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Saturday, March 25
 

8:30am

Keynote: Teacher Empowerment is Not a Dirty Word- GRAND BALLROOM
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to declare that teachers also matter? Well join the stage with comedian, Hank Denson. 

Speakers
avatar for Hank Denson

Hank Denson

Hank Denson, an Atlanta-based comedian, has been making a name for himself on the comedy circuit for the past 10 years. He’s a friend to your favorite comedian, having opened up for Jamie Foxx, Cedric the Entertainer, Amy Schumer, and Rodney Perry. Hank appeared in Barbershop 3 and has a role in the upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyes on Me.


Saturday March 25, 2017 8:30am - 9:15am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

Profession vs. Passion: Writing and Publishing Books While Teaching Full-Time- 116A
Limited Capacity seats available


Teaching is your profession, but is it your passion? Do you yearn to become a published author? For years, Krystal Grant taught English Literature yet longed to be a published author. She spent more time in her classroom writing stories than delivering instruction. Find out how she used her teaching experience to work her way OUT of the classroom and into the publishing industry.


Speakers
avatar for Krystal Grant

Krystal Grant

Author
I write books. I stalk Denzel. I eat cupcakes.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

Grant Writing 101: How to Put The Money Where Your Mouth Is- 116B
Limited Capacity full
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Do you have some ideas that you'd LOVE to implement, but you have no idea how to make them a reality? What if I told you that grant writing is a great way to make your dreams come true while you're still in the classroom? This teacher will give you a great lesson on how to write grants that will be fully funded and diverse for you to make your dreams come true! She will show you how she used her talents to secure hundreds of thousands of dollars within the last five years. 

Speakers
avatar for Christy Rogers

Christy Rogers

During this session participants will learn how one teacher earned thousands of dollars in grants for her Title I, priority school.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

“An Educator’s Guide to Career Transition”-205A
Limited Capacity seats available

Education can be an extremely rewarding career, but for some it can become mentally and emotionally taxing. Changes in the policies that effect learning in the classroom, the increase of student per teacher ratio and the decrease of financial and professional support has caused some to look outside of the classroom for work satisfaction. Do you know where to begin if you're considering a transition? How do you change a teacher's resume to make it attractive to recruiters? How do you brand yourself for other work? The hand's on interactive workshop will give you the tools that you need to begin marketing yourself for your new career.

Bring your resumes and let's get to work!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Holyfield

Andrea Holyfield

Owner/Lead Therapist, Live Well CPS
I am a career coach and transition specialist in the metro-Atlanta area with clients all over the United States. I partner with adults to assist them in developing a strategic plan for their professional transition.


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

"Exercising Your Brilliance: 5 Steps to Reclaiming Your Sexy, Rediscovering Your Joy and Reconnecting With Your Peace" -205B
Limited Capacity seats available


Do you have a passion for fitness? Do you spend your days in the classroom thinking how you not only get healthier, but also start your own movement? Well we have a former teacher who did just that! Are you ready? If so, "drop" and give us 20!



Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

"A Principal's Story: How to Make Your Work Purposeful"- Room 206
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a principal or aspiring leader, trying to figure how to be intentional in your work? Are you tired of doing 20 things with none of them working? If so, listen to 2016 Georgia Principal of the Year, Stephanie Johnson, discuss in two sessions what has worked for her and you can be more intentional in your work through knowing her story. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie S. Johnson, Ed.S grew up in Chatom, Alabama and graduated from Washington County High School.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Alabama double majoring in Psychology and English. Additionally, she received a Master of Education degree from University of West Alabama and Educational Specialists’ degrees in both School Counseling and Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. ... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

9:30am

How to Start Your Own School -117
Limited Capacity seats available


Have you thought about opening your own school? Do you have no idea how to secure funding? What about finding students for your school? In this session, teachers will learn from a teacher who did just that- opened her own school.


