43rd GACIS Fall Conference
September 25-26, 2014
Unlocking the Literacy Equation

Come join us for the 43rd GACIS Fall Conference on September 25 and 26, 2014 at The Georgia Center in Athens, GA. This year’s conference will focus on literacy in all content areas and will feature 3 keynote speakers and special interest sessions both days. Tim Rasinski, a professor of literacy education at Kent State University will be the keynote speaker the morning of September 25. Tim is a researcher, consultant, presenter and author concentrating on fluency, word study, vocabulary and reading. He will share instructional strategies to promote deep reading, develop vocabulary, make fluency automatic, assess progress, and share best practices and suggested materials for struggling readers in ALL content areas. Following lunch, Georgia educators will share best practices to improve and assess learning focused on disciplinary literacy in ELA and social studies.

Following the afternoon break, Melissa Fincher, GaDOE Deputy Superintendent, Assessment and Accountability, will provide information on and resources to support the new Georgia Milestones Assessment System: Georgia Milestones being implemented this school year, 2014-2015. During the special interest sessions, Melissa will share support resources and examples of different item types for ELA and social studies on Thursday and mathematics and science on Friday.

Steve Leinwand a principal research analyst at the American Institutes for Research (AIR) in Washington, D.C. who has over 30 years of leadership experience in mathematics education will be the Friday morning keynote speaker.  He is the author of several books including, Sensible Mathematics: A Guide for School Leaders in an Era of Common Core State Standards. Steve will share the elements of and strategies for effective mathematics instruction to transform the words and topics into high levels of student learning including thoughtful planning; emphasizing problem solving, reasoning and sense-making; providing frequent opportunities for students to communicate and engage in productive discourse; using technology; and using multiple forms of assessment. During the special interest sessions following the morning break, Georgia educators will share best practices to improve and assess learning focused on disciplinary literacy in mathematics and science.

Prior to the GaDOE’s Curriculum Directors’ Conference and the GACIS Fall Conference, GACIS and GaDOE, will host the New Curriculum Leaders Program from 8:30-4:00 on Tuesday, September 23rd. The program is provided at no charge for GACIS members and is designed to support new (less than 2 years) curriculum and instructional leaders at the district and school levels.

Add to your professional skill set, network with and learn from your peers, visit with exhibitors to Unlock the Literacy Equation


2014 Georgia Department of Education Curriculum Directors’ Fall Conference
Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Designing Curriculum and Instruction for All Students

The Georgia Department of Education Curriculum and Instruction Division invites you to participate in the Fall Curriculum Directors' Conference on September 24, 2014, in collaboration with the Georgia Association of Curriculum and Instructional Supervisors (GACIS).

Keynote speakers on September 24th include Mary Ehrenworth, Deputy Director at the Teachers College Reading and Writing Project, a not-for-profit organization at Columbia University that leads research and staff development in literacies, nationally and internationally. She is the co-author and author of over a dozen books, including The Power of Grammar; Looking to Write; Teaching Reading Through Fantasy Novels; Research-based Argument Essays; and the forthcoming Position Papers and Other Argument Writing, plus many volumes co-authored with Lucy Calkins in the Units of Study in Teaching Reading and Units of Study in Teaching Writing Grade by Grade. Dr Ehrenworth works with schools and districts around the globe. Her presentation topics will include close reading and evidence-based/argumentative writing.  

Conference presentations will include information for TKES and LKES, Student Learning Objectives (SLOs), the State Longitudinal Data System (SLDS)/Teacher Resource Link (TRL), and academic content areas.  

Instructional best practice will be supported by other keynote sessions from Dave Edyburn, Ph.D., President of Knowledge by Design, Inc.; and Cynde Snider, Ph.D., Cynde Snider Consulting. These presentations will include a focus on practical strategies for using technology to support academic achievement, professional learning related to all aspects of instruction and classroom assessment, and practical strategies for making instruction accessible for all students.

For additional information, contact Pam Smith, Director of Curriculum and Instruction, at pamsmith@doe.k12.ga.us  (404-463-4141) or Randy Lee, Program Specialist for Professional Learning and Learning Resources, at rlee@doe.k12.ga.us or 404-656-0476.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 to Friday, September 26, 2014
UGA Hotel and Conference Center
1197 South Lumpkin Street, Athens, GA 30602
United States

43rd GACIS Fall Conference, #83879 (September 25-26, 2014)

Current Member of GACIS (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015)

  • $215 on/before September 9, 2014
  • $235 after September 9, 2014

Non-member (includes GACIS membership)

  • $290 on/before September 9, 2014
  • $310 after September 9, 2014

Non-member (includes GACIS and GAEL membership)

  • $415 on/before September 9, 2014
  • $435 after September 9, 2014

New Curriculum Leaders Program (September 23, 2014)

Current Member of GACIS (July 1, 2014-June 30, 2015)

  • FREE

Nonmember (includes GACIS membership)

  • $75 on/before September 9, 2014

(If you register for the GACIS Conference as a nonmember, the $75 fee will not apply).

GaDOE Curriculum Directors' Conference, #83878 (September 24, 2014)

  • $110 on/before September 9, 2014
  • $130 after September 9, 2014

Event Cancellation Policies: (1) A cancellation received by 5:00 p.m. ET on or before September 16, 2014 will be refunded, minus a $35 processing fee. No refunds will be issued thereafter; substitutions will be allowed. (2) To change or cancel your registration, call 800-884-1381, Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET. (3) If an event is cancelled for any reason, the UGA Hotel and Conference Center will not be responsible for any charges related to travel.

Hotel Costs: 

You will be given the opportunity to make a hotel reservation as you proceed through the online registration process.

Contact information: 

Registration Contact: The Georgia Center
(706) 542-2134
(800) 884-1381

Contacts for program information:
GACIS - Deborah White, dwhite@gael.org or (706)250-4804
GaDOE  - Randall Lee, rlee@doe.k12.ga.us or (404)-656-0476 or Pam Smith, pamsmith@doe.k12.ga.us or (404)463-4141

Contacts for Sponsors and Exhibitors:
Sponsor - Deborah White, dwhite@gael.org or (706)250-4804
Exhibitor - Pam McNair, pamela.mcnair@georgiacenter.uga.edu

Special Needs: If you require special services, contact Nette Penn at Nette.Penn@georgiacenter.uga.edu by September 16, 2014.

Dietary restrictions should be indicated on the registration form or during the registration process.