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MindFuelED 2023

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The fifth installment of MindFuelED, ReConnectED – Advancing Learner Agency, will take place Wed Feb 22 and Thu Feb 23, 2023, at the Margaritaville Resort and Spa Palm Springs, located in Palm Springs, CA.

MindFuelED launched in 2016 as a collaboration between The Core Collaborative Learning Network and UC San Diego.


Our goal was simple, create an experience that honors the extraordinary impact of educators with a collective mission to expand learner agency for all.

Event Flyer

Share the MindFuelED event flyer (pdf) with peers and faculty, and get psyched about #MindFuelED2023. 


MindFuelED | Wed Feb 22 - Thu Feb 23

Post-Con | Fri Feb 24



Fri Feb 24

NEW in 2023! Maximize your time with The Core Collaborative by adding a day of focused professional learning after the conference. Post-Con will take place at the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs, Fri Feb 24, from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM PT. Attendees will select from one of three day-long sessions*: 

  1. Lead Learner with author Michael McDowell

  2. Beyond the Surface: Leading a Culture of Equity, Connection, and Healing with Marisol Quevedo Rerucha, St. Claire Adriaan, Lori De Carlo, Tanynya Hekymara

  3. Impact Teams MTSS with Dr. Paul Bloomberg, Isaiah Mcgee, IngridTwyman, Isaac Wells

An additional registration fee applies for the Post-Con offering. Click here to view more about 2023 Post-Con offerings. 

*Post-Con registrants will indicate Post-Con preference via our exciting NEW MindFuelED App when it launches in January 2023. The App, powered by Sched, allows attendees to personalize their experience at MindFuelED while maximizing networking possibilities with peers, presenters, authors, and more.


Unless otherwise indicated, all #MindFuelEd2023 plenary sessions, breakouts, meals, events, and Post-Con will occur at the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs.

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs

1600 N Indian Canyon Dr

Palm Springs, CA 92262

(760) 327-8311

Host Hotel

Deluxe and standard room rates for MindFuelEd start at $199* a night. Room rates are valid for reservations beginning Mon Feb 20 - Fri Feb 24. If you plan to extend your stay at the resort the weekend before or the weekend after, please book directly with Margaritaville's Central Reservations Team to secure the “MindFuelED Conference FEB 2023” discounted rate by calling toll-free at 1-866-403-1929. Discounted rates expire on Jan 27, 2023. Book accordingly.

Make your reservation today!


MindFuelED is a collaboration between the Department of
Education Studies at UCSD and the Core Collaborative.


General Registration

$825 Registration

$1125 Registration + Post-Con (Fri Feb 24)

$300 Post-Con Only (Fri Feb 24)

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offer any discounts?

Teacher Appreciation Month (May 1-31, 2022)

$525 Registration

$700 Registration  + one (1) additional Post-Con (Fri Feb 24) day of focused PD
$175 Post-Con (Fri Feb 24) only


Early-Bird Registration (Jun 1 - Sep 30, 2022)

$650 Registration

$870 Registration + one (1) additional Post-Con (Fri Feb 24) day of focused PD

$220 Post-Con (Fri Feb 24) only

Principal Appreciation Month (Oct 1-31, 2022) – Two Opportunities

To express our heartfelt thanks to some of our all-time favorite peeps – Principals (#PrincipalsRock) – we are offering TWO stellar ways to save with #MindFuelED2023.

  1.  20% OFF | Take 20% off MindFuelED and Post-Con general registration rates using discount code PrincipalsRock. LOVE it! Make it count because our Principal Appreciation Month celebration ends Oct 31.

  2. PRINCIPALS ATTEND FOR FREE |  Principals, bring a team of four from your school or district to MindFuelED, and your registration is on us. That's right! Receive one complimentary registration for every four you bring to #MindFuelED2023. Offer good for General, General + Post-Con, and any combination or configuration thereof. 


To learn more about discounted pricing for #MindFuelED2023, please email or call Leah Tierney at 1-619-432-CORE (2673).




A limited number of scholarships are available and will be reviewed case-by-case by The Core Collaborative. To learn how your school or system can apply for scholarship support to attend #MindFuelED2023, please email or call Leah Tierney at 1-619-432-CORE (2673).


Scholarships are made possible thanks to our corporate partners. To learn more about becoming a corporate partner and/or underwriting the registration of an educator, school team, or system team, call us at 1-619-432-CORE (2673).

Teams Encouraged

Bring Your Team

To support the growth of learner-centered systems in your district or school, we encourage you to bring a team to MindFuelED.


Principals Attend for Free*

Register a team of four and Principals attends for free. Our way of saying thanks for everything you do! Contract Leah Tierney for more information at 1-619-432-CORE (2673).


*Register a team of four and your fifth registration is on us. Contact Leah Tierney  at 1-619-432-CORE (2673) to access this five-for-four opportunity. 


Depending on the size of your team, we might be able to customize a group rate. For more information, email or call Leah Tierney at 1-619-432-CORE (2673).

Welcome Reception (Optional)

Join us for early check-in and some fun and frivolity before the conference begins at the Welcome Reception taking place Tue Feb 21 from 6:30-8:00 PM PT at the Oasis Lawn at the Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs. Guests invited.


RSVP via the new #MindFuelEd2023 app when it goes live in Jan 2023 (details forthcoming). 

MindFuelED Reception

Honor and celebrate the year-round contributions of educators at the official MindFuelED Reception, on Wed Feb 22 from 6-8:00 PM. Details forthcoming. Guests welcome. RSVP via the new #MindFuelED2023 app (available in January 2023).

ReConnectED – Advancing Learner Agency Reception

Wed Feb 22, 2023

6:00-8:00 PM PT 

Additional reception details are forthcoming. 


Attendees will receive the official #MindFuelED2023 T-shirt at Check-In and are encouraged to wear the T-shirt on Day Two — Thu Feb 23 of the retreat. Sizes are available in XS - 4XL. Submit your t-shirt size when registering. To verify or update your T-shirt size, please contact Kenna Combs, at

If you find the t-shirt you requested isn't quite the right fit, feel free to drop by the Mimi & Todd Press Kiosk located in the Compass Rose Ballroom foyer and swap it out for a tee that fits you brilliantly. 

Additional MindFuelED tees, including t-shirts from past #MindFuelED events, will be available for purchase at the Mimi & Todd Press Kiosk.

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