University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

Conference Season is Upon Us! Get Your Picks in Order!!

In The View from the OEP on April 30, 2013 at 8:54 am

We at the OEP are no strangers to fantasy sports, where we gather with our colleagues and draft the “dream team” of players that we think will produce the best result. Sometimes…just sometimes it’s fun to take this approach with non-sport areas. That said, OEP readers, Imagine if we were to hold a “draft” for Education Conferences!  Our early draft picks would look something like this:

APSRC Conference TODAY!

Scott Smith APSRCFirst, we have a hot one that we need to act on quickly!  The Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC) is having a “Charter School Law” Conference today, April 30, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Airport in Little Rock.  Click here to view the agenda. Although it may be too late to attend, anyone can follow along with the APSRC’s live Twitter feed with updates from the conference.

OEP Annual Conference: Wednesday May 15th, 2013

Next on our list is a DEFINITE pick for us! On May 15th, the OEP will host our annual conference in Little Rock at the Peabody Hotel.

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:

  • Students and Teachers with their OEP Award certificate

    A student and two teachers from Caddo Hills High with their OEP Award certificate

    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).

If this sounds interesting…visit the registration page and sign up to attend…we look forward to seeing you there!!

University of Central Arkansas 2013 Summer Leadership Institute: Friday June 7th, 2013



The last conference on our fictional “fantasy conferences drafting sheet” is the annual Summer Leadership Institute hosted by the University of Central Arkansas College of Education. You can view the 2013 Arkansas Summer Leadership Institute Flyer here or visit the website for more information.

The topic for this year’s Summer Leadership Institute is “Building Trust Among School Stakeholders” and will feature Keynote Speaker Megan Tschannen-Moran who is a Professor of Educational Leadership at the College of William and Mary. Dr. Tschannen-Moran earned her PhD from The Ohio State University and has 14 years of experience in education. Her research on trust in schools explores how teacher, student, principal, and parent trust are related to important outcomes such as teacher professionalism, academic press, and student achievement.

The $50 advanced registration fee ends June 1st!  Act quickly and register here (or, if you need a few days, you can pay the $65 on-site or $35 students registration fees after June 1).

It’s going to be a GREAT conference season…and we are pretty excited about our picks so far! Keep checking back as we continue to bring you more information on interesting conferences!

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