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Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

These Pre-Institute Learning Sessions are FREE with your paid Institute registration. These session run at the same time, so please choose one of the following:

Understanding and Leveraging Georgia’s K-12 Student Assessment Program to Improve Instruction and Student Outcomes

Allison Timberlake and Jan Reyes

Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIOS:  Allison Timberlake has worked in the fields of assessment, accountability, and growth modeling for over 10 years. At the GaDOE, she oversees the state’s assessment and accountability systems. Prior to joining the GaDOE, she oversaw assessment and evaluation for the Southern Regional Education Board’s school improvement initiatives. She holds B.S. and M.S. degrees in public policy from the Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Educational Policy Studies – Research, Measurement, and Statistics from Georgia State University.

Jan Reyes has worked in the field of assessment for over 6 years, and in education for 15 years. At the GaDOE, she manages the development of the state’s student assessment program. Prior to joining the GaDOE, she was a middle school math teacher after working in the financial services industry for 10 years. She holds a B.B.A. degree in accounting from Columbus State University, M.Ed. and Ed.S. degrees in Middle Childhood Education from Brenau University and Georgia State University, respectively, and an Ed.D. in Curriculum Studies from Georgia Southern University.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: Allison Timberlake, GaDOE’s Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability, and Jan Reyes, GaDOE’s Director of Assessment Development, will provide an overview of Georgia’s K-12 student assessment program, from the GKIDS Readiness Check to Georgia Milestones. They will focus on how districts and schools can use assessment results and supporting resources from the assessment program to improve instruction and outcomes for students in kindergarten through high school. The most up-to-date information and resources will be shared. This will be an informal session with plenty of time for questions and discussion.

Ready, Set, Safety: Your Action Plan for School Preparedness

Representatives from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Georgia Department of Education

Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: There will be two topics presented during this session:

Active Shooter Awareness, Response, and Prevention

Incidents involving active shooters have become all too familiar. Through this training we will identify a true active shooter, examine the history of active shooter incidents and discuss the possible responses to various active shooter situations. We will also explore pro-active steps that can be taken to possibly reduce the likelihood of an incident occurring.

Emergency Operations Planning for Schools

This program examines the planning process and what aspects should be covered in the Emergency Operations Plan according to the law. This training also discusses self-assessment tips for reviewing a school’s plan.

Georgia’s ESSA Plan was Approved. Now What?

Matt Jones

Sunday, September 16, 2018 | 2:00 p.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  Matt Jones is Chief of Staff for State School Superintendent Richard Woods, overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Georgia Department of Education and ensuring the agency fulfills its vision of offering a holistic education to every child in the state. Prior to joining the department, Jones taught history, English Language Arts, Computing and Engineering Technology to middle and high school students. Toombs County Schools recognized him as the District Teacher of Year for his innovative and creative teaching style. He later became the technology director, spearheading collaborative and personalized learning efforts in the district.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: In January 2018, after 2+ years of work and consultation with educators, students, parents, business leaders, and community members across Georgia, our state plan for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) received approval from the U.S. Department of Education. The plan sets a new course for K-12 education in Georgia, moving away from an excessive focus on high-stakes testing to an education system that places the whole child at the center. So – what comes next? GaDOE Chief of Staff Matt Jones and representatives from the Department’s Federal Programs, Teaching and Learning, School Improvement, and Accountability divisions will discuss ESSA implementation and answer your questions.

Trauma-Informed Leadership

David Moody

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 11:15 a.m.


SPEAKER BIO:  C. David Moody, Jr. is a native of Chicago, Illinois, who spent his childhood years there before relocating with his family to Ann Arbor, Michigan. From there, he matriculated to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia, graduating with a degree in psychology in 1978. He then attended Howard University, earning a professional degree in architecture in 1981. In 1988, he established C. D. Moody Construction Company, Inc., now one of the largest African-American-owned construction companies in America. Moody also has a keen sense of community service. He founded the C.D. Moody Foundation to provide financial assistance for students with a passion for construction and entrepreneurship, and to date has awarded more than 80 individual scholarships. Besides contributing money, he devotes time to meeting with K-12 students, where he hopes to help students see the endless possibilities that are directly associated with hard work, perseverance, and a positive attitude. Moody is the author of Fighting through the Fear – My Journey of Healing from Childhood Sexual Abuse, co-authored with his good friend and former Morehouse College roommate, Charles W. Cherry II. The book describes his harrowing personal journey as a childhood sexual abuse survivor. His personal blog site,, showcases his talents as a photographer, motivator and inspirational resource for healing for other survivors of childhood sexual abuse.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: School leaders often play a “first responders” role for students struggling with abuse issues…whether physical or sexual, or both. How school leaders respond and proceed can have life changing affects on the students…whether it be a healing or negative outcome. Dave’s unique perspective as a business and community leader will empower our school leaders with a better understanding of not only how to support students, but staff and colleagues as well. Join Dave during this special keynote luncheon to hear about his journey in dealing with sexual abuse he encountered as a child, and to learn some ways to “think outside the box” when helping our students deal with trauma situations in their lives. You do not want to miss this powerful and inspirational closing session! You will leave the Institute knowing what you do changes lives, and that you are critical to our students’ success!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.


