University of Arkansas Office for Education Policy

2016 OEP Conference Registration Is Open!

In The View from the OEP on August 3, 2016 at 11:47 am

Register now for the 2016 OEP Conference Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at Heifer International in Little Rock!


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We are very excited about partnering with Regional Educational Laboratory (REL) Southwest on this year’s theme of Unlocking Key Challenges Facing Arkansas’ Schools.

Dr. William Gormley from the Center for Research on Children in the U.S. will present the Keynote on Oklahoma’s Universal Prekindergarten Program and Cory Biggs, Associate Director of ForwARd Arkansas, will discuss opportunities for systemic change in Arkansas.

Breakout sessions will feature speakers and panels discussing research, practice and policy surrounding Prekindergarten, Rural Education and Diverse Learners. You can find out more details below.

There is no cost to attend but space is limited, so please don’t delay! Register now

Can’t wait to see you there!


Checkout some of the sessions that will be at the conference:

Diverse Learners: KIPP Delta- 15 Years- A Retrospective  (Lessons taught and lessons learned) Scott Shirey, founder and executive director, KIPP Delta Public Schools

Rural PD: What does the literature say and how can it be implemented in Arkansas?   Haidee Williams, REL Southwest and Erin Haynes, REL Southwest

Prekindergarten: Research-to-Practice: Current Research Influencing the Field   Janice Keizer, REL Southwest and Sarah Caverly, REL Southwest

Diverse Learners: Facilitating a PLC to Support English Learners  Jackie Burniske, REL Southwest   Kathleen Theodore, Southeast Comprehensive Center

Prekindergarten: Designing and Sustaining Accessible Prekindergarten Programming in Arkansas   Tonya Williams, Department of Child Care and Early Childhood Education, DHS  Jody Veit-Edrington, Coordinator of Early Childhood Programs, NLR Public Schools  Jenny Barber, Supervisor of Federal Programs and Preschool Education, Russellville Public Schools

Rural Education: Rural Teacher Recruitment and Retention Practices Identified in the Literature    Haidee Williams, REL Southwest  Bobby Hart, Superintendent, Hope Public Schools Chintan Desai, KIPP Delta



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