Approximately 1,000 educators are expected at the 28th Annual R.T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference in Houston Jan. 25 as over 90 sessions supply continuing education sessions for educators of pre-k through second graders. The Saturday event hosted by Harris County Department of Education will be held from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the Kingdom Builder’s Center, 6011 West Orem.
The conference features registered occupational therapist Marianne Gibbs as keynote speaker with her session: Promoting Foundations for Future Academic Success Right from the Start. A host of presenters including Pam Schiller, Stephen Fite, Debbie Clements, Matt Gomez, Maryln Applebaum, Melissa Williams and Childtrauma Academy focus on best practices in English as a second language and bilingual education, math, reading, science, technology and more.
“The conference is a tradition and offers a great chance to network and gain valuable teaching methods and materials for the classroom,” said HCDE early childhood specialist Debra Anderson.
An exhibitor section open throughout the day displays numerous early childhood learning materials.
The conference is dedicated to Raymond T. Garcia, former HCDE board of trustees president who supported and promoted the conference throughout his tenure on the board. The theme for the conference is: “Grow your skills, network and play at Houston’s best early childhood conference.”
Early bird registration rates are $90 before Dec. 1 and $100 after. Registration the day of event is $125. Parking is free. To register or to learn more about the conference, go to www.hcde-texas.org/ECWinterConf.
Carol Vaughn, Communications/Media Relations Manager
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