SDE’s State Conferences for Kindergarten Teachers Provide Powerful Expertise, Motivation, and Practical Strategies

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Peterborough, NH, September 30, 2014

Staff Development for Educators (SDE), one of the nation’s leading providers of professional development for K-12 educators, is pleased to announce its upcoming lineup of award-winning state conferences for kindergarten teachers.

These increasingly popular kindergarten conferences, taking place throughout the Fall, offer kindergarten teachers unique take-aways and practical strategies to help strengthen every kindergarten classroom.

“Our kindergarten conferences provide educators with the tried and true topics that all kindergarten teachers need, while infusing fun and engaging ways to incorporate games and centers that kids love,” explained SDE’s kindergarten program planner, Kymra Kurinskas. “We carefully design and balance the topics that are most applicable to teachers with the ones they need to meet the standards.”

SDE prides itself on quality professional development that is research-based, innovative, and motivating, while also being able to help teachers increase rigor and critical thinking in their instruction. The kindergarten conferences have been carefully designed to combine deep insight into kindergarten instruction with an eye to the emotional, social, cognitive, and physical development needs of kindergarteners.

Each conference provides valuable, hands-on and interactive sessions to keep teachers engaged, and cover a plethora of relevant topics, including activities for teaching difficult math concepts, essential intervention strategies for at-risk and struggling students, content-area games and center ideas to maximize learning, and effective math and literacy strategies for meeting the standards.

Each conference features an all-star lineup of expert presenters, including nationally-known names, classroom practitioners, and popular bloggers. Experts include Deanna Jump, whose practical ideas are a “huge hit with teachers,” Kim Adsit, who is “consistently one of the most requested presenters we have at any kindergarten conference,” Shannon Samulski, who “understands the at-risk child like no other,” and Cara Carroll, one of “the most followed bloggers in early childhood education today,” enthused Kurinskas.

SDE’s kindergarten conferences recognize that a child’s attitude toward school and learning starts in kindergarten, and more specifically, with their teacher. The kindergarten conferences break down the complex concepts taught in kindergarten into easy, understandable, and fun strategies. Teachers will return to their classrooms with up-to-date knowledge of the latest issues and developing trends, and armed with simple and effective techniques and strategies to sustain them throughout the school year.

“Kindergarten teachers have a lot to fit into their day, not to mention what their students need to know by the end of the school year. These conferences give them the tools they need not only to build a solid foundation in math and literacy skills, but also those emotional, social, and cognitive development pieces that are so important in early childhood education,” explained Kurinskas.

Designed for new and veteran teachers alike, the kindergarten conferences will be offered on October 23-24th in Brea, CA; on October 27-28th in Richmond, VA; on November 13-14th in Orlando, FL; on November 17-18th in Franklin, TN; on November 17-18th in Indianapolis, IN; on December 11-12th in Atlanta, GA; on December 4-5th in Greensboro, NC; on December 8-9th in Livonia, MI; on December 11-12th in Oak Lawn, IL; and on December 11-12th in Little Rock, AR. Educators interested registering for these conferences, or learning about more about SDE’s national conferences, upcoming SDE events, or other professional development opportunities, can visit, call 1-800-462-1478, or email

Each day of the conferences feature a morning keynote, followed by four 75-minute blocks of conference sessions. Attendees are able to pick from 4-5 sessions for each block to help customize their experience and center it on their most pressing issues.

All SDE events include an online library of handouts, lesson ideas, reproducibles, and more, and a free 30-day membership at With the paid registration of a staff member, SDE extends free tuition to a principal from the same building, and also offers group discounts for groups of 10+ and 20+.

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