Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit
Kindergarten Implementation Summit
Date: November 8, 2011
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: Sheraton Grand Sacramento Hotel
Sacramento, CA 95814
The Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit was a resounding success! A gathering of almost 500 educators from nearly 100 school districts, who serve more than 2 million children across the state, joined the exciting conversation on how to effectively implement transitional kindergarten.
This fall, education leaders including Carl Cohn, California State Board of Education member; Dave Gordon, Superintendent of Sacramento County Office of Education and John Mockler, president of John Mockler and Associates, convened to discuss how transitional kindergarten gives California an exciting opportunity to support our children’s love of learning and help ensure they are better prepared to succeed in kindergarten and beyond. The Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit was held as a forum for educators to share promising practices, strategies and resources for implementing transitional kindergarten in a high-quality and efficient way. Educators shared learning on family outreach and engagement; curriculum; standards and assessment; and administration.
Read 2011 Transitional Kindergarten Summit Kicks Off Historic Education Reform to Step-Up Readiness for Kindergarten Success [Press release] for additional information on the summit and transitional kindergarten.
Thank you to our co-sponsors: California Teachers Association (CTA), California County Superintendents Educational Services (CCSESA), California Federation of Teachers (CFT), Association of California School Administrators (ACSA), California School Boards Association (CSBA), California State PTA and California Kindergarten Association (CKA).
See below for the Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit packet and breakout session videos and materials.
The Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit Packet
1. Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit Purpose Letter
2. Transitional Kindergarten Implementation Summit Speaker Biographies
4. Transitional Kindergarten Entry Date Cutoff Graphic
5. Transitional Kindergarten Parent Engagement Toolkit
7. Transitional Kindergarten In the Media:
a. Sign on San Diego: National City schools prepare for kindergarten change
b. EdSource Extra: California gears up for extra year of kindergarten
c. Contra Costa Times: 'Transitional Kindergarten' planned for 'early' 5-year-olds
d. Kingsburg Recorder: Kingsburg school has transitional kindergarten program
e. New America Media: Transitional kindergarten gives kids a leg up
f. Gazettes: Long Beach ahead of curve with preppy kindergarten
9. Spanish Materials:
a. Parent Engagement Toolkit (includes sample Parent FAQs and Parent Recruitment Letter)
Breakout Session Descriptions and Materials
Session A: Transitional Kindergarten Implementation 101 (Click here for materials.)
The California County Superintendents Educational Services Association (CCSESA) has produced a guide for transitional kindergarten (TK) programs that is intended to serve as a resource for California school districts. Join this session to hear an overview of this implementation guide and how to begin to plan for a TK program; implement effective instruction, curriculum and assessments; and to hear about additional resources available for your district
Moderator: Joyce Wright, Ed.D., Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Support Services, Sacramento County Office of
Panelists: Kathy Thompson, Assistant Superintendent, Early Childhood Services, Shasta County Office of Education
Wilma Hashimoto, Coordinator, Child Care & Development Planning Council, Fresno County Office of Education
Natalie Woods Andrews, Ed.D., Director, School Readiness, Sacramento County Office of Education
David Swart, Superintendent, Rescue Union School District
Nancy Herota, Director, California Preschool Informational Network, School Readiness Department, Sacramento County Office of Education
Session B: Family Outreach and Engagement (Click here for materials.)
|Because transitional kindergarten is a voluntary option for families, successful implementation of TK depends on having an effective communications strategy in place to inform parents about the benefits of the program and address questions about the change in law. Join this session to hear from experts on how to best outreach to, inform and engage parents as supporters for TK.|
Moderator: Adonai Mack, Legislative Advocate, Association of California School Administrators
Panelists: Ernesto Saldaña, State Field Director, Preschool California
Ruth Yoon, Early Childhood Education Administrator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Melissa Vernon, Transitional Kindergarten Classroom Parent Volunteer, Antonio Del Buono Elementary School, Gilroy Unified School District
Session C: Curriculum (Click here for materials.)
|Surveys of district administrators and teachers suggest a need for support in identifying curricular models designed for young 5 year olds. In 2011-12, several school districts began implementing TK early, including Los Angeles Unified School District, Kingsburg Unified School District and Soquel Unified School District. These districts are also implementing groundbreaking work and designing curricular models based on the latest brain development research that highlights how Dual Language Learners most effectively acquire language. Join this session to hear from experts from these districts on their best practice models.|
Moderator: Janet Lopez, Senior Policy Analyst, Preschool California
Panelists: Janis Shinmei, Program Coordinator, Los Angeles Unified School District
Susan True, Executive Director, First 5 Santa Cruz County
Shirley Esau, Principal, Kingsburg Elementary Charter School District
Session D: Standards and Assessments (Click here for materials.)
|Join this session to hear from experts on the alignment and bridging of the Preschool Learning Foundations and the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards. In addition, hear about the development of the Desired Results Developmental Profile-School Readiness assessment tool, and other assessment tools that districts can use to help better inform instruction in TK classrooms|
Moderator: Camille Maben, Director, Child Development Division, California Department of Education
Panelists: Peter Mangione, Co-Director, WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies
Nora Armenta, Executive Director of Early Care and Education, Los Angeles Unified School District
Osnat Zur, Senior Program Associate, WestEd Center for Child & Family Studies
Next year will be the first year in which more than 700 California districts offer transitional kindergarten programs, giving children the gift of time to help them succeed in kindergarten. Now is the time to learn how to best serve our young learners!