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Monday, July 11
 

8:30am CDT

(KEYNOTE) Remove the Stress and Trauma in Your Professional and Personal Life
David Naster brings his “You Just Have To Laugh message to show how humor makes tough times better. When stress and trauma do occur, humor and laughter will turn down the level of their intensities. Be it your personal or professional life, David Naster will give you the tools to eliminate worry and anxiety. Here’s the good news, he will do this by sharing true stories that will make you laugh as he proves why, You Just have to Laugh and find the humor in life’s toughest times.

Presenters
avatar for David Naster

David Naster

David is a rare blend of quality entertainment and true inspiration. He is funny without cursing. He motivates without preaching. With laser-sharp focus, Naster demonstrates how humor dissolves any type of stress. He does this by using real examples from real people who have been... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Career Courses and Work-Based Learning Options
Limited Capacity filling up

This panel session consists of a diverse group of students and teachers discussing the benefits and implementation of career courses beginning in 7th or 8th grade with a continuum of career courses that are available throughout high schools. Students can build upon developing their interpersonal, employability, essential skills, and participate in work-based learning. We offer three work-based learning opportunities for students to earn graduation credit.

Moderators
avatar for Mary Beck

Mary Beck

Program Coordinator, Arkansas Division of Career and Technical Education

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

CTE: Perkins and Accountability Updates
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

This session will focus on the Perkins and Accountability side of Career and Technical Education and provide guidance on the use of funds and CTE state performance indicators.

Presenters
avatar for Ross White

Ross White

Director, ADE-Division of Career and Technical Education
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Dr. Lydia McDonald

Perkins Program Coordinator, AR Dept of Education: Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

Engagement Strategies for Large Districts: A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This Large District Panel will share openly the successes, barriers, and unique potential that each large district has with implementing their Family and Community Engagement programs.

Moderators
avatar for Freddie Scott

Freddie Scott

Operations Manager, Arkansas Department of Education DESE Engagement Unit
Freddie Scott has a varied career that spans more than thirty years of team building and professional services marketing encompassing education, health, technology, and entrepreneurship consulting. Freddie has served in numerous capacities including business development consulting... Read More →
avatar for David Terrell

David Terrell

Public School Program Advisor, ADE
I am a Program Advisor for the Engagement Unit within DESE. As an advisor, I ensure District Level Personnel goes beyond compliance with their Engagement Programs through coaching and support.Born in raised in Little Rock, I attended The University of the South in Sewanee, TN, graduating... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Sharline Laurent

Sharline Laurent

Director of Communications & Family Engagement, eStem Public Charter Schools
As an educator, I have served in multiple roles over 15 years. My passion is to connect with people from diverse backgrounds. Since starting at eStem High Public Charter School in July 2015, one of my main goals has been to ensure that there is effective communication between every... Read More →
avatar for Renee Curtis

Renee Curtis

Director of Administrative Services, Bryant Public Schools
Renee Curtis received her latest degree, Educational Specialist, from Henderson State University and has recently been named as the Director of Administrative Services for Bryant Public Schools. Renee obtained her degree of Bachelor of Science in Education from University of Central... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Glass

Kimberly Glass

Administrator, Springdale
Kimberly Glass directs and oversees federal programs for Springdale Public Schools. Kimberly is serving her second term as the president of the National Association of Federal Education Program Administrators. (NAFEPA) She is an award-winning Federal Coordinator earning both the Arkansas... Read More →
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Kaye Rainey

District Parent & Family Engagement Specialist, Little Rock School District
A native of Little Rock, Arkansas, Kaye Rainey currently has over twenty years of experience as the Little Rock School District’s (LRSD) Parent & Family Engagement Specialist. Her expertise in this role spans across varied spectrums to include the past president and current secretary... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Google Tips and Tricks for Administrators
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on providing useful Google tips and tricks for school administrators. Work smarter, not harder with Google. As a school administrator, you can use Google to solve problems and fight the monster of managing your time.

Presenters
avatar for Tyra Hobson

Tyra Hobson

Instructional Technology Coordinator, DeQueen-Mena Education Service Coop
Tyra Hobson has been in education for over twenty years. She is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the DeQueen- Mena ESC and ACTC (Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinators) Chair.  She holds an M.S.E in Curriculum and Instruction and Google Educator certifications.  She... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ann Womack

Jo Ann Womack

Technology Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative
Jo Ann Womack is an experienced Technology Coordinator at South Central Service Cooperative and Vice Chair of the ACTC (Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinator). She is also a member of the AR STEM Model Program Core Leadership Team. She has a demonstrated history of working in... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Making Sense of Data All in One Place
Limited Capacity full
Adding this to your schedule will put you on the waitlist.

School leaders are inundated with data from multiple sources, making it difficult to use the data efficiently in decision-making.   DESE wants to help LEAs make sense of the data all in one place by providing FREE access to SmartData Dashboards - an Early Warning System. Implementation of an Early Warning System (EWS) is a critical component for LEAs to identify support needed to intervene with students who may be at-risk of dropping out. Tracking Early Warning Indicators makes it possible to determine when students are beginning to fall off track, providing time to intervene and alter their trajectory to keep students on the pathway to graduation.  Participants will learn about the new features now available in SmartData Dashboards including enhanced filtering, an assessment dashboard, and a graduation cohort dashboard. 

Presenters
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Smart Data Dashboard

Smart Data Dashboard
avatar for Randy Barnhill

Randy Barnhill

National Director, SmartData Dashboard
Having spent my entire career in education in Arkansas, I understand the issues educators and administrators have with the education process. After retirement I was given the opportunity to work for SmartData Dashboard and immediately fell in love with what it offered all educators... Read More →
avatar for Hope Worsham

Hope Worsham

ESSER Program Director, Arkansas Department of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

New Coordinator Training
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is designed for any NEW state reporting (SIS) coordinators, whether new to a district or new to a position. The presenters will introduce all aspects of cycle reporting, as well as allow time for Q&A segment to ensure that specific questions get answered.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Bowman

Jessica Bowman

APSCN Field Analyst, Arkansas Dept of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Restorative Practices Playbook
Limited Capacity seats available

When students have unfinished learning, educators create opportunities for students to learn. Unfortunately, this role seems to end when it comes to behavior. How can we turn behavior into a teachable moment? Dominique Smith will share tools, examples, and strategies needed to create restorative practices. By becoming adept in the skillful use of restorative practices, educators will foster equitable discipline that reduces exclusion and creates a school community driven by relationships and respect.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Restoring Safety: A Multi-tiered Approach to Address Increasing School Violence for Administrators
Limited Capacity seats available

Following years of pandemic disruption and eager to return to in person instruction, schools nationwide have "returned" only to report levels of misbehavior, disruption, incivility and violence previously unseen. Termed School Adjustment, this phenomena impacts schools across our nation and the globe. Similar to the session presented for all educators, this conversation is intended for administrators who support the work of school staff and SROs to address the immediate and long term safety needs of a school community. Dr. Stephen Brock and Dr. Detective Beth Sanborn of Safe and Sound Schools will engage in a conversation to assist administrators with School Adjustment.

Presenters
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Stephen Brock

Professor, California State University, Sacramento
Stephen E. Brock is a professor and the school psychology program coordinator at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). He worked for 18 years as a school psychologist (Lodi Unified School District) before joining the CSUS faculty. As a school psychologist, he helped develop... Read More →
avatar for Beth Sanborn

Beth Sanborn

School Resource Officer, Hidden, High, & Hammered
As a 25+ year police officer, I found the most rewarding assignment has been as a School Resource Officer.  My passion for the position and the great work we do, drove me to earn my doctorate researching SROs, publishing about SROs, and speaking at conferences to share the long-term... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

We Have Standards: SFA Tool, Standards, and Processes
Limited Capacity filling up

In Arkansas, we have standards. Every student, every day deserves the quality of education afforded by the Arkansas Standards for Accreditation. This presentation will cover the Standards for Accreditation Tool; the Rules, timeline, and procedure for correcting exceptions; and the reasons and methods for cleaning up district and school level data for accurate Standards reporting.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

What Does Monitoring and Evaluation Look Like in a District Support Plan?
Limited Capacity seats available

How does a district monitor and support the school improvement plans? In this session we will explain the processes of monitoring and evaluation at the district level. Please bring your current district support plan. Districts will have time allocated to work on their current plans with dedicated support from DESE's District Support Team.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Matus

Melissa Matus

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Nancy Redican

Nancy Redican

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Traci Holland

Traci Holland

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Tally Harp

Tally Harp

District Support Specialist, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

What in the World is an Education Ombudsman?
Limited Capacity seats available

The office of the Education Ombudsman was developed in compliance with Ark. Code Ann. 6-17-429 to assist and support the Right to Read law and other legislation affecting literacy learning in Arkansas.  Join this session to understand the role of the Education Ombudsman as a collaborative partner with Arkansas stakeholders, school districts, and other DESE divisions to support reading instruction in Arkansas.

