University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Just Two More Days Until the OEP Conference in Little Rock (And More Where That Came From)!!!

In The View from the OEP on May 15, 2012 at 9:43 am

Over the past few weeks, we have mentioned the various conferences that are available in Arkansas this summer. We thought a post with all the information in one place would be helpful to those of you who are considering attending any of these fine gatherings.

IN TWO DAYS: 2012 Office for Education Policy Conference

Conference Title: Improving Student Achievement Through Technology
Conference Date: May 17th, 2012
Conference Location: Peabody Hotel, Little Rock Arkansas, Salon C of the Grand Ballroom
Conference Cost: FREE

OEP Conference: Fall 2010The first conference we have been promoting is our own OEP Conference which we hold annually in Little Rock. Each year we focus on a relevant education topic that we hope will inform educators, school administrators, and policymakers across the state.

This year, the OEP Conference will feature global and local leaders in education and technology. We have a great line-up of speakers including Sundar Subarrayan, from Khan Academy, who will speak about their innovative virtual programs that are being used in public schools to improve student achievement.

Also, we will hear from Bevil Wooding, who works in numerous roles in technological development. Mr. Wooding will discuss how to integrate technology in instructional practices and how to build the infrastructure for that integration in local schools.

You can learn more about our conference by viewing the program.  If we’ve said enough already, then you can register here now! But act fast, as the seats are filling up.

**Later this summer** 

2012 UCA Leadership Institute

Conference Title: District Leaders as School Improvement Agents
Conference Date: June 15th, 2012
Conference Location: Brewer-Hegeman Conference Center, Suite 102, UCA Campus, Conway, Arkansas
Conference Cost: $50 for Advanced Registrants (ends June 1); $65 On-Site; $35 Student


The 2012 UCA Leadership Institute is June 15

The UCA Leadership Institute recently released information for the 2012 Conference, being held on the UCA campus on June 15th, 2012. This year’s conference theme is “District Leaders as School Improvement Agents” and will feature a keynote address by Dr. Andrea K. Rorrer.

Dr. Rorrer is a scholar on the role of district and state leaders in organizational and policy changes aimed at increasing equity in student access and learning outcomes. Her research has been published in leading journals such as Educational Administration Quarterly, Educational Policy, Theory into Practice, and Journal of Special Education Leadership.

She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Utah. She serves as Director of the Utah Education Policy Center and has conducted policy research and evaluations for the Utah legislature, Utah State Office of Education, local schools and districts, and community organizations. Click here for more information on the UCA Leadership Institute…and once you are convinced that it is going to be an excellent conference, click here to register.

University of Arkansas Seventh Annual Literacy Symposium

Conference Title: Literacy & Common Core: What Does the Future Hold?
Conference Dates: June 22-23, 2012
Conference Location: Fayetteville Town Center, Fayetteville, Arkansas
Conference Cost: $200 for BOTH days*

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Arkansas will be hosting their Seventh Annual Literacy Symposium June 22-23, 2012. This year’s conference theme is “Literacy & Common Core: What Does The Future Hold?

Old Books

Invited speakers include Boise State University English Education Professor Jeffrey Wilhelm (author or co-author of 20 books about literacy and literacy education, including a new book he co-authored with Bruce Novack: Teaching Literacy for LOVE and WISDOM), Brenda Overturn, who is an elected member of the Board of Directors of the International Reading Association.

Finally, Cindy Lovell, executive director of the Mark Twain Boyhood Home & Museum and associate professor of education at Quincy University will give a presentation titled “Mark Twain, His Words and Music,” which combines spoken word and Americana music to tell the story of Samuel Langhorne Clemens. More information including speakers, times, and registration can be found here.

*12 hours of Arkansas Department of Education-approved credit will be awarded to those who attend both days.

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