GAD Fall Workshop

Thank you to all who attended the Fall Workshop!

Every year the PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon holds a Fall Workshop to kick off the decathlon season. The workshop is designed to provide information on the program and insights into the year’s curriculum for GAD Coaches, Coordinators and Decathletes.

The 2021 workshop took place on Friday, September 3, live via Zoom from 8:30 a.m. – 2:45 p.m.

The agenda offered live sessions on Art, Science, Economics, Literature and Study Strategies as well as the annual Coaches Roundtable. Additional canned sessions on Essay, Interview and Speech are posted below. The live Zoom sessions were recorded and are posted below.

Tentative Agenda – If anything changes, the updated agenda will be emailed to coaches and re-posted here.

This year’s list of Door Prizes is below and winners were drawn during the Coaches Roundtable Session (must be present to win). Notebook dividers are being mailed to the winners. All other prizes are digital downloads and will be sent by USAD to the email address of the coach who registered for the Virtual Fall Workshop.

Notebook Dividers (10 winners):

  1. Cross Creek
  2. AR Johnson
  3. Laney
  4. Shaw
  5. Holy Innocents’
  6. Maynard Jackson
  7. Westover
  8. Effingham
  9. Kendrick
  10. Hephzibah

Music Listening Quizzes: North Atlanta
Novel Quizzes: Columbus
SQ Relay PowerPoint Tests: South Atlanta
Practice Combo Quizzes: Model
GRAND PRIZE! 10 subscriptions (9 students, 1 coach) to the Online Testing and Training Center (OTTC): Laney

Coaches Roundtable
Michelle Crawford, PAGE Georgia Academic Decathlon State Director

Striving for Success
Dr. Stacy DelaCruz, Associate Professor of Early Childhood Literacy, KSU

Marine Science
Dr. Cary Sell, Science Teacher, Parkview High School and Albany State University
GAD State Director Emeritus

Michael Patrono, Senior Lecturer of Economics & Finance, KSU

Water in Ancient American Art and Architecture
Dr. Jessica Stephenson, Associate Professor of Art History, KSU

The Wildness of the Sea: Jack London’s The Sea Wolf
Dr. William Rice, Professor of English, KSU

Statistics Overview
Prepared by the School of Data Science and Analytics, KSU

Preparing for Interview
Jodi Murphy, GAD Interview Coordinator
Rachel Murphy, GAD Interview Coordinator
Link at 26:09 mark of video:

Preparing for Speech – 2020-21 season Video slide presentation with voice-over
Heather Dobson, AD Alumna and GAD Speech Coordinator
NOTE: As of 9/10/21 we are hoping for a face-to-face Speech competition.

Essay – 2020-21 season  – pdf, additional Handouts can be downloaded here (.doc file)
Amy Tait, Habersham County Educator and former GAD Essay Coordinator

Showcase Speeches (2015 – 2011)

How Should we be Studying? – .pdf slides
Stephen Bergauer, AZ AcaDec Alumnus (2015 presentation)

Thank you for participating in the 2021 PAGE GAD Fall Workshop!