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Collaboration of the Minds 2020

Thursday, August 6 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Livonia, MI — Churchill High School

It’s time to turn obstacles into opportunities! Connect with innovative teachers from all over Michigan at Collaboration of the Minds, an annual event where you’ll acquire practical strategies for using technology to personalize student learning and leave inspired to return to the classroom.

Gerry Brooks
Photograph by Keni Parks Photography

Keynote Speaker:
Gerry Brooks

Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events.

He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. 

Turn obstacles into opportunities

As a teacher, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressure to switch to new methods of teaching (e.g., blended, personalized, online, and student-centered, to name a few). There’s a common misconception that once you know how to teach in one format, you can easily switch to another. But each approach has its own unique pedagogy and purpose. It’s not something you or your students can be expected to embrace overnight. 

Our philosophy is that little changes can have a ripple effect on your classroom. That’s why our goal is to leave you with easy-to-implement strategies for using technology purposefully in your classroom. At this year’s Collaboration of the Minds, teachers from all across the state of Michigan will come together to share how they’ve turned obstacles into opportunities in their classrooms.

Price = $60 per ticket (includes breakfast, lunch, and 6 SCECHs).

At this event, you will:

  • Explore what different roles teachers take in the modern classroom
  • Acquire easy-to-implement strategies for using technology to personalize learning
  • Get tech tips & tools to support your students and your teaching
  • Collaborate with other teachers who have similar interests and face similar challenges
  • Leave feeling re-energized and inspired to innovate learning in your classroom
  • Walk away with 6 SCECHs and a full belly (lunch & breakfast provided)

Itinerary

  • Breakfast — Fuel up before the learning begins (included with registration)
  • Keynote — Laugh along with hilarious and inspiring keynote speaker, Gerry Brooks
  • Wonder Sessions — Get ready to be amazed by your fellow teachers with brief sessions highlighting a strategy or tool
  • Breakout Sessions — Choose two 60-minute sessions that provide a deeper dive into a particular strategy
  • Lunch — Take a break and chat with others while enjoying a delicious lunch (included with registration)
  • Workshop Time — Apply what you've learned to your classroom and network with other teachers
  • Experience It For Yourself — Experience student-centered learning from the student perspective and explore strategies for personalizing learning for each of your student’s unique needs.

NOTE: Registration booth and main entrance for Collaboration of the Minds will be directly inside of the Performing Arts Center of Churchill High School.

You know your students best

Because you know your students best, this event involves both collaborative and workshop-based elements that allow you to hear from fellow teachers and apply what you’ve learned to your unique teaching situation.

This is important because your students’ needs may be different than another teacher’s students. Rather than telling you how to run your classroom, we will empower you to share stories and practical strategies with one another. We’re all in this together with the ultimate goal of improving learning for our students!

Keynote Speaker: Gerry Brooks

Gerry Brooks has been an educator for 25 years, beginning as a third grade teacher in Palm Bay, FL. He earned his master’s degree in administration and has been an elementary principal for 15 years. Originally using humorous videos to encourage his staff, Gerry has become a national encourager for teachers through social media and speaking events. He is a voice for teachers, but his passion is leading others to be responsible for their own personal climate and culture in the workplace. His book, “Go See the Principal,” outlines strategies for taking on this responsibility. Gerry and his wife, Kelly, have 3 adult children and live in Lexington, KY. 

Gerry Brooks

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Join us on Thursday, August 6, 2020

Interested in attending Collaboration of the Minds? How wonderful! We can’t wait to meet you, hear your story, and share some new tips & tricks with you!