25th Annual Impacting Student Learning Conference


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calendar icon  Saturday, March 18, 2023

clock-o icon  Sessions:
Saturday March 18:

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Call for Proposals

Timeline

  • September 30 Proposal Submission Opens
  • November 1 Proposal Submission Closes
  • December 5 Speakers Notified of Acceptance
  • January 4 Early Bird Registration Opens (discount applied for attendees outside of the CSRA)
  • January 20 Deadline for Presenter Registration
  • February 1 Regular Registration

Conference Overview

The ISL Conference focuses on practical strategies for enhancing P-12 student learning. Concurrent sessions target teacher candidates, practicing teachers (new and veteran), as well as professors who teach teacher candidates and practicing teachers. Opportunities for participants to network with fellow educators are integrated throughout the day, and previous participants report that they were able to immediately implement the many new techniques learned at the conference in their own P-12 or higher education classrooms.

 

Conference TOPICS 

  • Personal Growth and Self Care

  • Instruction and Learning in the Digital Age

  • Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

  • The Science of Reading


2023 Conference Presentation Proposals

Effective educators know and use a variety of instructional strategies and approaches. This conference will provide virtual informational sessions that address issues relevant to effective teaching and learning at all levels and across a variety of subject areas. Proposals should be for a 50-minute synchronous presentation.

Please contact the Conference Coordinator Dr. Ashley Oleszewski (aoleszewski@augusta.edu), College of Education Field Experience Coordinator, with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at our conference!


2023 Keynote Speaker: Michael Kobito.

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Michael Kobito is a music educator at Woodland High School in Cartersville, GA. A teacher at his alma mater, Kobito became an educator after encountering teachers who believed in him and inspired him to believe in himself. Kobito’s mission is to provide his students with the ability to see their self-worth and develop skills to make the most out of their gifts.  

Kobito teaches high school band and AP Music theory. He leads a band program that consists of multiple concert bands, marching band, jazz band, basketball pep band, pit orchestra, chamber ensembles, and a private lessons institute. During his tenure as director, the band has performed at multiple national events including the Cherry Blossom Festival Parade in Washington D.C., the Georgia Music Educators Association In-Service Conference, the Southeastern United States Honor Band Festival, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, and the University of Georgia’s Janfest Honor Band Festival. In 2023, the band is scheduled to perform in the London New Year’s Day Parade. 

Kobito serves as a clinician and adjudicator across the state providing leadership clinics, judging events, and inspiring other educators to make the most of their outreach. He serves as associate conductor of Tara Winds, an adult community band, and as a guest conductor of the Georgia Brass Band. 

In his seven years as an educator, Kobito has proudly received three National Band Association Citations of Excellence. He has been named an Advanced Placement (AP) Teacher with Distinction after his AP Music Theory Class experienced a 100% pass rate with 100% test participation. Additionally, Kobito was named the 2022 Teacher of the Year for Woodland High School and the Bartow County School System and currently serves as the 2023 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

Kobito and his beautiful wife, Emily, an elementary school teacher in Cherokee County, have two cats and enjoy traveling.