Prairie Lakes Area Education Agency

A focus on FOCUS: discounts & free ebooks

Registration is NOW open for FOCUS: Equity for ALL Students , the Prairie Lakes AEA Summer Learning Conference. Early bird fee is $75 per person OR $500 per building team until April 15. After April 15, registration fees will be $100 per person OR $750 per building team.

Your district's ESSER funds can be used for building team registration. This is a wonderful opportunity to jumpstart your team's 2021-2022 professional development.

Those who register will receive immediate access to the Capstone Interactive Library with 100 social emotional learning eBooks that can be used with students for free through November 2021.

Each attendee will also receive a bag of FOCUS favors that includes a copy of Cornelius Minor's book, "We Got This."

Click here to register and learn more about the June 23-24 virtual conference. 

Our Keynote Speakers

Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor

Cornelius Minor is a Brooklyn-based educator, who works with teachers, school leaders, and leaders of community-based organizations to support equitable literacy reform in cities (and sometimes villages) across the globe. His latest book, We Got This, explores how the work of creating more equitable school spaces is embedded in our everyday choices—specifically in the choice to really listen to kids. He has been featured in Education Week, Brooklyn Magazine, and Teaching Tolerance Magazine.

Most recently, along with his partner and wife, Kass Minor, he has established The Minor Collective, a community-based movement designed to foster sustainable change in schools. Whether working with educators and kids,  Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. 


Dr. Tim Lewis

Dr. Tim Lewis

Dr. Tim Lewis has been involved in special education for 35 years teaching students with emotional and behavioral disorders in high school, elementary, and self-contained psychiatric settings.

Currently, Dr. Lewis is a Curators’ Distinguished Professor of Special Education at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lewis is past Co-Editor of the journal Behavioral Disorders, Associate Editor of the Journal of Positive Behavioral Interventions, and a member of 13 editorial boards. 


Dr. Clayton Cook

Dr. Clay Cook

Dr. Clay Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing. his research focuses on school-based mental health according to a multi-tiered system of support (MTSS). He develops and evaluates both assessment and intervention practices that target promoting children’s social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing.

He co-founded the School Mental Health Assessment, Research and Training (SMART) Center at the University of Washington and is the Associate Director of Innovation and Research for the Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement at the University of Minnesota.

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