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9:00 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.

Safe and Welcoming Schools Conference

This conference will feature a distinguished lineup of speakers on important and timely topics.

Respectful and Equitable: Building Strong School Communities

Keynote Address:

Bettina Love, associate professor, University of Georgia {.as-heading-medium}

"We want to do more than survive: A pedagogy of mattering."

Also featuring:

  • Ysheena Lyles, 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, Bear Creek Middle School, Black lives, blue lives, all lives: Discussing race and current events in the classroom
  • Jeffery Craver, school psychologist, Rockdale County Schools, Improving skills while working with challenging behaviors
  • Paula Mellom and Jodi Weber, UGA Center for Latino Achievement and Success in Education, Instructional Conversations: Deepening learning through dialogue
  • Mary Kate Chapman, associate executive director, GUIDE, Inc., Identifying student sparks

Who should attend?

  • District-level administrators and staff
  • School-level administrators
  • K-12 teachers
  • Counselors
  • Social workers
  • Family engagement specialists
  • RESA staff
  • Instructional coaches
  • Behavior specialists
  • Media specialists
  • Front-office staff
  • PBIS team members
  • Afterschool program providers
  • Youth-serving organization staff
  • Parents

Download a conference agenda.


Registration fee: $149


  • Conference materials
  • Lunch
  • Two refreshment breaks

Group discount!

Register three or more from the same school or organization and receive a reduced registration fee of $125 per person!

Registration and cancellation deadline: Oct. 9

Cancellation and refund policy:

All cancellations must be submitted via email to Melanie Baer before the cancellation deadline in order to receive a full refund. Cancellations after the cancellation deadline are non-refundable. If cancellation is not made by the deadline, and you are not able to attend, you or your organization is still liable for payment.

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Graduate Athens
295 E Dougherty Street
Athens, Georgia 30601