2021 GSBA Summer Conference (HYBRID - In-Person & Virtual)
Start Date 06/11/2021 08:30 AM
End Date 06/12/2021 11:00 AM
Address Hyatt Regency/Savannah. Two West Bay Street. Savannah, GA 31401



The Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) will be hosting our our annual Summer Conference at the Hyatt Regency/Savannah - 912.238.1234.  This year's conference will by a hybrid event with limited capacity In-Person.

Click on the "Register Now" button above to register for the Summer Conference as well as the Workshop of your choice.  PLEASE NOTE:  DUE TO COVID RESTRICTIONS, WE ARE UNABLE TO OFFER ADDITIONAL MEAL TICKETS TO ANY MEAL.

GSBA affords local school board members a great opportunity to fulfill their annual training requirements for the fiscal year in conjunction with the GSBA Summer Conference held in Savannah. This is a convenient way to obtain the necessary credit for annual training (see O.C.G.A 20-2-230)Three excellent programs are available for board members, superintendents and other educational professionals who represent local boards of education. Below is a brief description of each workshop with pricing. 

Pre-Conference Workshops - Times: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



 Equity & Social Emotional Wellbeing for Students and Staff:  The Governance Team's Lens Workshop

(June 10, 2021) $230.00 IN-PERSON, $175.00 VIRTUAL  Speakers include:  Verjeana McCotter-Jacobs, Esq., Chief Transformation Officer, NSBA; Adam Lustig, Director, NSBA Center for Safe Schools; Mary Fertakis, M.Ed., CEO, M. Fertakis Consulting, LLC. Dr. Samuel T. King will serve as the Facilitator in this workshop.

Participants will receive 6 credit hours.  Lunch is included in the registration fee for in-person attendees. 

Policy Workshop (June 10, 2021) - $175.00 VIRTUAL-ONLY Remaining
Angela Palm, Director of Policy & Legislative Services and attorney Phil Hartley will provide the latest information on the happenings under the Gold Dome.  Speakers include:  Phil Hartley, Esq. and Angela Palm, GSBA

Angela will serve as the facilitator of this workshop.

Participants will receive 6 credit hoursLunch is included in the registration fee for in-person attendees. 


Best Practices & Governance Team Accountability for Excellence (June 10, 2021) - $175.00 VIRTUAL-ONLY Remaining   Speakers include: Stephanie Johnson, Chief Turnaround Officer, GA DOE; Dr. Steve Barker, Director of Strategic Planning, GSBA; Josh Ingle, Superintendent, Dade County Schools; Dr. Jason Branch, Superintendent, Oconee County Schools; Dr. Jonathan Patterson, Superintendent, Fayette County Schools and board members from each district will lead this session.  Dr. Donna Hinton serves as the facilitator of this session.

Participants will earn 6 credit hours.  Lunch is included in the registration fee for face-to-face attendees.. 


 GSBA Summer Conference - (June 11-12, 2021) - $230- VIRTUAL-ONLY 


Register to attend Georgia's premier professional development opportunity for educational leaders. Use this registration link if you are a school board member, superintendent or other school officials. The conference begins at 8:30 AM on Friday, June 5.


THERE ARE NO ON SITE REGISTRATIONS ACCEPTED THIS YEAR.  NO CANCELLATIONS ARE ALLOWED THIS YEAR FOR THE IN-PERSON PRE-CONFERENCE WORKSHOPS AND THE CONFERENCE DUE TO COVID ATTENDANCE RESTRICTIONS.  Virtual attendees of the Pre-Conference Workshops and the Conference who cancel will be assessed a $70 cancellation fee.  Substitutions are available at any time.


It will be held virtually on June 23 with a separate registration from the conference.


2021 GSBA Summer Conference and Delegate Assembly

Hyatt Regency Savannah

DRAFT AGENDA - subject to change


Friday, June 11


7:00 AM Conference Registration                                       Registration Booth, level 2


7:30 AM    Voluntary Time of Inspiration   


  8:30 AM    First General Session                                          Pat Hugley Green, GSBA President, Presiding


  Governor's Address Governor Brian Kemp



  Washington County High School  


                 Student Speaker #1


                Governance Team Panel 


10:15 AM Break & Virtual Tour of Exhibits



  10:30 AM Second General Session


  Youth Advisory Council - YAC


  Brandon Fleming

  Harvard University Diversity Project



  12:00 PM Luncheon                                      Pat Hugley Green, Presiding






  1:15 PM Third General Session                                    Brian Preston, Jr., GSBA President-Elect Presiding


  Student Speaker #2


                        State of the Association Address Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA



  State School Superintendent Richard WoodsState School Superintendent


2:15- 2:45 PM Break & Virtual Exhibit Tour


2:45 PM Mini-sessions


  Roundtable Discussion Dr. Bill Daggett & Valarie Wilson

  (By invitation only) 


4:00 PM Adjourn for day



Saturday, June 12


8:00 AM Breakfast General Session Pat Hugley Green, GSBA President, Presiding


                        Invocation Ron Hopkins, Treasurer 




  Student Speaker #3


Keynote Dr. Willard "Bill" Daggett

  CEO, International Center for Leadership in Education

  Rexford, NY


  Remarks Pat Hugley Green, 2020-2021 GSBA President


New President's Message Bryan Preston, Jr.,  2021-2022 GSBA President


10:45 AM Closing Remarks and Adjourn