K-2 Learning Conference: Connecting the Dots
September 28, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm
McAllen Convention Center – 700 Convention Center Boulevard, McAllen, Texas 78501
Kids enter school with a natural curiosity for learning. They inquire. They explore. They create. They look for patterns. K-2 teachers connect the dots between content areas. We connect the dots of content to critical thinking, confidence to creativity, productive struggle to independence, and instruction to assessment. Most importantly, when we connect with other creative folks, we learn new ways to make learning come alive for young learners.
Keynote Session: The Big Dots: Young Learners – Big Ideas
Breakout sessions for: Math, ELAR, Social Studies, Science, Leadership, and Special Education.
Anchoring on the state standards, sessions will focus on how to
|7:30 am – 8:30 am||Participant Check-in and Coffee|
|8:30 am – 9:30 am||Keynote Session – The Big Dots: Young Learners – Big Ideas|
|9:30 am – 10:00 am||Break/Transition|
|10:00 am – 10:50 am||Session 1|
|10:50 am – 11:05 am||Break/Transition|
|11:05 am – 11:55 am||Session 2|
|11:55 am – 1:15 pm||Lunch on Your Own|
|1:15 pm – 2:05 pm||Session 3|
|2:05 pm – 2:20 pm||Break/Transition|
|2:20 pm – 3:10 pm||Session 4|
Hotel Options for the Conference
Embassy Suites by Hilton
McAllen Convention Center
800 Convention Center Blvd.
McAllen, Texas, 78501
La Quinta Inn & Suites
McAllen Convention Center
801 S. Ware Rd.
McAllen, Texas, 78501
*(don’t forget your tax-exempt forms)
Texas-born lifelong educator, Ervin Knezek, Ed.D., is Founder, Chief Education Officer, and Teacher at lead4ward. Ervin works with educators at all levels in designing and implementing learning systems to meet ever-increasing standards for students. A driving force in supporting what is best for Texas students, Ervin is regarded as one of the leading visionaries in Texas education. He has inspired and motivated educators throughout Texas with his creative and strategic approaches. Read more–>
Bringing years of district leadership experience, Justin Richardson is the newest member of the lead4ward family. He is passionate about engaging, challenging, and supporting educators to create something new and amazing! He believes our purpose as educators is to bring out the greatness in others. Prior to joining lead4ward, Justin served as Executive Director of Curriculum and Professional Development for Canyon ISD. In this role, Justin developed and led the implementation of Professional Learning Communities, curriculum alignment, assessment and data analysis processes, and intervention systems.
Nancy is an experienced educational consultant who works with state agencies, education service centers, and school districts in developing and implementing teaching and learning systems. Read more–>
Social Studies enthusiast, Jodi Denton, M.Ed., serves as one of lead4ward’s content specialists. Jodi works with teachers and instructional support teams to meet the increasingly complex requirements for student success. Read more–>
Jenna Shinners, M.Ed., has devoted her life and career to sharing her passion of learning. As a lead4ward consultant, she works with school districts and education service centers in the areas of science curriculum and instruction. Read more–>
Lifelong educator and learner, Amy Anderson, Ph.D., is an experienced educational consultant who works with campuses, school districts, and education service centers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and English language arts and reading. Read more–>
Jayme’s vocation has been serving special populations for over 15 years. She has had the pleasure of learning from students with both high- and low-incidence disabilities in settings ranging from resource classrooms and inclusion to consultation and outreach. Read more–>
$195 Registration Fee
Parking is FREE and primarily located on the East & West sides of the building. The registration area will be located in the Ballroom lobby. Attendees can park on the West side (Ware Rd. entrance).
- Make checks payable to:
3400 Coit Rd #261007
Plano, TX 75026-1007
- Send POs to:
- Cancellation Fee*:
more than 10 business days prior to event date: $145
less than 10 business days prior to event date: $195
*unless you provide a substitute
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