Georgia Education Leadership Institute

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Georgia Institute Sponsors

  • Pre-Institute Learning Sessions
  • 50 Breakout Sessions
  • Superintendent Panels
  • Exhibit Hall
  • Breakfast provided on Thursday and Friday
  • Lunch provided on Thursday
  • Door Prizes

These Pre-Institute sessions are FREE with your paid Institute registration ($125)
and are being held on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m.

Choose one of the following! 

Pre-Institute Learning Session ONE

Avis King

Update from the Office of School Improvement

Avis King

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Updates will be provided about the work in School and District Effectiveness and Teacher and Leader Effectiveness. The presentation will also cover information concerning the Every Students Succeeds Act. The theme of the orientation will focus on on supporting Georgia's districts, administrators, schools and students in the work of continuous improvement.  

SPEAKER BIO: This session will be presented by Avis King, Deputy Superintendent of School Improvement, Will Rumbaugh, Director of School and District Effectiveness, and Cindy Saxon, Associated Superintendent of Teacher and Leader Effectiveness and staff. 


Pre-Institute Learning Session TWO

Melissa Fincher

Georgia’s Assessment and Accountability System:  Georgia Milestones and the CCRPI

Melissa Fincher

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Back by popular demand, Melissa Fincher, GaDOE's Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability, will discuss Georgia’s assessment and accountability system. The most up to date information will be shared, including a discussion of the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and what it means for Georgia.  This will be an informal session with plenty of time for questions and discussion. If you have questions such as, “How are the open-ended items on Georgia Milestones scored?’ or “What does ESSA mean for the CCRPI?’ then this session is for you.

SPEAKER BIO: Melissa Fincher has worked in the field of assessment for over 20 years. Her background includes experience with assessments in both university and K-12 settings. She has developed and managed a number of large-scale, high-stakes assessment programs for both Tennessee and Georgia. In her present role as the Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability at the Georgia Department of Education, she oversees the development of all Georgia assessment and accountability programs. She is responsible for ensuring these programs meet high standards for technical defensibility. Melissa has served as the principal investigator in several grants and research projects and has presented at numerous professional conferences. 


Thursday, September 8th
Opening General Session
9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.

~ Kickoff Remarks by State School Superintendent Richard Woods ~

Nathan Deal

Education Update
Governor Nathan Deal

Under the Governor’s leadership, Georgia has risen to become the No. 1 place in the nation in which to do business, a goal achieved by creating the Competitiveness Initiative, reforming the state tax code, shaping Georgia’s educational system to support workforce needs and recruiting businesses to relocate here. Though he has reduced the size of state government, Gov. Deal has prioritized education and child safety funding as state revenues rebound from the Great Recession. In 2014, the Governor increased K-12 spending by more than half a billion dollars, the largest increase in education in seven years, and in his 2015 State of the State address he proposed the creation of a new Opportunity School District to rescue failing schools.

Thursday, September 8th
Luncheon Speaker

John HodgeBE THE ONE!
Dr. John W. Hodge

SPEAKER BIO: Dr. John W. Hodge’s career has been defined by assisting students and teachers with overcoming obstacles and achieving goals. He has served as an inspirational speaker across the United States and has been a guest lecturer at Christopher Newport University, Hampton University, North Carolina A&T State University and George Washington University. Dr. Hodge is a trained facilitator for the SREB Leadership Initiative Modules "Leading Assessment and Instruction" and "Creating a High Performance Learning Culture," and a trained assessor and facilitator in the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) "Developing the 21st Century Principal" program.

Dr. Hodge is the president and co-founder of Urban Learning and Leadership Center (ULLC), an organization focused on student achievement and reduction of the achievement gap. He has served as a reading teacher, English teacher, AVID teacher, Assistant Principal and Associate Director of AVID Center Eastern Division. He served as Director of An Achievable Dream Academy, an inner city school that piloted many of the interventions used by Urban Learning and Leadership Center. An Achievable Dream Academy is a high performing, high poverty school that has received numerous national awards.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Join Dr. Hodge as he presents BE THE ONE! He will discuss how the education of America's youth is a challenging prospect when one considers the many burdens faced by impoverished children and their families. Research indicates that poverty need not be a barrier to academic excellence. As co-author of the book Standing in the Gap, Dr. Hodge states, "Across the nation, schools are demonstrating that it can be done: That students can reach high standards, that all children can succeed, that the gap between white and minority students, poor and affluent, can be closed." More often than not, one caring adult can make all the difference in the world. Dr. Hodge's presentation will encourage all of us to BE THE ONE! 

Special General Session

Friday, September 9th 
11:25 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

ESSA Discussion Panel

In December 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was signed, replacing the federal law commonly known as No Child Left Behind. This is a major development in education and an enormous opportunity for educators because, in many areas, ESSA transfers power back to states and local schools/districts, allowing them to make decisions that are best for their students. During this session, a panel of speakers will discuss ESSA and the development of Georgia’s state plan, which will address standards, assessments, school/district accountability, and supports offered to struggling schools.

