Nancy Frey, GACIS Fall Conference Keynote Speaker

Thursday June 22, 2017

Nancy Frey, Ph.D., a Professor of Educational Leadership in the School of Teacher Education at San Diego State University will be the opening keynote speaker on Thursday, September 28th.   Nancy and Douglas Fisher may be the two most prolific authors in the area of K-12 literacy education, with a following that includes tens of thousands of teachers and administrators. Across their more-than-a-dozen titles, they’ve addressed everything from how to raise rigor in reading, structure lessons with learning goals, implement formative assessment, and teach content literacy to how to set up an effective PLC. With John Hattie and Douglas Fisher, Nancy is co-author of the newest books in Hattie’s Visible Learning series: Teaching Literacy in the Visible Classroom, Grades 6-12; Teaching Literacy in the Visible Classroom, Grades K-5; Visible Learning for Mathematics, Grades K-12; and Visible Learning for Literacy, K-12.

Melissa Fincher, Ph.D., the Deputy Superintendent for Assessment and Accountability at the Georgia Department of Education will be the keynote speaker on Friday, September 29th. Melissa oversees the development of all Georgia assessment and accountability programs including the Georgia Milestones. Current test results, accountability measures and steps being taken to implement SB 211 will be shared. SB211 requires the administration of formative assessments in English language arts/reading and mathematics in grades one and two, flexibility for state and local assessments and a comparability study of national assessments alignment to state standards. Assessment and accountability updates including the State ESSA Plan and time for Q & A will be provided.

Breakout Session Presenters

Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, four breakout sessions are scheduled.  Attendees will have an opportunity to attend all four sessions. The scheduled presenters are:

Christopher Lehman is an international speaker and New York Times bestselling author. He is the Founding Director of The Educator Collaborative, an educational consulting organization working to innovate the ways educators learn together. His books include: Falling in Love with Close Reading; Guide to Reviving Disengaged Writers and Energize Research Reading and Writing.

Bruce Lesh Center for History Education Co-founder and Maryland Department of Education Coordinator of Social Studies, loves making historical events come to life for students. Bruce says, “It is that magic moment when a student gains an appreciation for the past that fuels my desire to stay in the classroom.” Bruce is past president of the Maryland Council for the Social Studies and vice-chair of the National Council for History Education and he has published several articles in the OAH Magazine of History and written book reviews for The History Teacher.

Pamela Weber Harris is a former high school mathematics teacher, and a nationally known speaker and instructor. Her focus is on teaching algebra content through problem strings. She believes that the sequence of activities is as important as the activities themselves. Her books include: Discovering Advanced Algebra and Building Powerful Numeracy for Middle & High School Students.

Jeff Barker, Ph.D., is the Director of the Georgia Center for Assessment and Kay Elder, Assistant Director, will focus on the new GA Science Standards of Excellence. What are the questions leaders and teachers should ask to ensure curriculum, instruction, and assessment practices are aligned? What is required to demonstrate mastery? How will mastery be measured?