University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

SAVE THE DATE: Annual OEP Conference: Wednesday May 15th, 2013

In The View from the OEP on April 4, 2013 at 2:03 pm
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A student and teachers from Caddo Hills High look at their OEP Award handed out at the annual Office for Education Policy Conference in Little Rock (photo courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette).

We write you today with exciting news! We will be holding our annual OEP Conference on Wednesday May, 15th at the Peabody Hotel in Little Rock, AR from 8:00 AM until noon.  Thus, please consider this post as your “Save the Date” notification.

The theme for this year’s conference is Arkansas’ Educational Future: Literacy, Math, and Beyond. We are planning for a ½ day conference that will include the following:

  • Legislative Review of the education bills proposed and passed during legislative session
  • Legislative Panel featuring members of the Arkansas House and Senate Education Committees
  • Keynote Speech from Commissioner of Education Tom Kimbrell
  • Panel/Speeches on Expanding Education Beyond Just Academics (arts/extra-curricular education/community involvement)
  • Presentation of the annual OEP Awards (our favorite part of every conference!)

This conference will be FREE to all attendees. Better yet, since our sessions will take place the morning, you will be dismissed after lunch (at which time you can return to your school or enjoy the amenities of our state’s capitol city).

As the details of the conference begin to take shape, we will send out more information, including the detailed agenda, a registration link, and literature on local hotels and eateries. We are also trying to assess interest in providing professional development credit for attending the conference. If you’re interested in receiving PD credit, please email us at However, for now, we hope you will mark your calendars for Wednesday May 15th from 8:00 til noon so we can see you all at the OEP Conference. Take care.

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