2022 GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference
Start Date 11/30/2022 08:00 AM
End Date 12/02/2022 11:00 AM
Address Renaissance Waverly Hotel. 2450 Galleria Parkway. Atlanta, GA 30334



2022 GSBA/GSSA Annual Conference


Join us for the 2022 Georgia School Boards Association (GSBA) and Georgia School Superintendents Association (GSSA) Annual Conference at the Renaissance Waverly Hotel in Atlanta! This will be offered in a limited hybrid format. 

For Pre-Conference workshops, Legal Issues will be offered both in-person and virtually (for board members only). Finance, Communications, and the Attorney's afternoon session will only be offered in person. The Annual 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 Grand Ballroom. Breakout sessions will not be available to virtual attendees.

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 Annual Conference as well as the Workshop of your choice.


Registration for the Conference and Workshops opens Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00am.


The Conference registration link will be emailed out on Tuesday, October 11. 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, October 18 at 10:00am. You may register all of your governance team at this time utilizing this one link.


Registrations after Tuesday, November 15, 2022, will assess a $70 fee.


On-site registration will be available for the Pre-Conference Workshops. However, if the conference itself is sold out (if we’ve reached capacity in the Grand Ballroom), on-site registration will not be available.


If the conference is full, your name can be added to a waiting list. Board members will receive first priority to attend. If you are moved off of the waiting list after November 15you will not pay the increased registration fee.


If you join the waiting list AFTER November 15you will pay the increased registration price.


PLEASE NOTE: No additional meal tickets are available to purchase for non-attendees except for Friday Morning's breakfast.




The reservation link for the Renaissance Waverly Hotel will go live Thursday, October 20 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 Waverly reservations; this will also be sent in a confirmation email. This link will go live on Thursday, October 20 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 link for each individual registrant.


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


A list of overflow hotels can be found here.




The Waverly now charges for parking $15/day for day-time parking and $25/night for overnight parking. Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis. When you arrive at the Waverly, if you are parking overnight, please notify the parking attendant and they will direct you to the check-in desk to receive your permit. If you are only parking at the Waverly during the day, you may purchase a parking pass from the attendant as you enter the lot. They accept cash and credit cards.


Overflow parking is available at the Cobb Galleria for $10/day. Please visit their website for more details. Overflow parking options at the Cobb Galleria and parking cannot be reimbursed by the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.


Please visit the GSBA website for additional details about the Renaissance Waverly Hotel.




Both in-person and virtual cancellations must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com, no later than Tuesday, November 15. Each individual cancellation will be assessed a $70 fee. For instance, if you cancel both a pre-conference workshop and conference registration, a $70 fee will be charged for each cancellation. Cancellations will not receive any refunds after this date.


If cancellations are made before November 15 and you have already paid, we will refund the registration to the original form of payment. No credits may be applied to future events.




For the Conference:


If switching from in-person to virtual, requests must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com, no later than November 15, in order for a refund of the difference. Any switches from in-person to virtual AFTER November 15 will not receive a refund for the difference and a $70 fee will be charged.


If you want to switch from virtual to in-person, requests must also be submitted by November 15 and the increased fee will be charged. If you want to switch from virtual to in-person AFTER November 15, you will pay the increased fee plus the $70 fee.


If you would like to substitute a registration from one board member to another, you may do so at any time.


For the Pre-Conference Workshops:


If you would like to switch from one workshop to another, requests must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com no later than November 15. Workshop switches AFTER November 15 will incur a $70 fee.


Legal Issues Workshop ONLY: If switching from in-person to virtual AFTER November 15, will not incur a $70 fee.



Pre-Conference Workshops

Wednesday, November 30, 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/GSSA Annual Conference held in Atlanta. 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 3 Workshops at the 2022 Annual Conference. All workshops will go from 8:30am to 4:00pm. All 3 workshops will provide 6 hours of credit for board members.


Only the Legal Issues Workshop will be offered both virtually and in person for board members onlyFor all 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 Legal Issues 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. 



