Thank you to all of our 2019 conference sponsors and exhibitors!
EdTec Inc.Platinum Sponsor
EdTec is a social enterprise founded in 2001 with the mission to drive quality in the charter school movement. We deliver unparalleled services spanning charter development, business operations, and more to hundreds of charter schools across the country. Through our core service – back-office – we provide a CFO-level resource and a team of specialists to perform payroll, AP, and accounting functions. We’re a proud partner of GCSA, and we’re excited to be part of the state’s charter movement.Visit EdTec Inc.
Association of American EducatorsPlatinum Sponsor
Partnered with GCSA, The Association of American Educators (AAE) is the largest national, non-union, professional educators’ organization, providing a modern approach to teacher representation and educational advocacy. Focused on student-centered reforms, and promoting the charter school movement here in Georgia and nationwide, AAE provides critical professional benefits with the charter school educator in mind.Visit Association of American Educators
True North CompaniesGold Sponsor
True North is a development, finance, and construction company that helps Charter Schools achieve their mission and growth objectives through investments in real estate. We work with school boards, teachers, parents, communities and local governments to build charter school facilities that support academic success, student population growth, and long term financial health. We are different because we help build the right financial foundation so that charter schools can stand on their own.Visit True North Companies
Atlantic Capital BankScholarship Sponsor
Atlantic Capital Bank, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in east Tennessee and northwest Georgia under the FSG Bank brand, provides lending, treasury management and capital markets services to small and mid-sized businesses. Our banking offices provide mortgage, trust, and other banking services to private and individual clients.Visit Atlantic Capital Bank
McGuireWoods, LLPLunch Sponsor
McGuireWoods LLP and McGuireWoods Consulting LLC represent over 100 private and public K-12 schools, school boards, private and public colleges, universities and related foundations. We provide the full array of legal and consulting services to charter school administrators, governing boards and education service providers as they navigate the complexities of opening and operating a start-up charter school in Georgia.Visit McGuireWoods, LLP
BB&T Capital MarketsLunch Sponsor
BB&T is one of the largest financial services holding companies in the U.S. with $220.3 billion in assets and market capitalization of $37.0 billion as of September 30, 2017. Our Education Finance Group provides comprehensive capital structure planning and execution for charter schools. With a robust bond distribution platform and the resources of one of the nation's strongest financial institutions, we offer a full spectrum of financial solutions to meet client's specific needs.Visit BB&T Capital Markets
ValuTeachers, Inc.Silver Sponsor
ValuTeachers mission statement is, "Helping School Employees to Retire with Financial Dignity." Our mission is accomplished by 1) providing thorough retirement education as related to GA-TRS , 2) implementing safe pre-tax and post tax 403(B)/457(B) payroll savings solutions at no cost to GCSA Member schools, and 3) partnering with schools through our LifeChanger of The Year Program. We provide 403(B)/457(B) Plan Administration solutions also at no cost. ValuTeachers is endorsed by the GCSA.Visit ValuTeachers, Inc.
HJ SimsLanyard Sponsor
Established in 1935, HJ Sims is a full-service investment bank with education experts specializing in structuring and underwriting charter school financings. With more than $25 billion in completed financings, HJ Sims provides capital financings solutions, including tax exempt and taxable bonds, mezzanine loans, private equity, seed money and bank financing.Visit HJ Sims
Office DepotShoot for the Moon Sponsor
From our groundbreaking partnership with MIT which launched one of the first eCommerce websites, to our partnership with IBM and Watson for schools, Office Depot leads through innovation.
When schools need new ways to think about challenges, Office Depot begins by listening--and assembles experts for collaboration. From makerspaces to professional learning and modern classroom environments, Office Depot brings together innovators to help design solutions that may not have seemed possible before.Visit Office Depot
Joe Costa & Associates, Inc./AFLACCharging Station Sponsor
Joe Costa & Associates has partnered with the GCSA to create the GCSA Specialty Benefits Plan. The Specialty Benefits Plan was designed and created with a singular goal: to provide each Charter School with exclusive benefits, solutions to rising insurance costs, relief from increased administration burdens and Affordable Care Act (ACA) compliance. At Joe Costa & Associates, we use our position as an Independent Broker to create customized solutions for Charter Schools. We simplify success!