Presenters
avatar for Carol Heringer

Carol Heringer

Education Ombudsman, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Your People Matter: Tools to Recruit and Retain Effective Employees
Limited Capacity seats available

Recruiting and retaining great talent is the work of everyone in your district. Learn about practical resources and tools that have been developed for Arkansas that will assist you in addressing the current workforce shortages. The session will highlight relevant knowledge and proven practices that school districts can use to create a plan to improve the recruitment and retention of a quality and diverse workforce.

Presenters
avatar for Craig Chin

Craig Chin

Partner, Urban Schools Human Capital Academy
The Urban Schools Human Capital Academy (USHCA) was established in response to the many unique and critical issues that urban school districts face – recruitment, hiring, retention, and performance management – that can be addressed by a more strategic and integrated Human Resources/Human... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Standing Up for Yourself to Become Bullyproof
Limited Capacity seats available

In this breakout sessions, David will illustrate how to stand up to bullying, sarcasm and insults. It starts with laughing at yourself. This is a fun and
revealing session.

Presenters
avatar for David Naster

David Naster

David is a rare blend of quality entertainment and true inspiration. He is funny without cursing. He motivates without preaching. With laser-sharp focus, Naster demonstrates how humor dissolves any type of stress. He does this by using real examples from real people who have been... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Development Opportunities at the Arkansas State Library
This session will discuss Arkansas Center for the Book and Continuing Education opportunities through the Arkansas State Library

Presenters
avatar for Karen H. O'Connell

Karen H. O'Connell

Arkansas Center for the Book Coordinator, Arkansas State Library
The Arkansas Center for the Book plans and implements activities that encourage reading, writing, and literacy in Arkansas. We do this: through our annual Arkansas Gems publication, which involves keeping current on books being written and published about Arkansas and by Arkansans... Read More →
avatar for Janine Miller

Janine Miller

Coordinator of Training & Development, Arkansas State Library
The Coordinator of Training & Development at the Arkansas State Library works to provide training and professional development opportunities to the State's library workforce to improve skills and foster leadership within the profession.  Trainings provide participants the opportunity... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 1

10:20am CDT

Scientific Models: Tools for Predicting, Sense-Making, and Engineering
An innate desire to make sense of the world is the foundation of all scientific inquiry. Scientific modeling is the way student scientists integrate their critical thinking with data evidence to arrive at an understanding of phenomena. Student engineers use models for the analysis, testing, and designing of projects. Using action based research, we will contrast the concepts of “models of” and “models for” and how scientific models are used to represent relationships, explain how and why patterns exist, and to depict the rules of systems and how those rules are applied to account for phenomena in the world.

Presenters
avatar for Vanessa Shelburne

Vanessa Shelburne

Science Specialist, Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative
Since 2017, Vanessa Shelburne has served as a Science Specialist at the Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative in Hope, Arkansas.  In 2011, she achieved National Board Certification in Early Adolescence Science. A Master Professional Educator, she has 17 years of middle school... Read More →
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Patrick Quattlebaum

Science specialist, Great Rivers ESC


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 3

10:20am CDT

Social Media Tips, Tricks, and Cautions
Administrators and teachers can use social media to engage and inform parents and grandparents, but as we continue to use this tool more we need to identify best practices and cautions. This session will review tips, tricks, and cautions as we strive to use social media for the positive and engage our audience. We will also review recommendations for teachers' personal and private use of social media.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Robin Finley

Dr. Robin Finley

Digital Learning Specialist, Digital Learning Unit
Dr. Robin Finley has completed her 34th year in education. She joined the Digital Learning Unit in 2021. Her experience in the k-12 arena includes a variety of roles: teacher, coach, counselor, assistant principal, district administrator, federal programs, social media manager, sis/sms... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 2

10:20am CDT

Using your Singleton Specialists to Curve Behavior
Learn how specialists can be culture curators. Often, building specialists are the people in your building who have the privilege of seeing ALL students in a school day. Because of this, they have special insight on the dynamics happening at every grade level. We will share how we used our specialists in the building to create solutions to curve negative behavior. We will provide an in-depth look at building STAR Expecations for studetns and staff. The goal is teaching students behavior expectations rather than reacting to misbehavior with punishment. We will also take a look at restorative justice practices.

Presenters
avatar for Kelecia Glover

Kelecia Glover

Principal, Mabelvale Elementary LRSD


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 4

10:20am CDT

How Launching Reading Readiness in Pre-K Leads to Long Term Success
Limited Capacity seats available

Long term reading success is dependent upon a student's ability to automatically recall words and connect them to their meanings. These abilities begin with an understanding of the alphabetic code, how spoken language relates to our written language. The Pre-K RISE initiative is leading the way by providing pre-k classrooms with dynamic and engaging curriculum, Launchpad. Join us for a powerful session to learn more about the building blocks for reading readiness that will put pre-k students on the path to reading success. Concepts for this session include the phonemic awareness continuum's connections to reading development, leveraging oral language for orthographic mapping, supporting students with differentiated needs, and being intentional with expanding these skills to pre-k to ensure future reading success.

Presenters
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Julie Sealine

Really Great Reading


Monday July 11, 2022 10:20am - 11:50am CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

504 Plans
Limited Capacity filling up

Discussion of Section 504 law; applying to real world situations

Presenters
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Courtney Salas-Ford

Chief Legal Counsel, ADE


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Arkansas Digital Sandbox: Media Resources for Your Teachers... at No Cost for the District!
Limited Capacity seats available

As the Arkansas Digital Sandbox is provided to your district at no cost, isn’t it time to take a closer look at the tremendous resources it provides to your teachers and students? In this session, we will be looking at a high-level overview of the Sandbox system, specifically focusing on the various video creation and editing tools, solutions to share instructional videos with students, including “clean” YouTube videos, creating your own video-on-demand system, and so much more.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler

Founder and CEO, MyVRSpot / ADE Sandbox
MyVRSpot is an online video management solution built specifically for education, as is the backbone of the Arkansas Digital Sandbox.  From video hosting, uploading, creation, editing, and sharing, the Arkansas Digital Sandbox is your one stop for all things video for your classroom... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Breaking the Law, Breaking the Law
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on complying with state and federal privacy laws. FERPA is only 1 of 6 privacy laws impacting our Arkansas schools, students, and administrators. We will discuss basic requirements, trending dilemmas, and provide resources for additional learning.

Presenters
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education
Ray Girdler currently serves as the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education. Over the years, he has served in multiple roles at the school and district levels. At ADE, Mr. Girdler’s team provides direct support to schools and districts for multiple... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

eSchool and Triand: Shaking Hands in Partnership for Clean Data
Limited Capacity seats available

Triand is an important tool when it comes to understanding a student's pathway to graduation. Colleges and Universities utilize the transcripts from Triand as the official transcript. Triand essentially pulls data directly from eSchool. Therefore, if data is not entered correctly in eSchool the student transcript and progress toward graduation will not be correct in Triand reports. This session will cover common errors in eSchool and methods for fixing them to provide the clean data in Triand.


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

LEA Insights
Limited Capacity seats available

LEA Insights is a powerful data-driven decision management tool that gives the capability to gain an accurate and intuitive understanding of Arkansas LEAs. Utilizing data from multiple sources, LEA Insights creates data visualization for enrollment, demographics, human capital, finance, statewide surveys, and much more. Come learn about this new DESE system as we highlight data found in the Overview and Human Capital modules.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Killingsworth

Jeff Killingsworth

Technology Outreach Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Jeff Killingsworth was privileged to be in the classroom for 12 years, teaching a variety of math and science classes from kindergarten through eighth grade, before joining the Arkansas Department of Education. He is currently the coordinator of grants for the Research and Technology... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

MOA Review Process
Limited Capacity seats available

The review consist of an entry conference, central office staff interviews, campus principal interview, campus counselor interviews, feeder pattern middle school/ junior high counselor interviews, folder reviews, and teacher interviews and a walk through of the physical plant to determine accessibility.

