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2024 GACIS Fall Conference


2024 GACIS Fall Conference 

Shaping the Future: Unlocking Opportunities for all Students!

September 26-27, 2024 | The Classic Center, Athens, GA

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Register today for the 53rd Annual GACIS Fall Conference! Registration for this in person event is limited. 

Important Note: You are registering for the GACIS Conference only. You must complete a separate registration for the GaDOE Day Conference. 

Featuring Keynote Speakers:

Kate Kinsella, Ed.D. is an emeritus teacher educator at San Francisco State University where she addressed English language development research and evidence-based classroom practices. Dr. Kinsella directed the University’s freshman English program for first generation college students and taught in local San Francisco Bay Area schools through their K-12 partnership Step to College Program. She is currently the CEO of Dr. Kate Kinsella & Associates, an educational research, professional development, and consulting firm dedicated to academic English learner achievement. A highly demanded presenter, she has provided training for teachers of English learners and striving readers throughout the nation. Her highly interactive and practical professional learning sessions address ways to equip youths from diverse economic and linguistic backgrounds with the academic English language and literacy skills to be truly college ready. She is the author of research-validated instructional programs to support English learners and struggling readers, including READ 180, English 3D, Language Launch, and the Academic Vocabulary Toolkit. learners in Moreno Valley, California. Her English language development program, English 3D, was the curricular anchor for these young scholars’ English proficiency and writing gains.

Jessica Wise, Ed.D. began her educational career in Gwinnett County, Georgia, as an elementary school teacher. After seven years of teaching fourth grade, she transitioned into the role of an intervention teacher and instructional coach, where she found her true passion in education. Becoming a school-based instructional coach opened new possibilities for how to support education. After serving her school for two years as a coach, she joined the Curriculum & Instruction department where she served as a Literacy Instructional Specialist, and then a Leadership & Staff Development Instructional Coach. Jessica’s true passion exists in the learning spaces where adults can explore instructional coaching and facilitation that prioritizes people and energizes educators. Jessica received her doctoral degree in School Improvement from the University of West Georgia where her focus was facilitation of adult learning.

Dominique Smith, Ed.D., is chief of educational services and teacher support at Health Sciences High and Middle College in San Diego, California. Smith is passionate about creating school environments that honor and empower students. His research and instruction focus on restorative practices, classroom management, growth mindset, and the culture of achievement. Dominique also provides professional learning o K-12 teachers in small and large groups that address classroom and school climate and organization. He holds a doctorate in educational leadership from San Diego State University with an emphasis on equity as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Southern California. Dominique also holds credentials from San Diego State University in administrative services, child welfare, PPS, and attendance. Smith has been recognized with the National School Safety Award from the School Safety Advocacy Council. In 2018, he delivered a TED Talk on building relationships between students and teachers.

Douglas Fisher, Ph.D. is a Professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Teacher Education at San Diego State University and a teacher leader at Health Sciences High & Middle College. His focus is on improving students’ learning and impacting professional learning communities. Fisher is the recipient of an International Reading Association Celebrate Literacy Award, the Farmer Award for excellence in writing from the National Council of Teachers of English, as well as a Christa McAuliffe Award for excellence in teacher education. Doug Fisher has been the lead author on numerous books including The Distance Learning Playbook, The Teacher Clarity Playbook, Becoming an Assessment Capable Visible Learner, Visible Learning for Literacy, Teaching Literacy in the Visible Learning Classroom, and many others. In addition, Doug has published numerous articles on improving student achievement, reading and literacy, differentiated instruction, and curriculum design. He is a board member of the International Reading Association and a past board member of the Literacy Research Association.

Cancellation Policy for the 2024 GACIS Fall Conference is as follows and acknowledgement is required during registration:

Due to commitments to our facilities, No cancellations/refunds after September 1, 2024. All cancellations after September 1, 2024 will be charged the full registration fee. No-shows will be charged the full registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing.  Please email Dr. Claire Buck to cancel clairebuck@gacis1971.org.

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