2022 GSBA Summer Conference & Delegate Assembly
Start Date 06/09/2022 08:00 AM
End Date 06/11/2022 11:00 AM
Address Hyatt Regency Hotel Savannah. Two West Bay Street. Savannah, GA 31401

***Conference Registration Opens Tuesday, April 26 at 10:00am***

***Hyatt Hotel Reservation Link Opens Thursday, April 28 at 10:00am***


***Registration for the Summer Conference In-Person is now FULL. Virtual registration is still available. The Policy, Best Practices, Support Staff & Simbli Workshops are still available for in-person attendance.***


***The BOARD & Superintendent Relations Workshop is currently FULL. Should additional space become available, we will open it back up for registrations.***


2022 GSBA Summer Conference & Delegate Assembly


Join GSBA for the 2022 Summer Conference & Delegate Assembly at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah! This will be offered in a limited hybrid format. The Policy Pre-Conference Workshop will be offered both in-person and virtually, the other 3 workshops will only be offered in person. The Summer Conference will be offered both in-person and virtually. The only sessions that will be streamed to virtual attendees will be the General Sessions in the Ballroom. Breakout sessions will not be available to virtual attendees. Delegate Assembly will also be in-person only.


We invite you to please visit GSBA’s Website for additional information and FAQ.



Click on the green "Register" button at the top of this page then enter your email address above to register for the Summer Conference as well as the Workshop of your choice.


Registration for the Conference and Workshops opens Tuesday, April 26 at 10:00am.


The Conference registration link will be emailed out on Thursday, April 21. It will also be posted on the GSBA website under the Event Registration Page and the Conference Page. This link will go live on Tuesday, April 26 at 10:00am. You may register all of your governance team at this time utilizing this one link. There are no limitations on in-person attendees.


The reservation link for the Hyatt Regency will go live Thursday, April 28 at 10:00am.


Hotel reservations may only be made AFTER registering for the Conference and/or Pre-Conference Workshops. After you register for the conference, a confirmation page will appear, including a link to the Hyatt reservations; this will also be sent in a confirmation email. This link will go live on Thursday, April 28 at 10:00am and will not be made available anywhere else. Please use this one link to make all reservations, there is not a unique one for each individual registrant.


Per hotel policy, only 3 reservations may be made at one time.


Overflow hotels can also be found here.


Registrations after Wednesday, May 18, 2022, will assess a $70 fee.


On-site registration will be available for an additional $70 fee.


 PLEASE NOTE: There is no need to purchase additional lunch of breakfast tickets unless you are bringing a guest with you. No additional tickets are available to purchase for non-attendees. 



Both in-person and virtual cancellations must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com, no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2022. Cancellations will be assessed at a $70 fee. Cancellations will not be accepted after this date.



If switching from in-person to virtual, requests must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com, no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2022.


If you would like to substitute a registration from one board member to another, you may do so at any time. Substitutions for workshops may also be made at any time.



Simbli is excited to host a FREE User Workshop on Wednesday, June 8 from 1:30pm-5:30pm at the Hyatt. This workshop is geared toward primary Simbli Users such as support staff. Join us as we look back over the past year and review some of the Simbli enhancements, learn what’s coming for next year and revisit some of our favorite Simbli features. Meet your fellow Simbli users and all the staff at GSBA that support you every day. Stay for a cocktail hour and enjoy sharing ideas. This will be offered in person only.



Pre-Conference Workshops

Thursday, June 9, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm 

(Details subject to change)


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).


GSBA is proud to offer 4 Workshops at the 2022 Summer Conference. All workshops will go from 8:30am to 4:00pm. Three of the four workshops will provide 6 hours of credit for board members.


Only the Policy Workshop will be offered both virtually and in person. For in-person attendees, a continental breakfast will be offered in the morning, boxed lunches will be served at noon, and breaks will be available throughout the day. Virtual attendees will watch the Policy Workshop via our online event platform Whova. More information on how to access this will be shared at a later date.


Below is a brief description of each workshop with pricing. 