Presenters
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James Bell

MOA Program Coordinator, DCTE
The Methods of Administration Process; what MOA is about and how will it affect your CTE Program.


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

11:40am CDT

Mr. Steve's Secrets to Engaging an Audience
Limited Capacity seats available

In this fun workshop, Mr. Steve will share his favorite techniques to engage audiences of all ages. He will break down his technique, share best practices, and get you prepared to “take the stage”. Mr. Steve has been teaching, writing, and performing for children and adults for over 18 years and is excited to spend a fun hour with you!

#EngageTheAudience #WinTheCrowd #BringAJoyfulHeart

Presenters
avatar for Steve Lee

Steve Lee

Mr. Steve


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Secrets of a Successful Recruitment and Retention Plan
Limited Capacity filling up

All public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools must create a three-year Teacher and Administrator Recruitment and Retention Plan and post it to their website by August 1, 2022. Explore the use of LEA Insights, Equity Labs, and other resources as tools to help bolster your plans.

Presenters
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Karli D Saracini

Assistant Commissioner of Educator Effectiveness & Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education
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Venus Torrence

Program Manager, Recruitment and Retention, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

SIS Basics
Limited Capacity filling up

The Web-Based Statewide Information System (SIS) is a system developed by the Arkansas Department of Education’s Office of Information Technology to enable school districts to submit and certify data to the State. The system is used by school districts and education service cooperatives using eSchoolPLUS and eFinancePLUS software for Student Management System (SMS) and Financial Management System (FMS) respectively. This session is for SIS Coordinators.


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

The Trouble with My Name
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, Dr. Avila explores the American-Latino experiences with a unique brand of poetry. He examines migration, language, and race issues in a performance that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. His message transcends boundaries of color, ethnicity, and geography.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Understanding and Identification: Doing the Right Work; featuring Barton School District
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will explore identification of districts for coordinated or directed support according to summative reading scores. Barton School District will highlight their work regarding curriculum and instruction to exit coordinated/directed status.

Presenters
avatar for Traci Holland

Traci Holland

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Megan Guthrie

Curriculum Coordinator/DTC, Barton School District
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Sheila Grissom

Teacher Center Coordinator, Great Rivers Educational Cooperative


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

Restoring Safety: A Multi-tiered Approach to Address Increasing School Violence
Limited Capacity seats available

Following years of pandemic disruption and eager to return to in person instruction, schools nationwide have "returned" only to report levels of misbehavior, disruption, incivility and violence previously unseen. Termed School Adjustment, this phenomena impacts schools across our nation and the globe. Engage in the conversation around multi-disciplinary, multi-tiered interventions to address the immediate and long term safety needs of your school community with Dr. Stephen Brock and Dr. Detective Beth Sanborn of Safe and Sound Schools. Explore the research, understand the root causes, and identify strategies that work in this dynamic and timely presentation designed for all educators and school resource officers.

Presenters
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Stephen Brock

Professor, California State University, Sacramento
Stephen E. Brock is a professor and the school psychology program coordinator at California State University, Sacramento (CSUS). He worked for 18 years as a school psychologist (Lodi Unified School District) before joining the CSUS faculty. As a school psychologist, he helped develop... Read More →
avatar for Beth Sanborn

Beth Sanborn

School Resource Officer, Hidden, High, & Hammered
As a 25+ year police officer, I found the most rewarding assignment has been as a School Resource Officer.  My passion for the position and the great work we do, drove me to earn my doctorate researching SROs, publishing about SROs, and speaking at conferences to share the long-term... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Enriching Students College and Career Planning Experience
The Arkansas Career Coach Program provides opportunities for students to develop and implement dynamic college and career plans. Beyond interacting with Career Coaches, students are also exposed to structured programs and activities to enhance this experience. Come and learn more about Career Exploration Camps and a nationally recognized Arkansas College Application Campaign that are broadening student’s perspectives and options for postsecondary education and career choices.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Smith

Michael Smith

Career Coach, Tuckerman High School/ASU-Newport
I have been a Career Coach for over 10 years and have years of experience in dealing with high school students and their future career and college plans. Services I provide include career planning, assessments, and research; college research, information, and college touring opportunities... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

11:40am CDT

Recruit, Prepare, and Grow Your Own
The Arkansas Teacher Residency is a model designed to increase student facing work for teacher candidates during the college and university experience. Learn what your district can do to GROW TOMORROW TODAY!

Presenters
avatar for Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

Director of Licensure, DESE


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 1

11:40am CDT

Standards-based Grading
Standards-based grading (SBG) is an intentional way for teachers to track their students’ progress and achievements while focusing on helping students learn and reach their highest potential. It is based on students showing signs of mastery or understanding various lessons and skills.Learn how standards-based grading can help you view student progress based on proficiency levels for identified standards rather than relying on a holistic representation as the sole measure of achievement.

Presenters
avatar for Duane Clayton

Duane Clayton

Administrator, Mills High School
Duane is a product of the Magnolia Public Schools where he credits Merilyn Schambach, Darlene Montgomery, Bobbie Anderson, Brooksie Clayton (mom), and many others for planting valuable seeds. Clayton attended Southern Arkansas University on a minority teachers scholarship while spending... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 4

11:40am CDT

The Impact of HQIM and the Processes Involved While Working with the T1MC Grant
This panel session consists of a diverse group of educators who purchased HQIM through the use of T1MC Grant funds. They will discuss topics such as: the process of selecting HQIM, getting their teachers to embrace the curriculum to implement with integrity, and lessons learned along the way.

Moderators
avatar for Kim Romain

Kim Romain

Math Grant Coordinator, DESE

Presenters
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Karl Romain

Little Rock School District
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Deborah Knowles

Vilonia School District
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Amy Carter

Assistant Superintendent, Siloam Springs School District
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Lauren Starks

Curriculum Director, Blytheville School District


Monday July 11, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 3
  Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Coordinating your Engagement Efforts with District Support/School Improvement Process
Limited Capacity seats available

The Engagement Unit often gets the question, "How do we incorporate our Engagement Plan into our schoolwide plan?" In this session, we will discuss how to implement "Plan, Do, Check" in a way that ensures that your School Improvement process and family and community engagement efforts are aligned.

Presenters
avatar for Shannon Green

Shannon Green

Program Advisor, ADE DESE Engagement Unit
Prior to joining the DESE Engagement Unit, Shannon served as a middle school teacher in Central Arkansas for eight years. In addition, she previously spent two years as an instructor in a GED preparation program. Her love of teaching and working with students and families on increasing... Read More →
avatar for Tally Harp

Tally Harp

District Support Specialist, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

CTE STEM Updates & Technology Student Association
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will go over any changes to the STEM programs of study and introduce the audience to Arkansas Technology Student Association and the events that Arkansas TSA will be hosting in the upcoming school year.

Presenters
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Adam Musto

STEM Program Coordinator, ADE Division of Career and Technical Education
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Patrick Sawatsky

STEM Coordinator, ADE - DCTE


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

Educators Rising
Limited Capacity filling up

Would you like a resource that assists you with filling your teacher pipeline? Do you have a teacher that you would like to clone 50 times? Let's talk about how one organization can help!

Presenters
avatar for Raven Harris

Raven Harris

Educators Rising State Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Is your school or district looking for ways to fill your teacher pipeline?  I will show you how Educators Rising is assisting school around the world with hitting their long term goal.


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Examining Arkansas's Teacher Workforce During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Limited Capacity seats available

The COVID-19 pandemic left no aspect of schools untouched. Over the last few years, teachers in Arkansas have been asked to abruptly change modes of instruction and attend to the well-being of their students. Research indicates that, nationally, teachers are experiencing higher levels of burnout and increased considerations of leaving their position or profession than before the pandemic (Zamarro et al., 2022). This presentation will explore the employment decisions of Arkansan teachers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Our findings are informative for state-level leaders, administrators of teacher preparation programs, and local districts which may face an acute teacher shortage from pandemic-related changes in the teacher workforce.

