2024 GSBA Board Chair Workshop - Suwanee, GA
Start Date 03/12/2024 08:30 AM
End Date 03/12/2024 04:00 PM
Address Gwinnett County Schools. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Ctr. 437 Old Peachtree Rd NW. Suwanee, GA 30024

2024 Board Chair Workshop - Suwanee, GA

Tuesday, March 12, 2024


In-Person only


Join GSBA for the second Board Chair workshop of 2024. This training will take place in-person only in Suwanee, Georgia. 


This course will cover skills and knowledge required by board chairs in order to provide leadership to a local board of education. Training topics include school law, effective board meetings, governance team best practices, a legislative update, and more.


Board members who attend will receive 6 hours of training credit. While this training is focused on the Board Chair role, it is also designed to attract vice-chairs and other board members who are interested in serving in a leadership role. It is open to all school board members to attend.


A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30am and the program begins at 9:00am. Lunch will also be provided. The training concludes at 4:00pm.




The cost to attend this workshop is $300. Cancellations must be submitted in writing to Leigh Crow, lcrow@gsba.com no later than 5 business days (March 5, 2024) before the event and will assess a $70 fee per individual. No refunds will be provided after this date.




The Board Chair Workshop will be held in Suwanee, Georgia at the Gwinnett County Schools J. Alvin Wilbanks Instructional Support Center 437 Old Peachtree Rd NW, Suwanee, GA 30024. Park near the roundabout. Please enter through the 200 Entrance (Second set of stairs) and go down the hallway. The Meeting Room will be on the left; Quality Plus Leader Academy (QPLA) Lecture Hall - 3.101.



Rooms are blocked at the following hotel. Please call the hotel direct and indicate you are part of the Georgia School Boards Association. 


Hotel Name: Hampton Inn Lawrenceville Duluth

Hotel Address: 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway, Lawrenceville, GA 30043

Hotel Phone Number: 678.407.0018

Group Name: Georgia School Boards Association

Check-in: Monday, March 11, 2024     

Check-out: Tuesday, March 12, 2024

Reservation Link: Please call to make reservations

Cutoff Date for Reservations: February 10, 2024




Workshop Agenda

Agenda is subject to change



8:30 AM


Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM


Welcome and Introductions

Valarie Wilson, Executive Director, GSBA

Dr. Samuel King, Director of Board Development & Superintendent Search Services, GSBA

9:10 AM


Legal Issues and Governance Leadership

Phil Hartley, Pereira, Kirby, Kinsinger & Nguyen, LLP

10:30 AM




10:45 AM


Effective Meetings and Role of Board Chair

Zenda Bowie, Consultant, GSBA

12:00 PM



1:00 PM


Board Chair’s Role in Managing Conflict & Problem-Solving

Pat Hugley-Green, Chair, Muscogee County Schools, GSBA Board of Directors Past President

Julia Bernath, Board Development Specialist, GSBA,


2:30 PM



2:45 PM


Legislative Update and Implications for Leaders of Leaders

Angela Palm, Director of Policy and Legislative Services, GSBA

3:50 PM