COLUMBUS, Ohio and PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Nov. 1, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- To support teachers in their pursuit of proficient and accelerated literacy skills for all learners, Staff Development for Educators (SDE) announces a new conference that will serve to help educators ensure students are proficient readers by grade three. Ohio Early Literacy Conference for PreK-3rd Grade Teachers, will be held December 1-2, 2016, in Columbus, OH. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161031/434357LOGO The conference was designed by early literacy experts to help teachers address the requirements of Ohio's Third Grade Reading Guarantee as well as the Ohio State Learning Standards (K-3) and the Early Learning & Development Standards (PreK). It is a one-of-a-kind forum where teachers will learn fresh, new ways to teach and practice reading and writing every day, motivate students to engage in non-fiction text, and assess literacy skills. In 40 targeted sessions delivered over two days, teachers will gain rich research, instructional strategies, and practical activities to ensure every student is a proficient reader by grade three. They'll come away with a better understanding of how to improve their instruction in the key areas of reading, writing, oral communication, listening skills, and comprehension. "To ensure their students are on track for reading success by grade three, teachers must start early. By focusing on prevention, they can reduce the need for intervention," SDE program developer Beth Nee says. "This conference is a deep dive into brain-based reading and writing strategies that will unlock the potential of every young reader and writer." Those who attend the Ohio Early Literacy Conference for PreK-3 rd Grade Teachers will hear the best minds in literacy today share real-world strategies that can be applied immediately in the classroom. Featured presenters include classroom teacher and blogger Reagan Tunstall, national literacy consultant Janiel Wagstaff, and literacy consultant and classroom teacher Amanda Nickerson. "At this event, an explosion of new ideas will generate tremendous energy that is absolutely infectious. Attendees can't help but be inspired and re-energized. If teachers take pride in their work—and we know that they do—they want to become better and better at it. Fortunately, the literacy tools that will help them do that are packed into this intensive learning experience," Nee says.