PETERBOROUGH, N.H. — June 5, 2012 — Educators from across the country will convene at Staff Development for Educators™ (SDE) 2012 annual conferences in Las Vegas, July 9- 13, and Chicago, July 21-23, to acquire the latest research-based best practices for supporting and engaging students at every level of ability. As part of its commitment to helping teachers master the most current instructional strategies, the 2012 SDE National Conferences in Las Vegas will feature three sessions in which teachers can experience the latest instructional innovation – the “flipped classroom.”

SDE conferences offer meaningful, relevant professional development, from cutting edge innovation to tried and true classroom practices, all in a supportive and fun environment.” said SDE President, Terra Tarango. “We aim to support educators in creating extraordinary classrooms.”

The content-rich, four-day, multi-track conferences bring together a variety of respected educational leaders such as seasoned classroom teachers, renowned speakers and award-winning authors. SDE is offering flipped sessions so educators can experience the value of the flipped classroom, one of the most discussed new and adaptive teaching practices, from their students’ perspective. For those sessions, the flipped model will require attendees to complete “homework” in advance, and then utilize the session time for hands-on work with the presenters.

The Las Vegas SDE conferences comprise the larger event, and along with the Chicago conferences, are expected to draw more than 8,000 district administrators, principals and teachers. The Las Vegas National Conference on Differentiated Instruction includes high-impact sessions from 84 of the country’s foremost experts on differentiated instruction. Sessions provide research-based and classroom-tested strategies for specific subjects and standards, Common Core State Standards, lesson planning, supporting the entire spectrum of student needs and abilities, incorporating technology and 21st century skills, motivating students and more. Las Vegas will also include two other conferences; the National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies and the I Teach K! National Kindergarten Teacher Conference.

At the National Conference on Singapore Math Strategies, administrators, math coaches and teachers for grades K-6 will examine the advantages of the full adoption of Singapore Math strategies or partial integration into existing curriculums, and learn practical approaches for making math instruction more accessible, more intuitive and more enjoyable.

At the I Teach K! National Kindergarten Teacher Conference, sessions will focus on number sense, math and science concepts, emergent reading and writing, interventions, centers, classroom management, assessments and reporting systems, technology, brain development and a variety of other early learning topics. This venue also includes two, daylong pre-conferences: PowerUp! Connecting Technology to Today’s Learners and the Administrator Summit on July 9.

The July 21-23 Chicago conferences will consist of the PowerUp! pre-conference, a Differentiated Instruction 2012 Midwest Conference and a I Teach 1st! National First Grade Teacher Conference. The technology and differentiated instruction conferences will include similar topics, focus and content as their counterparts in Las Vegas. At the I Teach 1st! Conference, participants will discover how to build extraordinary first grade classrooms that prepare children for rigorous and evolving demands as 21st century students, while keeping the fun factor alive and well.

Educators can visit the SDE conference website to search through and sample the sessions they prefer to attend by topic, grade level, or presenter. Registered attendees can use the online Conference Builder to create a personalized itinerary. To learn more about SDE’s professional development seminars, conferences, on-site consulting services and online learning programs, or to register for any of the five national conferences, please call 1-800-462-1478 or visit www.SDE.com.

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