Save the date! The Collaborative Learning Solutions C5 Summer Institute is a 2-day conference featuring nationally-known keynote speakers (Ashanti Branch and Eric Thomas), interactive workshops, and more! This event is designed to help educators and leade

Students with significant social-emotional and behavioral needs are one of the most challenging groups within the school setting. Designing effective classroom learning environments that support the diverse needs of this population is equally challenging. Learn strategies that improve access and outcomes for ALL students!

Event Overview

The Collaborative Learning Solutions C5 Summer Institute is a 2-day conference featuring nationally-known keynote speakers (Ashanti Branch and Eric Thomas), interactive workshops, and more! This event is designed to help educators and leaders effectively support students with social-emotional and behavioral needs, especially those in self-contained classroom settings.

Intended Audience (Grades K-12): Site and District Leaders/Administration, EBD Classroom Teams, Intervention Teams, Site and District Mental Health Teams

Keynote Speakers

Ashanti Branch

Ashanti Branch, born and raised by a single mother on welfare in Oakland, California, took the road less traveled to get out of the ghetto and attended one of California’s premier engineering colleges, California Polytechnic - San Luis Obispo. After tutoring struggling students and realizing his true passion was teaching, Mr. Branch changed careers from being a construction project manager to a teacher. He had suddenly found the “fire” that was missing in his life and he hoped to ignite a similar enthusiasm in his young students.

In 2004, Ashanti started The Ever Forward Club to provide a support group for African American and Latino males, who were not achieving to the level of their potential. With over 19 years mentoring youth and 10 of those years as a math teacher educating inner-city youth, Ashanti was awarded with a Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico, and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators. Mr. Branch is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.

“When my students aren’t learning, it’s not usually because they can’t... it’s because they have deep-seated barriers that are holding them back. We can’t change their past, but we can teach them to hold safe space, increase their emotional toolbox, and help each other.” — Ashanti Branch

Eric Thomas (affectionately known as either ET or the hip-hop preacher) is that rare thing: someone who managed to overcome family problems, poverty, and even homelessness to become one of the most successful leaders in his field. Whether it's educators, athletes, millionaires, businesspeople, politicians, or just your Average Joe, Thomas has motivated them all. His YouTube channel has made him a household name. As someone who dropped out of school as a teenager, only to return at a later stage to earn his Ph.D., Thomas has been inspiring millions of at-risk students to stay at school.

Call for Presenters

We’re very excited to announce that we are now accepting presentation proposals! Whether you've worked with this population of students for decades or you've just started in the past few years, we want to hear from you! Learn more about the goals of the institute, what we are looking for in terms for our guest presenters, and how to apply below. All applications are due by 11:59 PM on December 17, 2021.

Additional Details

  • Conference Dates: Thursday, June 16 & Friday, June 17, 2022
  • Event Location: Pechanga | 45000 Pechanga Pkwy, Temecula, CA 92592 
  • Contact: Candy Wiedmeier, chaight@clsteam.net, 888.267.6096
  • Sponsorship & Vendor Questions? Contact us! We are happy to discuss opportunities and partnerships together!