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January 28, 2020

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Students Who Start School Behind: Powerful Strategies to Promote and Accelerate Academic Success (Preschool - Kindergarten)

Presented by Betsy Stenklyft
Outstanding Educator and National Presenter

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Specifically Designed for: Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers; Instructional Aides; Special Education Staff; Title 1 Staff; Literacy Specialists; and Administrators

  • Practical strategies to accelerate academic success for students who come to Pre-K and kindergarten lacking readiness and language skills
  • How-to ideas and powerful tools for developing thoughtful, deliberate, research-based activities and lessons designed to accelerate readiness skills and language skills
  • Classroom-proven, use-tomorrow strategies and activities to close the readiness gap, promote motivation and reduce discipline problems
  • Often students who start behind, stay behind—How to break the cycle of failure BEFORE it begins!

Practical Ideas and Strategies

The school readiness gap is real. Every educator working with Pre-K and kindergarten students sees children on the first day of school who are ready to learn and children who are facing challenges. The question is: what can we as teachers do about it?”

In this information-packed, fast-paced NEW seminar, Betsy Stenklyft will share powerful strategies you can use to accelerate the academic success of students who start school behind. You will learn teacher-friendly strategies you can use the very next day to help your students increase and accelerate their learning and academic success.

You will leave this seminar with renewed energy and feeling empowered to work with students in your class who start school without the tools necessary for optimal learning. You will also receive an extensive resource handbook and a solid understanding of the research-based strategies you can utilize to help close the readiness gap. In addition, you will be equipped to successfully help those children who, through no fault of their own, start school already behind.

Ten Key Benefits of Attending

  1. The Readiness Gap – Why It Exists and How You Can Close It
    Learn powerful strategies you can use to promote and accelerate the academic success of your students who start school behind … Discover what research says about which children are most at risk, why they struggle and how you can help
  2. Fill the Learning Readiness Gaps in Your Students
    Utilize practical, doable lessons and activities to help students who lack language, impulse control and readiness skills make significant gains … Ways you can use your existing curriculum to help fill gaps and increase students’ chances for success in school and in life
  3. Create an Optimal Environment for Accelerated Learning
    Discover the keys to creating an optimal learning environment … Research-based, practical ways that you can create a learning environment where students’ readiness gaps can close
  4. Harness the Power of “Play with a Purpose”
    Learn ways to support, structure and set the stage for learning-rich, student-directed play … Ways you can facilitate rich language development and close the readiness gap
  5. What Works – Powerful, Developmentally Appropriate Literacy Activities
    Discover vital reading and writing activities you can use to help close the readiness gap … Receive tips, strategies, management ideas and clear approaches for accelerating learning for all your students
  6. Motivating, Hands-On Math and Science!
    Receive outstanding math and science activities designed to help close the readiness gap … Ideas for increasing motivation, engaging students in discussion and providing rich opportunities for language development
  7. Conferring that Makes All the Difference
    Learn practical strategies to increase the effectiveness of your conferring and conferencing with students … Powerful ways to help close the readiness gap and develop rich language and thinking skills in your students
  8. Growth Mindset Matters!
    For many “gapsters,” a fixed mindset that they “can’t” is already set by age three! … Vital, practical ways that you can help your students drop a fixed mindset and adopt a growth mindset, unlocking their learning potential
  9. Less Discipline, More Motivation and Joy of Learning
    Discover highly effective strategies that not only help to accelerate student learning and close the readiness gap, but also increase students’ motivation, joy and responsible behavior … Learn ways you can support and help students who face chronic stress in their home environment
  10. Receive an Extensive Resource Handbook
    You will receive a detailed handbook packed with all the practical, research-based information, strategies, techniques, and activities discussed in the seminar that will become a well-used reference for you year after year!

