K-2 Learning Conference: Connecting the Dots

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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
connect the dots:

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



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)

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–>



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:
    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:
    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 McAllen

Imagine an area warmed by sub-tropical breezes and complemented by the spicy charms of Historic Old Mexico. Now imagine all that served up on a Texas platter overflowing with a smorgasbord of outdoor pleasures year round.

McAllen is just that. Nestled in the heart of Texas’ southernmost region, the Rio Grande Valley, McAllen is just a Texas two-step from Mexico’s front door. And, because the area is as far south as the tip of Florida (but with a much lower cost of living), the weather is ideal, even in the middle of the winter, for outdoor sports and recreation.

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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