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2023 GAEL Winter Conference




2023 GAEL Winter Conference

"Live Strong/Lead Strong"

The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia

 January 22-24, 2023

Registration begins at 12:00 pm

General Session/Kick-Off Begins at 3:00 pm

GAEL invites you to join more than 600 school & educational system leaders at the Annual Winter Conference of the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders.

Hotel Blocks are full, but there are still rooms available at various hotels in Athens!

Member Cost: $400

Non-Member: $550

Jimmy Casas, "Recalibrate the Culture"Jimmy Casas has captured the essence of solution-based leadership and the excellence that can exist in education. Recalibrate the Culture is prescriptive, timeless, and relevant to every school district that wants to go from a culture of surviving to thriving.

Tim Elmore, "8 Paradoxes of Leadership",  

Become a next generation leader—rich in emotional and social intelligence and orchestrating outstanding collaborative results—by mastering these eight status quo-shattering paradoxes. The Eight Paradoxes of Great Leadership unpacks the fresh strategies and new mindset required today from a next generation leader.  


Dr. Leslie Hazle Bussey, "Stop Setting Yourself on Fire to Keep Others Warm", 

Aggregating insights from fields ranging from addiction recovery to how first responders sustain themselves following exposure to vicarious trauma, Leslie will share practical actions each of us can take to make our future education culture one that is more sustainable and humane for ourselves, for teachers entering the profession, and for the children and families we serve. Not only is this shift necessary for self-preservation, but it meets an ethical imperative to bring our best performance to delivering the most meaningful and effective learning experiences and support for every student.

Other Speakers Notable:


Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley, & Hawkins, Winter Legal Update

Superintendent Richard Woods, Update from the GADOE

Michael Kobito, 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year

Updates from GATRS, GaPSC, GHSA, and the

Georgia Public Safety Training Center


Breakout Sessions with 4 Strands of Professional Learning:

  1. Leadership Thriving, Not Surviving´╗┐...Educational leaders, especially at the school level, are frequently expected to work 50-60 hour weeks in high-stress, high-conflict positions. As a result, we are seeing less quality candidates in the vacancy pools, and more administrators thinking about other careers. Submissions in this strand will present innovative and effective PL on Life/Work balance, leader-mentoring structures, and HR retention efforts to not only keep leaders in the chair, but help them thrive in the chair. 
  2. School Safety...Whether the issue is in the headlines or not, School Safety is Job #1. Submissions in this strand will be innovative, engaging, and relevant solutions to maintaining not only physical safety for all stakeholders, but emotional and mental safety to participate and THRIVE at school as a student or staff member.   
  3.  We've got this!!! (Leading Teacher Efficacy) The research is clear: School environments with collective teacher efficacy impact student achievement positively and promote a positive school culture.  Proposals in this strand will share processes and procedures they utilize to develop a culture of success in their school where teachers believe in their capacity to grow as learners and achieve as professionals.
  4. "The Sandra Deal Legacy" Strand for Literacy in Georgia - Improving Literacy outcomes at both the elementary and secondary level is vital in GA! Proposals in this strand focus on the specific grade spans of K-5, 6-8, and 9-12 sharing best practices and actionable steps that leaders can take to improve literacy outcomes in the public education system of GA. 

Registration Questions? Email Ivy Young at iyoung@gael.org. 


Cancellation Policy: Due to commitments to our facilities and partners, cancellations are subject to a $100.00 fee up to January 6, 2023. After that, the full fee will be charged. No-shows at the event will be charged the full fee.  Cancellations must be in writing. In the event that the conference is unable to be held face-to-face, we will not cancel the conference, and the conference fee has been reduced to account for this contingency. Instead, general session topics will be held virtually at dates to be announced if we are unable due to hold the conference face-to-face safely due to COVID-19, severe weather, or other large-scale emergencies or acts of nature.

Please email Ginny Smith, gsmith@gael.org,  to cancel a registration. 

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