grand Canal Shoppes at the Venetian—With a painted fresco overhead, spacious walkways and a gondola-laden canal, the Venetian provides the perfect ambience for shopping. Using the canal as a guide, patrons sweep along twists and turns, with plenty to browse along the journey. The strolling juggler and the opera trio, dressed in regal opulence, keep all entertained. And the human statue stationed in St. Mark's Square's and the Oculus provides plenty of amusement.
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  • Mandalay Place—Mandalay Place features world-class designers, retailers and restaurateurs in a unique setting. The 100,000-square-foot retail center is located on a sky bridge between Mandalay Bay and Luxor and offers 41 shops and restaurants, many of which are new to Las Vegas.

    Some of the stores located at Mandalay Place include Urban Outfitters, GF Ferre, Godt-Cleary Gallery, Fornarina, Chocolate Swan, Davidoff, Musette, the first-ever Nike Golf store, Oilily (a children's clothing store from Holland), Samantha Chang, Sauvage swimwear boutique and more.
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  • Desert Passage at the Aladdin—The Desert Passage is the jewel in the crown of Las Vegas shopping. With more than 140 stores and eight restaurants, the mall has something for everybody (and every price range).
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Before you leave home

Check to make sure you have assigned sessions for ALL time slots. If you are missing sessions, please call Customer Satisfaction at 1-800-462-1478 right away. Your password to access all handouts for twelve months is included in your confirmation letter. Handouts will become available online in early May. Please print your handouts to bring with you to the conference, check your confirmation letter for your session choices.

Q. How do I print out my handouts?

A. You will have twelve months of access to all the handouts and lesson ideas from every session—a collection of great instructional strategies and techniques that will fast become one of your most valuable reference tools! You will receive a password in your confirmation letter to have time to print your handouts before you leave home.

Q. When can I check into my hotel room at the Venetian/Palazzo?

A. The check in time for the Venetian/Palazzo is 3:00 pm (check out is 11:00 am). We suggest if you arrive in Las Vegas earlier in the day, check your bags with the Bell Captain at the front desk and start exploring Las Vegas.

Q. What is the Conference Concierge?

A. Staffed by a friendly SDE staff member throughout the conference, located on levels 3 & 5, this booth is where you can go with any questions about the event, directions, parking information, or to pick up paperwork for state and graduate continuing education credit. Lost and found is also located here.

Q. I’ve forgotten what sessions I signed up for, how do I find out what they are?

A. Your assigned sessions are on your name badge (A1, B1, C1, etc.). To find the location of the session, look in your Program Guide. There is a map of the facility on the back cover of your Program Guide.

Q. I am missing a session on my badge, what should I do?

A. The session you chose may have been closed already. You can review available sessions on the reader board signs provided in the Foyers or see the SDE Conference Concierge. If a session is closed, you may wait until everyone is seated and if there is space, the Session Monitor will let you know. Otherwise, you may attend any other session that is not closed.

Q. Do I have to wear my name badge?

A. Yes, please wear your name badge at all times as this is your ticket into the sessions and Exhibit Hall.

Q. What do I do if I lose my name badge?

A. Please visit conference registration for a replacement.

Q. How do I know which sessions are closed (full)?

A. For available session information you can check the reader board signs or go to the Conference Concierge Desk.

Q. Can I possibly attend a closed (full) session?

A. You are welcome to go to the session room and let the door monitor know you would like to be in the waiting line. The monitor will show you where to wait and once all registered attendees have been seated, he/she will seat those waiting in order of their arrival as space allows.

Q. How can I become a presenter or a practitioner presenter for SDE?

A. Stop by the Conference Concierge Desk on level 3 or 5 for information.

Q. I have a Purchase Order for books & materials, how do I use it?

A. CSB has a designated booth inside the exhibit hall just for purchase order sales; they will be happy to process your sales for you.

Q. How do I make sure I have state credit hours?

A. Go to the Conference Concierge Desk and complete the paperwork for your state.

Q. Where do I find out about Graduate and Continuing Education Credit?

A. Stop by the Conference Concierge Desk and pick up the paperwork; you have four months from the date of the conference to complete the work. Or, you can download applications at our website

Q. How can I bring one of the SDE presenters to my school or district?

A. Stop by the SDE Sales Booth located in the Exhibit Hall.

Q. Can I take pictures and video tape sessions at the conference?

A. Video and audio taping of any kind at a session is prohibited. Some presenters will permit photography. However, please ask their permission before taking any pictures.

Q. How can I exhibit at this event next year?

A. To exhibit at any upcoming SDE events go to to download an application or contact Jo-Ann Paquin @ 1-800-924-9621 ext. 261 or (603) 924-1112.

Q. Can I have Crystal Springs Books hold products for me?

A. Absolutely! CSB will hold product for you right up until lunch on the last day of the program.

Q. Can the facility ship my materials home from the event for me?

A. Yes, the Venetian/Palazzo has a Business Center on Level Two in the Conference Center that will ship for you for a fee. CSB will provide boxes if you need them.

Q. Where can I use my cell phone during the conference?

A. Cell phone use is limited to the hallways and exhibit area. Please remember to switch your cell phones to vibrate so sessions are not interrupted.

Q. What’s included in the complimentary Coffee & Muffins mentioned in the Program Guide?

A. Funny you should ask, coffee & tea and muffins are provided! They are in the Exhibit Hall in the morning.

Q. What if I want more than coffee and muffins?

A. The Venetian/Palazzo has many restaurant options. Visit and click on the dining tab for a complete list. A food court is also located at both the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels.

Q. Where should I go for lunch?

A. The Venetian/Palazzo has many restaurant options. Visit and click on the dining tab for a complete list. A food court is also located at both the Venetian and Palazzo Hotels. Some restaurants will also be providing a “grab and go box lunch” option during the conference.

Q. What’s the best way to get a around Vegas?

A. The Strip bus stops go up and down the Strip. The double Decker bus called the “The Deuce” runs 24 hours a day up and down the strip. Prices start at $5.00 or passes can be purchased for multiple rides or days.