Special Events

We have many exciting events planned for this year's Annual Conference, and will be adding more information as we get closer! Learn more below, and make sure to check back as we'll be adding more details soon! 

For a full schedule, click here to view the Program at a Glance. 
For Concurrent Sessions, click here
For Meal Functions, click here
For Educational Excursions, click here

Saturday, June 23rd

2:30pm-evening return: Friends and Family Atlanta Braves Outing, $40 (purchased through Georgia Affiliate, NOT with online registration) SOLD OUT!

GAFCS has planned a Friends and Family Atlanta Braves Outing to SunTrust Park on Saturday afternoon! This will be an informal, fun time for all before the 109th Conference begins. The game (vs the Baltimore Orioles) starts at 4:00 pm, and vans will depart from the Atlanta Marquis hotel at 2:30 pm.  Return time to hotel will depend on the length of the game

The Outing ticket includes entrance to the Braves baseball game in SunTrust Park, a seat in the Coca Cola Corner, voucher for 20-oz. Coca Cola product,  1-gallon Snack-Sack, a plastic bottle of water, and round-trip transportation between the  Atlanta Marriott Marquis and SunTrust Park.

Outing tickets may be purchased online at the www.GAFCS.org website by check or PayPal.  No refunds, as per Braves policy, but your ticket may be transferred to another person. 

Sunday, June 24th

8:30am-4:00pm Pre-Conference Workshop: Preparing an Accreditation Self-Study Report, PDUs TBD (No cost--a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)
The Self-Study Report is the single most important document a Unit presents to the Council for Accreditation for determining a Unit's readiness for a Site Visit. This hands-on workshop provides TIPS for preparing a report, handouts and examples from Unit's having experienced the process, sample program assessment ideas, and student learning plans and outcomes. A "fair" finds Units that have successfully gone through the process sharing their experience and providing insight and wisdom. An overview of a site visit highlights what occurs after a site visit is approved.This workshop will help Units seeking accreditation or being re-accredited successfully reach their goal of being approved for a site visit.

5:00pm-7:00pm, "Relax, Refresh and Relate" Welcome Reception (One ticket included with all Full or Monday-Only Registrations), $45
Meet up with old friends and new at this kick-off to Annual Conference! More information coming soon. 

7:00pm-9:00pm First-Time Attendee and New Member Orientation
In this session, new AAFCS members and first-time attendees will learn how to navigate the conference program and get the most out of attending a national conference designed for students and professionals in FCS. Attendees will be able to maximize their engagement within AAFCS and connect with other professionals in the organization. AAFCS staff, Board Members, members of the Student Unit, their conference Ambassadors and many other leaders will be on hand to answer questions and help attendees understand the many aspects of the conference. 

7:30pm-9:30pm International Federation of Home Economics-US Cultural Evening (ticketed event—cash bar. Purchase tickets through IFHE-US--information coming soon.)
Join us for an evening of fellowship and education. Dr. Wanda Figueroa Fuentes and Ircha Martinez, from Puerto Rico, will report on the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Hear how the hurricane impacted families and children and the status of recovery. We will learn what the current needs are and how to help. In addition, Juanita Mendenhall will discuss what the Disaster Assistance Program (DAP) and International Home Economics Services (IHES) have been doing in the region to assist those affected by disasters and upcoming plans.This annual event is a fundraiser for the IFHE-US Development Fund.  These funds are used to support international home economics projects in developing countries.  Grants are awarded every four years at the IFHE World Congress.  Click here to download the form and purchase tickets! 

Monday, June 25th

9:00am-11:00am Opening General Session
Join us to learn from keynote speaker Dr. Dena Simmons, along with the 2018 National Teacher of the Year and the AAFCS Board of Directors! 

5:15pm-7:15pm Expo Grand Opening
Join AAFCS for the grand opening of the 2018 Expo, in Atrium A off the Atrium Foyer! AAFCS exhibitors represent FCS-related companies, associations, university programs, government agencies, and not-for-profit organizations that bring you the latest products and resources for your education or career. 

Tuesday, June 26th

8:00am-12:00pm Expo Egg-stravaganza, sponsored by the American Egg Board
This year, Tuesday morning's expo is the place to be! Join us for a light continental breakfast from 8:00am-9:30am, (included in Full, Tuesday-Only, Family/Guest, and Expo-Only registrations), enjoy the Showcase Your Work Event from 9:00am-11:00am--including the Apparel, Textiles and Design Juried Showcase, the Community of Elementary, Secondary, and Adult Education Curriculum Showcase & Silent Auction, and the Twice is Nice Accessories Swap, join in and help the community with the Student Unit Service Project (more info coming soon!) and visit the exhibitors you missed Monday night! Plus, we'll have some special treats and activities--announced soon!

10:00am-12:00pm i3: Inspiration--Innovation--Impact

Similar to previous conferences' "Putting Research into Practice," i3 is a fast-paced session designed to share high impact ideas, outreach efforts, innovative programs and strategies, and/or creative collaborations focused on education, research, mentoring, and entrepreneurship.  Get ready to be inspired by your Family and Consumer Sciences colleagues!

i3 presentations will be presented for 25 minutes at a round table, while others present at the same time. Share your research and knowledge with other attendees in a low-pressure environment, conducive to discussion! Click here for more info and to submit your proposal! 

2:00pm-5:30pm AAFCS Professional Testing--Certification Exams
Ready to become certified with AAFCS? Test at conference at a discounted rate! Testing will be offered for the CFCS, CFCS-HDFS, CFCS-HNFS, CPFFE, and new CNWE certifications. Register for an exam with your conference registration! Learn more about AAFCS Professional Certification here

7:30pm-9:30pm Awards Dinner: Celebrating the STARS of AAFCS, $70
Step out in style for a very special evening, where we celebrate some of the brightest STARS in AAFCS and family and consumer sciences! Following an elegant dinner, learn more about our outstanding 2018 Distinguished Service Awardees, Leaders, New Achievers, Fellowship and Scholarship recipients, and First-Time 50-Year Members. Semi-formal attire recommended.

Wednesday, June 27th

8:00am-9:30am "Find Your People" Networking Event & Coffee Break
Join us at this informal networking event to learn more about AAFCS Communities, Alliance for FCS partners, Student Unit, and more, including a Facebook FCS Teachers Group meetup! 

11:15am-1:00pm Capstone Luncheon (One ticket included with Full and Wednesday-Only registrations), $45
Join us for the culminating event of Annual Conference, where you'll learn from keynote speaker Dr. Paul McGhee and the AAFCS Board of Directors--and get a preview of next year's conference!

1:30pm-5:30pm Post-Conference Workshop: Say Yes to FCS: Filling the Educator Pipeline, PDUs TBD (No cost--a Full or One-Day Registration must be purchased to attend)
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1:30pm-5:30pm Post-Conference Workshop: Youth Mental Health Certification, Part One, $100 with registration; $139 without registration
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Thursday, June 28th

8:00am-12:00pm Post-Conference Workshop: Youth Mental Health Certification, Part Two
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