Grammy-nominated artist on tap for Tahoe child development conference |

Grammy-nominated artist on tap for Tahoe child development conference

Jose Luis Orozco hams it up with Tahoe-Truckee kids at an earlier concert.
Courtesy photo |

If you go

What: 14th annual Child Development Conference

When: Saturday, May 7, 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Where: Kings Beach Elementary/Boys and Girls Club

Registration Fee: $25 per adult. Scholarships available. Children free. Fee includes breakfast and lunch, goodie bag and free entry in the raffle.

More info: Contact Ruth Jackson Hall at 530-582-2583 or

KINGS BEACH, Calif. — Jose Luis Orozco — musician, performer, children’s book author and 2016 Grammy Nominee for Best Children’s Album of the Year — will be the Keynote Presenter for Tahoe Truckee Unified School District’s 14th Annual Child Development Conference.

The conference theme, “Talk, Read, Sing … It Changes Everything,” is geared to parents and educators of children ages birth to early elementary.

TTUSD Superintendent Dr. Rob Leri will welcome the crowd, and Orozco will provide a dynamic musical kick-off.

Featuring songs from his Grammy-nominated album, “Eat Right! Music For A Healthy Future,” Orozco will lead a lively discussion and demonstration of how music and song can help children grow healthy bodies high-functioning brains.


A variety of morning workshops will embrace the conference theme. Rita Whitaker-Haun, local music teacher, Musikgarten guru and Reno Philharmonic cellist, will lead, “Sing, Move, Talk, Read! It helps kids succeed.”

Featuring a live demo with children, Whitaker-Haun will show how to select and use books with children to enhance brain-building and musical skills.

Maria Heredia, TTUSD facilitator of Scholastic’s “Read and Rise,” will share tools for early literacy as the foundation for academic success.

North Tahoe FRC’s Anibal Cordoba Sosa and Lorelei van Peborgh’s workshops will demonstrate how intentional communication with children leads to positive behavior and healthy social emotional development.

“Ask The Teacher” is an opportunity for parents to talk with TTUSD kindergarten and transitional kindergarten teachers, Edith Laguna and Yvonne Logan about school readiness and will provide guidance for parents to prepare children for success in school.

Early Education

The conference will also feature a special track for early educators. The workshop, “Little Learners Love Tech Tools: Appropriate uses of Technology,” will be facilitated by national presenter and Glenshire Elementary kindergarten teacher, Mary Berelson.

Laura Burley, Nationally Certified TTUSD School Psychologist, Consultant and teacher, will lead a workshop on, “Making Calendar and Circle Time Count” that will reinvigorate circle time and increase student participation, language development and engagement.

A Free Child Care and Development program will also offered for toddlers, preschoolers and elementary school age children. Register early for to reserve your spots.

Babies in arms may attend the conference with their parents. At the end of the morning, educators, parents and children will gather for lunch and the grand finale, when Orozco will “bring down the house” with a high-spirited concert that will have everyone clapping, singing, and up on their feet!

Ruth Jackson Hall is Early Learning Coordinator for the Tahoe Truckee Unified School District.

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