LOS ANGELES and PETERBOROUGH, N.H., Nov. 3, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The future success of children is largely determined by how they learn and develop—socially, emotionally, and academically—in the early years. A new conference is being offered in which California teachers will learn fresh, new, and research-based ways to prepare their young learners to succeed in school and beyond. The first-ever Off to a Good Start! 2016 Conference for California PreK, TK & Kindergarten Teachers, hosted by Staff Development for Educators (SDE), is coming December 1-2, 2016 to La Mirada, CA. Logo - http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20161102/435259LOGO "In California's fast-changing field of early education, you can't afford to sit still professionally. Skills may become outdated and job roles expanded. SDE developed this brand new conference in response to the needs of California teachers to develop the capabilities, behaviors, and knowledge they need right now to succeed in a changing classroom," SDE program developer Beth Nee says. Attendees will benefit from a strong focus on issues relevant to their day-to-day lives, including positive discipline, project-based learning, reading and writing interventions, and STEM. They'll gain innovative and successful ideas to help them enrich their content-area instruction, help every ELL learner, and shape behavior in ways that support school readiness. The 32-session format is designed to help busy early education teachers make the most of their conference experience. It allows teachers to choose sessions specific to PreK, TK, or Kindergarten classrooms. They'll gain the most relevant strategies, most important information, and most useful skills in the shortest amount of time. An impressive roster of expert presenters who live and breathe early education is the heart and soul of this unique conference. Starting with Donna Whyte who will deliver an uplifting opening keynote on grit and resilience, featured presenters include technology advocate and California kindergarten teacher Kurt Schwengel, author Kirk Jay Mueller, and California's own Kinderleague: made up of Yisel Meza, Cindy Barragan, and Cessy Truex. Presenters will share science ideas, new ways to fit it all in, fun project-based learning tips, kid-tested opinion writing activities, and much more. "Everything about this conference will be positive and upbeat. Teachers will be challenged and stimulated at every step. And, they'll walk away feeling genuinely excited and fired up about the opportunities ahead to lay a strong foundation for their young learners, "Nee says.