Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

Registration launches for FOCUS 2020: PLAEA Summer Learning Conference

FOCUS, the Prairie Lakes AEA Summer Learning Conference, will be held June 24-25 at Buena Vista University is Storm Lake. The conference aims to bring educators, counselors, administrators, and other leaders in education together to engage in learning around the most current and pressing challenges that face us in today’s classrooms. Attendees will be inspired by three nationally recognized keynote speakers, screen a documentary, connect with colleagues and fellow educators, and engage in learning through dozens of breakout sessions. 

With the following theme: A Clear Vision of Trauma-Informed Education, FOCUS 2020 attendees will leave with a toolbox of strategies to imbed Social and Emotional Learning into their daily routine and a renewed spirit and mindset on how to create a safe and supportive learning environment that fosters Social-Emotional-Behavioral Health for ALL students, faculty, and school community members.

Wednesday's Keynote Speaker: Dr. Ross Greene

Thursday's Keynote Speakers: Jessica Minahan and Dr. Matthew Vasquez

Each keynote speaker will also be offering breakout sessions and we will be hosting a private screening of Dr. Ross Greene's documentary, "The Kids We Lose" on Wednesday evening.

A full breakout schedule with session descriptions will be released in March.


After logging into the AEA Professional Learning Registration System go to the Courses menu. Search for FOCUS or the following course #s: 189401 (conference registration) and 189402 (licensure renewal). 

The conference fee of $125 includes breakfast, lunch, & snacks. The fee increases to $150 on May 1. One licensure renewal credit is available for an additional $85.

Participants who choose the recertification credit will reflect on sessions and activities at the conference. 

Participants will also be required to apply their new knowledge to the completion of an action plan.

CEUs: Information will be provided at conference check-in.

More details can be found on the conference website. 


Call for Presenters Form

Breakout Preference Survey


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