Ready For Change
WHAT IS FOCUS?
FOCUS is the summer conference hosted by Prairie Lakes AEA on the beautiful, lakeside campus of Buena Vista University. This learning experience blends a variety of inspiring and informative keynote speakers and breakout sessions. It’s an opportunity to catch your breath and reflect, but also a time to engage in learning, plan, and focus forward. FOCUS brings educators, counselors, administrators, and other education professionals together to engage in learning around the most current and pressing challenges that face us in today’s classrooms.
REGISTRATION DETAILS FOR FOCUS 2023: Ready for Change
Late Registration 6/1 - 6/20 $200
Licensure Renewal Optional $35
BVU Graduate Credit Optional $50
All attendees will register for FOCUS 2023 (Course #204740)
via the AEA Professional Registration System.
Attendee Gift #1: Connections Over Compliance: Rewiring Our Perceptions of Discipline
The developing brains of our children need to “feel” safe.
Children who carry chronic behavioral challenges are often met with reactive and punitive practices that can potentially reactivate the developing stress response systems. This book deeply addresses the need for co-regulatory and relational touch point practices, shifting student-focused behavior management protocols to adult regulated brain and body states which are brain aligned, preventive, and relational discipline protocols. This new lens for discipline benefits all students by reaching for sustainable behavioral changes through brain state awareness rather than compliance and obedience.
Attendee Gift #2: Ready for Change Tote
When you leave FOCUS 2023, we want to be sure you carry the affirmation of “READY FOR CHANGE” with you … literally!
Each attendee will be receiving a canvas tote this year to help hold your copy of Connections over Compliance, FOCUS journal, exhibitor handouts and more!
Attendee Gift #3: "A Moment to Breathe" Subscription
Attendees will receive a one-month subscription to keynote Tiffany Lanier's "A Moment to Breathe".
–A Mixed Media guide for reflection, grounding + future-casting.
–Mindful lessons, journaling prompts, and color pages for connection and expression
–Breathwork, Meditation, and Movement exercises to release and rejuvenate.
–Tools and suggestions for better morning routines and rituals for the month ahead
–Subscriber only access to special classes + resources throughout the year
–Early-bird announcements and discounts to any group programs, workshops, retreats, and new products we have available.
School Teams Gift: Intentional Neuroplasticity
School teams of 5 or more will also receive copies of the latest book from Dr. Desautels - Intentional Neuroplasticity: Moving Our Nervous Systems and Educational System Toward Post-Traumatic Growth.
Educator fatigue and burnout are at an all-time high. Students are carrying their mental and emotional exhaustion into the classroom. Intentional Neuroplasticity explores the plasticity of the brain and nervous system, while learning how adversity and trauma impact a student's developing nervous system to affect behaviors--which ultimately changes the way educators approach discipline and engagement. Neuroplasticity is more than the latest and greatest buzzword-when educational practitioners are informed and encouraged to share this dynamic, miraculous superpower of human potentiality, both teachers and children understand why they feel the way they do, and how feelings and thoughts impact their mood, motivation, and engagement. When we empower and relieve our nervous systems with the language of science and deepened understanding of why we sense, feel, and behave the ways we do, we are preparing for a lifetime of possibility through the knowledge of brain and body architecture and plasticity.
With the growing body of research in relational and affective neuroscience, our schools can benefit and serve the whole student as we prioritize the nervous system by addressing the embodied experiences, generational and historical trauma, and the stories they hold. This book is an absolute must-read for educators.
MORE ABOUT OUR KEYNOTE SPEAKERS:
DR. LORI DESAUTELS
Dr. Lori Desautels, has been an Assistant Professor at Butler University since 2016. Her focus is on the application of neuroscience as it applies to attachment, regulation, educator brain state, and teaching students and staff about their neuro-anatomy.
You can find Dr. Desautels’ work, presentation videos, and latest research on this website www.revelationsineducation.com. Her new book, Intentional Neuroplasticity, Our Educational Journey Towards Post Traumatic Growth will be coming in January 2023.
Alexander is a writer, dancer, teacher, lupus survivor, and New York Times featured podcaster. His dynamic storytelling brings illumination and levity to the conversation and creates welcoming space where folks can reflect on their feelings and consider their triumphs, tragedies, fears, and coping habits with refreshed Perspective. As Creative Director of GetSomeJoy, he is on a mission to spread joy and promote mental and emotional wellness by sharing resources + tools for thriving at home, work, and school.
Prairie Lakes AEA serves almost 32,000 students and families in a 14-county area. Over 3,000 educators in 38 public school districts and 11 accredited, nonpublic schools, rely on Prairie Lakes AEA for services in special education, school technology, media and instructional/curriculum support. The agency serves children from birth through age 21.