Starting Strong P-3rd Grade Institute
August 7-9, 2017 Spokane, WA


CONNECT, LEARN, & LEAD CHANGE The Starting Strong Vision To build strong connections among Prenatal to 3rd Grade educators and leaders as we work to eliminate the opportunity gap in the state of Washington. Goals of the Starting Strong P-3rd Grade Institute Increase connections between early learning and K-12 professionals Increase rigorous, developmentally appropriate practices in Prenatal-3rd Grade learning environments Learn about Washington's early learning priorities, initiatives, and promising practices Support educators in leading change August 7-9, 2017 Hotel RL, Spokane, WA
Douglas H. Clements Douglas H. Clements is the Kennedy Endowed Chair in Early Childhood Learning and Professor at the University of Denver. Previously a kindergarten teacher for five years and a preschool teacher for one year, he has conducted research and published widely in the areas of the learning and teaching of early mathematics and computer applications in mathematics education. His most recent interests are in creating, using, and evaluating a research-based curriculum and in taking successful curricula to scale using technologies and learning trajectories. He has published over 120 refereed research studies, 18 books, 70 chapters, and 275 additional publications. His latest books detail research-based learning trajectories in early mathematics education: Early childhood mathematics education research: Learning trajectories for young children and a companion book, Learning and teaching early math: The learning trajectories approach (Routledge). General Session Keynote, Wednesday, August 9th, 2017
FEATURED PRESENTERS and Program Highlights General Session Keynote, Tuesday, August 8th, 2017
Dr. Gene Sharratt Dr. Gene Sharratt is currently the Executive Director for the Association of Educational Service Districts and OSPI Professional Learning Network. Prior to this position, Dr. Sharratt served for three years on Governor Inslee’s Cabinet as Executive Director of the Washington Student Achievement Council. The Council is the lead state agency bringing together all sectors of the state’s education system, early learning through higher education, to improve access, attainment, and outcomes for all Washingtonians. Before joining the Governor’s Cabinet, Dr. Sharratt spent ten years as a clinical assistant and associate college professor for Washington State University. He served 30 years as a K-12 teacher, principal, school superintendent, and ESD superintendent in international and public schools. This experience was in Washington, Alaska and Norway.