cancelled: preK-2 in-person conference– now let’s reimagine….

lead4ward and TEPSA are committed to serving teachers and leaders in environments that are safe, engaging, and conducive to learning. The coronavirus (COVID-19) has reached a level where we need to assess whether holding a conference is safe for participants and for those with whom they will come in contact with after the conference. At this time, we believe that the most prudent decision is to cancel the PreK-Grade 2 conference on March 31st and to reimagine how we can serve those who were to be in attendance. We had a strong interest in this conference and will consider an in-person event again in the future. Conference fees received will be fully refunded within the next month and no cancellation fees will be applied.

ready, set, launch….

lead4ward and TEPSA are still committed to providing teachers with a meaningful professional learning experience. In keeping that commitment, lead4ward will be providing a free short virtual session for the participants who were registered for the preK-2 conference. The session will be recorded for use with campus teams.  We will do our very best to create an experience that is engaging, creative, and collaborative. More information on this will be communicated in the next couple of weeks.

As always, we are here to serve you, to reimagine engaging learning experiences, and to support teachers, leaders, and the kids you serve in new and creative ways.


lead4ward and TEPSA

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    


CANCELLEDSession 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%.


CANCELLED – Registration

$235 Registration Fee


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  • 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



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CANCELLEDContact Information

Questions about registration, invoicing, vendor information, contact:

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

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General questions, contact:

512-201-2999 ext 5