50 Informative Breakout Sessions! Track descriptions below.

Culture of Success
These sessions will highlight innovation and best practices from schools around the state in curriculum, classroom instruction, and school climate. You'll hear from colleagues who have beat the odds and guided their schools to success despite challenges.

Educating Georgia's Future Workforce
This track will focus on partnerships that create high-quality Career, Technical, and Agricultural Education experiences for students. Learn how to partner with businesses in your community to create courses that lead to jobs for your graduates..

School Public Relations 101
These sessions will focus on communicating effectively with the public. You'll learn how to promote your schools and manage crisis situations effectively, using the resources you already have.

Teacher & Leader Development
This track will focus on identifying, developing and retaining your best teachers. It will also focus on the effectiveness and development of other leaders within your school or district.

Business and Operational Management
These sessions are designed for CFOs, Finance Directors, and other members of your district's business office. Network and share best practices with other professionals within your field.

PearsonA Look at One of Our Featured Speakers:

Eric Milou

Digital Learning & Resources in Mathematics

Eric Milou

ABOUT THIS SESSION: This session will examine how to engage, motivate, and teach students of the iGeneration (the Internet Generation). Participants will be provided with digital resources, engaging video lessons and pedagogical strategies that can lead to deeper mathematical understanding in all grades.

SPEAKER BIO: Eric Milou is Professor in the Department of Mathematics at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ. Eric teaches pre-service teachers and works with in-service teachers, and is primarily interested in balancing concept development with skill proficiency. He was part of the nine-member NCTM feedback/advisory team that responded to and met with Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSCO) and National Governors Association (NGA) representatives during the development of various drafts of the Common Core State Standards. Eric's publications include coauthor: digits (middle-grades mathematics curriculum) Pearson 2012, “Unit Fractions and Their ‘Basimal’ Representations: Exploring Patterns,” Mathematics Teacher (NCTM 2004), Teaching Mathematics in the Middle School: A Practical Guide (Allyn and Bacon 2003), and “High School Exit Exams across the Nation,” NCTM News Bulletin (2003). His excellence in teaching and leading has been recognized through honors, including Joseph A. Barnes Award for Outstanding Service, Rowan University (2015) and Max Sobel Outstanding Mathematics Educator Award, AMTNJ (2009). 

New This Year!

We are excited to announce we are putting together for this year's Institute three separate Superintendent Panels that will address various topics of importance. Each panel will be comprised of three Georgia district superintendents. These sessions may include topics such as ESSA, impact of Senate Bill 364, and the implementation of SWSS/Charter Systems. There will be separate sessions for small, medium and large school districts. Look for more details to come.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration Opens
2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Free Pre-Institute Sessions
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Exhibits Open

Thursday, September 8, 2016

7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Registration Opens
7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Exhibits Open
9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Opening General Session
  - Kickoff Remarks by Richard Woods, State School Superintendent 
  - Education Update: Governor Nathan Deal
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. General Session, Lunch, Keynote Speaker - Dr. John Hodge
12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Breakout Sessions
2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Breakout Sessions
4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Networking Reception

Friday, September 9, 2016

7:30 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. Continental Breakfast
7:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Exhibits Open
8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Breakout Sessions
9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Break - Visit Exhibitors
10:00 a.m.  to 11:15 a.m. Breakout Sessions
11:15 a.m. to 11:25 a.m. Transition Break
11:25 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Special General Session: ESSA Discussion Panel

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PRE-INSTITUTE (Wednesday, September 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m. - ­5:00 p.m.)

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*Institute registration ($125) is required to attend one of the FREE Pre-Institute Learning Sessions. Please indicate if you plan on attending the Pre-Institute. Choose only ONE.

 #1 Update from the Office of School Improvement - Avis King and Staff

#2 Georgia's Assessment and Accountability System: Georgia's Milestones and the CCRPI - Melissa Fincher


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GA Accomodations 

Atlanta Marriott Marquis

Marriott Marquis Atlanta

Reserve your hotel room today!
Limited Availability

Atlanta Marriott Marquis
265 Peachtree Center Ave NE
Atlanta, GA 30303

The Marriott Marquis Hotel has a conference rate of $138 plus tax. This rate is valid before August 22, 2016, as long as rooms are available in the block.




  • CALL: 1-866-469-5475, or 1-404-521-0000. Please be sure to tell the hotel that you're with the Georgia Education Leadership 2016.

  • REGISTER ONLINE: Go to the Marriott Marquis website.
      Select the dropdown box "Please select your guest type".
      Choose "ATTENDEE". 
      Enter your check in/check out dates. (ie. 9/6/16 to 9/10/16)
      Then enter your number of rooms, guests per room, etc.
      Then click the "FIND" button. You should then be taken to a page that shows the $138 per night rate.

 We have special valet pricing for parking at the hotel. The daily price is $15.00. Other parking lots close to the hotel range from $4 to $20 per day.