Three local private schools are playing host to the Georgia Independent Schools Association Annual Conference, an event that is expected to attract about 900 educators to the Augusta area.
It is the first time the conference has been held in Augusta.
"It brings in independent schools from all over the state of Georgia to our area, and it's a networking opportunity for our teachers," said Peggy Roberts, the director of admissions at Westminster Schools of Augusta. "It is also an opportunity for many of our local educators to be presenters - most of them will be from the Augusta area."
Westminster, Episcopal Day School, and Augusta Preparatory Day School welcomed school officials Saturday at social events including a tour of historic Augusta, a golf tournament at River Club in North Augusta, a reception at The Morris Museum of Art and dinner at The Pinnacle Club.
On Sunday, one of the main events was a reception and dinner at Sheraton Augusta Hotel, where awards were presented to 107 educators with 25 years of service.
Today, educators from 140 Georgia private schools will converge on the Westminster and Augusta Prep campuses for a day of professional staff development.
Kicking off the day will be keynote speaker Patrick Bassett, the president of the National Association of Independent Schools. He will speak at Augusta Prep at 9 a.m. and at Westminster at 1:30 p.m.
"He will speak about 21st century schools," said Jack Hall, the head of Augusta Prep. "He is just way out ahead on instruction, technology and curriculum."
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