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2023 GACIS Fall Conference


52nd Annual GACIS Fall Conference

September 28-29, 2023 | The Classic Center | Athens, GA

*Registration is FULL! 

Registration Open for GACIS Fall Conference featuring Dr. John Hattie. 

Register today for the 52nd Annual GACIS Fall Conference, September 28 and 29 at the Classic Center in Athens, GA. Registration for this in person event is limited.



Registration Fees & Membership:

 Non-Member Cost: $525.00 (includes 2023-2024 GACIS membership)

Member Cost: $425.00

(Annual membership is July 1 to June 30. If you registered for Summer GAEL and joined GACIS - register as a Member. If you did not register for Summer GAEL and join GACIS - register as a Non-Member. Note: Registration is for the 2-day conference. 1-day registration is NOT an option.)


John Hattie, Ph.D., is an award-winning education researcher and best-selling author with nearly 30 years of experience examining what works best in student learning and achievement. When the original Visible Learning® was published in 2008, it instantly became a publishing sensation. Interest in the book was unparalleled; it sold out in days and was described by the TES as revealing "teaching’s Holy Grail".

Now John Hattie returns to this ground-breaking work. The research underlying his new book, Visible Learning: The Sequel, is now informed by more than 2,100 meta-analyses (more than double that of the original), drawn from more than 130,000 studies, and has involved more than 400 million students from all around the world. But this is more than just a new edition. This book is a sequel that highlights the major story, taking in the big picture to reflect on the implementation in schools of Visible Learning, how it has been understood – and at times misunderstood – and what future directions research should take.

Visible Learning: The Sequel reiterates the author’s desire to move beyond claiming what works to what works best by asking crucial questions such as: Why is the current grammar of schooling so embedded in so many classrooms, and can we improve it? Why is the learning curve for teachers after the first few years so flat? How can we develop teacher mind-frames to focus more on learning and listening? How can we incorporate research evidence as part of the discussions within schools?

Building upon the success of the original, this highly anticipated sequel expands Hattie’s model of teaching and learning based on evidence of impact and is essential reading for anyone involved in the field of education either as a researcher, teacher, student, school leader, teacher trainer, or policy maker. Dr. Hattie will present key aspects of Visible Learning: The Sequel and be available for a book signing.

John Almarode, Ph.D., a bestselling author, has worked with schools, classrooms, and teachers all over the world. He has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments. He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers. In addition to his time in PreK – 12 schools and classrooms, he is an Associate Professor and Executive Director of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education at James Madison University. At JMU, he works with pre-service teachers and actively pursues his research interests including the science of learning, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning. John and his colleagues have presented their work to the United States Congress, the United States Department of Education as well as the Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. He has authored numerous books with Fisher, Frey, and Hattie including, Visible Learning for Science, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 6-8, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 9-12, Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades K-2, and Teaching Mathematics in the Visible Learning Classroom, Grades 3-5. However, what really sustains John and is his greatest accomplishment is his family. John lives in Waynsboro, Virginia with his wife Danielle, a fellow educator, their two children, Tessa and Jackson, and Labrador retrievers, Angel, Bella, and Dukes.

Tommy Thompson is an experienced educational leader and consultant that works with school districts throughout the United States. He has been featured in several publications such as Rigorous Curriculum Design, Common Formative Assessment, Every Day Courage for School Leaders and is recognized nationally as an energetic and passionate speaker.

Mr. Thompson is among a cadre of educators certified through Corwin to present, facilitate, and coach schools in Professor Hattie’s Visible Learning. In addition to keynotes and customized workshops for schools, he is certified to present thought leaders work such as Larry Ainsworth’s CFA 2.0 and Teacher Clarity, Gary Howard’s Deep Equity, and Peter Dewitt’s Collaborative Leadership.

As a school principal, Tommy is recognized for turnaround efforts that transformed a “failing” school, to one being nationally recognized. He has also been recognized at the state level and called upon to share best practices that have yielded gains in every metric currently used to assess school effectiveness.

With over 20 years of experience working in schools and the experience of working closely with thought leaders in education, Tommy has the unique ability to bridge theory and practice.


For questions about registration email Ivy Young at iyoung@gael.org

Refund Policy for this event: No refunds after August 23, 2023. 

Due to commitments to our facilities all cancellations after August 23, 2023 will be charged the full registration fee. Cancellation fees will be waived if you choose to retain your 2023-2024 GACIS membership at the rate of $100. No-shows will be charged the full registration fee. All cancellations must be in writing.  Please email Dr. Claire Buck at clairebuck@gacis1971.org

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