Speakers
avatar for Paula Kay Glass

Paula Kay Glass

Paula Kay Glass has been teaching for nineteen years. She holds a Masters Degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is certified in Early Childhood Education and School Counseling. She currently teaches at and oversees a small private elementary school she started eleven years ago and her first children's book 'My Big, Blue Tractor' has been released. Paula lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Jason, and three... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 9:30am - 10:30am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

How to Use Your Teacher Expertise to Transition into a Career in Non-Profit Work-116B
Limited Capacity seats available


Are you struggling with how to break into leadership? Or maybe even leave teaching to take your talents to the corporate world? Often times, formal leadership roles are limited and have only designated responsibilities. Learn how to create and capitalize on informal roles that emerge as teachers interact with all stakeholders. In this session, you will explore a variety of roles that teachers can find ways to lead that fit their talents and interests.


Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

Side Hustle 101: How to Start a TpT Store and Making Thousands of More Dollars a Year-Room 117
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on starting, managing, and marketing your Teachers Pay Teacher store. It will give teachers the opportunity to discuss topics from branding their store to marketing products Teachers will leave with leave this session with tips and tricks necessary to have a successful TPT side hustle.



Speakers
avatar for Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is a veteran educator committed to finding new and exciting ways to reach the young minds she molds in her classroom each day.Her creative educational concepts have helped ignite a fire in the minds of hundreds of the world’s most impressionable and vulnerable youth. Through her own classroom and through mentoring and advising new teachers, Michelle is dedicated to Fueling Great Minds. You can find her blogging about... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

Saving for Retirement on a Teacher's Salary- 205A
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a teachers whose struggling with saving for today and retirement? This workshop will focus on the discussion of certain financial principles, we’ve found to be advantageous to our clients who are educators. These principles include, but are not limited to: creating a reliable budget, estate planning, managing debt, planning for college, insurance protection, and retirement savings.


Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

“How to Be An Activist For Your Teacher Needs”–Room 205B
Limited Capacity seats available

Insurance and Retirement Benefits are often an overlooked part of a teacher's compensation package. These benefits are often targeted by legislators looking to reduce education costs, and educators must always be on guard for reductions to their benefits.  


This session will help educators identify these benefits, briefly discuss recent attempts to change these benefits, and give educators tools to advocate for their own insurance and retirement.



Speakers
avatar for John Palmer

John Palmer

Band Director/T.R.A.G.I.C. Spokesperson, Dickerson Middle School
John Palmer has been the Director of Bands at Dickerson Middle School since 2000. He holds degrees from Furman University, Louisiana State University, and the University of Georgia. Prior to coming to Cobb County in 1999, he taught for three years at South Effingham Middle School in Guyton, Georgia. | | In January of 2014 Mr. Palmer was one of the founding members of the grassroots group Teachers Rally to Advocate for Georgia Insurance... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

Education Speed Date [Mini Session] - Room 206
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you ready to go on the absolute BEST Date of your life? Don’t miss the Techie Gals App Speed Dating presentation. The Techie Gals will introduce you to fabulous learning apps that are student centered and personalized. So join the Techie Gals for an interactive, transformative, and personalized learning experience, for immediate implementation in your classrooms and schools! #TechieGals




Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

10:35am

Getting Your Love and Time Back: How Using Your Tech in Your Classroom Can Renew Your Love for Teaching- 116A
Limited Capacity seats available

Burned out by grading papers, communicating with parents, spending hours at the copy machine, and overloaded with planning? Get your groove back with tech tools for anything that’s interfering with doing what you love. Find some new ways to invigorate your classroom with our specialists from KSU iTeach , who have definitely been there and done that!



Saturday March 25, 2017 10:35am - 11:40am
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

12:00pm

Lunchtime Panel: What's the Deal With Teacher Burnout? -BALLROOM
Are you struggling with teacher burnout? Do you dread walking into work? Do you constantly think of ways to leave the profession? Well during this session, we will tackle burnout and how teachers can battle it! 

