K-2 Learning Conference: Connecting the Dots
(All NEW Content)

April 4, 2017
8:30 am – 3:45 pm
Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel – 900 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082

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
connect the dots:

  • connecting content areas
  • working with words, words, and more words
  • embracing age-appropriate assessment
  • prioritizing the important content
  • motivating reluctant learners
Scholastic Book Fair

Learn how Scholastic Book Fairs can assist in your plan to increase student success in reading. Find content area resources and fun titles for K-2 in the book fair. Learn more about two free programs available to get your students reading in class and at home. Remember to sign up for the giveaway and you could head home with a basket full of resources to stock your classroom! Everyone is a winner with a $5 certificate to use at the fair. Cash, checks, and credit cards will all be accepted.


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    


Booking Your Hotel for the Conference

Renaissance Dallas Richardson Hotel

900 E. Lookout Drive, Richardson, Texas 75082
972-367-2000 (K-2 Learning Conference)

$146 Single/Double plus tax
Cut-off date: March 13, 2016 for the special rate

Book Now–>


Parking is $15 for the day

*(don’t forget your tax-exempt forms)

Session Leaders

Ervin Knezek

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–>


Justin Richardson

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 Crouch

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–>



Jodi Denton

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

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–>



Amy Anderson

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 Alexander

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:
    Registration does not include parking. Parking fee is $15 for the day and is paid directly to the hotel garage.
  • Make checks payable to:
    lead4ward, llc
    3400 Coit Rd #261007
    Plano, TX 75026-1007
  • Send POs to:
    512-588-1740 fax
  • 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

Explore Richardson

Richardson is located within minutes of all the amenities of Dallas/Fort Worth and enjoys a temperate climate with mild winters and warm summers. Spanning 28 square miles and nestled just to the north of downtown Dallas, Richardson is a city like no other.

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Contact Information

Questions about registration, invoicing, vendor information, contact:

512-201-2999 ext 2
512-588-1740 fax

Questions about hotel, contact:


General questions, contact:

512-201-2999 ext 5