Celebrate K! - Three Day Conference

Full-Day Kindergarten Conference


  • Jennifer Kelly


Full-day kindergarten is an important element of our state's strategy for improving student outcomes and closing the achievement gap. Much happens during the kindergarten year that makes it special, including welcoming families into the K-12 system, facilitating student success in a developmentally appropriate, standards-based environment, and forging "school readiness" partnerships with the early learning community. Celebrate K! is offering three days of content targeted specially for Kindergarten.

Event Notes

Lunch will be provided.

Participants can attend days individually, or all three days, choosing from a variety of sessions.  

After registration, each attendee will be e-mailed a link to select sessions. You can preview the options below. Click on a session title to expand the description.

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Presenter: Jenny Kelly and Brenda Dunn
Participants will deepen their understanding of the Common Core Content and practice math standards through the Counting and Cardinality domain. We will look at how to engage students in mathematical tasks through play-based learning. Intentional connections will be made to WaKIDS through videos and hands-on experiences.
Presenter: Georgia Boatman
How do you engage young learners in designing, modeling and constructing explanations in a scientific way? In this session explore three-dimensional thinking and learning by engaging in a STEM immersion activity designed specifically for early learners. Session participants will learn more about the Science and Engineering Practices of 1) Developing and Using Models, Arguing from Evidence and Constructing Explanations and the Crosscutting Concepts of 1) Systems and Systems Models and Cause and Effect while addressing Kindergarten science and engineering concepts in the Next Generation Science Standards. Participants will also explore the connections to ELA, highlighting the "more bang for your buck" aspect of NGSS and science.
Presenter: Lupe Mota
Family involvement can extend the experiences that a child has in the classroom to real-world activities that happen in the home. Encouraging and increasing family engagement can help support children beyond their early years and make their families an important part of their education well into the future. One of the most difficult challenges for early childhood educators is figuring out how to better engage families in their child’s learning. Come learn about the strategies that can help strengthen the partnership between teachers and families.
Presenters: Tracy Squires, Karrie Peterson
How can you squeeze the juice out of your shared reading time to maximize its effectiveness? Recognizing the importance of literacy skills as it relates to all other learning that takes place in the classroom, we will focus on using big books, poem boards and wall stories to teach emergent reading skills and inspire a love of reading in young learners. Participants will walk away with ideas on creating a print rich learning environment that they will be able to incorporate into their classroom.
Presenter: Keilani DeHaan
If you have students in your class who are demonstrating behaviors as a result of stress or anxiety, this workshop will provide tools to support them. It will engage your heart, mind and body as you experience tools for bringing children to "Mindfulness" and will assist you in creating a safe, fun and interactive environment for young children to learn how to manage the stress in their lives and build resilience. Learn the value of stillness, body awareness and emotion identification as you practice and promote "Mindfulness".

Presenter: Karma Hugo
Even though WaKIDS has only been statewide since 2017-18, the vision for it started back in 2006.  It was a bumpy but worthwhile road. We’ve come a long way in that time and have a lot to celebrate!  

