Are You Ready to Rock ‘N’ Roll?  Come and Hear Jack Hartmann at MO Early Learning!

Friday morning at this year’s Missouri Early Learning Conference is going to get off to a rockin’ start with nationally recognized children’s singer, songwriter, author, keynote presenter and workshop leader Jack Hartmann.

Jack started his work with children’s music working with autistic children at the University of Florida Shands Teaching Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. As a counselor, social worker, and trainer, Jack worked for twenty-five years with children, families, and human service professionals in Pinellas County, FL.

Jack has written and recorded over one thousand songs for children on forty-two albums. His highly-regarded educational songs are used by teachers and sung by children in schools across the United States and around the world.

Jack’s Kids Music Channel on YouTube boasts over 450 educational videos and is used by teachers and parents all over the world for helping children learn phonics, numbers and counting, skip counting, science, fitness, social skills, and more. His channel is watched by over 4 million children each day.

His wife Lisa, a kindergarten teacher for fifteen years, was his motivation to write children’s songs, and she now manages their successful children’s music and book company, Hop 2 It Music and Press, Inc.

You won’t want to miss Jack’s presentations at this year’s conference. You’ll learn some great new songs to use in your classroom, and you’ll have a blast doing so!

To find out more about Jack and the many other great speakers at this year’s conference, check out the Speakers page on the conference website. And if you haven’t registered to attend yet, go to the Registration page to sign up.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Willy Wood
Conference Coordinator
Posted 10/12/17

Meet our Thursday Morning Keynote Speaker–Dave Burgess!

Dave Burgess is the New York Times best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE, co-author of P is for PIRATE: Inspirational ABC’s for Educators, and the president of Dave Burgess Consulting, Inc. which delivers powerful, inspirational, and innovative books, keynotes, and professional development across the United States.

Do you sometimes have challenging students who are difficult to motivate?  Never fear!  Dave specializes in teaching hard-to-reach, hard-to-motivate students with techniques that incorporate showmanship and creativity.

Dave’s presentations are a unique blend of outrageously energetic performance art and magic, mixed with an inspirational message of how and why to become more passionate in the classroom.  In his keynote address and his breakout sessions, he will model and fully explain all the techniques and methods he discusses so as to leave no doubt about how you can apply the methods in your own classroom right away.

You absolutely do NOT want to miss your chance to hear one of the true master teachers in education today!

Willy Wood
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator
Posted 10/4/17

Registration is Now Open for the 2017 Missouri Early Learning Conference!

In case you missed our earlier e-blast announcement, registration is now open for the Nov. 9-10, 2017 Missouri Early Learning Conference.  This conference has become one of the premier conferences for preschool through 3rd grade teachers in the Midwest.  Each year, hundreds of primary grades teachers attend to hear an eclectic selection of presenters on a wide variety of topics: reading, writing, math, science, classroom management, ed tech, and much more.

This year’s conference features keynote presentations by Dave Burgess, the best-selling author of Teach Like a PIRATE and award-winning children’s singer-songwriter Jack Hartmann.  You’ll have the opportunity to attend sessions by math expert Gregory Coleman (“Mr. Elementary Math”), hands-on science guru Lisa Murphy (“the Ooegy Gooey Lady”), writing expert Matt Glover, reading experts Jennifer Sarravallo and John Schumacher, early childhood blogger Amanda Morgan, and ed tech guru Kara Knollmeyer.  And you definitely won’t want to miss this year’s featured children’s authors, Bruce Lansky, whose twenty children’s poetry books have sold more than 3.5 million copies, and Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the wildly popular Lunch Lady graphic novels and the Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novels.

And that’s not all!  This year, we’ve added two new features to make your conference experience even more enjoyable and entertaining.  During the middle of each day, as you take a break from your morning learning sessions and recharge your batteries for the afternoon, you will have the chance to listen to two of America’s leading storytellers–Milbre Burch and Tim Lowry.  And on Thursday evening, we’re keeping the good times rolling by adding our first annual Thursday Evening Concert, this year featuring best-selling children’s performer Jack Hartmann.

All in all, we truly believe you won’t find a better use for your PD dollar than spending a couple of days with us at the 2017 Missouri Early Learning Conference.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Willy Wood
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator
Posted 9/28/17

Be on the Lookout…Registration Opens Soon!

IMG_0008We know that you have a million things to do right now as school gets started, but while you’re setting the ground rules for this year’s class, learning all your new students’ names, and establishing relationships with their parents, keep an eye out for news about the launch of this year’s Missouri Early Learning Conference.

Registration will open in just a few days, and we will do what we can to let you know about it.  We will be sending out thousands of postcards next week, urging you to go to the website to register; we will be posting the registration details on Facebook and Twitter; and we’ll be sending out an e-mail blast with the information, as well.  Hopefully, we’ll reach you through one of those communication channels.  If not, you can still find all the details right here on the conference website.

So, whether you get a postcard or e-mail or see our Facebook post…or none of the above, we want you to know that we look forward to your registration and to seeing your shining face at the conference at Tan-Tar-A in November!

Willy Wood
Missouri Early Learning Conference Coordinator
Posted 8/16/17