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ASL Version of the Following Announcement:

The fifty stakeholders of the Collaborative Plan Summit hosted by the Commission of Deaf, DeafBlind, and Hard of Hearing Minnesotans identified a need for professionals to have an opportunity to obtain information about the most recent research and practice in Deaf/DeafBlind/Hard of Hearing (D/DB/HH) education. The Collaborative Experience, a professional conference, was implemented in 2015 to serve this purpose.

This year’s Collaborative Experience will be held at Breezy Point Resort just north of Brainerd, MN. The conference dates are Thursday, March 31st – Saturday, April 2nd.

Over 300 professionals from following areas are expected to attend:

Teachers of D/HH students,
Teachers of D/B students ,
Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors,
Educational Audiologists,
Educational Interpreters,
Deaf Mentors,
Parent Guides,
Speech Language Pathologists (SLPs) and
Public Health Professionals.

Keynote presenters include national experts on the topics:
•What’s Really Happening in Literacy Education? Lessons from a National Study (Susan Easterbrooks, PhD)
•Social and Emotional Functioning and its Impact on Academic Success (Mark Rosica, PhD)
•Weaving Strong Connections in Mainstream Settings (Linda Lytle, PhD)
•How Deaf Children Learn (and why they sometimes don’t) (Marc Marschark, PhD)

Registration for this conference is open!

Please click on this link:

To register, set up an account with METRO ECSU and follow the instructions for registration.

After you register online, you must make a hotel reservation directly with Breezy Point. That is a separate step and is your responsibility. To reserve hotel room, please download and fill out the room reservation form. The form is found on the Metro ECSU website. You then send the form directly to Breezy Point.

For payment, only one payment is needed and should be sent to Metro ECSU – the cost includes registration PLUS hotel.

So, please come for the Collaborative Experience. Again, you can register for the conference and reserve your hotel room at this web site:

A special thanks to our 2016
Collaborative Experience
Committee Members:

Sarah Arana Nicole Brown
Mary Cashman-Bakken Jay Fehrman
Danelle Gournaris Michelle Isham
Elise Knopf Sharisse Leier
Cathy Lyle Brooke Pedersen
Melissa Sweetmilk Katy Kelley

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be offered for teachers,
school administrators,  vocational rehabilitation counselors and
Educational Interpreters. 

More information regarding CEUs will be provided soon on our website and social media.




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