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GABCON Schedule

Day 1


8:30 AM – 10:00 AM:   Pre-Conference Registration Opens

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM: Pre-Conference Track 1

12:00 PM – 1:30 PM:    Lunch on Your Own

1:30 PM – 3:30 PM:      Pre-Conference Track 2 

3:30 PM – 5:00 PM:      Registration Open 

5:00 PM – 7:00 PM:      Opening Session & Keynote Speaker

KEYNOTE:  Dr. Chad Stevens, Chief Strategy Officer, ParentSquare 
Education is a Team Sport: Why Family Engagement is the Key to Student Success


Chad will explore the critical role that family engagement plays in promoting student success and creating a supportive learning environment. The message will emphasize the importance of building strong partnerships between families, educators, and communities to create a comprehensive network of support for students. 

He will dive deeper into how effective family engagement goes beyond mere communication by building community trust, creating a welcoming school culture and  recognizing the diverse needs and perspectives of families. Last, he will discuss the future of family engagement, how ParentSquare thinks of innovation and why Smart Sites is just the beginning.




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Day 2



7:45 AM – 8:30 AM: Registration Opens - Coffee & Pastries  

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Opening General Session – Guest Speaker: Matt Miquelon, Director of Product Management, ParentSquare. 
Product Roadmap: Integrations, Mass Notifications, School Services, & Classroom Communications

9:00 AM – 9:50 AM: Keynote: Andrea Gribble, Founder of SocialSchool4EDU - The Rules of Social Media Engagement in 2023

My, how things have changed in regard to school social media! While navigating the negativity in a highly politicized climate can drain your energy, there is still so much to celebrate. Grab a pep talk from School PR’s biggest cheerleader, Andrea Gribble. She’ll break down the proven strategies for social media success and engagement. You’ll learn: how to rethink the content shared on social media; how to build an army of storytellers; easy ways to save time; and more!



10:00 AM – 11:50 AM: Breakouts Begin

12:00 PM – 12:50 PM: Lunch & Vendor Time

1:00 PM – 2:50 PM: Breakouts Resume

2:50 PM – 3:10 PM: Snack Break 

3:10 PM – 4:00 PM: Guest Speaker

6:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Group Activity





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Day 3


7:45 AM – 8:30 AM: Coffee & Pastries

8:30 AM – 9:20 AM: Opening Session & Keynote Speaker:

Ignite Success: Master the Art of Branding and Marketing Your School District: – Presented by Jason Wheeler

Get ready to supercharge your school district's branding and marketing efforts with this exciting and transformative keynote! As a district leader, developing and maintaining a solid brand identity is crucial to effectively engaging with parents, students, staff, the community, and prospective employees. In this high-impact session, you'll discover the latest trending and modern marketing techniques to elevate your district's image and foster meaningful connections.


By the end of this keynote, you'll be equipped with the knowledge and tools necessary to ignite success in your school district through strategic branding and marketing. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to revolutionize your district's image and create a lasting, positive impact on your community.


9:30 AM – 12:10 PM: Breakouts Begin Lunch

12:10 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch & Dedicated Vendor Time

1:00 PM – 2:50 PM: Breakouts Resume

3:00 PM – 3:50 PM: Panel Discussion on Main Stage

3:50 PM – 4:00 PM: Final Thoughts and Thank You


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