Presenters
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Andrew Camp

University of Arkansas
I'm a former Arkansas teacher and current PhD student studying Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Extremely Flexible PD: Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) Reach
Limited Capacity seats available

How can you use ALA Reach to personalize professional learning for you and your school's leaders? How can you leverage our free professional learning sessions with local and national experts to build your leadership team? How can you access the on-demand resources for flipped faculty meetings or teacher training in the summer and all year long? Find out how to use ALA Reach - every Arkansas school's free leadership development resource. Session Outline and Supplemental Resources

Presenters
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Brandy Baldwin

Arkansas Leadership Academy
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Kerri White

Director, Arkansas Leadership Academy
Kerri White, Ed.D., is the Director of Engagement and Public Service at the University of Oklahoma Outreach/College of Continuing Education and is Director of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. In both roles, Dr. White focuses on building capacity of leaders as they seek to improve... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Family and Consumer Sciences/Updates for Programs of Study with the exception of Pre-Educator
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address any updated changes in the Family and Consumer Sciences Programs of Study and why they are important in developing career skills.

Presenters
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Jessica Thomas

Family and Consumer Science Program Advisor, Arkansas Department of Education-Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

Finance Cycles and Troubleshooting Tips
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover data fields within the FinancePLUS software that are reported in the state reporting cycles and will troubleshoot cycle errors and corrections. This session is for any users who enter data into the financial software.

Presenters
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Jessica Wiley

APSCN Financial Support, Arkansas Dept of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Language Deprivation: It Doesn't Have to be Forever
Limited Capacity seats available

an examination of some of the factors that create an environment for language deprivation and how students can successfully acquire language

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Gretchen Cobb

Dr. Gretchen Cobb

Director of Statewide Services, Arkansas School for the Deaf
After spending almost 28 years in the classroom, in a wide variety of areas, in January of 2021, I moved into a new position at Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD). I am the Director of Statewide Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In this position, I work with an amazing team of... Read More →
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Eddie Schmeckenbecher

Director of Student and Family Support Services, Arkansas School for the Deaf
Eddie Schmeckenbecher was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Heritage Christian Schools where he began learning Sign Language. Eddie attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received an Associate of Arts Degree in the Interpreter... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

McKinney-Vento Identification: How to Implement Better Identification practices for Your District
Limited Capacity seats available

McKinney-Vento is a federal law that serves students who are identified to be experiencing homelessness. As a state, Arkansas has been severely under identified when it comes to students and families who are experiencing homelessness. If the students are not identified, they cannot receive services that they are entitled to. This training will provide an overview of how homelessness is defined federally, the services that the McKinney-Vento Law includes, and best practices for districts and communities to improve identification of students and families that experience homelessness.

Presenters
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Jessica Hickman

Public-School Program Advisor - McKinney-Vento, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jessica Hickman is the new Public-School Program Advisor for the state of Arkansas on the McKinney-Vento Law. This law provides services for students experiencing homelessness. She has a passion for learning and a passion for helping students that makes her current role helping students... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Project Collaboration
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn how our network of statewide teams offer additional layers of support to educators in resources, common formative assessments, working through PLC processes, and creating opportunities for collaboration with other teachers in the same content area/discipline.

Presenters
avatar for Susan Jobe

Susan Jobe

Assistant Director of Special Projects, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I am the Assistant Director of Special Projects at the Arkansas Department of Education. My work centers around supporting professional learning communities and statewide collaborative teacher teams.


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Roaring in the South and Blue Ribbon Worthy - schools on beating the odds and making an impact! 2022 Virtual Study Tours Highlighted
Limited Capacity seats available

Every school is a community of its own. Join us in revisiting the 2022 Student-Focused Study Tours with an opportunity to view video of the featured schools and meet the change makers who are beating the odds to ensure success for every learner!

Presentation Resources:
Ready to rewatch? 
  • Hugh Goodwin Elementary: https://youtu.be/Bajy6dA4qKE
  • Horatio High School: https://youtu.be/mAiZLESNcGI
Want to see other Study Tours (and more about OIE)? - visit OIE's YouTube Channel Office of Innovation for Education - YouTube  (https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCC5bdk9b2zeMv-43AZ7kI-Q/videos)

Presenters
avatar for Crystal Beshears Duncan

Crystal Beshears Duncan

Learning Design and Innovation Leader, Office of Innovation for Education
Combining 15 years of experience in a variety of educational settings, Crystal Beshears serves as a Learning Design and Innovation Leader for the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas. Her diverse work includes: teaching social sciences to secondary students... Read More →
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Laura Goadrich

NAEP State Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Arkansas NAEP State Coordinator facilitating all national and international assessments.
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Gayla Youngblood

Principal, Horatio High School
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Lupe Pena de Martinez

Director of Student Support Services, ADE-DESE


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

School Resource Officer Program Updates
Limited Capacity seats available

Dr. Cheryl May, Director of the Arkansas Criminal Justice Institute, will share the impact of recent legislation on the School Resource Officer Program as well as school safety as a whole. Learn more about the training requirements of SROs and Administrators as well as reporting information. The Model Memorandum of Understanding for a School Resource Officer Program will also be discussed. This document is a guideline for schools and local law enforcement agencies as they outline the details of an SRO Program agreement.

Presenters
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Cheryl May

Director, Criminal Justice Institute
Dr. Cheryl P. May is the Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), its National Center for Rural Law Enforcement (NCRLE) and the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS). She was appointed Director on July 1, 2010. She has served and been an advocate for the Arkansas law enforcement... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

SEL Playbook
Limited Capacity seats available

Academic learning is impacted by the social and emotional development of young people. In fact, it’s impossible to separate social, emotional, and academic learning. All students need, no they deserve, opportunities to develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. Dominique will share tools and ideas from his new SEL Playbook in this session.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

The Trouble with My Name
Limited Capacity seats available

In this presentation, Dr. Avila explores the American-Latino experiences with a unique brand of poetry. He examines migration, language, and race issues in a performance that illustrates what it means to be the American of the future. His message transcends boundaries of color, ethnicity, and geography.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Everyday Executive Functioning
Paula Moraine is the author of “Helping Students Take Control of Everyday Executive Functions – The Attention Fix”. This presentation will cover different ways to support students who struggle with executive functioning skills. This presentation will highlight everyday executive functions for students in both the structure and the application of Structured Literacy lessons.

Presenters
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Paula Moraine

The Attention Fix Educational Consulting


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 3

1:00pm CDT

The Civil Rights Data Collection: Tips, Tricks, and What You Need to Know
The Civil Rights Data Collection (CRDC) is an important part of the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) Office for Civil Rights (OCR) strategy for administering and enforcing civil rights laws in the nation’s public schools. Districts around the country are responsible for collecting and submitting information on access and barriers to educational opportunity from early childhood through grade 12. This session will focus on changes for the upcoming 2021-22 Collection, as well as ideas to help LEAs collect data throughout the school year, prepare that data for submission, and ensure data quality. The session will also briefly discuss possible ways that districts can use their CRDC data to support school and district continuous improvement planning.

Presenters
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Venessa Keesler

AEM Senior Project Director and CRDC Data Management Strategy Lead


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 1
  Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Traveler Databases in the Classroom and Beyond
This session will introduce the Arkansas State Library’s Traveler Database Program, provide a brief description of each of the database offerings, and offer tips on how you can use these valuable digital resources to support both classroom instruction and distance learning.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Walton

Katie Walton

Manager of Acquisitions, Arkansas State Library
Katie Walton is the Acquisitions Manager for the Arkansas State Library. In addition to purchasing materials for the library's collection, Katie oversees the Arkansas Traveler Statewide Databases and the Arkansas Digital Library Consortium. She has experience in school, academic... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 4

1:00pm CDT

Creating Media with the Arkansas Digital Sandbox
Learn how to create your own media with the audio, video, and screen recorder tools built right into the Sandbox system. This session will also explore the: MediaSpot feature, for creating interactive and media-based projects, presentations, and portfolios; Image creator/editor; and Online Video Editor. We will also look at the various ways to share your instructional videos with your students and parents, and how to create your own Video-On-Demand system. This session is geared towards teachers and other content creators in any department.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Clements

Sarah Clements

Director of Account Management, MyVrSpot


Monday July 11, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

2:20pm CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

Building Pathways to High Quality Instructional Materials
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides an overview of the Arkansas Initiative for Instructional Materials (AIIM). Walk through the five key priorities of AIIM and learn about DESE’s guidebook and Arkansas EdReports. These tools were developed to assist schools and districts with the process of implementing high-quality instructional materials that meet the needs of each unique population.

