Call for Presenters, GASSP Fall Conference,

Annual Fall Conference

November 2-3, 2014


Savannah DeSoto Hilton Hotel

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Deadline for Submission: July 31, 2014


Conference Theme:  The School Principal As Leader


Conference Strands:  Five Key Practices of Effective Principals


The Wallace Foundation has conducted long-term research on the work of the principal.  Their research has identified five key practices of effective principals. 
They are:

  • Shaping a vision of academic success for all students, one based on high standards.
  •  Creating a climate hospitable to education in order that safety, a cooperative spirit and other foundations of fruitful interaction prevail.
  • Cultivating leadership in others so that teachers and other adults assume their parts in realizing the school vision.
  • Improving instruction to enable teachers to teach at their best and students to learn to their utmost.
  • Managing people, data and processes to foster school improvement.


To read the Wallace Foundation's full report, The School Principal as Leader, please follow this link: 



Conference Format:

All presentations will be delivered to all attendees.  Presentations will be grouped into each of the five conference strands.  We will have between 5-7 presentations delivered for each strand.  The length of each presentation will be approximately 12 minutes. 


We will specify a precise number of minutes for each presenter.  For a glimpse of what this looks like, visit  We are asking that all presenters to deliver "TED" type talks.  Supporting material (slides and videos) are welcomed and encouraged when appropriate with your talk.   Here's a good example of what an excellent 12 minute talk looks like from author Simon Sinek. 

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In all, our conference attendees will see over 30 presentations in our brief conference event.  This format will allow our attendees to have a number of quality presentations to inspire and inform them as they develop a plan of action for their further work when they return to their school.


Audience:   The GASSP Fall Conference will be attended by principals, assistant principals, aspiring administrators, teacher-leaders, instructional coaches, teachers, and district-level personnel. 


To submit a proposal to present:

Please use the document attached and return via email to Mark Wilson, GASSP Director of Conferences and Professional Learning.  The deadline for submissions is July 31, 2014.  We will reply to all proposals by August 15, 2014.


What we're looking for:

A variety of knowledgeable voices to speak on the five key practices that are our conference strands.  We are looking for diversity of experience, school size, geography.  We are looking for variety:  principals, assistant principals, people who work in other fields, teachers, vendors and even students.  We are looking for individual presenters rather than groups or co-presenters given the format. 

What we're asking you to do:


Fill out the presenter proposal, please.  If selected, complete the items below. 

Upon invitation to present, we will request the following:

By August 31, 2014: 

  • Confirmation that you have accepted the invitation and your commitment to presenting at the conference in Savannah on November 2-3;

By September 15, 2014:

  • High quality photograph (head shot)
  • Short biography (200 words or fewer)
  • Final Title of Your Talk
  • Brief summary of your talk (for use in conference program; 100 words or fewer)
  • Contact information where our attendees can get in touch with you to learn more
  • Links to any information that you would like to share to the attendees

By October 15, 2014:

  • Deliver all slides and videos (your presentation materials) to the conference dropbox.  We will send you the steps to do so. 
  • Register for the conference.  ( )  We ask that all presenters be registered attendees for the conference based on their category (GASSP Member, Non-Member, Vendor).  Any students invited to attend will be offered a complimentary registration. 
  • For clarity's sake:  the presenter is responsible for accommodations, transportation, and all expenses.  We thank you for being willing to serve Georgia's principals by presenting and for giving of your time to do so.

Before the Conference:

  • Rehearse your talk.  It REALLY has to be the agreed-upon length.  This style of conference depends upon your rehearsal before-hand so your presentation will run smoothly and the attendees will learn from your expertise and insight. 

On November 2-3:

  • Attend the conference.  Enjoy hearing the other talks.  The sum of the talks puts together a nice whole, so we hope you'll take advantage of the format to learn from your fellow presenters.
  • When it's time, deliver your talk. There's no setup for you since you'll have already sent in your materials.  While the presenter who presents before you is delivering their talk, we'll "mike you up" and get you ready to take the stage when it's your turn.
  • After you have delivered your talk, we imagine that people will want to talk further with you at breaks, lunch, and around the conference area.  We hope that you'll engage in that activity and enjoy the free-flow atmosphere that this exchange of ideas can bring.

THANK YOU for your interest in Georgia education and in the GASSP.  We appreciate your interest and look forward to your submission!

To submit your proposal, or if you have any questions, please send them to:



Please complete and return to Mark Wilson at  by July 31, 2014



Submit Your Proposal


THANK YOU for your interest in Georgia education and in the GASSP.  We appreciate your interest and look forward to your submission!To submit your proposal, or if you have any questions, please send them to:



Please complete and return to Mark Wilson at  
by July 31, 2014


GASSP, Annual Fall Conference, November 2-3, 2014

The School Principal As Leader

Savannah, GA  Savannah DeSoto Hilton Hotel

I.  About You:

Your Name:                ________________________________________

School/Organization:  ________________________________________

Your Job Title             ________________________________________

Email                           ________________________________________

Cell Phone Number     ________________________________________

Mailing Address      ________________________________________


II.  Your Proposal:

For which conference strand do you wish to propose a talk?  (Select ONLY one, please; feel free to submit separate proposals for up to three different strands)

  • Sharing A Vision of Academic Success;
  • Creating a Climate Hospitable to Education:
  • Cultivating Leadership In Others;
  • Improving Instruction
  • Managing People, Data, and Processes

TALK TITLE             _____________________________________________

Brief Summary of Your Talk: