Carol Brooks Simoneau

Thinking Collaborative, Derby, KS

Carol is the codirector of Thinking Collaborative, the umbrella organization for Cognitive CoachingSMand Adaptive Schools. She has 25 years’ experience as a teacher and reading specialist. She has chaired or served as a member on school improvement and accreditation teams designed to develop school community and facilitate achievement. Brooks Simoneau has received the Kansas State Department of Education Distinguished Educator Award. She is the author of A Facilitator’s Guide to Online Professional Development: Establishing Communities of Learning and Cultures of Thinking (Rowman & Littlefield, 2010).

The level of intellectual stimulation and dialogue is unparalleled. There is always someone nearby or at your table who can help process new ideas or help you think about how what you’re hearing applies to your work. The balance of research and application is really nice. Getting to hear from top authors about their current projects helps me feel very informed so that I can feel abreast of current trends in the professional learning field. At the same time, the balance of topics that are “oldies but goodies” is nice because there are always new practitioners joining the conference.

— 2018 Attendee

The Annual Learning Forward Conference is the best professional development offered each year.  It allows you to personalize your learning and focus on what you need to continue growing.B

— Brian Faulkner