2018 Early Education Preconference Training

March 7, 2018 9:00 AM–March 8, 2018 3:30 PM
Location: Doubletree Resort, 2400 Willow Street Pike, Lancaster, PA

Search & Teach Workshop

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March 7–8, 2018, Lancaster, PA

The Search & Teach workshop will equip educators to assess learning profiles and to provide intervention for young students in grades K-2. SEARCH is a 20-minute individual screening tool designed to identify 5 and 6-year-olds vulnerable to learning difficulty and will provide a profile of individual strengths and weaknesses in the foundational skills necessary for reading success. TEACH is a program of 55 learning activities that are available to address the needs identified by SEARCH. This is an individualized program, but does allow for some small group work of review activities with children with similar needs.

Professional Development

This workshop is eligible for 12 hours of professional development (two CEUs). The training is appropriate for early education directors and teachers, teacher assistants, resource room, and social services faculty.

Registration Cost

$499 per educator; includes the Search & Teach Kit (minimum of 8 participants).*

Workshop Schedule (Tentative)

Wednesday, March 7: 9:00 AM–4:00 PM; 7:00 PM–9:00 PM (8 hours)

Thursday, March 8: 10:15 AM–12:15 PM; 1:30 PM–3:30 PM (4 hours)

Friday, March 9: Full conference participation

Hotel Information: 

You can reserve a room at the Doubletree Resort by booking directly through their online reservation system.  If you have any questions, please contact the Doubletree Resort at 717.464.2711.


Wednesday: There is a restaurant located in the Doubletree Resort or there are restaurants in the surrounding area. You are also welcome to pack lunch. 
Thursday and Friday: The Doubletree Resort will be offering meal tickets for breakfast ($14.00) and lunch ($14.50) that may be purchased at the hotel front desk. Meal packages are NOT included in your hotel room cost. There are restaurants in the surrounding area or you are welcome to pack lunch.

*There are no refunds for pre-registered events. Substitutions are allowed.
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