Guidebook Link: https://indd.adobe.com/view/980bc6c3-80b4-4ecf-9220-4b13146b476a
Arkansas EdReports Catalog: https://aredreports.ade.arkansas.gov/ 
AIIM Webpage: https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Offices/learning-services/curriculum-support/arkansas-initiative-for-instructional-materials-aiim 

Presenters
avatar for Amy Counts

Amy Counts

Director of Curriculum Projects, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Karli D Saracini

Assistant Commissioner of Educator Effectiveness & Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education
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Kiffany Pride

Assistant Commissioner of Learning Services, Department of Elementary & Secondary ED
Kiffany Pride serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Learning Services for Arkansas’ Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). With 26 years of experience in education, Dr. Pride is committed to providing leadership, support and service to ensure all graduates are... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Classroom Strategies for Working with DHH Students
Limited Capacity seats available

provide classroom strategies that help assist educators in following Science of Reading guidelines with Deaf and Hard of Hearing students

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Gretchen Cobb

Dr. Gretchen Cobb

Director of Statewide Services, Arkansas School for the Deaf
After spending almost 28 years in the classroom, in a wide variety of areas, in January of 2021, I moved into a new position at Arkansas School for the Deaf (ASD). I am the Director of Statewide Services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. In this position, I work with an amazing team of... Read More →
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Mary Martha Henry

Audiologist, AR School for the Deaf


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Contracting with a Food Service Management Company: What Is the Procurement Process and Why is It Important
Limited Capacity filling up

The procurement of a contract with an FSMC can be a time-intensive process for child nutrition directors, superintendents, district purchasing officials, and the district’s legal council. There are resources available to assist in this process. In this session, you will hear representatives from the UDSA, DESE Child Nutrition Unit, and DESE Legal Office discuss the procurement process for food service companies.  They will discuss the role of the USDA and the Southwest Regional Office during and OIG Audit, The Arkansas RFP process as well as contract and amendment reviews.

Presenters
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Nancy Dill

DESE, CNU
Nancy is a lifelong Arkansan who began working for the Arkansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition Unit in 2009.  Currently, she is the Public School Program Manager for Charter Schools and Food Service Management Companies.  She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in vocational... Read More →
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Rachel McDaniel

Lead Program Specialist, USDA
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Cristy Park

Attorney Specialist, Arkansas Dept. of Education
Cristy Park joined Arkansas Department of Education’s Legal Services as an attorney specialist in 2021. Prior to joining ADE, Ms. Park represented individuals with disabilities, including special education students, at the State’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

CTE: Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the CLNA that each sub-recipient must submit annually. We will review the new AR CLNA template and discuss the role of stakeholders in the process.

Presenters
avatar for Ross White

Ross White

Director, ADE-Division of Career and Technical Education
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Dr. Lydia McDonald

Perkins Program Coordinator, AR Dept of Education: Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

Letting the Secret Out: Why eLearning is your best resource
Limited Capacity seats available

We can all use an extra set of hands from time to time. Where do you find those and how much does it cost? Come to this session and learn about the support we can provide teachers, students, administrators, counselors, and specialists in your district. Presenters will share innovative ideas and support regarding new eLearning tools, ideas for creating multiple pathways for students to access eLearning, assistance in designing, developing, and delivering online instruction, as well as guidance to organize and mine data. Let us share our not-so-secrets with you! (Note: Presentation is a PDF slide with a link to a Presentation within Wakelet.)

Presenters
avatar for Katie Pittenger

Katie Pittenger

Technology Outreach Coordinator, DESE Research & Technology
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Kirsten Wilson

eLearning Coordinator, DESE Research and Technology
Novice podcaster, wishful gardener, and lover of animals, Kirsten is a passionate, innovative, and strategic leader that loves to help fellow educators. Experienced student-focused educator of 23 years with over 10 years of experience presenting in multiple modalities. Expertise in... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

MicroCredentials
Limited Capacity seats available

Are you curious about micro-credentials and what all the hype is about? Come and learn exactly what a micro-credential is, what it takes to earn one, and why DESE is excited to partner with ArkansasIDEAS to provide them to Arkansas educators.

Presenters
avatar for Becky McIver

Becky McIver

SPDG Coordinator, DESE
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Bobette Ray

Educator Support Advisor, ADE-DESE - Office of Educator Effectiveness
Career Continuum; Micro-credentials


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

My School Info - Explore Public Data for Schools and Districts
Limited Capacity filling up

My School Info brings multiple data sources together, allowing anyone with online access to search and compare public schools and districts across the state of Arkansas. Come learn how easy it is to navigate the system and discover how to use this wealth of information to make data-driven decisions. Create reports about your school or compare schools and districts in a variety of ways. No previous experience with My School Info is required, and participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to be able to actively participate in the demonstration.

Presenters
avatar for Jeff Killingsworth

Jeff Killingsworth

Technology Outreach Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education
Jeff Killingsworth was privileged to be in the classroom for 12 years, teaching a variety of math and science classes from kindergarten through eighth grade, before joining the Arkansas Department of Education. He is currently the coordinator of grants for the Research and Technology... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

Restorative Practices Playbook
Limited Capacity seats available

When students have unfinished learning, educators create opportunities for students to learn. Unfortunately, this role seems to end when it comes to behavior. How can we turn behavior into a teachable moment? Dominique Smith will share tools, examples, and strategies needed to create restorative practices. By becoming adept in the skillful use of restorative practices, educators will foster equitable discipline that reduces exclusion and creates a school community driven by relationships and respect.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

Social Media: Smarter than a Smartphone
Limited Capacity seats available

Social media and the internet seem to follow us everywhere. I know you think you have heard this message before, but you haven't heard it in this way! We'll share practical tips, tools, and stories to keep you and your students safe (or safer) online.

Presenters
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education
Ray Girdler currently serves as the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education. Over the years, he has served in multiple roles at the school and district levels. At ADE, Mr. Girdler’s team provides direct support to schools and districts for multiple... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

The K-12 to Post-Secondary STEM and Computer Science Continuum: Ensuring a Highly Skilled Future Workforce
Limited Capacity seats available

Bridging pathways from K-12 to postsecondary opportunities in STEM and computer science fields through workforce certifications, higher education credentials, and career readiness to ensure a robust, highly skilled future workforce in Arkansas.

Presenters
avatar for Tina Moore

Tina Moore

Director of STEM/CS Continuum, Arkansas Department of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Trade and Industry Developing High-Quality CTE Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Understanding the importance for developing high-quality Career and Technical Education programs through business and industry engagement. Gainful employment opportunities for nontraditional careers in Aviation Technology will be highlighted.

Presenters
avatar for Jason McMullen

Jason McMullen

Aviation / CTE / Math Instructor, Har-Ber High School
2021 KNWA / Post Foods Golden Apple Award Winner, 2019 Air Force Association Teacher of the Year - Lyle Chapter, Arkansas. Board Member, Arkansas Air & Military Museum, Fayetteville, Arkansas. 24 years of teaching experience in the classroom, specializing in Secondary Mathematics... Read More →
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Danny Muilenburg

Trade and Industry Program Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

You Can Learn: Growth Mindset for Students and Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

You Can Learn! This session will focus on the importance of building student self-efficacy for student achievement. We will explore different research-based practices built around the foundational PLC elements . The session will focus on building student ownership and motivation through the PLC Process

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Stoubaugh

Sarah Stoubaugh

Principal, Morrilton Intermediate Schooll
Sarah Stobaugh is principal of Morrilton Intermediate School in Arkansas. With 16 years of experience in upper elementary/intermediate and secondary-level education, she is passionate about the work of collaborative teams to transform school culture by building teacher capacity and... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Finding the Humor in Illness, Injury, and Grief is a Lot Easier Than it May Appear to Be
Limited Capacity seats available

Finding the funny in the not-so-funny challenges of life is vital in getting through them. By sharing true stories and examples David will focus on how our thinking is the key in finding the humor and emotional release. Laughing is the physical release.

Presenters
avatar for David Naster

David Naster

David is a rare blend of quality entertainment and true inspiration. He is funny without cursing. He motivates without preaching. With laser-sharp focus, Naster demonstrates how humor dissolves any type of stress. He does this by using real examples from real people who have been... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Crystal Bridges: Constitution Tour 2022
This session will provide information to schools about the amazing opportunities for teachers and students relating to the U. S. Constitution and other priceless artifacts that helped establish “a more perfect union”. These items will be on exhibit at Crystal Bridges from July through December 2022. DESE has partnered with Crystal Bridges to develop a toolkit for educators with information about field trip opportunities, partnerships with local and national organizations, lesson resources, and more! Don’t let your students miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity!

