Spring 2021

2021 Spring Palmetto Pre-K Jamboree

March 5, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Public Pre-K/preschool teachers, support staff and administrators serving 4-year-old children in South Carolina will experience an empowering day of learning. With four top-notch presenters, 17 breakout session options and a 20-minute yoga break, this Jamboree is sure to breath new life and re-energize participants.


Opening Keynote Presenter: L. Kobie Da Wiz (8:30-9:30 a.m.)

Nurturing Community to Build Unity (1hr PD)

This interactive keynote will EDU-tain and inspire participants with music storytelling and strategies to cultivate community to grow the child. By understanding the importance of community, participants will leave excited and ready to implement the tools and strategies he has shared with 1,000s of early childhood professionals. Participants will leave with:

1) A clear definition of what is community

2) How community is created and cultivated

3) Strategies and tools to build community

4) How to instill UNITY in the Community

Breakout Session (9:40-10:40 a.m.) *Click to view session options*

Breakout Option #1


L. Kobie Da Wiz

Using Music & Literacy to Build the WHOLE Child

(1 hr CU)

Come join L. Kobie DA WIZ as he pulls back the curtain to show the how and the why he uses music and literacy to educate and motivate. This interactive workshop will teach participants the why behind using music, and how music, movement and literacy help develop the brain, body and soul of children. Participants will come away with tools and strategies to use, but more importantly will gain some understanding of the science behind it.

Breakout Option #2


Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR/L, Write Out of the Box!®

Shapes, Symbols, and Scissor Skills Sequenced for Success

(1 hr PD)

This interactive session focuses on documentation and assessment methods for handwriting readiness and scissor skill proficiency. Enhance parent conference interactions and your professional articulation of student progress with objective and meaningful information produced from these methods.

Breakout Option #3


Ablean Hanna & Herk Huggins, SC Department of Education

Dealing with Stress in the Family

(1 hr PD) 

Whether stress is created from outside influences or from within the family unit due to interrelationships, it often produces a ripple effect on each family member. No family member is immune to stress, but families who are in harmony and balance through constant movement, growing and change in a pattern can continue functioning well during these times. This session will identify signs of stress in the families and recognize ways with which to help families support their children.

Breakout Option #4


Susan Murphy, Elizabeth Supan & Elizabeth Williams, SC Department of Education

Diversity, Inclusion and Access for Multilingual Learners (MLs)

(1 hr PD)

Multilingual learners bring diverse cultural identities and new perspectives to strengthen our classrooms and communities in South Carolina. Learn how to identify provisional MLs and provide access for MLs through instruction and services to foster language development.

Breakout Option #5


Kerri Kannengieser, SC Partnerships for Inclusion

Enhancing Social Emotional Skills for Young Children   

(1 hr CG) 

Session participants will learn about the Pyramid Model framework and explore evidence-based practices for promoting young children’s healthy social and emotional development. Universal supports for all children, as well as targeted social emotional strategies to prevent challenging behavior, will be discussed. Resources and tools to support emotional literacy, controlling anger and impulse, problem solving, and partnering with families will be provided.

Breakout Option #6


Amy Holbert, Family Connection of SC

Family Engagement Resources in Early Childhood

(1 hr PD)

This interactive workshop will look at family engagement along with the benefits and importance of parent-school partnerships. We will also address challenges that arise with family engagement and discuss strategies to improve these partnerships.

Breakout Option #7


Donna Fowler, Teaching Strategies®

Guided and Supported: Using the Creative Curriculum® Guided Edition

(1 hr CU)

This session is about guiding teachers to support the development and learning of children and engaging families regardless of where the it is taking place— in school, at home or through a hybrid model.

Breakout Option #8


Jennifer Reed, JFK Consultants LLC & Head Start/ Early HS Reviewer

Here We Grow Again!

(1 hr PD) 

This session show participants ideas of new ways to teach children during the pandemic. It is high energy with tons of hands-on activities.

Breakout Option #9


Joy Anthony & Amy Smith, SC Department of Education

High Quality Literacy-Rich Environments

(1 hr CU)

Join us as we explore the elements that make up a literacy-rich environment - we will provide examples from 4K classrooms in South Carolina!

Breakout Option #10


Shayla Pettigrew, SC First Steps 4K

Learning Math in Everyday Play

(1 hr CU)

Participants using a play-based curriculum will explore ways to engage children in math activities throughout the day in a pre-k setting.

Breakout Option #11


Shaun “Rogers” Rogers, Roylco Inc. & Kaplan Early Learning Co.