When illness or injury strikes a family, major medical insurance may not be enough. Did you know that 75% of all bankruptcies are medically related? Aflac pays cash benefits back to YOUR employees for; Medical Expenses, Co-payments, deductibles, mortgage/rent, car.Visit Joe Costa & Associates, Inc./AFLAC
Colliers InternationalWelcome Reception Sponsor
Colliers International is an industry-leading global real estate company operating from more than 500 offices across 67 countries. With an enterprising culture and significant insider ownership, Colliers professionals provide a full range of services to real estate occupiers, owners and investors worldwide across a broad range of property types, including: brokerage, investment sales and capital markets, project management and workplace solutions, property and asset management, and much more.Visit Colliers International
ACH of AmericaWelcome Reception Sponsor
PAYROLL PROCESSING SERVICES - BENEFITS / WORKERS COMPENSATION ADMINISTRATION .
Since 1972 ACH of America has supported small and large organizations in the administration of back office support . Currently ACH of America has positioned itself to support in excess of 150 Charter Schools throughout South East United States . Because of our large group policies , clients save money meeting their HR compliance , benefit administration , payroll / tax compliance requirements .
Strawn & Co., InsuranceCoffee Break Sponsor
Strawn & Co., Insurance is a leading provider of insurance and risk management services to schools across Georgia. Through implementation of sound risk management strategies, our professionals help develop plans specific to each school. These strategies not only help reduce accidents, but minimize disruptions while improving morale, efficiency and performance.Visit Strawn & Co., Insurance
Georgia College JHL College of EducationCoffee Break Sponsor
The John H. Lounsbury College of Education at Georgia College offers several award-winning undergraduate and graduate degrees. Instructional and school leaders gain valuable opportunities and benefit from the meaningful partnerships the university maintains with schools, districts, and other institutions and agencies. The COE is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), the Georgia Professional Standards Commission (PSC) and SACSVisit Georgia College JHL College of Education
EPR PropertiesOnline Registration Sponsor
EPR Properties provides financing solutions for the development and acquisition of charter school facilities. As leaders in facility financing, we’re able to meet your unique needs, including land acquisition and new construction, property acquisition and renovation, and acquisition of existing schools with leases already in place. Learn more at www.eprkc.com.Visit EPR Properties
Sizemore GroupBreakfast Sponsor
Educational facilities have been central to Sizemore Group’s focus for over the past 40 years. Consistent with society’s trend towards seamless, lifelong learning, our interest has grown to encompass several key areas–K-12, higher education and technical education. The firm has provided Planning, Design, Interior Design, Program Management and Sustainability Assessment Services to over 50 different clients.Visit Sizemore Group
USI Insurance ServicesBreakfast Sponsor
USI has served over 100,000 clients meeting their property & casualty, employee benefit, personal risk and retirement needs nationwide. We have more than 100 years of consulting and brokerage experience through our acquired agencies, with local offices dating back in their communities as far as the late 1800s. We invite you to learn how USI's approach to risk management and employee benefits delivers customized, actionable solutions with bottom line impact.Visit USI Insurance Services
Sports Turf Company, Inc.General Sponsor
For more than twenty-five years, Sports Turf Company Inc., has been a recognized industry leader in the design, construction, and renovation of athletic facilities. We are a multi-faceted company that has pioneered the use of specialized technologies in laser grading and surface installation and will apply these to your athletic field, track, or court to make your dream facility a reality.Visit Sports Turf Company, Inc.
Hertz FurnitureGeneral Sponsor
Flexible, Collaborative, Individualized, or Traditional - Hertz Furniture has innovative furniture to match your teaching style, curriculum, and budget for every room in your school, including Classroom, Commons Area, Lab, Media Center, café, and more, all with Lifetime Warranties.Visit Hertz Furniture
The Virtual HR DirectorGeneral Sponsor
The Virtual HR Director provides on-site and virtual strategic and tactical HR solutions for Charter Schools. We assign experienced HR professionals who can assist with setting up a department, reorganizing the HR function, serve as an interim HR director or as a part-time HR Director in an ongoing basis. Prices start at $1,500 per month.Visit The Virtual HR Director
Insurance PeopleGeneral Sponsor
Insurance People has helped over 100 charter schools with the specialized property and casualty insurance needed to protect school assets, board members, staff and volunteers. We also offer a unique dividend program which has paid out hundreds of thousands of dollars to charter schools over the past 10 years, and the complete library of Safe Schools online training to improve school safety free of charge. Ask John Ramsey or Steve Griffin how we can help your school control property/liability costs, workers compensation claims and in-service training time. Or call 800-825-0442.Visit Insurance People
Reinvestment FundGeneral Sponsor
Reinvestment Fund is a leading national lender to K-12 schools with extensive experience investing in schools in all phases of development. We are dedicated to the strong start and smart growth of charter, contract, and other K-12 schools and serve as a long term financing partner.Visit Reinvestment Fund
French Toast Schoolbox - Uniforms and Spirit Wear
French Toast Schoolbox is your one-stop, customized, digital solution for quality, value priced school uniforms and spirit wear.