Policy Workshop (June 9, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)

  • Policy Workshop (in-person) | $230 | 6 credit hours
  • Policy Workshop (virtual) | $200 | 6 credit hours


Angela Palm Director of Policy & Legislative Services and attorney Phil Hartley will provide the latest information on the happenings under the Gold Dome.


Board & Superintendent Relations: The Governance Team's Responsibility for Accountability with Student Achievement (June 9, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)


***The BOARD & Superintendent Relations Workshop is currently FULL. Should additional space become available, we will open it back up for registrations.***

  • Board & Superintendent Relationships & Accountability (in-person only) | $230 | 6 credit hours


Join GSBA as the 2021 Governance Teams of the Year share their best practices around the tenants of high-performing teams. Hear from Dr. Steve Smith, Superintendent, Bleckley County; Dr. Donna McMullan, Superintendent, Jefferson City Schools; Dr. Brian Hightower, Superintendent, Cherokee County Schools, and school board members from each district. Dr. Steve Barker, Director of Strategic Planning, GSBA will also share an update on the new Governance Team of the Year process.


Best Practices: Governance Team of the Year Districts (June 9, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)

  • Best Practices: Governance Team of the Year Districts (in-person only) | $230 | 6 credit hours


Becoming a highly effective Board-Superintendent team (governance team) requires that both parties take the time and are intentional about their fair share of accountability with student achievement. Join us as GSBA, your fellow governance teams, Georgia DOE, and ExQ highlight effective practices linked to this important work. Segments will include:

  • Education Equity
  • Student Achievement Measures
  • The Role of Governance Team Self-Assessment
  • Governance Team Norms/Protocol Significance
  • Executive Function


Support Staff Workshop (June 9, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)

  • Support Staff Workshop (in-person only) | $175 | certificate of completion will be given


Collaborate with fellow attendees at this workshop specifically designed for central office support staff personnel. Hear from experts on legal hot topics, best practices for superintendent evaluations and board self-assessments, parliamentary procedure, GSBA resources, and more!



Summer Conference & Delegate Assembly

Friday, June 10, 8:30am-4:00pm – Saturday, June 11, 8:30am-11:00am


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 official.


All activities will take place in the Regency Ballroom with the exception of our Breakout Sessions, those will take place in other spaces at the Hyatt. The Summer Conference will be offered both in-person and virtually. Breakout sessions will only be offered in person.


For in-person attendees, breakfast and lunch will be offered on Friday and only breakfast will be offered on Saturday.

  • Summer Conference Registration (in-person) | $350 | $420 after 5/18/22
  • Summer Conference Registration (virtual) | $250 | $320 after 5/18/22

***Registration for the Summer Conference In-Person is now FULL. Virtual registration is still available.***

GSBA Delegate Assembly

 The Annual Delegate Assembly will be held on Friday, June 10 from 2:45pm-4:00pm. The Delegate Assembly will be in-person only. Your system's Delegate and Alternate Delegate should make every effort to be in attendance. At this session, the voting occurs on the legislative positions for GSBA for the coming legislative year. Delegates will register on Friday after the State of the Association for this segment and obtain their voting devices at that time.



(Please Note: Agenda is Subject to Change)


Download a copy here



Friday, June 10, 2022


General Session 1


8:30am Student Entertainment


  Gubernatorial Candidates Panel (invited)

  Facilitated by Donna Lowry


  10:00am Tour Exhibits



General Session 2


10:45am State School Superintendent Candidates Panel (invited)

  Facilitated by Donna Lowry



Noon Lunch



General Session 3


  1:15pm Student Speaker


  State of the Association

  Valarie Wilson


  2:05pm Tour Exhibits

  Delegate Assembly Check-In


  2:45pm Delegate Assembly


  Afternoon Breakout Sessions



Saturday, June 11, 2022

General Session 4


  8:30am Breakfast


  Student Speaker


  Keynote Speaker

  Brian Jordan, TV Pre-Game Analyst for the Atlanta Braves, Former Professional Athlete & Author


  Passing of the Gavel

  Bryan Preston, Jr.


  New President's Address

  Shakila Henderson-Baker