Welcome Reception & Networking

Finish the first day with a welcome reception and enjoy visiting colleagues both old and new! All are invited to mingle on the Garden Courtyard at the Sheraton Atlanta, enjoy sweet and savory hors d’oeuvres, cash bar, and enjoy smooth sounds from a local university jazz band.

Breakfast Collaboration Groups

Collaboration Groups are informal groups held in conjunction with breakfast. Attendees will gather around tables to eat, network, and collaborate with other professionals who hold similar interests. Ideas for groups are welcome! A call will go out for volunteers to facilitate these groups, or e-mail skhamar@ccis.edu for more information.

Job and Grad Fair

NAPDS invites you to participate in the 2019 Conference Job and Grad Fair. We believe this conference presents a tremendous recruiting opportunity for school districts and grad schools. In past years as many as 150 preservice teachers and 150 in-service teachers have attended the NAPDS Annual Conference. You will have access to the best and brightest future teachers—to meet and chat with them and perhaps view and discuss their action research. Please contact Diane LaFrance at dlafrance@flsouthern.edu with any questions. We look forward to working with you this year!

Pre-Conference Workshop & Site Visit

We are excited to announce the NAPDS pre-conference experience this year!  Through a partnership with Georgia State University, we plan to visit Beecher Hills Elementary School and Cross Keys High School. Participants will observe in classrooms, and will meet for discussions with teachers, residents, and mentors about the partnership work.  Special thanks to Dr. Gwendolyn Benson and Dr. Gladys Yarbrough for their contributions to the organization of this innovative pre-conference experience.  Dr. Benson serves as the associate dean for faculty development and partnerships at Georgia State University.  She currently serves as the principal investigator for the Collaboration and Resources for Encouraging and Supporting Transformations in Education (CREST-Ed) projects.  Dr. Yarbrough is the CREST-Ed project director at Georgia State University and focuses her research on developing effective community partnerships.  We will depart the conference venue around noon and plan to return to the conference hotel by 5 PM. We hope you will join us for this new professional development opportunity!

Membership & Awards Luncheon

Public celebration of our successes is a part of our 9 Essentials. You won’t want to miss this time of honoring exemplary partnerships, an outstanding dissertation, and the Jason Kinsey Friend of NAPDS. And, your conference registration includes membership in the Association. This luncheon will give you the opportunity to meet your elected and appointed leadership as well as to learn more about the Association’s strategic plan, member benefits, financial position, and planned initiatives.