Presenters
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Jo-Ann Murcho

Museum Educator, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 4

2:20pm CDT

Functions of Collaborative Team Meetings
This virtual session will help educators explore the role of collaborative teams within the professional learning community.  We will give attention to dysfunctions that keep teams from operating collaboratively, steps to help teachers move from a culture of isolation to collaboration, and how a collaborative team can function best as they focus on the critical questions for learning to drive the work in their meetings.  



Presenters
avatar for Kelli Fuller

Kelli Fuller

Instructional Facilitator, Benton School District


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 1

2:20pm CDT

Getting the Most Out of Your TransACT Parent Notices Account
TransACT Parent Notices is an unlimited, district-wide subscription that LEAs across the state can use to manage their parent notification requirements in multiple languages. Guided by a team with an extensive background in ESEA (NCLB/ESSA) compliance leadership, K-12 education services, and management experience at Fortune 100 companies, Parent Notices provides software and expertise to manage federal and state-level compliance, communication, and operations more efficiently.
While the translations provided by Parent Notices tend to attract the interest of ESOL Coordinators, many other administrators and educators can benefit by using the available notifications in the available collections. Dr. David Holbrook, Executive Director for Federal Programs and State Relationships for Transact Parent Notices will provide an overview of the program and how it can help districts comply with federally required ESSA and FERPA parent notification.

Presenters
avatar for David Holbrook

David Holbrook

Executive Director of Federal Programs and State Relationships, TransACT Communications
Dr. Holbrook earned his Ph.D. in linguistics at the University of the West Indies and has over 20 years of experience working with speakers of other languages. He is a former state director who also trained with the U.S. Department of Education and participated in monitoring Title... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 3

2:20pm CDT

Morphology, Spelling, and Vocabulary—Across the Content Areas, K-12
Limited Capacity filling up

Although morphology is increasingly recognized as essential for literacy, it has often unappreciated power to develop spelling, vocabulary, and comprehension across the content areas from kindergarten through high school. Morphology is the study of the meaningful units in words, and morphological units (called elements) form the framework for the spelling of all English words. Some morphological elements are obvious—the "dream" and the "-er in "dreamer," for instance. But what about the "equ" and the "-al" in "equal?" We know that students must be explicitly taught the relationships between the spelling and pronunciation of words, but adding an awareness of the morphological elements that build those words will not only strengthen spelling and reading, but will allow students to quickly understand the connection in spelling and meaning between words like “equal” and “equation” and eventually between “equanimity” and “equivocation.” Morphology is particularly important for students who lack vocabulary and background knowledge.

In this session, we will discuss why morphology is such a foundational concept for all dimensions of literacy: reading, spelling, vocabulary development, comprehension, and writing skills. We will also discuss ways to integrate morphology into every content area to facilitate a logical and efficient unfolding of spelling skills and vocabulary knowledge from K-12, with impacts on conceptual understanding that go far beyond English language arts.


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 3:50pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Tier One
Limited Capacity seats available

ACA §6-20-2204 requires Superintendents and bookkeepers to attend a minimum of 2 hours of annual training on school laws, expenditure of school funds, fiscal accountability, school finance, ethics, and financial accounting and reporting. This class meets the requirements of the law. Additionally, school districts are required to provide 2 hours of Tier II training. Some districts choose to use this course to meet that requirement.

Link to presentation
https://dese.ade.arkansas.gov/Files/Tier_I_Training_Presentation_2022-2023_FAS.pdf 

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Mike Hernandez

Dr. Mike Hernandez

Executive Director, Arkansas Association of Education Adminstrators
Dr. Mike Hernandez is the Executive Director for the AAEA. He recently served as the State Superintendent for the Office of Coordinated Support and Service with the Arkansas Department of Education. Dr. Hernandez has also been a superintendent, principal and teacher in various Arkansas... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 2:20pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

Applying for State Scholarships- SAMS tutorial
Limited Capacity seats available

Out with the old and in with the new! Learn how to help students apply for state aid and scholarships!

Presenters
avatar for Alisha Lewis

Alisha Lewis

Assistant Director, Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Alisha Lewis began service to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in March 2017 where she serves as the Associate Director of Communication.  Through Arkansas State Transformation, her role transitioned to Chief Communication Director for the new encompassing Department of... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Business and Marketing Overview and Update
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion of Business and Marketing changes for 2023-2024. Parking lot discussions will be held for different courses that are in the works to be added.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Shamburger

Sarah Shamburger

Program Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education - Division of Career & Technical Education
Sarah Shamburger is currently a Business and Marketing Technology Program Coordinator with ADE - Division of Career and Technical Education. She has 15 years of teaching experience and received her teaching license through the non-traditional pathway. Sarah became a teacher in 2007... Read More →
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Morgan Ruff

Program Adviser, Arkansas DCTE


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

3:40pm CDT

Cybersecurity Preparedness Consortium
Limited Capacity seats available

Cybersecurity threats to our nation’s technical infrastructure are real and immediate. Computers and servers in the United States are the most aggressively targeted information systems in the world. Each year, the attacks increase in severity, frequency, and sophistication. The Cybersecurity Defense Initiative (CDI) program was created to provide comprehensive, transferable, and inexpensive cybersecurity training to qualifying technical personnel throughout the United States. Classes are offered free-of-charge to technical personnel and managers working within agencies or organizations considered as a part of our nation’s critical infrastructure.

Presenters
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Cheryl May

Director, Criminal Justice Institute
Dr. Cheryl P. May is the Director of the Criminal Justice Institute (CJI), its National Center for Rural Law Enforcement (NCRLE) and the Arkansas Center for School Safety (ACSS). She was appointed Director on July 1, 2010. She has served and been an advocate for the Arkansas law enforcement... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Family and Consumer Sciences/Pre-Educator Program of Study
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will address questions/concerns for the Pre-Educator Pathway for teachers who are presently teaching the pathway. Directives will be given for transitioning to the updated Pre-Educator Pathway 2022-23.

Presenters
avatar for Janet Perkins

Janet Perkins

Family and Consumer Sciences, Program Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education/Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

3:40pm CDT

High School to College Math Pathways
Limited Capacity seats available

Arkansas is a leading state in the Dana Center Mathematics Pathways initiative with much success already realized in higher education. The work continues toward articulating high school to college mathematics pathways that respond to the changing role of mathematics in the economy, serve all learners, ensure college and career readiness, and prepare students to use mathematical and quantitative reasoning skills in their careers and personal lives.

Presenters
avatar for Mason Campbell

Mason Campbell

Assistant Director for Policy and Student Success, Arkansas Division of Higher Education
avatar for Tina Moore

Tina Moore

Director of STEM/CS Continuum, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Kisa Morman

Kisa Morman

K-12 Math Program Manager, Arkansas Division of Elementary & Secondary Education


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

How the Career Continuum Benefits Your District
Limited Capacity seats available

Effective teachers have a lasting impact not only on student achievement, but on school culture and students' long-term success. Retain your best teachers by giving them viable career options and job embedded professional growth.

Presenters
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Karli D Saracini

Assistant Commissioner of Educator Effectiveness & Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Live Broadcasting with Digital Sandbox
Limited Capacity seats available

The Arkansas Digital Sandbox provides your school district with a platform to live broadcast your live events, from board meetings, morning news shows, athletic events and more. You can broadcast from media encoders, USB cameras, as well as from iOS and Android mobile devices. As your district and each of your schools already have a Sandbox streaming channel, this session will cover customizing your channels, using basic and advanced streaming features, and sharing your recorded streams with your community. The Arkansas Digital Sandbox is provided at no cost to school districts in Arkansas.

Presenters
avatar for Michael Kessler

Michael Kessler

Founder and CEO, MyVRSpot / ADE Sandbox
MyVRSpot is an online video management solution built specifically for education, as is the backbone of the Arkansas Digital Sandbox.  From video hosting, uploading, creation, editing, and sharing, the Arkansas Digital Sandbox is your one stop for all things video for your classroom... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Moving the Needle: Getting the Best Possible ESSA School Index Score
Limited Capacity seats available

2021 was an unusual year in accountability considering only 12% of schools showed an increase in their overall ESSA Score. Many schools are aiming to improve their score for 2022. In this session, we will discuss the following:
*What worked in 2021;
*Multiple measures of student academic achievement and growth;
*Participation requirements;
*Calculations;
*Resources for improvement;


Presenters
avatar for Louis Ferren

Louis Ferren

State Systems Administrator, ADE DESE School Performance
State, district and school report cards (SRC), graduation rates, Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) Reasons Not Tested, Graduation rate corrections (ACGR), Business Rules for calculation of ESSA school index, ESSA reports.
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Tiffani Grayer

Coordinator of School Performance and Monitoring, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I was born and raised in Hot Springs and am the proud mother of three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Hot Springs School District. Go Trojans! My role at DESE began as a Secondary Mathematics Specialist... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

SEL Playbook
Limited Capacity seats available

Academic learning is impacted by the social and emotional development of young people. In fact, it’s impossible to separate social, emotional, and academic learning. All students need, no they deserve, opportunities to develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. Dominique will share tools and ideas from his new SEL Playbook in this session.