Speakers
avatar for Sarah Denham

Sarah Denham

Teacher
avatar for Cornelius George

Cornelius George

President, Laugh Your Class Off
Cornelius George is an Educator, Comedian, & Motivational Speaker who uses his many talents to empower and inspire people to find the humor and greatness that is within. He is the 2015 recipient of the Celebrity Educators award from Celebrity Educators, Inc. for his work within the field of education and with educators. He is a 15 year veteran Educator with a Masters of Education. He uses comedy in his classroom to help students retain lessons... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

Profession vs. Passion: Writing and Publishing Books While Teaching Full-Time-116A
Limited Capacity seats available


Teaching is your profession, but is it your passion? Do you yearn to become a published author? For years, Krystal Grant taught English Literature yet longed to be a published author. She spent more time in her classroom writing stories than delivering instruction. Find out how she used her teaching experience to work her way OUT of the classroom and into the publishing industry.


Speakers
avatar for Krystal Grant

Krystal Grant

Author
I write books. I stalk Denzel. I eat cupcakes.


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

If It Is Broken, Fix It With Technology- ROOM 116B
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever said this could be a lot easier or this is too much when a "new" problem comes up in your classroom? Capitalize on your expertise and experience and learn how to create your own app to fix the problems you see in education and to bring in more money! 

Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

Protecting Your Legal Rights as a Teacher -Room 206
Limited Capacity seats available

Attorney and educator, Tom Dunn, J.D., will give a lively presentation on your rights, duties, and responsibilities as an educator.  The session will cover a variety of legal issues, including: teacher rights, evaluations, parent allegations, contracts, and ethics.  Tom will encourage participants to share their own issues for discussion.    To learn more about Mr. Dunn's work with teachers and students, please click here



Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

Saving for Retirement on a Teacher's Salary-205A
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a teachers whose struggling with saving for today and retirement? This workshop will focus on the discussion of certain financial principles, we’ve found to be advantageous to our clients who are educators. These principles include, but are not limited to: creating a reliable budget, estate planning, managing debt, planning for college, insurance protection, and retirement savings.


Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

How to Start Your Own School -117
Limited Capacity filling up


Have you thought about opening your own school? Do you have no idea how to secure funding? What about finding students for your school? In this session, teachers will learn from a teacher who did just that- opened her own school.


Speakers
avatar for Paula Kay Glass

Paula Kay Glass

Paula Kay Glass has been teaching for nineteen years. She holds a Masters Degree in education from Southwestern Oklahoma State University and is certified in Early Childhood Education and School Counseling. She currently teaches at and oversees a small private elementary school she started eleven years ago and her first children's book 'My Big, Blue Tractor' has been released. Paula lives in Oklahoma City with her husband, Jason, and three... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

1:15pm

Your Morale is Your Problem: Learning How to Rekindle Your Teaching Flame in the Midst of Burnout- 205B
Limited Capacity seats available

Speakers

Saturday March 25, 2017 1:15pm - 2:15pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

“An Educator’s Guide to Career Transition”-ROOM 205A
Limited Capacity seats available

Education can be an extremely rewarding career, but for some it can become mentally and emotionally taxing. Changes in the policies that effect learning in the classroom, the increase of student per teacher ratio and the decrease of financial and professional support has caused some to look outside of the classroom for work satisfaction. Do you know where to begin if you're considering a transition? How do you change a teacher's resume to make it attractive to recruiters? How do you brand yourself for other work? The hand's on interactive workshop will give you the tools that you need to begin marketing yourself for your new career. Bring your resumes and let's get to work!

Speakers
avatar for Andrea Holyfield

Andrea Holyfield

Owner/Lead Therapist, Live Well CPS
I am a career coach and transition specialist in the metro-Atlanta area with clients all over the United States. I partner with adults to assist them in developing a strategic plan for their professional transition.


