Seminar to Prepare First Grade Teachers to Set Social-Emotional Learning and Academic Foundations

OKLAHOMA CITY and MINNEAPOLIS and PETERBOROUGH, N.H., May 18, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — The demands placed on first grade teachers to establish effective expectations, foundations, and content delivery for their diverse learners is intensifying. The commitment to success begins in the first 30 days of the school year and serves as the first step in a year-long social-emotional and academic learning strategy. In the new seminar, The First 30 Days of First Grade: Plans, Routines & Activities for the Start of Your New School, early childhood expert Donna Whyte shares tips, secrets, and tried-and-true strategies to help first grade teachers set the stage for success from day one. Both new teachers and classroom veterans will find strategies that work, addressing early assessment, equity and access, differentiation, whole- and small-group instruction, the standards, and more. The seminar will be offered in Oklahoma City, OK on June 26-27, 2017, and Minneapolis, MN on August 7-8, 2017.

“The first 30 days are crucial. The actions teachers take and the tone they set in those initial weeks will largely determine if they succeed or struggle the remainder of the year,” Whyte says. “In this seminar, I’ll teach them everything they need to know—including how to reduce behavior problems, engage learners, maximize instructional time, and build relationships, all while nurturing a positive classroom environment.”

This two-day workshop walks teachers through a process for setting up a first-grade classroom for both immediate and year-long success. According to Whyte, establishing predictability is critical. She shows teachers how to set re-assuring routines, procedures, and rituals that clearly communicate what students will be doing and when.

Keeping first-graders with short attention spans engaged is another ongoing challenge. Whyte shares numerous hands-on activities that are fun, simple, and ready-to-implement. “A room full of bored kids won’t sit quietly and wait while you figure out what’s next. With these ready-to-use activities, teachers will never run out of engagement-boosters.”    

Whyte knows first-grade classrooms inside and out. She has 20+ years of early childhood education experience, and is an expert in classroom and behavior management. She is the author of the widely popular Morning Meeting, Afternoon Wrap-up, the highly acclaimed You Can’t Teach a Class You Can’t Manage, and the popular blog, The Smartie Zone.

The First 30 Days of First Grade:  Plans, Routines, & Activities for the Start of Your New School Year will be offered in Oklahoma City, OK on June 26-27, 2017, and Minneapolis, MN on August 7-8, 2017. To register for this seminar or learn about SDE’s national conferences, upcoming PD events, or other professional development opportunities, visit, call 1-800-462-1478, or email

About SDE

SDE is one of America’s leading providers of professional development for PreK through Grade 12 educators. Through Onsite PD, PD Events, Web-Based PD, and PD Resources, the company empowers teachers and administrators across the country with ongoing professional development that is not only evidence-based, innovative, and rigorous, but also practical, motivating, and fun. All SDE training is presented by the nation’s top authors and educational experts, with the goal of creating extraordinary classrooms that prepare students for the evolving demands of the 21st century.

For more information about SDE, educators are encouraged to visit, or to call 1-800-462-1478.


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