Legislative Guidelines

67th Annual
GACTE Summer Leadership Conference
July 13-16, 2014

Registration Opens April 15, 2014
To prepare for registration:
  1. Be sure your ACTE/GACTE membership is current through 7/31/14.  If not, renew at  or pay your dues with your conference registration.
  2. Make your selection for Monday General Interest Sessions from the information at:
  3. Review the Conference Registration Worksheet  at the link below and decide which meal functions you will attend and make your meal choices.
  4. If someone else will complete your online registration, fill out the Conference Registration Worksheet and give it to them so that they can make the correct registration choices for you. 


JULY 14, 2014
Known to many as "America's Education," Ron Clark is the 2000 Disney American Teacher of the Year, a two-time New York Times Bestselling author, the subject of a television movie and the founder of The Ron Clark Academy. Ron is regularly featured on network and cable television (The Today Show, CNN and Oprah,) and was dubbed by Ms. Winfrey as her first "Phenomenal Man." 

Ron Clark brings charisma, energy and devotion to the education profession. Ron pioneered innovative projects in rural North Carolina working with minority students in a low wealth area. His highly effective programs garnered national attention and led to a White House invitation to be honored by the President of the United States.

Ron Clark's personality is marked by a sense of challenge and adventure. Upon watching a television piece chronicling low test scores and the lack of teachers in inner-city New York, Ron packed his car and moved to Harlem. After being warned by the principal that his class was the least disciplined group she had seen in years, Ron prepared himself by visiting the home of each student before the first day of school. Ron Clark involved his students in projects in the city and state, and his "low achievers" soon began to excel; and by the end of the year, their scores were higher than the “gifted” classes in his district.

In 2003, Ron Clark released the New York Times Bestselling book "The Essential 55" which includes his 55 expectations of students - as well as all individuals - young and old. Ron's second book, "The Excellent 11," was released in August 2004 and further captured the attention of parents, educators and students alike.

Obviously Ron Clark did not stop there. In 2006, Ron Clark founded The Ron Clark Academy, an inner-city school serving students from across metro Atlanta. The privately-funded institution is unique for its innovative teaching methods and curriculum based on worldwide travel. Each year the students, grades 5 through 8, apply their in-class lessons to international adventures. And, by the time of graduation, each child will have visited six of the seven continents. Teachers from around the world visit the Academy to observe the innovative and "out-of-the-box" methods for achieving student success.

Ron's most anticipated book came in 2011, "The End of Molasses Classes: Getting Our Kids Unstuck--101 Extraordinary Solutions for Parents and Teachers." This New York Times Best Seller brought to light 101 innovative and classroom-tested ways for improving America’s schools and leading our children to greatness. A must read for every teacher and parent.

In addition to his many duties as an educator, Ron Clark is a much sought after keynote speaker. He shares the uncanny adventures he has had in the classroom and speaks of his experiences teaching in Harlem. Within his humorous and heartwarming stories, he delivers a message relevant to each of us. It is a message of hope, dedication and the never-say-never attitude required to achieve goals and dreams.

Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power to Speak at GACTE on Tuesday, July 15

 Paul Bowers, President and CEO of Georgia Power will be one of the keynote speakers on Tuesday, July 15, 2014, at the General Session of the GACTE Summer Conference.  Attendees will be able to hear first-hand from Mr. Bowers about workforce trends and education.  Also, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in multiple sessions throughout the conference focused on career pathways, building the workforce, and best practices.  Many of these sessions will be presented by business and industry leaders from around the state.  
Paul Bowers was named president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, effective Dec. 31, 2010. The company is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation’s largest producers of electricity.  Bowers joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power in 1979 and has held executive leadership positions at multiple subsidiaries.  Prior to his current position, he was chief financial officer of Southern Company, where he was rated by Institutional Investors magazine as one of the industry’s Top Three CFOs in America.  In 1998, Bowers was elected president and CEO of South Western Electricity plc, Southern Company’s former U.K. subsidiary. From 2001 to 2008, he served as president of Southern Company Generation, where he was responsible for the company’s operational activities, as well as CEO of Southern Power.

He serves on the boards of Nuclear Electric Insurance Ltd., Georgia Chamber of Commerce, AFLAC and the Georgia Historical Society. He is chairman of the Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce, past chair of the Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education and vice chair of the Georgia Department of Economic Development. Bowers also is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta’s energy policy council and a trustee for The Woodruff Arts Center.

A Pensacola, Fla., native, Bowers holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of West Florida and a master’s degree in management from Troy University. He also is a Harvard Business School Advanced Management graduate.

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