Early Childhood Winter Conference

HCDE's 30th Annual RT Garcia ECWC

We are VERY happy you are attending our conference! We want you to be VERY prepared for a most successful day!

Please make plans to arrive at the Kingdom Builder's Center no later than 7:30 a.m. to:

  • FInd parking
  • Check In, receive both the mandatory wristband and conference bag with goodies
  • Get breakfast from Panera- see choices below
  • Find a seat and eat breakfast- Breakfast will close promptly at 8:30 a.m.
  • Be in your seat before Dr. Jean Feldman begins her keynote speech at 8:25 a.m.

The mandatory wrist band must be worn for the entirety of the day and will be a requirement to get in all breakout sessions, as well as lunch.

It is always a good idea to bring a light jacket or sweater in the event that the rooms are cool.

Please bring your own form of note taking, ie pen, paper, electronic tablet, etc.

Complimentary water and coffee will be served all day.

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you soon,

Andrea Segraves

Director of the Teaching and Learning Center

Early Childhood Winter Conference Coordinator

Harris County Department of Education

Join us at lunch for an inspiring story from Sarah Pepper from the New HOT 97.5

Sarah Pepper will join us at the beginning of each lunch session in Gymnatorium to share her story of the power of a great teacher that make a big impact in her life as a child. YOU WON'T TO MISS THIS!!


Sarah Pepper has been doing radio for over 13 years and 7 of those 13 years have been in Houston, at Hot 95-7. She has been with the station since a few months after it’s launch in 2009 and is the stations original morning show! Sarah is well known for her wit, humor, compassion and of course, the courthouse. Whatcha doin at the Courthouse is a station benchmark heard in Houston, Sacramento, California and Evansville, Indiana!

When she is not on the air you can find Sarah at BBVA Compass Stadium as the in-stadium announcer for the Houston Dash, Houston’s Professional Women’s Soccer team. She is also an avid Dynamo fan, Texans fan, Rockets fan and Astros.

Sarah’s love of sports doesn’t stop in the stands! She has been a Houston Marathon Ambassador for 2 years now and will be back as an Ambassador in 2016 where she will complete her 5th Houston ½ marathon. She is a staple on the Michelob Ultra MS150 team completing her fourth ride from Houston to Austin this year. Every year Sarah sets a goal for herself, this year is 12 in 2015…which will be 12 ½ marathons in 2015. The only month she will not be completing a ½ is April when she will ride the MS 150.

Her competitive heart is match only by her compassion. She has donated hundreds of hours and helped raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for various organizations throughout the Houston Area. Sarah works with Run for Reason, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, MS Society, American Diabetes Association, Race for the Cure, Dynamo Charities, Devereaux House, Houston Children’s Charity, TUTS The River just to name a few. Sarah is also the spokesperson for Communities in Schools speaking to over 75,000 students every years about the importance of overcoming circumstance and striving to be their best. Sarah and her sister also started the Andrew Pepper foundation to fund education both globally and locally.

Sarah was the runner-up for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society woman of the year in 2012. Ran the campaign for the runner up in 2013 and is back as a campaign manager this year. Sarah was named OutSmart Magazine’s personality of the year in 2013 & 2014. In 2015, Sarah was named Houston Radio Personality of the Year by the Media Alliance of Houston!

Click here for DRAFT of the breakout sessions

These document does not reflect the most recent changes. An updated insert will be handed out at registration.

30th Annual RT Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference

Saturday, Jan. 30th, 8am-3:30pm

6011 West Orem Drive

Houston, TX

DOOR PRIZES WILL BE GIVEN OUT at the end of the day!

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Please bring your completed evaluation form, found inside of your program, to the Closing Ceremony at 3:15 in the Gymnatorium.

The completed evaluation form with your first and last name, as well as your email address, will be your ticket into the Closing Ceremony.

Take some time throughout the day to have this completed before 3:15 p.m.

If you decide to leave early, please place your evaluation form in the boxes located near each entrance. These evaluations are very important/helpful in planning next year's conference to best meet the needs of our teachers.

We look forward to your participation in Harris County Department of Education’s 30th Annual R. T. Garcia Early Childhood Winter Conference, to be held on Saturday, January 30, 2016, at the Kingdom Builders’ Center, 6011 West Orem, Houston, TX 77054. Check-in for participants begins at 7:00AM. The Keynote Address begins at 8:30AM and breakout sessions are from 10:15AM until 3:00PM (see enclosed schedule).


The Kingdom Builders’ Center has plenty of free parking and parking attendants will be on site to direct traffic.

Breakfast/Boxed Lunch:

Breakfast and Lunch from Panera will be provided to all registered participants.

There will be three choices for breakfast:

  1. Chocolate Chip Muffy
  2. Cheese Danish
  3. Apple Danish

The boxed lunch choices include:

  1. Turkey
  2. Ham & Cheese
  3. Chicken Salad
  4. Vegetarian
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We need your assistance with the following:

  • Boxed lunches will not be allowed in breakout sessions
  • Please break down your personal lunch box before throwing it away- with over 1,400 people eating lunch in one area, this will help tremendously with the volume of trash


Childcare will not be provided at this event. Unfortunately, we cannot allow children into the conference and/or breakout sessions. Please make arrangements in advance.


7:00-8:30 AM Registration West Entrance Hall

Exhibits The Great Room

8:30 AM Opening Session Gymnatorium

Dr. Jean Feldman Key Note Address

Kiss your Brain! Using Brain Research in your Classroom

10:15-11:15 AM Breakout Session I

Breakout Sessions and Exhibits See program

Carl Anderson **Special Keynote Address (2 hours) Conferring with Primary Writers Promenade

11:30-12:30 PM Breakout Session II

Breakout sessions and Exhibits See program

-Or-Lunch Gymnatorium (Sarah Pepper speaks for the first 15-25 minutes)

12:45-1:45 PM Breakout Session III

Breakout sessions and Exhibits See program

-Or-Lunch Gymnatorium (Sarah Pepper speaks for the first 15-25 minutes)

2:00-3:00 PM Breakout Session IV

Breakout sessions and Exhibits See program

3:15–3:30 PM Closing Session Gymnatorium

Door Prizes for Evaluations!!!

*Lunch will be served continuously between 11:30 AM and 1:45 PM.

**Special Keynote Address is from 10:15 AM – 12:15 PM

Safety Information

It is our practice at the Harris County Department of Education to inform attendees of our safety protocol for each meeting.

There are no planned drills today or testing of our emergency alert systems. Should you hear an alarm, please take it seriously and take the nearest exit out of this building. Please do not to use the elevators and leave orderly and briskly to the designated assembly area.

We will be security and EMS onsite throughout the day.

Safety is our first priority and we want you to know we are here to help in anyway possible.