Contact us to learn more about our convenient fund-raising opportunities and the extra services we provide, at no cost to your school.
Customization - Convenience - Innovation . . . French Toast Schoolbox for school uniforms and spirit wear!
BYU Independent Study
BYU Independent Study offers affordable online middle school and high school courses and curriculum. Instructors can blend the online curriculum in their classroom, or students can take individual courses to meet their specific needs. AP, honors, world language, and low-cost credit recovery courses are available anytime of the year. The courses invite high quality learning through multimedia, video, animation, and interactive labs.Visit BYU Independent Study
Lightspeed’s solutions focus on three distinct areas: Engage, Activate, and Collaborate. The Access product line engages the whole classroom by providing low-volume, highly intelligible sound throughout the classroom. The Activate platform is designed for small- group instruction allowing teachers to listen and assess where to best invest their time, gaining insights and observations without interfering.Visit Lightspeed Technologies
ChefAdvantage has grown to become one of the leading providers in Georgia by providing dynamic delivered meal service and onsite dining programs for K-12 schools. Our chef and nutritionist take the required menu planning and reporting off your plate, ensuring that your program qualifies for free and reduced lunch funding. Great meals, friendly hospitality, and trustworthy service is just the beginning of our commitment to your school.Visit ChefAdvantage
Innovative Modular Solutions
IMS has extensive experience working with charter schools to provide high-quality, timely, and cost effective educational space solutions. As a leading provider of temporary and permanent modular buildings, we go beyond the same old trailer and can provide charter schools with classroom additions, administrative offices, swing space used during renovation or construction, specialized facilities or even complete, new, single or multi-story buildings.Visit Innovative Modular Solutions
Zaner-Bloser is an educational-solutions company that specializes in delivering explicit instruction and a solid academic foundation for PreK–8 students in reading, writing, spelling, handwriting, and other language arts. Our core digital and print resources include Superkids, Spelling Connections, Strategies for Writers, and Zaner-Bloser Handwriting.Visit Zaner-Bloser
Mobile Modular has been a leading provider of relocatable classrooms and modular buildings to school districts for over 30 years. We are the largest supplier of educational facilities for both public and private schools in California. We provide both DSA and DOH/HCD approved buildings for education use and are very knowledgeable of DSA and DOH requirements. We are eager to offer our experience, resources, and a sincere commitment to customer service. Your Project - Our Commitment.Visit Mobile Modular
William H. Sadlier, Inc.
William H. Sadlier, Inc. is a recognized and respected publisher of print, digital, and online educational materials for public, charter, and private schools, offering outstanding, research-based programs in mathematics, vocabulary, language arts, and phonics.Visit William H. Sadlier, Inc.
University of West Alabama
The University of West Alabama changes lives through education. Chartered in 1835, UWA has a rich tradition of training educators to impact the next generation. Located in Livingston, AL, UWA has a robust online program dedicated to providing the highest caliber of collegiate learning through an accessible format. All teacher certification programs are accredited through SACS and NCATE, and UWA's Master of Education and Education Specialist programs can be completed 100% online.Visit University of West Alabama
Lotterease is a Lottery and Parent Communication System that saves charter schools time and money. In addition, it ensures that charter schools are compliant with state lottery laws so that they are protected from claims of lottery fraud. Lotterease automatically manages siblings, weighted applications and waitlists. Parents can apply and confirm attendance online. If you are still using paper or excel based lotteries, save yourself the headache and get Lotterease.Visit Lotterease
National Inventors Hall of Fame
The National Inventors Hall of Fame® is a non-profit organization that pays it forward and invests in the future of innovation and STEM through our national, pre-K-12 educational programs, Invention Playground®, Camp Invention®, Club Invention®, and Invention Project®. All of our education programs focus on creativity, innovation and real-world problem solving.Visit National Inventors Hall of Fame
UGA - Carl Vinson Institute of Government
The Carl Vinson Institute of Government is part of the University of Georgia’s Public Service and Outreach. We offer a Charter Schools Financial Management Certification Program which prepares individuals with the unique skills and knowledge needed to financially operate a school in the growing charter sector. Courses offered include accounting, budgeting, purchasing, payroll administration, writing financial policies, internal control, and fraud prevention.Visit UGA - Carl Vinson Institute of Government
GA COACH is a leader in standards-based instruction. School Specialty dba Triumph Learning provides a blended approach of K-12 digital & print content organized by grade, standards, and skills with focused lessons and practice for grade level, remediation, and enrichment to meet the rigor of the Georgia Standards of Excellence.Visit COACH Books
Teacher Created Materials/Petra Inc.
