FOCUS: Equity for ALL Students

PLAEA Virtual Summer Learning Conference - June 23 & 24

SAVE THE DATES: June 23 & 24

FOCUS 2021, the Prairie Lakes AEA Summer Learning Conference, will take place June 23 and 24. This conference will be held completely online. Early Bird Registration opens March 1. License Renewal will be available.


We've lined up three amazing keynote speakers:


  • Dr. Clay Cook
  • Cornelius Minor
  • Dr. Timothy Lewis


We look forward to hosting up to 24 breakout sessions and are seeking presenters for those sessions. Click the button below to learn more and submit a session proposal.

I'm Interested In Being A Presenter.

Deadline to complete the Request for Proposals is March 5. Thanks for your interest!

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 in Los Angeles, Seattle, or New York City, Cornelius uses his love for technology, hip-hop, and social media to bring communities together. As a teacher, Cornelius draws not only on his years teaching middle school in the Bronx and Brooklyn, but also on time spent skateboarding, shooting hoops, and working with young people.

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. He has been involved with developing school-wide systems of behavioral support for over 25 years, and directs the University of Missouri Center for School-wide Positive Behavior Support, and is Co-Director of the national OSEP Center for Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports and former Co-Director of the Center for Adolescent Research in Schools.


His specialty areas include social skill instruction, functional assessment, and proactive school-wide discipline systems.

Dr. Clay Cook

Dr. Cook is the John and Nancy Peyton Endowed Chair in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.


He has extensive research and practical experiences involving the implementation of multi-tiered systems of support as an equity-centered framework to promote children’s social, emotional, and behavioral wellbeing and development. 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.


He has received over 17 million dollars in external grant funding from multiple agencies and foundations to conduct research on implementation of high quality program and practices that promote student social, emotional, and behavioral enablers to school and life success. He also consults with school systems across the US and globe to increase children’s access to the high quality services they need.