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2020 GACIS Fall Conference



September 24 & 25, 2020

Classic Center | Athens

Registration Open to All--First come First served!

Visible Learning for a New Decade

John Hattie

"Does it matter that students are not in the physical place called school?"

Over the past 3 decades, John Hattie has compiled the largest research study of what works best in the classroom—Visible Learning.  The ground-breaking 2008 book Visible Learning, is the largest collection of evidence-based research on what makes a difference to learning. Over the next two decades, he added more and more studies to the analysis and recently published 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning.

The 2020 Conference will provide a rare learning opportunity for Georgia educators to meet John Hattie and hear first-hand “what works best” and turning research to practice. 

If you did not register during the first registration window, register NOW! 

 Open May 11 until all seats are reserved


Ample lodging will be available for attendees.  The rooms at the regular reduced GACIS Conference rates are being held by the Athens Convention and Visitors Bureau that will be handling reservations.

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Cost: $350.00  includes 2020-2021 GACIS membership.

Annual membership is July 1 to June 30. 

Note:  Registration is for the 2-day conference.  1-day registration Not an option.

Keynote Speaker

John Hattie  

"It is not the time in class, but what we do in the time we have, that matters".

Professor John Hattie 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. His research, better known as Visible Learning, is a culmination of nearly 30 years synthesizing more than 1,500 meta-analyses comprising more than 90,000 studies involving over 300 million students around the world. He has presented and keynoted in over 350 international conferences and has received numerous recognitions for his contributions to education. His notable publications include Visible Learning, Visible Learning for Teachers, Visible Learning and the Science of How We Learn, Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12, and, most recently, 10 Mindframes for Visible Learning. Read more...

Breakout Sessions

Dr. Julie Smith 

Dr. Smith is an activator of learning, leading others in workshops around Professor Hattie’s Visible Learning research. Working directly with Hattie, her area of focus and expertise is building leadership capacity within people and systems and school improvement planning.  Why is learning sometimes so hard? What are the key takeaways from the Visible Learning research that can guide professional development? Read More   

Teaching and Learning Division, GA Department of Education

Deputy Superintendent Dr. Caitlin Dooley and her staff will provide an update on content areas and programs.  This session is in lieu of the annual Curriculum Directors’ Conference usually held on Wednesday before the GACIS Fall Conference.  Read more ...

A third breakout Session on Distance learning will be added


For questions about registration email Patricia Myers at pmyers@gael.org.

Cancellation Policy

Due to financial commitments to the facility and catering services, cancellations on or before September 14 are subject to a $50.00 cancellation fee.  After September 14, the full registration fee will apply.  No shows will be charged the full registration fee.  Cancellations must be in writing and submitted to Ginny Smith - gsmith@gael.org

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