Are Your Young Students "Kindergarten Ready"? Creating High-Quality Pre-K for All Children
Early Childhood Education and Kindergarten Readiness is gaining much attention around the nation. Having high-quality Pre-K programs is essential in preparing students for Kindergarten. In this session, we will explore our journey from serving approximately 100 Pre-K students in 1994 to now serving over 1,200 Pre-K students in nationally accredited Pre-K programs. We will also discuss our professional learning structure and support for all Pre-K staff, students, and families. Through coaching and collaboration, we have established an environment where we see great student growth and a culture of learning for all. With these key components in place, our Pre-K students enter the first day of Kindergarten ready to learn and succeed.
Having been an experienced Title I program administrator for over 10 years, Kimberly is responsible for overseeing all Title I Pre-K programs as well as the district's plan for early childhood initiatives and expansion. She is committee member for the Indiana Governor's Early Learning Advisory Committee. Kimberly holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Sarah is an experienced Kindergarten teacher and building instructional coach. Sarah is now responsible for coaching staff members in over 50 district Pre-K classrooms. Sarah holds her Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Rhonda has experience as a Kindergarten teacher, literacy specialist, and building instructional coach. Rhonda is now responsible for coaching and mentoring staff members in over 50 district Pre-K classrooms. Rhonda also holds a Master's degree in Educational Leadership.
Katie Ziegler, Fort Wayne Community Schools Pre-K Coordinator- Katie is an experienced Pre-K and Kindergarten teacher for over 15 years. Katie is now responsible for coordinating the district's early childhood programs, which include Title I Pre-K, SPED, magnet programs, and On My Way Pre-K. Katie has a Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and Educational Leadership.