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We are so glad you’re here!

A few reminders:

  • Be sure to Tweet out your favorite session or product to be entered into a drawing for an awesome prize! Include @essdack and #kinderscan in your Tweet to qualify.
  • Don’t forget to check out the Make It Take It room.
  • Hang around at the end of the day for the prize giveaway. (Cause there’s ton of prizes even if you don’t Tweet during the day!)
  • Have fun!


  Auditorium White Hobbs Makerspace
8:30 - 8:50 Welcome & Instructions      
9:00 – 9:50 ACE of Hearts
Katie Perez

Facebook for Stronger Parent Connections
Jessica Self

ASQ's are Completed . . . Now What?
Shelia Berridge
STEAM for Kinders
Carmen Zeilser
10:00 – 10:50

Getting It Done Write: Handwriting That Works
Jane Seward

ESGI - Software for Guiding Instruction
Sandy Rempel

Grab 'Em With Math Games
Tammy Fellers

Books that Heal
Carmen Zeisler
11:00 – 11:50

Jane Seward

Kind Play
Sarah Harlan

Every Book is a Social Studies Book
Glenn Wiebe

Make-It Take-It
11:00 – 2:40

11:50 – 12:40


12:50 – 1:40

Rethinking Writing
Robi Alstrom

Finally a Way to Solve ALL Your Math Problems
Lisa Terry

Problem Based Learning for Kinder Math
Katie Perez

1:50 – 2:40

Rock Your Read Aloud
Robi Alstrom

Coding with Kinders
Nicky Schafer
Mindful Movement
Kali Witek
2:40 – 3:00 Wrap-up & Prize Giveaway    




Missed a session you really wanted to sit in on? Want digital copies of session materials?


A huge thanks to all of our Kinders Can sponsors! We appreciate your support for quality education in Kansas.

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“Our goal is to build a strong foundation by providing an engaging online curriculum to assist early learners to succeed.”

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“We want to streamline classroom processes to help teachers overcome the unique challenges of early childhood education.”

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“We can help struggling learners quickly catch up to grade level and close learning gaps for all your students.”

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“We want to put visual prowess in everyone’s hands.”

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“Our mission is to bring about lasting change in education through the creation of powerful learning games.”

Upcoming events just for you:

ESSDACK is more than just a one day Kinders Can mini-conference. We’ve got all sorts of professional learning opportunities designed just for you!

  • CGI: Building Problem Solving and Thinking Skills in Elementary Math
    January 28-30, 2019
    Renee' Smith
    Cognitively Guided Instruction (CGI) is a problem-solving mathematics program designed to improve number sense and computation for students in Kindergarten through fifth grades. 

  • Number Talks for Whole Numbers 
    February 5, 2019
    Renee' Smith
    Need a great way to jumpstart your math period? Looking for strategies that promote accuracy, efficiency, flexibility, and communication in math? Number Talks is what you have been looking for.

  • Trauma Informed for All: Para-Educators Teachers, Community
    February 13, 2019
    Rebecca Lewis-Pankratz
    Many districts are discovering the power of building trauma-informed culture in schools. This session is designed to help give Para-Educators the insight of why we do trauma-informed and how to become resilience builders in the classroom with kids who struggle!

  • K-5 PBL Boot Camp 
    February 21-22, 2019
    Katie Perez
    Let’s get your students and classroom culture in amazing shape this semester with our spring Project Based Learning Boot Camp! Your learning goals will be evaluated to guide your personalized training. There will be non-stop learning, stretching, building, and growing!

  • Executive Function and Self-Regulation (Pre-K-3)
    April 4, 2019
    Robi Alstrom
    Does it seem like you’re spending more time managing behaviors than teaching skills and concepts? Executive functions include attention, impulse control and working memory. Join us as we investigate the causes of executive function deficits and the role executive function and self-regulation play in preparing students for social and academic success in the early grades.

  • Math Stations: Creating Independent Mathematicians
    April 26, 2019
    Renee' Smith  Tammy Fellers
    Join Tammy and Renee' and experience a day of rigorous math learning activities aligned to the common core. And you'll receive six pre-made stations for your grade band ready for immediate use in the classroom!