Legal Issues Workshop (November 30, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)



  • Legal Issues Workshop (virtual for Board Members only) | $275 | 6 credit hours

In Person:

  •  Legal Issues Workshop (in person for Board Members) | $275 | 6 credit hours
  •  Legal Issues Workshop (in person for Attorneys only) | $350 | credit hours provided


This is one of the most important and prestigious workshops offered annually by GSBA. For over sixty years, GSBA has been the leader in helping local school boards interpret the complexities of Georgia's laws, rules, and regulations regarding public education. The E. Freeman Leverett Legal Issues Workshop is the most heavily attended annual workshop offered by GSBA.



Finance (November 30, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)

  • Finance (in-person only) | $275 | 6 credit hours


Is your district financially able to weather an extended recession? What metrics do auditors, the DOE, and financial experts suggest you use to gauge preparedness? Where does your district stand in meeting its goals regarding ESSER/CARES funds? How will you sustain the programs and positions? Does your budgeting process reflect the highest inflation we have seen in 40 years? Answer these questions and learn how schools receive funding from state, federal, and local taxpayers. Join former Superintendent and current RESA Director Dr. Steve J. Smith, former Decatur City Board of Education member Marc Wisniewski, and Georgia Department of Education Director of Financial Review Amy Rowell, as they lead this engaging, relevant, and informative workshop.


Communications (November 30, 2022, 8:30am-4:00pm)

  • Communications (in-person only) | $275 | 6 credit hours


The GSBA Communications Workshop focuses on the fundamental aspects of success for any governance team interested in improving how they communicate internally and externally. In this day and age of heightened community involvement, strategic communications are imperative. Learn the value of board norms and protocols, communications planning, and the board’s role in the process. Finally, hear from two Georgia school districts that have implemented successful communications programs.




Annual Conference

Thursday, December 1, 8:30am-4:00pm

Friday, December 2, 8:30am-11:00am


Register to attend Georgia's premier professional development opportunity for educational leaders. 


All activities will take place in the Grand Ballroom with the exception of our Breakout Sessions, those will take place in other spaces at the Waverly. The Annual 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 Thursday and only breakfast will be offered on Friday.


  • Annual Conference Registration (in-person) | $400 | $470 after 11/15/22
  • Annual Conference Registration (virtual) | $300 | $370 after 11/15/22



(Please Note: Agenda is Subject to Change)


Download a copy here



Thursday, December 1, 2022


General Session 1


8:30am Gubernatorial Welcome (invited)


  Student Entertainment


  Student Speaker


  Keynote Speaker:

  Dr. Mary Hemphill, CEO & Founder of The Limitless Lady LLC & The Limitless Leader


  10:30am Tour Exhibits





11:40am GSBA and GSSA Board of Directors Introductions

Announcement of Superintendent of the Year



Breakout Sessions


1:00 - 2:00pm

  • Implementing The One-Minute Meeting through Intentional Stakeholdership: Dr. Mary Hemphill, CEO & Founder of The Limitless Lady LLW & The Limitless Leader
  • Equity Leadership in Action: Exemplary Governance Team Practices: Dr. Terry Oatts, Superintendent; Pamela Brown, Vice Chair; Rockdale County Schools
  • Improving Student Success by Understanding the Origin of Behavior: Executive Function, Dyslexia and Other Barriers: Jen Perry, Director of Whole Learning, Edmentum
  • Board Members Support Systems to Shatter Inequities in Order to Improve Student Achievement: Dr. Carrie Booher, Superintendent; Sabrina Sanford-Flint, Vice Chair; Social Circle City Schools
  • Power of Partnerships: Whole Day Student Success: Katie Landes, Executive Director; Gregory Doss, Senior Program Specialist; Georgia Statewide Afterschool Network


General Session 2

  2:15pm Student Speaker


  Georgia Teacher of the Year (invited)


Keynote Speaker:

  Dr. Tim Elmore, Maxwell Leadership Thought Leader


  New Board Member Passport Recognition


  Student Video Awards


  Beacon Awards


  Service Pins


4:00pm Adjourn 



Friday, December 2, 2022



General Session 3


  8:30am Breakfast


  Conversation with State School Superintendent (invited)


  Leading Edge Award Recognition


  Youth Advisory Council Panel


  Board Recognition


  11:00am Adjourn