March 31, 2020
Plano Event Center 8:30 am – 3:10 pm
Plano Event Center – 2000 E. Spring Creek Pkwy., Plano, TX

Ready, Set, Launch: Lifting up our Littlest Learners
Preparing our littlest learners for a successful school career depends on how we set the foundation. Process standards are key to this foundation and are all about “how” we learn! The process standards are consistent across grade levels and content areas, highly correlate with overall performance on assessments, and help teachers differentiate for learners. Come explore how to use the process standards to go beyond basic-level thinking and promote student independence while lifting up our littlest learners.

Participants will:

  • Recognize the importance of the process standards in learning
  • Discover how to easily plan and incorporate the process standards in daily instruction
  • Learn ways to help foster thinking and communication in all content areas
  • Understand the role process standards play in PreK-2 classrooms and how they are assessed on STAAR in future grades
  • Explore how to step up and step out with ideas to make learning more engaging, more challenging, and more successful for all kids
  • Invest time to think, connect, and have fun with our learning

Keynote Session: Ready, Set, Launch: Lifting up our Littlest Learners
Breakout sessions for: Math, ELAR, Social Studies/Science Integration, Leadership, and Special Education


7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Participant Check-in and Coffee
8:30 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Keynote Session – Ready, Set, Launch
9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Break/Transition    
10:00 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. Session 1    
10:50 a.m. – 11:05 a.m. Break/Transition    
11:05 a.m. – 11:55 a.m. Session 2    
11:55 a.m. – 1:15 p.m. Lunch on Your Own    
1:15 p.m. – 2:05 p.m. Session 3    
2:05 p.m. – 2:20 p.m. Break/Transition    
2:20 p.m. – 3:10 p.m. Session 4    


Session Leaders

Justin Richardson

Bringing years of district leadership experience, Justin Richardson, M.Ed., 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. As learning leader for lead4ward, Justin provides direction on learning initiatives with a creative and innovative approach. Read more–>


Nancy Crouch

Nancy is an experienced educational consultant who works with state agencies, educational 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–>



Gayla Wiggins

Gayla is an educational consultant who works with school districts and service centers in the areas of curriculum, instruction, and English Language Arts and Reading. Read more–>


Kathy Clapsaddle

Kathy Clapsaddle has over 20 years’ experience as a consultant and special educator. She feels strongly that purposeful and engaging instruction – for both educators and students – is the key to meaningful growth for all students. Read more–>


Cristi Parsons

Cristi Parsons is an elementary principal at Pine Tree Primary School in Texas, with more than 25 years of experience as an educator. She has led two campuses to Model PLC School status. In addition, her campus leads Region 7 in Kindergarten Readiness with 94% on level compared to the States 56%.


$235 Registration Fee

Need a quote?

  • Free Parking. There are parking lots on the east and west side of the building.  You may park on either side.
  • Make checks payable to:
    lead4ward, llc
    3400 Coit Rd #261007
    Plano, TX 75026-1007
  • Send POs to:
    512-588-1740 fax
  • Cancellation Fee per registrant*:
    more than 10 business days prior to event date: $185 per registrant
    less than 10 business days prior to event date: $235 per registrant
    *unless you provide a substitute



Book Your Hotel!

Hotel guestroom block is reserved on a first-come, first-served basis–>

View more overflow options–>


Contact Information

Questions about registration, invoicing, vendor information, contact:

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

Questions about hotels, contact:


General questions, contact:

512-201-2999 ext 5