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Welcome to the 2013 GAEL Summer Conference

"Creating a Positive Image for Public Education".

See the Johnny Issakson video here.


This year’s conference promises exciting speakers, engrossing break-out sessions, enriching professional development, lively sports events and family activities, and the fabulous vendor EXPO.  Join us on for sun and fun on beautiful Jekyll Island Georgia!



Registration includes GAEL and Affiliate Membership for the next year, fees for programs and  conference materials, refreshments, two breakfasts, two lunches and two dinners.  Registration fees range from $450.00-$562.00 depending on your affiliate membership.  Some Professional Learning Day Programs (Wednesday) will change an extra fee.                                                           

Cancellation Policy

$50.00 per person. Cancellations must be in writing, either faxed (770-967-2021) by July 9, 2013, e-mailed to pmyers@gael.org by July 9, 2013, or via snail mail postmarked by July 9, 2013.  NO conference registration refunds after July 9, 2013.


Online Conference Registration can be accessed here.


Download Hotel Information here.



These sessions take place concurrently. You can only register for ONE.

1. Race To The Top                                                                                               6 hours/lunch

Georgia’s 2013 Race to the Top Summit is scheduled for July 16-17, 2013 in collaboration with GAEL’s Summer Conference in Jekyll Island.  This is an important collaboration since work around the teacher and leader evaluation systems, changes in certification rules, and merit/performance-based pay will impact all districts and schools.   

The 2013 Summit will offer sessions on:
a)Successes and best practices from practitioners, including implementation of the Teacher and Leader Keys, merit/performance-based pay models, and Common Core GPS resources

b)Budget considerations as we begin the final year of Race to the Top, including strategies on implementing the required merit-pay for teachers and leaders, RT3 grant close out procedures to ensure compliance with Federal regulations, and no cost extensions

Creating individual learning environments for all students using the Teacher Resource Link in the longitudinal data system.

See the complete schedule here

2. PSC  Instructional Capital Planner/ Staffing Survey                      2 hours/no lunch

3. DOE    Positive Behavior Intervention System                                  4 hours/no lunch

4. GAESP—STEM                                                                                                     4 hours/lunch

It is our time. Taking a leadership role as we become the next generation of educational philosophers and neuroeducators.

The new economy has changed education. This presentation will address the demands on our early educators to teach children the STEM and 21st century skills they will need to be successful in the new economy. The session will include strategies to help educators gain efficacy when teaching in an inquiry-guided group learning format.  Presented by Destination Imagination.

5. Achieve 3000    Technology Used to Support Common Core               3 hours/no lunch

Online registration for the Professional Learning Day ONLY

can be accessed here.



The conference begins on Sunday July 14 at 4:30 p.m. (Registration opens at 10:00 a.m.) The main conference concludes Tuesday, July 16 at 3:30 p.m. The Professional Learning Day on Wednesday, July 17 is optional, but will be a wonderful opportunity to enhance your experience.

Download the agenda (draft).



Download the John Yates Scholarship Application.



Dick Yarbrough, Nationally Syndicated Columnist

Terry Abbott, Drive West Communications

Fulbright Lecture -  Dr. Franklin Shumake

State School Superintendent, Dr. John Barge

Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, State Commissioner of Public Health

Michael Thurmond, Interim Superintendent, DeKalb County Schools

Phil Hartley, Harben, Hartley, & Hawkins, LLP

Information Critical to Public Education:  RTTP,  Susan Andrews

Information Critical to Public Education:  The Vision Project, Stan DeJarnett

Information Critical to Public Education:  PSC, Kelly Henson

Read Biographies of all our speakers here



Two Player Golf Scramble  - Download registration form

Ben Christie Memorial Golf Tournament  - Download  registration form

Tennis Tournament – Singles and Doubles - Download registration form

Vendor Wine and Cheese Party                                                      

Southern Barbeque and Beach Party

Miniature Golf Tournament

John Yates Beach Run/Walk

Family Night Cookout with Ice Cream and Fireworks

Oceans of Fun 4H Classes and Activities for Children

Sponsored by:  Georgia Association of

Extension 4-H Agents

Activities planned for the week include biking and ice cream, “Kids in the Kitchen,” canoeing, seining and fish prints, kayaking, clover sea shells, Summer Waves Park, GPS scavenger hunt, sea turtles and putt-putt, photography, “Get Fit and Healthy,” and dolphin tour. (Activity fees will be charged.)

Download the  "Oceans of Fun" Schedule




Sponsor and Exhibitor

Registration is Now Closed -

We are Full!


Sponsor and Exhibitor Contract can be downloaded here.


Sponsor and Exhibitor Information can be downloaded here.