Presenters

Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

SMS Fields for State Reporting 2023
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will cover data fields within the eSchoolPLUS software that are reported in the state reporting cycles for 2022-2023. This session is for any users who enter data into the eSchoolPLUS system.

Presenters
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Debbie Featherston

APSCN Field Analyst, ADE


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

THRIVE AR – What’s the big deal?
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you ever feel stressed, worn out and like you just don’t know how to meet all the needs of your students and teachers? This session will provide a basic overview of the critical elements needed to effectively implement a multi-tiered system of support for connectedness, wellbeing, and behavioral needs. Participants will learn how THRIVE AR Leader Academy can support building leaders as they create a system that will help bring the life back into your climate and culture, clearly define essential standards for expected behaviors and support the needs of the whole child.

Presenters
avatar for Hope Worsham

Hope Worsham

ESSER Program Director, Arkansas Department of Education


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Virtual Arkansas - Reimagining Co-Teaching in the Virtual Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

The Covid-19 pandemic required educators to reimagine co-teaching and explore new strategies for serving students with diverse learning needs within the virtual classroom. Some states and schools around the nation have discovered that new models of co-teaching combined with virtual solutions have been beneficial. In this session, presenters will share models that combine co-teaching and virtual strategies.

Presenters
avatar for John Ashworth

John Ashworth

Superintendent, Virtual Arkansas, Virtual Arkansas
Mr. John Ashworth is the Superintendent and Executive Director of Virtual Arkansas, a State Virtual School (SVS) providing supplemental online course options to Arkansas schools. Mr. Ashworth spent eight years as a secondary science teacher and seven years as a building-level principal... Read More →
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Brandie Benton

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
Dr. Brandie Benton has over 20 years of experience in education and is currently leading the Curriculum and Instruction team for Virtual Arkansas, the state virtual school charged with providing digital learning services to districts across Arkansas.


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

CTE: Comprehensive Local Needs Assessment
This session will focus on the CLNA that each sub-recipient must submit annually. We will review the new AR CLNA template and discuss the role of stakeholders in the process.

Presenters
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Ross White

Director, ADE-Division of Career and Technical Education
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Dr. Lydia McDonald

Perkins Program Coordinator, AR Dept of Education: Division of Career and Technical Education


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

3:40pm CDT

Helping Educators Develop a Universal Design for Learning Mindset
Helping Educators Develop a UDL Mindset

Education and learning research tell us the same thing - mindset matters! This session will focus on how adopting a Universal Design for Learning (UDL) mindset allows educators and administrators - at any level - to proactively design learning environments that support equity for all students. Participants will be introduced to the flexible UDL framework, hear stories from the field, and leave with resources and ideas they can use immediately to cultivate an equity focussed UDL mindset within their learning context.

UDL Guidelines

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Bastoni

Amanda Bastoni

Education Scientist, CAST


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 3

3:40pm CDT

PLSB Social Media
Technology has become part of our everyday lives. Understanding the potential challenges raised by incorporating and using technology in and out the classroom is important for all educators. Navigating pitfalls and mitigating the risk of staying connected will be addressed during this session.

Presenters
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Amy Douglas

Director, Managing Attorney, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
I am the Director of the Professional Licensure Standards Board Investigation Unit. We conduct investigations into educator ethics violations. Ask me about professional development opportunities happening this summer!
avatar for Sarah Banker

Sarah Banker

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Sarah Banker has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2016. She started in the office as a Senior Investigator and in 2021 was promoted to the position of Chief Investigator of Data Management and Retention. Prior to joining the PLSB, she worked as a high school... Read More →
avatar for Vikki Jennings

Vikki Jennings

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Vikki Jennings has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2020 and is the Chief Investigator for Instructional Programs and Investigations. Vikki was an Arkansas teacher and administrator for 23 years. Vikki is a Harding University Graduate with a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Monday July 11, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 1

4:40pm CDT

District Team Debrief
School/District teams will have the opportunity to meet during this time and share what they learned.

Monday July 11, 2022 4:40pm - 5:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall C Hot Springs Convention Center
 
Tuesday, July 12
 

8:30am CDT

(KEYNOTE) Healthy Teachers, Happy Classrooms: Twelve Brain-based Principles to Avoid Burnout, Increase Optimism, and Support Physical Well-Being
Many teachers are simply and understandably burning out! The fire and passion that once sparked for teaching are simply becoming extinguished. In this highly-engaging workshop, based on the book by the same title, educators will not only learn how to restore their passion for teaching, they will also explore 12 brain-based principles for looking five to ten years younger, becoming and remaining healthier, and living a longer life! These principles, which can also be applied to the classroom, include remaining optimistic, staying active, and forming close personal relationships. This workshop has been called both personally and professionally life-changing and so much fun!

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Tate

Marcia Tate

CEO, Developing Minds, Inc.
Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

ACTE: Junior Achievement Inspire
Limited Capacity seats available

Junior Achievement (JA) inspire is more than a career fair, it brings together the business community and local schools and is designed to help launch middle school students into their futures:  high school, college, and careers beyond.  The program consists of three segments: 1) in-class sessions presented by the classroom teacher; 2) the hands on-on JA Inspire expo and 3) an in-class debrief. During the JA Inspire expo, students participate in hands-on activities, often using equipment or tools used on a job.  The multi-hour experience is configurable to align with local industry and career opportunities.

Presenters
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Tonya Villines - President and CEO

President & CEO, Junior Achievement of Arkansas
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Antwanette Smith

K-12 Virtual Program Manager, Junior Achievement (JA)
The mission of Junior Achievement (JA) is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. We do this through our community volunteers who combine our curriculum and their real world experience to deliver valuable information on financial literacy, career and work... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

ACTE: Teacher Tips and Tricks
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion of creating and utilizing proficiency scales to assess essential standards, implementing daily routines to help build soft skills for students, and new technology applications and resources to implement into the classroom.

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

Becoming a Model STEM School in Arkansas
Limited Capacity seats available

Come hear from our 2021-22 STEM Model Pilots schools. Learn what the process is like to earn this coveted distinction in your school. The AR STEM Model Program connects Arkansas' STEM education system to Arkansas careers and career training opportunities. It is based on the Federal STEM Program to build strong foundations in STEM literacy, increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in STEM education, and prepare students for the future STEM workforce. The AR STEM Model Program is a designation that individual schools can receive from DESE. Any schools that are interested in learning more about the designation process, expectations, and overview of the AR STEM Model Program are invited to attend and learn more in this session. We will cover the application process, rubric overview, and site visit expectations for each school.

Moderators
avatar for Tina Moore

Tina Moore

Director of STEM/CS Continuum, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Michele Snyder

Michele Snyder

State Science Program Coordinator, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education

Presenters
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Utana Newborn

principal, Hot Springs School District
avatar for Amy Cooper

Amy Cooper

Principal, Little Rock School District
avatar for Nikki Anderson

Nikki Anderson

Assistant principal, Hot Springs School District
avatar for Kelli Cochran

Kelli Cochran

Instructional Facilitator, Nettleton STEAM
My passion is helping students and teachers find and follow their own passions in becoming lifelong learners.  I absolutely love what I do, and I believe that all students can be successful through making, tinkering, and project based learning.
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Courtney Selph

Lead STEM Teacher, Izard County Consolidated School District
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Renea Houghtaling

Izard County Consolidated School District


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Current Drug Trends: An Awareness for Educators
Limited Capacity filling up

Substance misuse among teens and young adults is not new, however the drugs in use; terminology; and warning signs change as new threats emerge. From heroin, cocaine, and methamphetamines to opioids, fentanyl, and cannabis the dangers are real and they are affecting our schools and communities. In this session, Assistant Special Agent in Charge Jarad O. Harper of the Drug Enforcement Administration Little Rock District Office will share information on current drug trends in Arkansas including what educators and parents need to know to protect our students.