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

Side Hustle 101: How to Start a TpT Store and Make Thousands of More Dollars a Year-ROOM 117
Limited Capacity seats available

This session focuses on starting, managing, and marketing your Teachers Pay Teacher store. It will give teachers the opportunity to discuss topics from branding their store to marketing products Teachers will leave with leave this session with tips and tricks necessary to have a successful TPT side hustle.



Speakers
avatar for Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams is a veteran educator committed to finding new and exciting ways to reach the young minds she molds in her classroom each day.Her creative educational concepts have helped ignite a fire in the minds of hundreds of the world’s most impressionable and vulnerable youth. Through her own classroom and through mentoring and advising new teachers, Michelle is dedicated to Fueling Great Minds. You can find her blogging about... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

"A Principal's Story: How to Make Your Work Purposeful"-Room 206
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you a principal or aspiring leader, trying to figure how to be intentional in your work? Are you tired of doing 20 things with none of them working? If so, listen to 2017 Georgia Principal of the Year, Stephanie Johnson, discuss in two sessions what has worked for her and you can be more intentional. 

Speakers
avatar for Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie Johnson

Stephanie S. Johnson, Ed.S grew up in Chatom, Alabama and graduated from Washington County High School.  She received her undergraduate degree from University of Alabama double majoring in Psychology and English. Additionally, she received a Master of Education degree from University of West Alabama and Educational Specialists’ degrees in both School Counseling and Educational Leadership from the University of South Alabama. ... Read More →


Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

"Protecting Your Legal Rights as a Teacher"- ROOM 116B
Limited Capacity seats available

Attorney and educator, Tom Dunn, J.D., will give a lively presentation on your rights, duties, and responsibilities as an educator.  The session will cover a variety of legal issues, including: teacher rights, evaluations, parent allegations, contracts, and ethics.  Tom will encourage participants to share their own issues for discussion.    To learn more about Mr. Dunn's work with teachers and students, please click here



Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

Comedy In The Classroom: How to Laugh Your Class Off- ROOM 205B
Limited Capacity seats available

Have your students or colleagues told you that you should be doing stand up? Have you struggled to find a way to get your students engaged in a lesson? Are you just looking for new techniques to use in the classroom? Well, this is the workshop for you!! Our hands-on workshop will teach participants how to engage students, increase participation, encourage student growth, and tips to reduce stress associated with teaching and learning through laughter. Participants will leave the session knowing how to effectively communicate with students through laughter by applying some simple rules and techniques of standup comedy. So come and join us as we teach you how to Laugh Your Class Off!!



Speakers
avatar for Cornelius George

Cornelius George

President, Laugh Your Class Off
Cornelius George is an Educator, Comedian, & Motivational Speaker who uses his many talents to empower and inspire people to find the humor and greatness that is within. He is the 2015 recipient of the Celebrity Educators award from Celebrity Educators, Inc. for his work within the field of education and with educators. He is a 15 year veteran Educator with a Masters of Education. He uses comedy in his classroom to help students retain lessons... Read More →
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Lashawn Grice

Lashawn Grice is an author, actor and comedian with a Post Master's Certificate in Teaching Postsecondary and Adult Education. She is the 2015 recipient of the Celebrity Educators award from Celebrity Educators, Inc. for his work within the field of education and with educators. She uses comedy to train adults how to use humor in presentations and public speaking.



Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310

2:30pm

Getting Your Love and Time Back: How Using Your Tech in Your Classroom Can Renew Your Love for Teaching- ROOM 116A
Limited Capacity seats available

Burned out by grading papers, communicating with parents, spending hours at the copy machine, and overloaded with planning? Get your groove back with tech tools for anything that’s interfering with doing what you love. Find some new ways to invigorate your classroom with our specialists from KSU iTeach , who have definitely been there and done that!



Saturday March 25, 2017 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Dennard Conference Center 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310