August 13-14, 2020

The 2020 Transforming Learning Summit is now a 2-day virtual event!


Your professional development and growth as modern educators is valuable in these uncertain times. Join us for an interactive, engaging educational conference! This is not just another webinar or virtual meeting – this is a live, interactive event using a state of the art virtual conference platform! The Transforming Learning Summit strives to inspire educators to transform systems and practices for the success of ALL students by making the learning experience relevant and meaningful. Don’t miss the opportunity to come together with your fellow educators in a collaborative environment as you learn, share best practices and advance education.

This year’s theme is Building A Culture of Learning.

The 2020 Transforming Learning Summit will feature:

  • Learning sessions on multiple topics including Building a Culture of Learning, Using Technology to Transform Learning, Equity, the Human Element of Assessment, Mental Health (Student and Educator) and Student-Centered Learning
  • Two inspirational keynote addresses and companion break out sessions
  • Networking, learning, engagement and inspiration!


About Michael Bonner

Michael Bonner

Improving Performance through Metacognition

There was one secret Michael Bonner withheld from the producers for the Ellen Degeneres Show and NBC Nightly News. Before he fell into the national spotlight as an advocate for education, he was determined to quit teaching. The toxicity of the work environment and the mounting responsibilities were beginning to take a toll. Bonner found himself projecting blame upon everyone else until he read a quote that changed the trajectory of his life. In this keynote, Michael Bonner breaks down important principles of environment & culture, the importance of purposeful collaboration, how self-development can create a higher level of performance, and how student, educator, parent, and community voices matter as we fight to propel our students to greatness. Now more than ever, we must understand it is going to take a joint effort to help all of our students succeed!

Mandy Froehlich

The Show Must Go On: Recognizing your connection to education and how to battle back if it severs
We work in an emotion-filled profession where empathy and passion are our greatest asset. However, what happens when those feelings are challenged or taken away entirely? How does this happen, and what can we do about it? The concept of educator mental health and engagement has been taboo for so long, it’s time to start having the conversations so we can understand how to be happy in our jobs and the impact it has on the system when we are not. This comes from a very human need to just be happy in what we do. It is possible if we take the time to talk about it and move forward with purpose.

About Mandy Froehlich

2020 Transforming Learning Summit Virtual Agenda

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Time Event
8:45 a.m.
Welcome, Introductions & Instructions
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Michael Bonner
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Gathering and Crowdsourcing Questions for Michael Bonner
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Q&A with Michael Bonner
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Recap discussion and polling
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch break – off air
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Regroup, additional instructions and introductions
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m. Recap discussion, polling and introduction
2:15 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Mandy Froehlich – Closing Keynote
2:45 p.m. – 3:15 p.m. Gathering and crowdsourcing questions for Mandy Froehlich



Friday, August 14, 2020

Time Event
8:45 a.m.
Welcome, Introductions & Instructions
9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Keynote Speaker: Mandy Froehlich
10:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Gathering and Crowdsourcing Questions for Mandy Froehlich
10:15 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Q&A with Mandy Froehlich
10:45 – 11:00 a.m.
Recap discussion and polling
11:00 – 12:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch break – off air
12:45 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Regroup, additional instructions and introductions
1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. Rapid Fire Sessions
1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Final poll, drawing for prizes, closing comments




Register for a Pre-Conference Virtual Learning Lab from HueLife

We’ve partnered with HueLife to offer additional Virtual Learning Labs this spring for you! These interactive, solution-focused labs are timely opportunities to build skills and walk away with concrete tools to help you effectively lead and engage with team members and students in a virtual environment. For a highly discounted rate of $25 (a $50 savings) you can add one or more of the HueLife Virtual Learning Labs to your Transforming Learning Summit registration.


Hurry! The first 10 people who register for a learning lab get it FREE! Learn more & register.

Track 1: For Principals & Administrators

  • Project & Team Updates (60 min) | Tuesday, June 9th | 8:30 – 9:30 AM
    How do you get information from your team but not spend your entire meeting doing updates that prevents you from moving to action? This session will offer a tool to provide teams a way to keep updated on projects and workload.
  • Solutions to Issues (60 min) | Thursday, June 18th | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM
    Leading a meeting and need to quickly brainstorm solutions to an issue? This session will provide a tool that will help lead your team through a process that will help you make a quick, yet informed decision.

Track 2: For Teachers & Educators

  • Building Community & Sharing Experience: “Moving to Distance Learning” (60 min) | Monday, June 8th | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM 
    This session is a facilitated conversation for teachers to come together and share their experience with distance learning, collect best practices and lessons learned.
  • Virtual Meetings 101 (60 min) | Wednesday, June 17th | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
    In this session we will share tips for convening engaging meetings online, provide opportunities to experience and experiment with various features of Zoom, and learn about best practices and common pitfalls of virtual meetings.


Discover the variety of different sponsorships available! Download the sponsorship prospectus here.
Sponsorships are available on a first come, first serve basis. 

Whether you are a company that partners with the K-12 field, a philanthropic or corporate foundation that supports education, or a nonprofit, government or higher education institution that offers key resources for educators, the Transforming Learning Summit provides a unique opportunity to share your solutions, resources and support with hundreds of Minnesota educators!

  • Position yourself as a learning leader in the state of Minnesota
  • Discover emerging trends in the Minnesota K-12 market and identify market needs
  • Generate business opportunities with current and prospective partners
  • Showcase current products, services and programs
  • Establish your institution or organization
  • Forge new partnerships
For more information or to discuss the opportunities that are best for you, contact Christopher Kohn,, or 952-885-7602.

Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors!

About GTS Educational Events

If you are a nonprofit or public sector group looking to create a conference, workshop or educational event with impact, look to GTS. We believe educational events are successful when participants learn and grow and then return to their organizations and communities to make them stronger. We look forward to continuing our work with the broad spectrum of organizations striving to make a difference for the people and communities they serve.

GTS Educational Events is a nonpartisan organization, and does not take positions on any legislation or ballot measures, nor does it endorse or oppose any candidates in elections to public office.

Conference Advisors:

Dave Blanchard (Chair), St. Cloud State University, School of Education, Teacher Development

Brian Cashman, Coordinator, Alternative Programs – Goodhue County Education District

Jennifer Dugan Director, Statewide Testing Minnesota Department of Ed

Danijella Duvnjak, Director of Teaching and Learning – HCPA

Angie Freese, Founder – Playmakers, LLC

Jessica Moore, Secondary Coordinator of Curriculum – ISD 742

Will Remmert, Elementary Principal – New Prague Area Schools

Jim Smith, K-12 Consultant – No Limits Learning