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Joint GEPP EPAAC Conference, March 28-29, 2019

Spring 2019

Joint GEPP EPAAC Conference

Dates: March 28-29

Hilton Peachtree City & Atlanta Conference Center

2443 Highway 54 West, Peachtree City, GA 30269 US

Reservations:  770-487-2000

DRAFT program for our Spring 2019 Conference

(Suggestions for the New EPP Leaders’ Lunch & Orientation, scheduled for 3/28/19 from 12-3, follow the draft program)

Conference Theme:  New Leadership, New Challenges, New Opportunities

Program Outcomes: Understanding the impact of political, policy, and university/system leadership

Thursday, MARCH 28, 2019

12:00 – 3:00 Working Lunch and Orientation for New Deans & Associate Deans

12:00 – 1:30 GAICTE Board meetings

  1:30 – 3:00 GACTE Board Meeting

  3:00 – 3:15 Welcome and Overview of the Conference

  • Marti Venn, USG

 3:15 – 5:00 EPAAC (USG / Independent EPP Leaders)

 5:00 – 5:30 Greetings from PSC and USG Leadership Changes:

  • PSC Executive Director
  • USG Associate Vice Chancellor of Educator Preparation and Policy

Welcome Reception: New Leadership PSC and USG

(Dinner on Your Own)

Friday, MARCH 29, 2019

 7:00 – 8:30 Registration and Breakfast

 8:30 – 8:45 Welcome and Overview of the Day

  • Dee Greer, President GACTE

 8:45 – 9:45 Turnaround Schools: The Role and Opportunities for EPPs – If Not Us, Then Who?

  • Dr. Eric Thomas, Chief Turnaround Officer,
  • Ashley Harris, Director of Partnership and Community Engagement

(Presentation and Work/Brainstorming Session:  How to Support Work in all selected schools.)

  9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 10:30 Policy Updates and Future-thinking from GaDOE

  • Caitlin Dooley, Deputy Supt. Teaching and Learning

10:30 – 11:30  Panel: What We Know, and What We Know We Don’t Know: Planning for Political/Policies Updates

  • Jimmy Stokes, GAEL
  • Stan DeJarnett, Vision Project
  • Steve Dolinger GPEE
  • Craig Harper, PAGE
  • Charlotte Booker, GAE

11:30 Lunch—GACTE Business Meeting

  • Presiding:  Dee Greer, President GACTE
  • Recognition of 2018-19  Officers/Board Members  
  • Legislative Update – Tom Koballa and Joyce Many, Legislative Co-Chairs
  • Days on the Hill (GA and US)
  • Legislative Priorities 2018-19
  • Research Committee Plans
  • State-wide ‘concerns’ about grads ability to teach reading
  • Discuss/develop a systematic way of getting conference topics input from members
  • Table Input Opportunity to PSC, USG, DOE

12:45 – 2:00  Impact of Changes and Expectations: 

  1. Changes and changing expectations:  Collaborative efforts in reporting systems, accreditation updates, rules, etc.
  2. State of GA Enrollment/Retention numbers.  What is the GA plan to address these recruitment/retention issues?
  3. Plans to support IHEs in efforts to Meet Enrollment Challenges (innovative programs, online, competition with for-profits, alternative cert programs, etc.)       
  • Penney McRoy & Angie Gant, GaPSC
  • Cindy Saxon, GaDOE
  • Marti Venn, USG                            

2:00 Closing and Adjourn

Suggested Ideas for New EPP Leaders Orientation

Invitation / Identification of:  New EPP Leaders


  • New– Three years or less in position OR if person know s/he will be taking adm role in July
  • EPP Leaders– Deans, Dept Chairs, Directors, etc.

Presenters:  USG, PSC, DOE, GACTE

Some Suggested Topics (not limited to these):

  • Roles of Each—USG, PSC, DOE, GACTE
  • Certification / Ed Prep Rules
  • Partnerships / Partnership Work
  • Working with Turn Around Schools Initiative

Selection of Mentors

Developing the ProgramTopics suggested from Deans’ Meeting on 2/9/2018 and 2018 GACTE Survey

Topics / Survey Results:

  • Need for IHE Changes to Meet Enrollment Challenges (online, competition with for-profits, alternative cert programs, etc.)
  • Update GA Plan for Recruitment, Preparation, Retention of Teachers
  • ESSA—Higher Education Role
  • Partnerships (Prof Organizations)
  • State Leadership Academy
  • Work time—capturing innovative work (GA and beyond)
    • CAEP/Accreditation—meeting the standards
    • Validity and Reliability of Instruments
  • Input Sessions to PSC/DOE/USG
    • Update on Rules—PSC
    • Policy Reviews for P&T
    • New Course Development

GACTE at AACTE’s 2018 Washington Week

GACTE was represented at AACTE’s 2018 Washington Week. Pictured with AACTE President and CEO, Lynn Gangone (center) are GACTE Executive Director, Cindi Chance (left) and GACTE President, Dee Greer (right).

During the week in Washington, Drs. Chance and Greer conducted 4 workshops about GACTE’s collaborative work, met with the staff of 6 legislators, and met with 2 representatives at an after-session reception.

Education Student Ambassadors from Georgia Colleges and Universities Attend 2018 Day on Capitol Hill

Teacher education candidates from Georgia institutions served as GACTE Ambassadors at the 2018 Day on Capitol Hill hosted by PAGE, the Georgia Association of Colleges of Teacher Education (GACTE), and the Georgia Association of Educational Leaders (GAEL).

The focus for this year’s event was Georgia’s teacher education pipeline and how to increase the supply of high quality, well-prepared teachers for today’s classrooms.

GACTE Ambassadors included Kia Shield and Hannah Adams (Brenau University), Amber Marcus and William Chandler (Columbus State University), Kara Headrick and Silvia Ortiz (Dalton State College), Shakeerryah Barrett and Enya Moore (Fort Valley State University), Emily Arnold and Anna Morman (LaGrange College), Nicquala Shields and Miranda Williams (Savannah State University), and Amanda (Mandy) Thomas and Kaila Reece (Young Harris College).

Tom Koballa, Dean, Georgia Southern University
Representative Jan Tankersly
Cindi Chance, Executive Director GACTE
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