PETRA has been your provider for quality resources in GA for over 16 years as your educational consultant for several companies such as Teacher Created Materials/Shell Education, your leading provider for GSE aligned Science & Social Studies leveled readers, primary source kits, Intervention, & professional books, and Triumph Learning/Coach for GSE based instruction & assessment resources for help on the Milestones. Stop by our booth to discuss how we can assist you with your curricular needs!Visit Teacher Created Materials/Petra Inc.
Gallopade is the leader in the production of Georgia social studies curriculum related resources and supplementary materials. Our K-8 100% GSE-aligned Social Studies curriculum is offered in PRINT and DIGITAL solutions. Our proven curriculum is used by more than 1 million students nation-wide and we provide curriculum materials to 83% of Georgia school districts.Visit Gallopade International
Camcor provides instructional technology, audio visual, and STEM solutions.Visit Camcor
Bridgeway Solutions Inc.
Bridgeway Solutions is Southeast's resource for ID management software and hardware solutions, including ScholarChip - Tools for Smarter Schools. Bridgeway delivers identification management solutions for comprehensive visual identification, campus one card, point-of-sale, automated attendance, visitor management, access management and behavior modification (ABE). We are PowerSchool ready!Visit Bridgeway Solutions Inc.
IPG Architects and Planners
IPG, Incorporated has over 50 years of providing architectural services to Georgia and the southeast region. From new design and additions, to renovations and master planning, our Architects have the experience and expertise to assess, prioritize, and provide design solutions for what our clients want and need. The end product should not only meet specific needs but also positively respond to and illuminate the most critical goal and objective of the project.Visit IPG Architects and Planners
Pearson provides learning resources, courseware, and services to improve education's effectiveness and inspire everyone to go further.Visit Pearson
Foundation for Economic Education
The Foundation for Economic Education is a non-political non-profit organization entrusted by parents and teachers since 1946 to captivate and inspire tomorrow’s leaders with sound economic principles and the entrepreneurial mindset. Named by Forbes as a top high school program, experience exciting, free online courses, top rated 3-day summer camps, 1-day workshops at your school, free books for teachers and students, as well as relevant and worldly daily content. *Scholarships availableVisit Foundation for Economic Education
With over 115 years of raising capital for communities, Ziegler is a recognized leader in the educational sector throughout the U.S. We continue that tradition with our dedicated services to the national charter school market. Ziegler provides its charter school clients with capital for financing new construction, refinancing existing debt or advising on future developments. As one of the few financial services firms in the country that has a dedicated team of charter school finance professionalVisit Ziegler
Revved Up Kids, Inc.
Revved Up Kids is an Atlanta-based nonprofit dedicated to protecting children and teens from sexual abuse and exploitation. Our prevention training programs for kids, parents and youth-serving organizations teach participants to recognize unsafe people, avoid dangerous situations, and escape attackers. Most of our youth programs include full-force self-defense training.Visit Revved Up Kids, Inc.
