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Collaboration of the Minds 2020

Thursday, August 6 from 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Virtual Event

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.

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 = FREE (including 5 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 5 SCECHs

Itinerary

  • Keynote — Laugh along with our inspiring keynote speaker.
  • Breakout Sessions — Choose two 60-minute sessions that provide a deeper dive into a particular strategy
  • 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.

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: Sandy Morden

Sandy Morden of Positive Space Consulting, is a motivational speaker helping people remove obstacles and fear that prevent growth and success.

Additionally, Sandy is a flight attendant, a wife for thirty-five years, a mother of two daughters and “Nonnie” to six homeschooled grandchildren under 8.

Before homeschooling her own daughters, Sandy spent many years working at the St Clair County Children’s Shelter caring for abused and neglected children and Port Huron Area School District as an interpreter in the Hearing Impaired Program.

Sandy enjoys traveling and talking to strangers on her travels. She lives by, “You are exactly where you are supposed to be” and “Everything happens for a reason.”

Day One: 2020 Crisis Edition

So, 2020 didn’t bring what many were hoping it would. Instead, it’s brought crisis, fear and more crisis. How can we assist our students when so much around them is in turmoil? By modeling steadfast courage with sincere belief that we will all be stronger when these troubling times are over.

I want to encourage you, as educators, to be bold and excite you for the school year ahead.

Sandy Morden

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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!