Not Your Average Workshop Featuring the Other Mr. Rogers and the Marvelous Maryellen

(1 hr CU)

Learning never stops, and children are constantly learning by exploring and expressing their ideas. Children learn about the world and the environment they live in through creative experiences! These exciting hands-on activities will help teachers and parents engage their children and create an open-ended dialogue full of essential knowledge and life experiences.


Breakout Option #12


Wendy Burgess & Tina Shaw, SC Department of Education (SCDE)

Nurturing School Readiness

(1 hr PD)


The SCDE Office of Early Learning and Literacy partners with the Office of Assessment to offer a session focusing on early learning and assessment. The session will allow participants the opportunity to build on their understanding of school readiness and readiness assessments and how to utilize the data for goal setting aligned to the South Carolina Early Learning Standards (SC-ELS) and South Carolina College-and Career-Ready Standards.

Breakout Option #13


Lynn Kuykendall & Angela Compton, SC Department of Education

Purposeful Play Leads to School Readiness

(1 hr CU)


Participants learn how purposeful play provides a context for learning so that it is meaningful to children and results in long-term understanding and concept development. Participants will have the opportunity to explore and plan developmentally appropriate learning centers that link the classroom environment to the SC-ELS and the 5K South Carolina College- and Career-Ready Standards.

Breakout Option #14


Faith Davis, SCPITC- Be Well Care Well

Resilience & Thriving: Owning Your Well-being

(1 hr PD)

Join us as we identify stress and coping cycles while exploring self-care strategies to help you own your well-being. Learn steps that you can take to prioritize yourself and combat stress.

Breakout Option #15


Jessie Olson, Lakeshore Learning Materials

Supporting Children through Challenging Times

(1 hr CG)

During this time of great uncertainty, many children and families are experiencing trauma and toxic stress. We will learn how to prepare children for changes in routines and procedures and explain why changes had to occur. By acknowledging and identifying feelings, having patience with children who may take more time to adjust and continuing to partner with families, we will support the children we serve to meet not only their physical needs, but their emotional needs as well.

Breakout Option #16


Tanvi Solanki, ABC Quality (ABCQ)

Supporting the Needs of Dual Language Learners (DLL)

(1 hr CU)

During this interactive session, participants will engage with the facilitators to acknowledge the unique strengths and needs of DLLs and collaboratively come up with strategies to support them in Early Childhood programs. acilitators will highlight how ABCQ supports DLL policies and practices through our tools. 

Breakout Option #17


Cathy Kovacs, M.Ed. ABC Quality (ABCQ) 

Teaching Strategies that Support Social Emotional Development of Children

(1 hr CG)

Supporting young children's healthy social and emotional development is essential to promote overall well-being! Join ABC Quality to explore teaching strategies from The Pyramid Model to promote social and emotional behavioral outcomes of children in your program.


Keynote speaker #2: Marianne Gibbs, EdD, OTR - Write Out of the Box (10:50-11:50 a.m.)

Fine Motor Skills…Write Out of the Box! (1 hr PD)

This interactive session focuses on documentation and assessment methods for handwriting readiness and scissor skill proficiency. Enhance parent conference interactions and your professional articulation of student progress with objective and meaningful information produced from these methods.

Keynote speaker #3: Dr. Becky Bailey - Conscious Discipline (12:30-1:30 p.m.)

3 Super Powers Every Educator and Parent Needs (1hr PD)

We have all been pushed to the edge of our resilience and many have been tossed beyond what their nervous system can tolerate. Join me as we explore the 3 Super Powers we all need to move beyond surviving to thriving as we reinvent education equitably for the whole adult and the whole child.

Yoga Break: Tricia Ryel Richter SEVA YOGA of Columbia (1:40-2 p.m.)

Breathe Through Change (no DSS credit)

This 20-minute practice is designed to empower you to use our simplest tools- the breath and the body- to regain a sense of peace and equanimity in troubled moments. Learn to navigate change and uncertainty with a little more ease as we stretch gently and breathe deeply. All levels welcome- no experience or mat necessary!

Closing Keynote Presenter: 2020 National Teacher of the Year Tabatha Rosproy (2-3:30 p.m.)

Council of Chief State School Officers™ 2020 National Teacher of the Year,

Winfield Early Learning Center, Kansas

*To be introduced by SC Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman

(1.5 hrs PD)

For the FIRST time in the history of the NTOY program, a preschool teacher of 4-year-old children has been selected as our National Teacher of the Year! Tabatha Rosproy will share her journey to become the NTOY, will reflect on her teaching practices and will discuss how each of us are advocates and a voice for our vitally important work as early childhood educators. Our future depends on our children!

“The project described was supported by the Preschool Development Grant Birth through Five Initiative (PDG B-5), Grant Number 90TP0080-01-00, from the Office of Child Care, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.”

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