Outstanding Strategies You Can Use Immediately

  • Proven teaching strategies to reduce the school readiness gap
  • Strategies that help ameliorate effects of students’ environments from birth to three – the years when the gap is created
  • Ways to develop rich language, the foundation of cognitive abilities
  • How to respond effectively to students with a negative self-image
  • Eliminate non-productive behaviors using teacher-tested and research-based ideas and strategies
  • Learn how to create the optimal conditions for learning in your classroom
  • Help students build an “I Can” attitude
  • The keys to successful conferencing with students who start school behind
  • How to help students drop a fixed mindset and adopt a growth mindset
  • Practical ways to set the stage for learning-rich, “purposeful play”
  • Strategies to help your students who start school behind close their readiness gaps and participate with enthusiasm in learning

A Message From Your Seminar Leader

Dear Colleague:

I have always believed that all children want to learn and succeed. But it is also very apparent that all children do not start school ready to learn, or seemingly even wanting to learn. Why? What causes some children, at the Pre-K or kindergarten level, to welcome cognitive challenge while others avoid it? What causes some students to engage whole-heartedly with activities provided by a thoughtful, hardworking teacher, while others refuse to participate? Why does learning seem to be so easy for some and so difficult for others? These questions led me on a quest. I learned what research tells us about why some children come to school ready to learn and others do not. I read about ways to decrease this gap. I tried out many ideas with my own students. I saw success. And now, I am excited to share with you what I have learned.

Why are there such differences in readiness? Most importantly, what can we do about it? Knowing the research will help you understand those children in your classroom who are disconnected, experience great difficulty learning, and who may interfere with the learning of others because of poor impulse control. Knowing the research will help you to clarify what you can do and whyyou should do it (I’ve always believed that knowing why is most important). Knowing the research will help you catch these kids early … before they fall. I believe that preschool, Pre-K and kindergarten educators are essentially “First Responders” and as such, fill the MOST IMPORTANT role in the education of children – especially those children who I call “gapsters,” the ones who begin school already behind.

Though the information I share is research-based, the emphasis will be on practical strategies, ideas and activities that you can use the very next day with your students. These have been classroom tested, are teacher friendly and they work! They will help you stimulate the neurological growth necessary for all your children to learn. They will help you to close your students’ readiness gap and set them on the road to success in school and in life!

If you are searching for a new spark, a collection of helpful strategies, or validation for what you are already doing, I invite you to join me for a fascinating day of learning! I guarantee you will leave understanding the reasons for the readiness gap and equipped with powerful strategies to help close it. My goal is for you to leave feeling empowered, motivated and more excited about teaching! I promise it will be an uplifting and informative day!

Betsy Stenklyft

P.S. If you could transform the life of just one student this year, your time will have been well spent. Invest a day with me and learn research-based, practical strategies that can make a real difference in the lives of your students.

Who Should Attend

 Preschool, Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers, Instructional Aides, Special Education Staff, Title 1 Staff, Literacy Specialists, and Administrators

Special Benefits of Attending

Extensive Resource Handbook
Each participant will receive an extensive resource handbook specifically designed for this seminar. The handbook includes:

  • Dozens of ready-to-use strategies designed to help break the cycle of failure before it begins
  • Important practical take-aways from seminal research studies on the reasons for the readiness gap and practical ideas for how to close it
  • Powerful strategies for developing a classroom environment that fosters positive growth mindset, language development, empathy, and a sense of inclusion
  • Ideas for developing an educational approach designed to redirect your students’ learning paths from a cycle of failure to success

Meet and Share
This seminar provides a wonderful opportunity for participants to meet and share ideas with other educators interested in enhancing their preschool or kindergarten program.

Consultation Available
Betsy Stenklyft will be available at the seminar for consultation regarding your questions and the unique needs of your own Pre-K, preschool or kindergarten program.

Semester Credit Option
Brandman University Logo Up to four Graduate level professional development credit are available with an additional fee and completion of follow up practicum activities. Details for direct enrollment with Brandman University, part of the Chapman University system, will be available at this BER program.

Meet Inservice Requirements
At the end of the program, each attendee will receive a certificate of participation that may be used to verify hours of participation in meeting continuing education requirements.

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