Partner event

The 6th Annual Transitional Kindergarten Conference


May 12, 2017


Sacramento, CA

In Partnership With

Please join New Teacher Center and Early Edge for the 6th Annual TK Conference. This conference will provide TK teachers, administrators and support staff with innovative strategies, practical resources, and hands-on activities to take back to their TK classrooms for a high-quality experience for young learners.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ellen Galinsky, author of Mind in the Making and President and Co-Founder of Families and Work Institute.

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In Case You Missed Us

A Statewide Network Approach to Instructional Coaching

During our recent webinar “A Statewide Network Approach to Instructional Coaching,” we heard from Kim Owen, Iowa Teacher Leaders Support System (TLSS) Program Leader, Regional Administrator Grant Wood Area Education Agency, Iowa; Barbara Leete, Instructional Coach, PreK-2nd; and Clarissa Williams, New Teacher Center Midwest Program Consultant discussed how NTC and GWAEA established a statewide instructional coaching network.

The network, now in its third year, brings together other Iowa Area Education Agencies and several of their districts to support district program leaders and their instructional coaches. Key and unique to the network is its systems approach to instructional coaching for greater impact on teachers and students. Challenges and insights about establishing and sustaining the statewide network were shared.


Skilled Facilitators are key to successful Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)

Learn from Ruth Stephens Radle, Principal on Special Assignment from Evergreen Elementary School District as she discussed the importance of developing skilled facilitators as a key component of successful PLCs and the impact on schools and districts. She spoke from experience, how she leveraged both the NTC administrative and facilitator professional development to move PLC work in her district forward.

Dr. Maria Reitano, Associate Program Director and Michael Russo, Senior Program Director shared how facilitator development can impact the success of PLCs across a school district. They discussed the crucial need there is to have district administrative support of PLC facilitators and teams.


Supporting Early Learning Educators With Coaching

Betty Pazmiño Interim Executive Director of San Francisco Unified School District Early Education Department, Ravi Kline Instructional Coach for the Early Education Department, and Jenna Wachtel, New Teacher Center Program Director, Early Learning shared innovative ideas about the implementation of a coaching program for educators teaching 3, 4 and 5 year old students.