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GaDOE, GA PTA and United Way to Host Family Engagement Conference

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January 6, 2014 – The Georgia Department of Education, the Georgia PTA and the United Way will host the 2014 Georgia Family Engagement Conference January 9-11 in Athens. Over 1,200 parents and educators from across the state will be in attendance.

Who: State School Superintendent Dr. John Barge; Otha Thornton, National PTA President; Rita Erves, Georgia PTA President; Milton Little, United Way of Greater Atlanta President; Rubielen R. Norris, United Way of Northeast Georgia President; and many other national keynote speakers.

When: Thursday, January 9 to Saturday, January 11, 2014 (schedule highlights below)


Where: The Classic Center, Athens

Schedule highlights

Thursday, January 9, 2014

  • Featured Conference Sessions (1:30 – 3:00pm)
    • Best Practices for Parent Leadership: Engaging Families Through Parent Cafés (for parents)
    • Featured Speakers: 2014 State School Superintendent’s Parent Advisory Council Members
    • Breaking New Ground on Parent-Teacher Collaboration (for educators)
    • Featured Speaker: Dr. Maria C. Paredes, Senior Program Associate at WestEd
  • Opening General Session  (4:00 – 6:00pm)
    • Special Guest: Dr. John D. Barge, State School Superintendent
    • Keynote Speaker: Dr. Steven Constantino, Superintendent Williamsburg-James City County Schools, Virginia

Friday, January 10, 2014

  • Luncheon General Session  (12:00 – 6:00pm)
    • Special Guest Speaker: Mr. Milton Little , President, United Way of Greater Atlanta
    • Special Guest Speaker: Ms. Rubielen R. Norris, President, United Way of Northeast Georgia
    • Keynote Speaker: Ms. Michele Brooks, Assistant Superintendent for Family and Community Engagement, Boston Public Schools

Saturday, January 11, 2014

  • Special Guest Speaker: Otha Thornton, National PTA President
  • Special Guest Speaker: Rita Erves, President, Georgia PTA
  • Keynote Speaker: Mr. Aric Bostick, Speaker and Author Aric Bostick Success Training, Inc.​