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Presenter: Jenny Kelly
In the Operations and Algebraic Thinking module, participants develop an understanding of how children connect different meanings, interpretations and relationships with the operations of addition and subtraction. Participants will study how children progress in their algebraic understanding along a learning trajectory through an immersion into the Learning Pathways of Numeracy document. Through interactive hands on activities, participants will gain resources that can be implemented in the classroom to develop a child’s algebraic thinking. 
Presenter: Mira Gobel
Participants will engage in authentic dialogue around how to cultivate culturally responsive learning environments where ALL students can access learning. Practical strategies will be modeled and participants will walk away with useable tools.
Presenter: Michelle Fickle
Assessment can be viewed as the ugly “A” word in teaching. This session is designed to offer some tools and strategies for collecting and organizing data that will ultimately help make scoring for TS Gold easier. These tools will also assist in designing small group interventions, help with student goal setting, and can make communicating assessment results with parents easier. Attendees will hopefully leave feeling like assessment is a little less “ugly” and a little more accessible!
Presenters: Tracy Squires, Karrie Peterson
Yes, kindergarten students CAN write! Participants will learn how to incorporate writing into their daily classroom routine, encourage children to see themselves as authors, and use the standards to plan meaningful instruction.
Presenters: Kendra Leggett and Karen Lipp
In this session, learn how to plan and organize play centers in the classroom. Participants will explore how play evolves over the course of a year. Participants will also learn methods for facilitating and enhancing play through teaching children to be purposeful about their center choices.
Presenter: Lori Scott
Your role as an early childhood educator is to create a community conducive to helping all students meet academic and behavioral goals. Key planning and teaching strategies can make a dramatic difference in reaching students with diverse abilities and skill bases. This interactive worship will give educators practical research-based inclusion strategies and practices including curriculum modifications, embedded learning opportunities and child-focused instructional strategies that help students with individual learning objectives. Learn how to apply these teacher-friendly strategies in your classroom.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Presenter: Jenny Kelly and Brenda Dunn
Participants will deepen their understanding of the Common Core Content and practice math standards through the Counting and Cardinality domain. We will look at how to engage students in mathematical tasks through play-based learning. Intentional connections will be made to WaKIDS through videos and hands-on experiences.
Presenters: Margarita Alaman and Jocelyn Reyes
During the past few years, the interest in Social Emotional Learning and Adverse Childhood Experiences has grown and develop into movement. This session seeks to review the basic information of these topics and connect them to hands on activities to use with Elementary School Students. Attendees will have an opportunity to create stress balls (of different materials, calming bottles, breathing dragons, etc.) from every day materials. Each individual will leave with a plan to create their own kits, as well as activities to empower their students.
Presenter: Erin Tomlinson
Through this informative workshop, participants will learn about the importance of early identification and developmental services for infants and young children with a developmental delay or disability. Parents will be guided through how to perform a Universal Developmental Screening for their child and how to access early intervention services should a delay be detected. This is a powerful workshop that will ultimately provide parents with the tools to detect delays before school starts and find the services needed to help prepare their child for success in school.
Presenter: Lisa Brouwer-Thompson
Prepare to play! Throw your fears of “doing art” aside and come explore how to connect language arts with visual arts. Reinforce what you have read with children through creative art mediums. Your art center has a very important place in your classroom. Let’s talk about how to make the art center a multi-level learning space with children leading the experience.
Presenter: Kristi Docken
This next-step session will focus on how to generate reports in the Gold system and use the data to inform instruction. Participants will also learn more about collecting evidence and work in groups to discuss data collection.
Presenter: Erin Tomlinson
Toddlers 2 Teens (T2T) is a research-based, interactive, social-emotional literacy program that helps children and their parents identify behaviors, recognize the feelings that lead to behaviors and do something different. T2T specifically concentrates on discovering and adopting new ways to deal with feelings, which leads to academic achievement and improved well-being, changing behavior forever in an effort to improve relationships. Each will leave the workshop with a full T2T kit to practice and use at home while teaching these important concepts to their child.
Presenter: Sarah Reser
In this fast paced and interactive session, participants will increase their understanding of the 3 tiers of vocabulary and apply instructional strategies that support student learning in all content areas. Participants will be able to explain the 3 tiers of vocabulary to a colleague, identify 3 tiers of vocabulary in the context of their own classroom and gain materials and strategies that they will be able to use in their classroom to support student learning.


Educational Service District 123
3924 W. Court Street Pasco WA 99301


  • Tue, July 17 2018 8:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Check-In: 8:00 AM
    ESD 123 Professional Development Center
  • Wed, July 18 2018 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Check-In: 9:00 AM
    ESD 123 Professional Development Center
  • Thu, July 19 2018 9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
    Check-In: 9:00 AM
    ESD 123 Professional Development Center


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Registration Ends
Tuesday Jul 3, 2018 2:00 PM

Professional Hours
Clock Hour Number: WWAF0012
15 Clock Hours $30.00
15 STAR Hours


Early Learning