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2020-2021 Statewide Online Meetings

Virtual Expeditions: Engaging Families in the New Normal Series

For the 2020-2021 school year, our program will host a series of online meetings for our Family Engagement Partner (FEP) Network. These meetings will replace the regional, in-person meetings we would typically have held during the fall of 2020. The sessions will provide attendees with information on reaching out to, supporting, and partnering with families in a virtual world.  The online platform for these meetings is Microsoft Teams Live.

All meeting documents and recording links may be accessed here​. 


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​ Virtual Expeditions Statewide Meeting Part III:

Wednesday, February 3, 2021; 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. ​

Meeting Agenda, click here​.
Registration link, click here​ (
Join virtual event link, click here (
Evaluation link, click here (
Meeting documentation link, click here​ (

Virtual EdCamp Meeting links by regions:
North Region, click here (​)
Middle Region, click here (
South Region, click here (

For a map of the regions, click here​.

​Guest Speakers Presentations:

Maintaining Connections in a Virtual World


The pandemic has presented schools with both challenges and opportunities. Jones County is choosing to focus here for the full description

Presenters: Mrs. Charlotte Foskey, Executive Director of Federal Programs; Mrs. Melody Nebel, Family Engagement Coordinator; Ms. Shelley Dunlap, Family Engagement Coordinator

Beyond 2020: Rewriting Our Story to Improve Childhood Literacy


Children who grow up without reading skills are more likely to drop out of high school than those who master them. They're also more likely to here​​ for the full description.

Presenter: Arianne B. Weldon, MPH, Strategic Innovation Manager & GGR Campaign Director, Georgia Family Connection Partnership

Leading with 2020 Vision


Educational leaders are facing uncertain times ahead.  This presentation will provide for us 3 strategies for leading when times are uncertain and the future is unclear.

Presenter: Jason Byars, PBIS Program Manager, Georgia Department of Education

​Stronger Together: PBIS and Family Engagement


​​Families are important members of our school communities. When schools and families work together toward their common goal of helping all children to be successful, here​ for the full description

Presenter: Michelle Sandrock, School Climate Specialist, Wraparound Services Coordinator, Metro RESA


​Having trouble logging in or need additional information? Click here​ on 2-3-21. 

Live virtual assistance will be available 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after the start time. 

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Virtual Expeditions Statewide Meeting, Part II
Deep Dive Session

Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. ​

Meeting Agenda, click here.

Registration link, click here ( 
Join virtual event link, click here ( 
Meeting documentation link, click here​ ( ​ 
Evaluation link, click here (

The Family Engagement Guide to the GPB Galaxy!

​Primary Focus:

Are you seeking resources for playful learning for early learners? Are you looking to find resources to increase family engagement and digital engagement for early learners? Look no further, Georgia Public Broadcasting has a plethora of resources and fun learning activities to share to include Family Workshops and PBS KIDS! Join us to learn more! See you there! 

Elementary and Secondary Focus:

Join GPB's education team for an exploratory overview of our comprehensive no-cost digital resources, including complete courses in Georgia studies and high school chemistry and physics, full standards-based lesson plans, interactive virtual field trips to significant locations across the state, and thousands of engaging digital learning resources available through our streaming partnership with PBS Learning Media. 

Click here to review the resource list. 

Presenters: Dr. Kimberly Mobley, Early Childhood Education Manager; Tracey Wiley, Education Outreach, North Georgia; Michael Kuenlen, Education Outreach, South Georgia

STEM Served Family-Style with NASA!

Research shows that children benefit greatly from the involvement of their parents and families throughout their educational careers. However, many adults are not knowledgeable or comfortable with STEM content, which presents a barrier to family engagement in these topics. This webinar from Astrophysics Education Team at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center presents whole-family multigenerational STEM learning content that engages family members equally as learners and teachers. Their NASA Family Science Night model was designed to build confidence and foster curiosity in STEM for middle-school students and their families using research-based best practices. This interactive webinar will cover both research and practice, by giving an overview of the program, engaging participants in virtual activities, emphasizing the research behind the benefits of family learning, and providing implementation strategies.

Presenters: Sara Mitchell, CRESST/University of Maryland & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Sarah Eyermann, CRESST/University of Maryland & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center; Christina Milotte​, ADNET Systems & NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

​Having trouble logging in or need additional information? Click here​ on 9-15-20. 

Live virtual assistance will be available 15 minutes before and 30 minutes after the start time. 

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Virtual Expeditions Statewide Meeting, Part I
Introduction meeting:

Tuesday, September 1, 2020; 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. 

Guest Speakers and Presenters:  

Mr. Richard Woods, Georgia State School Superintendent  
Ms. Shaun Owen, Deputy Superintendent, Federal Programs 
Office of Federal Programs  
Family-School Partnership 
Migrant Education Program 
Language Instruction for English Learners and Immigrant Students 
Student Support and Academic Enrichment 
McKinney-Vento Education for Homeless Children and Youth 
Parent Mentor Partnership 
Office of School Safety and Climate/ Whole Child Support 
Georgia Public Broadcasting 
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center 

Meeting documentation link, click here​ (