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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   Slow Starts to Your Morning
 Routine = Great SEL Benefits
Carmen Zeisler

 Write (Digitally) From the

 Ginger Lewman

 Addressing the 6 Million
 Word Gap​

 Robi Alstrom

 Cross Curricular Coding for

 Reneé Smith, Jane Seward,
 Paige Hayden

 10:00 – 10:50

 Smashing STEAM and
 Literacy: Picture Book Edition

 Carmen Zeisler

 Creative Purposeful Play
 Sandy Rempel

 Building Self-Regulation and
 Executive Function

Robi Alstrom

 Make-It Take-It
 10:00 – 1:40
 11:00 – 11:50

 Let's Talk About Numbers​
 Reneé Smith, Paige Hayden

 Healing Developmental

 Katie Perez

 Orthographic Mapping: Say

 Robi Alstrom


 11:50 -


 12:50 – 1:40

 "Kinders Can" be Hooked by
 Books: Math & Literacy

 Reneé Smith, Jane Seward

 From Play-Based to Project
 Based Learning

 Katie Perez

 Supporting Giftedness,
 Learning Disabilities, and the
 Intersection Between
Ginger Lewman, Robi Alstrom

 1:50 – 2:40 

 Are You "Game" for Math?
 Reneé Smith

 Redesign: From Word Walls to
 Sound Walls

 Jane Seward

 Yes. Kinders CAN Use Adobe
 Spark Video

 Glenn Wiebe
 Movement for Self

 Kelly Turcotte
 2:40 – 3:00   Wrap-up & Prize Giveaway    




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

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!

  • LETRS for Early Childhood Educators
    December 6, 2020 - Robi Alstrom
    Language Essentials for Teachers of Reading and Spelling explains how the brain reads and the language structures that provide the foundations of literacy.
  • Number Talks for Whole Numbers
    January 22, 2020 – Reneé Smith 
    Need a great way to jumpstart your math period? Looking for strategies that promote accuracy, efficiency, flexibility, and communication in math?
  • Cross-Curricular Coding 4 Teachers of Younger Kids
    January 27-28 – Renee Smith, Jane Seward, and Paige Hayden
    Attend this action-packed, two-day workshop where you will learn how to integrate coding into content areas.
  • All About Words: Increasing the Oral Language of Our Pre & Kindergarten Learners
    January 31, 2020 - Jane Seward, Renee’ Smith
    Vocabulary matters. You’ll leave this workshop with a greater understanding of how to design and deliver the instruction necessary to close the gap for our youngest learners. 
  • PreK-5 Math & Literacy Learning Work Stations
    February 7, 2020 - Renee’ Smith, Jane Seward
    Experience a station framework that allows students to demonstrate independence and perseverance.
  • Smashing STEAM and Literacy Together
    February 18, 2020 - Carmen Zeisler
    While it is crucial for children to develop their skills within the STEAM disciplines, they must hone their literacy skills first. Let’s learn how to smash literature and STEAM together!
  • Building Curious Brains
    March 11, 2020 - Katie Perez
    We will explore how ACEs affect the development of the brain. Using this we will consider how we can use literature and science to build strong connections, sustain curiosity, and enhance kindergarten readiness.
  • Executive Function and Self-Regulation (PreK—3)
    April 2, 2020 - 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.
  • Early Childhood: Behaviors, Executive Function, and Mindfulness
    April 17, 2020 - Robi Alstrom
    Join this workshop designed for early childhood educators for a different approach to classroom management.