2014 Communities Collaborative Conference

"Empowering Children"

August 12 - 14, 2014

Deadline extended to August 1, 2014!!

Pre-Conference Scholarships Available


August 12th Pre-Conference Sessions:

This year's Pre-Conference is geared toward resources and strategies around helping you look at desgning a Pre-K-Grade 3 system for your area by providing resources, key instructional strategies, collaborations and team building. See registration form for more details.

August 13th & 14th Conference: Keynotes speakers include:

  • Champion of Change - Preparing the Next Generation of Leaders -William Kellibrew IV
  • Emotional Readiness - Dr. Terri Rose
  • Boys Adrift and Girls on the Edge - - Dr. Leonard SAX
  • Vision-Mindset-Grit - Scott Burrows

August 13 & 14th Breakout Sessions Include:

  • Thinking Outside the Box...Math Through Play - Author Denita Dinger
  • Strategies for Motivaing Students in the Classroom - Dr. Leonard Sax
  • Autism Trends and Updates from the Field - Dr. Camille Brandt
  • Understanding Grief & Loss in Youth Who Experience Trauma - Amelia Franck Meyer
  • A Look at Drug Use Among Adolescents - Jean Dakota & Joe Tonihka
  • Storytelling - Reaching the Heart of Leteracy and Community - Stuart Stotts
  • Empowering Children with the Gift of Control - Denita Dinger
  • Dropout Prevention - Sue Bement M.S.
  • The Importance of Schools in Bulding Stronger Community Relationships - Dr. David Tack
  • Breaking the Cycle of Violence - Trauma Informed Care
  • Executive Functioning - Jill Kuzma
  • Bringing Science to Life - Christin Mohr
  • Plus more!!!

Our Annual Communities Collaborative Conference is a national conference designed to give parents and service providers a forum to share new , state-of-the-art techniques, and strategies that have proven successful when working with children and their families.  This is an excellent opportunity for participants to present research findings along with hands on and “how to” information to all individuals working with children and families.  This years conference goals are to bring together all individuals, programs and schools that work with children ages birth through school-age. We want to share information and provide useful strategies to better serve children and families: for parents, foster parents, ECFE, Head Start, Child Care, School Age, School Administrators and Teachers, Health, Early Intervention, Social Services, Child Advocates, Legislators and School Board Members.


Post Conference Comments, Quotes, & Highlights:

* Exceptional information presented and the conference keeps growing more and more every year.* The conference gets you PREPARED & REJUVENATED to go back and do good work for the kids you work with.

The Conference is filled with...

"Strong intellectual fire power... the quality of the speakers is very high."-William L. Flood (presenter) Pediatrician for the Navaho Nation in AZ

"It has the best of the best speakers from around the country... I don't mind giving up my summer vacation for this!" -Jean Craigmile (Interpreter & Foster Care) Thief River

"Nothing disappointing ever!"-Liz Klein (Parent & Educator) Roseau


Hotel accommodations at the Shooting Star Casino, Hotel, & Event Center for August 6th-8th will be available for $67.07 per night. When registering you must call and request your preference to the hotel directly to make your arrangements, call (218) 935-2711 or (800) 453-STAR. Overflow hotel rooms available at the Holiday Inn in Detroit Lakes 30 miles south of Mahnomen on Hwy 10. Lakeview rooms or balcony rooms $99.00 per night or standard rooms $79.00 per night, call (877) 251-9348 and ask for Brain Development Block. Hotel costs are at the participant's expense.