20th Annual Impacting Student Learning Conference

calendar icon  Saturday, February 24, 2018

clock-o icon  9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

map icon University Hall, Summerville Campus


2018 conference schedule 
Please note that the 2018 schedule differs from previous years' schedules due to the planned running course for the Augusta Half-Marathon.  

Unfortunately, registration for the 2018 ISL Conference closed on February 11, 2018. However, please come the day of the event and register on site. Lunch will not be included though, so please plan accordingly.

The 20th annual Impacting Student Learning (ISL) Conference will be held Saturday, February 24, 2018 at Augusta University in Augusta, Georgia.

The ISL Conference focuses on practical strategies for enhancing P-12 student learning. Concurrent sessions target pre-service and practicing teachers (new and veteran), as well as professors who teach pre-service and in-service 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.

about the keynote speaker

John Tibbetts is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.
John Tibbetts
2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year

John Tibbetts is a 21-year-veteran of the US Army. During his military service, he was stationed overseas for more than five years, and served in combat as a tank company commander in Desert Storm, was deployed to Turkey in the Iraq War, and saw service with a NATO headquarters in Afghanistan. He was on duty in the Pentagon on 9-11. Since retiring from the Army as a Lieutenant Colonel in 2004, Tibbetts has worked in the private sector, but ultimately decided to pursue a teaching career – first in Tift, later in Dougherty, and now at Worth County High School, where he currently teaches economics.

“Every day I get to teach a subject that plays an important part of the very fabric of our students’ lives and is relevant to what is ongoing in the world around us,” Tibbetts said.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from the United States Military Academy at West Point and a Masters of Military Art and Science from the Army’s prestigious School of Advanced Military Studies, at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas – whose graduates are sometimes referred to as “Jedi Knights.”

Tibbetts is an eight-year veteran of the classroom and has taught U.S. and world history, geography, and government, in addition to economics.

Tibbetts is the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year.

SAMPLE Session Topics

  • Classroom management
  • Creating a challenging academic environment
  • Integrating technology effectively
  • Differentiation
  • Cyber
  • Professional Growth
  • Assessment
  • Effective instructional strategies
  • RTI
  • Inclusion
  • Parental Engagement


Registration is FREE for all Augusta University faculty and students and all faculty in both public and private schools located in the following CSRA counties: Burke, Columbia, Emanuel, Glascock, Jefferson, Jenkins, Lincoln, McDuffie, Richmond, Taliaferro, Warren and Wilkes. Lunch is optional and can be purchased for $7.

Registration for non-Augusta University students is $25 and all others is $50. Registration prices include lunch.

Please contact the Conference Program Chair, Dr. Judi Wilson, with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at our conference!