The Walking Classroom
The Walking Classroom (TWC) is an award-winning nonprofit program offering high-quality academic enrichment paired with structured physical activity for traditional classrooms and out-of-school time learning (afterschool, before school, extended school breaks, summer programs). Students strengthen physical, mental, and academic health listening to custom-written, kid-friendly educational podcasts while walking!Visit The Walking Classroom
TAP App Security
TAP App Security is a cutting-edge emergency communications mobile application system. School officials can communicate in real-time horizontally and collaborate with first responders from their smartphones, tablets, computers, and other devices. Reduce risk at school today by implementing TAP App Security.Visit TAP App Security
Goodlife Communications, LLC
Goodlife Communications, LLC is a leading technology integration firm in the southeast. We assist both our public and private sector customers with user-friendly, cost-effective, and cutting edge technology solutions. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and ability to meet our customers' needs in a timely and budget-friendly manner.Visit Goodlife Communications, LLC
Presentation Binding Solutions
We provide the latest in wide format printers including 24", 36" and 44" poster printers with both indoor and outdoor applications. We also offer laminating and binding equipment, as well as the supplies for all of our products.Visit Presentation Binding Solutions
VideoText Interactive Mathematics
VideoText Interactive is an educational materials company, specializing in multi-sensory programs, for middle and high school mathematics (Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 & 2, Geometry/Trigonometry). The focus is on the “why” of math, not just the “how”. Mathematical concepts are taught, not shortcuts and tricks. The instructional strategy is in 5/10-minute Video Lessons, using computer graphics, supported by Course Notes, student WorkTexts, Solutions Manuals, Progress Tests, and Instructor’s Guides.Visit VideoText Interactive Mathematics
American Book Company
American Book Company titles are based on national-or state-level content standards that emphasize concept and skill development at every level—from kindergarten through middle school as well as from high school to college preparation. Our resources assist teachers in curriculum development by providing avenues of individualized lesson plans, which ensures optimal student success based upon the abilities and interest of each learner.Visit American Book Company
Wholesome Tummies Cafe
WT Cafe provides fresh, made from scratch lunches to Independent and Charter schools. WT cafe delivers to schools without kitchens and manages cafeterias for schools with kitchen. Food kids love, parents trust and schools can rely on!Visit Wholesome Tummies Cafe
Innovation Learning's Before & After School Programs provide every with student hands-on experiences with Robotics & Coding! Our proven pedagogy includes STEM-based programming aligned to NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) utilizing Project Based Learning (PBL) to directly increase INNOVATIVE THINKING and ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT in fun and exciting ways. Leverage our education experience to transform your program into one that your school community will be proud of and receive revenue share.Visit Innovation Learning
Helping You Plant Your Money Tree
AJM’s mission is to empower individuals with sound financial advice that allows them to live comfortably within their means through individual consultations, group seminars, and annual financial bootcamps.Visit AJM Financial
Founded in 2003, Netchex has become one of the industry’s fastest-growing HCM providers, serving clients in all 50 states. Netchex’s single-source solution is a cloud-based, end-to-end platform for managing the employee life-cycle from hire to retire. Netchex currently services thousands of clients in the U.S. and is headquartered in Mandeville, La with offices across the country.Visit Netchex
Global Rehabilitation Services
Look to Global to meet your school based needs in related and supportive instruction services. We have been committed to our Georgia partners for over 25 years. Our staff is well versed not only in specific treatment disciplines, but in the workings of due process, Response to Intervention (RTI), Extended School Year (ESY), related services, supportive instruction and are capable of creating new programs as well as integrating with current ones, providing the best service available.Visit Global Rehabilitation Services
Blackbaud is the world’s leading cloud software company powering the social good community with an integrated solution suite for charter schools including fundraising, fund accounting, payment management and award winning websites to drive growth, compliance, transparency and financial sustainability.Visit Blackbaud
Preferred Meals has provided healthy and nutritious meals to School Districts, Early Childhood and Senior programs throughout the United States for over 50 years. Our program is designed to adapt to your needs and staffing with a customized and affordable level of meal service that leaves the planning to us.Visit Preferred Meals
Respectful Ways Online Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
Respectful Ways curriculum is a fun, new, effective way to bring social-emotional learning to your students through interactive, online lesson plans for PreK-12th graders. Through discussion, reflection and pop-culture trends, our curriculum is written by educators, for educators using research-based activities, professionally-written lesson plans, Respectful Signage, Let's Chat cards, original poetry, "Promise" pledges and more! Our curriculum can be custom made to your school's specific needs.Visit Respectful Ways Online Social Emotional Learning Curriculum
Learning ZoneXpress is your top source for innovative, high-quality educational teaching resources related to nutrition, health and safety, physical activity, FACS, child development, character education, manners, bullying, hygiene, life skills, consumer education, food preparation, and more! Visit www.learningzonexpress.com to see our instructional DVDs, posters, banners, menu boards, handouts, brochures, education cards, curriculums, games, health fair kits, activity books, and incentives.Visit Learning ZoneXpress
Foundation for Teaching Economics
The mission of FTE is to introduce students to an economic way of thinking, and to promote excellence in economic education by helping teachers of economics become more effective educators. FTE is known nationally for its emphasis on active learning and the engaging activities and lessons used to teach economicsVisit Foundation for Teaching Economics
Department of Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University
The Independent and Charter School Certificate provides an opportunity for students to engage in field-based experiential learning activities related to independent and charter school leadership. The 12-hour certificate offers courses that focus on financial management, strategic planning, institutional advancement, governance, operations, and infrastructures. Students will complete a practicum course in which they design a capstone project that addresses a particular topic related to independent or charter school leadership.Visit Department of Educational Leadership, Kennesaw State University