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 Federal Programs Annual Conference

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​The 2016 Federal Programs Conference will be held June 22-23, 2016, at the Georgia International Convention Center (GICC) and the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel in College Park, Georgia.  This year’s conference is unique in that ALL federal programs will participate in the conference in a collaborative effort to provide districts across the state with all the technical assistance information required for federal program implementation in one location.  Over 170 sessions have been scheduled covering topics presented by federal program specialists.  Federal Programs is anticipating conference attendance to reach 1,500 participants.  Conference check-in will be held in the lobby of the GICC from 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm on Tuesday, June 21 and reopen at 7 am on Wednesday, June 22 at the GICC.

Each district will have the opportunity to send representatives from each of its federal program divisions.  Districts must carefully select individuals to fill the district's attendee allotments to ensure that all programs are represented.  It is suggested that small districts that have one person in charge of several or all federal programs assign others from within the district to attend the conference to assist in gathering the important information provided that one person would never be able to obtain.  The number of representatives allotted for registration is based on district student enrollment size, due to space and monetary limitations.  Districts will be initially limited to the number of accepted registrants based on the scale below formulated using 2016 FTE-1 (October 2015) counts:
      • Small Districts (3,999 students and below) – 5 registrants
      • Medium Districts (4,000 – 19,999 students) – 8 registrants
      • Large Districts (20,000-75,000 students) – 12 registrants
      • Extra Large Districts (Above 75,000 students) – 16 Students

Any registrations submitted above the allotted slots according to district size will be placed on a first-come, first-served waiting list.  If space permits those on the waiting list will be contacted directly by Dr. Randy Phillips, Title I, Part A Program Manager.  Only those individuals who have registered for the conference via the registration link below will be allowed to attend the conference.  If you have questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Randy Phillips at (404) 463-3467 or

New Director's Workshop

A pre-conference workshop will also be offered for all new program directors on Tuesday, June 21, 2016, from 9 am – 7 pm.  The pre-conference workshop is open to all new federal program directors who are in their first or second year of service.  This workshop will provide new directors with the opportunity to learn some of the fundamental precepts of the federal programs new directors have been assigned to manage.  Small group work sessions covering program specific guidelines will be provided by specialists from each participating federal program.  Due to funding limitations, only new directors with two years or less experience (sorry – no additional assistants) will be allowed to participate in this workshop.  There will be opportunities for new directors who manage more than one federal program in the district to attend sessions from each participating federal program.  Be sure and check the appropriate section(s) on the registration form in order to be included in this wonderful learning experience. 

To register for the 2016 Federal Programs conference, click the following link:   Conference Registration

Hotel Accomodations

Hotel rooms at the conference rate of $138.00 will be available on a first come basis at the Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway Hotel and the SpringHill Suites (located directly across the entrance of the GICC).  The conference rate is only available via the links provide for each location.  The Department of Education accepts no responsibility for securing hotel accommodations for conference participants.

Atlanta Airport Marriott Gateway
2020 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
(404) 763-1544
Click here to book your group rate
for the 2016 Federal Programs Conference


SpringHill Suites Atlanta Airport Gateway
2091 Convention Center Concourse
College Park, GA 30337
(770) 907-8880
Click here to book your group rate
for the 2016 Federal Programs Conference


Individuals registered at the either of the hotels will park at the hotel at a rate of $5.00.  Those commuting should be prepared to pay a daily parking fee of $10 for parking in the lots outside the GICC.  Carpooling is strongly encouraged.

Title I, Part A Presentations and Handouts