As a school leader, we know these are often the first questions you get from parents and community members: what are you doing about school safety? How can I be sure my child is safe during the school day? How are you addressing issues like mental health?

During this moderated panel, GEMA Director Homer Bryson and representatives from the Georgia Department of Education, NAMI Georgia and other partners, will take questions on school safety and security, mental health and prevention, and how you as a school leader can take a comprehensive, whole-child, whole-school approach to student safety. Dr. Dana Rickman, Vice President of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, will moderate the panel – and there will be an opportunity for audience members to submit questions.

Rituals that Work: How to Gain Control of Your Time

Dr. Melissa Gratias

Monday, September 17, 2018 | 2:30 p.m.

SPEAKER BIO:  Dr. Melissa Gratias is a productivity psychologist who helps overworked and underappreciated professionals maximize their effectiveness, balance their priorities, and generate outstanding results. She is a writer, coach, and speaker on the tactical aspects of workplace effectiveness. Because, you know, it’s hard to change the world when you can’t mark anything off your to-do list.

On a daily basis since 2007, Dr. Gratias has helped people worldwide be more focused, balanced, and productive. However, as measured by almost every personality test known to psychology, Dr. Gratias has the profile of a disorganized, scattered person who detests planning and thinks calendars are for wimps. Her philosophy is that personality may dictate our preferences for action, but our capacity is usually much higher. In short, if she can do it, so can you.

ABOUT THIS SESSION: A ritual is, by definition, a series of steps that are followed faithfully. In this seminar, you will learn how to incorporate rituals into your work to keep your to-do list updated, calendar managed, and fires extinguished before they even start.

Topics covered include:
• How to take advantage of our natural human tendencies to follow rituals
• The most productive ways to start and end your work days
• How to stay on track with goals, metrics, and projects
• The importance of flexibility and the trap of perfectionism

50 Informative Breakout Sessions! Track descriptions are 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 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 Climate and Safety

A positive school climate directly impacts indicators of success such as increased teacher retention, lower dropout rates, decreased incidences of violence, and higher student achievement. Come learn about the four major categories that shape perception of school climate: safety; teaching and learning; interpersonal relationships; and the institutional environment.

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.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, September 16, 2018

1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Registration Open

2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Free Pre-Institute Sessions

3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

Monday, September 17, 2018

7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.

Registration Open

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Exhibits Open

9:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

Opening General Session

9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

11:15 a.m. to 12:45 p.m.

General Session, Lunch, Keynote Speaker – David Moody

12:45 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Breakout Session

2:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

2:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.

Breakout Session

4:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Networking Reception
Featuring music provided by students from Peachtree Ridge High School, Gwinnett County Schools

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

7:45 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.

Continental Breakfast

7:45 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Exhibits Open

8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.

Breakout Session

9:45 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.

Breakout Session

11:15 a.m.  to 11:30 a.m.

Break – Visit Exhibitors

11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

School Safety Roundtable



(Includes a Pre-Institute Learning Session)

Online registration is now closed. But we have room for you! Just come to the Institute with your purchase order, or credit card, check or cash and you can register on-site in just a couple minutes!

Please make your check or purchase order payable to:

National Center for Youth Issues
P.O. Box 22185
Chattanooga, TN 37422-2185

QUESTIONS?? Contact NCYI at 866.318.6294 or email or

Make Hotel Reservations Early! Limited Availability!


Sheraton Atlanta Hotel

165 Courtland St NE
Atlanta, GA 30303


The Sheraton Atlanta Hotel has a conference rate of $145 plus tax. This rate is valid by August 28, 2018, as long as rooms are available in the block.


  • CALL:  (404) 659-6500 or (800) 833-8624. Please be sure to tell the hotel you are with the “GA Education Leadership Institute (GELI) / Sheraton Atlanta Hotel“.
  • REGISTER ONLINE:  Go to the Sheraton Atlanta Hotel website. Click “Book a Room” and enter in your dates.

PARKING:  We have self-parking at the hotel, priced at $18.00 per day. Other parking lots close to the hotel range from $4 to $20 per day.

GELI 2018 Sheraton Hotel

In the evening, make sure you take time to relax and enjoy the surrounding area. Click on the images to see the things to do around the beautiful Sheraton Atlanta Hotel.

There is so much to do in Atlanta! Visit a museum or take a walk around Centennial Olympic Park. Go shopping at Atlantic Station or watch that movie you have been wanting to see.

We hope this conference will educate and equip you to do your job well, and we also hope you will take advantage of the wonderful ways you can relax and be refreshed!