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Difficult Eligibility Scenarios for Identification of Migrant Students
Limited Capacity seats available

Through a presentation focused on interactive participation, recruiters and ID&R personnel will review and discuss scenarios that create difficult eligibility determinations.

Presenters
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Bruce Lack

Associate Director, MSU ID&R Center


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Engagement Strategies for Small Districts: A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity filling up

Everyone knows engagement matters, but what should it look like in a small district? In this session, you'll hear engagement coordinators from small districts across the state share their unique strategies, challenges, and innovative practices in implementing successful family and community engagement programs.

Come prepared to listen and learn, but to also actively participate by submiitting your questions and your own district's ideas LIVE to the PADLET collection below:

Link to Padlet:   https://bit.ly/summitsmalldistrict 
We appreciate your contributions!

Moderators
avatar for Karen Bergh, MPS, APR

Karen Bergh, MPS, APR

Program Advisor, Arkansas Department of Education
Karen Bergh, MPS, APR brings her more than 30 years' experience as a communications professional, higher education administrator, consultant, and longtime adjunct college professor to DESE's Engagement Unit. Karen works in support of family and community engagement as a key to student... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Bell

Jeremy Bell

Fed Prog Coord/ESOL Coord/PFaCE Coord/M-V Homeless Liaison, Gurdon School District
Approaching three decades in educational roles in Arkansas, I have served in a variety of roles in K-12 settings (e.g., math teacher, tutor; instructional facilitator; curriculum/assessment, professional development, federal programs, English as a second language, mentoring, recruitment... Read More →
avatar for Pam Dooley

Pam Dooley

Curriculum / Federal Program Director, Westside Consolidated School District
My educational career consists of teaching Literacy & Social Studies in grades 4 through 6. After 22 years of teaching, I stepped into the role of Westside Middle School's principal. I currently serve as the District's Curriculum & Federal Program Director.My passion is to be committed... Read More →
avatar for Barbara Garner

Barbara Garner

Asst. Superintendent, Crossett
Barbara Garner currently serves as the Assistant Superintendent for Crossett School District, located in Crossett, the forestry capital of Southeast Arkansas.  She has been in education for 36 years.  She holds degrees from the University of Central Arkansas, University of Arkansas... Read More →
avatar for Pattie Murphy

Pattie Murphy

Federal Programs Coordinator, Cedarville School District
Pattie began her career in 1996 at Cedarville School District. She taught all subjects in 2nd and 4th grades, literacy in 5th and 6th grades, 7th mathematics and 8th science. From there she earned her National Board certification in mathematics and became the middle and high school... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Food Safety: A Cheap and Effective Insurance Policy
Limited Capacity filling up

A discussion of AR Health Department regulations and guidance for SY 2022-23 for Child Nutrition programs.

Presenters
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Sherri Woodus

Retail Food Program Section Chief, Arkansas Department of Health


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Google Tips and Tricks for Administrators
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on providing useful Google tips and tricks for school administrators. Work smarter, not harder with Google. As a school administrator, you can use Google to solve problems and fight the monster of managing your time.

Presenters
avatar for Tyra Hobson

Tyra Hobson

Instructional Technology Coordinator, DeQueen-Mena Education Service Coop
Tyra Hobson has been in education for over twenty years. She is the Instructional Technology Specialist at the DeQueen- Mena ESC and ACTC (Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinators) Chair.  She holds an M.S.E in Curriculum and Instruction and Google Educator certifications.  She... Read More →
avatar for Jo Ann Womack

Jo Ann Womack

Technology Coordinator, South Central Service Cooperative
Jo Ann Womack is an experienced Technology Coordinator at South Central Service Cooperative and Vice Chair of the ACTC (Arkansas Cooperative Technology Coordinator). She is also a member of the AR STEM Model Program Core Leadership Team. She has a demonstrated history of working in... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Highly Effective Schools Accreditation
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn more about Highly Effective Schools Accreditation (HESA) and the corresponding essential components for maximizing school improvement plans. This session will provide an overview of the High Reliability Schools Framework and teh accreditation process used by Solution Tree. The office of the ERZ is currently supporting Cohort III of the HESA, but those who may have missed the HESA Corhort III last spring can prepare for Cohort IV. The ERZ program will select and financially sponsor the registration and support approximately 20 schools statewide. Join us for this interactive session to learn the key components and the technical requirements of the HESA program.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Roger Guevara

Dr. Roger Guevara

ERZ Director / Assistant Professor of Educational Leadership, Southern Arkansas University
Reach out to me to discuss:1) Doctoral program at Southern Arkansas University2) Highly Effective Schools Accreditation3) Professional Learning Communities Technical Support4) High Reliability Schools Technical Support5) District-Level Educational Leadership6) Campus-Level Educational... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Literacy Goals/Actions Aligned to the Science of Reading
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on supporting districts as they create focused and explicit literacy improvement goals that align to the Science of Reading. Participants will also understand how to write the action steps the district will implement to support the goals they have created.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Matus

Melissa Matus

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Nancy Redican

Nancy Redican

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Traci Holland

Traci Holland

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Tally Harp

Tally Harp

District Support Specialist, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Carol Heringer

Carol Heringer

Education Ombudsman, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
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Dallas Henderson

RISE Regional Specialist, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Sam.gov
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview of changes to Sam.gov and update on Unique Identifier Number


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

School Bus Transportation Reporting Documentation
Limited Capacity filling up

This session is an overview and explanation of the SIS reporting information that school districts are required to enter for each cycle.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Twisdale

Denise Twisdale

School Bus Driver Trainer, Arkansas Dept. of Education - DPSAFT


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Secrets of a Successful Recruitment and Retention Plan
Limited Capacity seats available

All public school districts and open-enrollment charter schools must create a three-year Teacher and Administrator Recruitment and Retention Plan and post it to their website by August 1, 2022. Explore the use of LEA Insights, Equity Labs, and other resources as tools to help bolster your plans.

Presenters
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Karli D Saracini

Assistant Commissioner of Educator Effectiveness & Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Venus Torrence

Venus Torrence

Program Manager, Recruitment and Retention, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Triand for New System Administrators and Registrars
Limited Capacity filling up

Counselors, Registrars, and Triand Administrators (new and old) are invited to join us for a Triand refresher and updates! Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-80-107, using Triand to submit student records electronically to Arkansas schools is a requirement for all Arkansas public schools, regardless of grade level. Triand allows schools to search, view, and transfer student records containing: demographic data, state and local assessments results, course history, current schedule, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education
Ray Girdler currently serves as the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education. Over the years, he has served in multiple roles at the school and district levels. At ADE, Mr. Girdler’s team provides direct support to schools and districts for multiple... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

What does Assistive Technology (AT) Entail? How can AT help your students? What are your legal responsibilities related to the provision of AT?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join us as we address these questions and more in this 1-hour session open to public school personnel and teams across Arkansas that are interested in exploring the benefits of assistive technology and creating district level AT Teams.

Presenters
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Jessica Krug

Easterseals OPTS
Jessica Barnett-Krug, M.S.,OTR/L, ATP, CBIS is a consultant for Easterseals Outreach Program and Technology Services.  She graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a Master of Science degree, is registered by the National Board of Certification for Occupational Therapy... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Formative Assessment In A Brain-compatible Classroom: How Do We Really Know They're Learning?
Limited Capacity filling up

If you wait until you have planned your lesson to decide how you will assess it, you have actually waited too late! Once you have decided what you want students to know and be able to do, the second question becomes, how will you know when they can do it. Whether they are called multiple intelligences or gifts, students come to class with many different ways of knowing. This highly-engaging workshop will deal with both traditional and more authentic forms for assessing those ways since both forms should be included in a student’s portfolio and enable students to succeed in both college and career. Leave this session with over 50 products and performances which enable us to know if students are learning and methods (i.e. checklists and rubrics) for assessing them. This workshop has been called practical, informative, and a great deal of fun!

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Tate

Marcia Tate

CEO, Developing Minds, Inc.
Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

A Cautionary Tale: Constructing Comprehension is Complex and Demands an Informed Instructional Blueprint!
While constructing meaning from text may present as effortless for the skilled reader, it is complex and multidimensional. Reading comprehension can pose varied challenges for both the reader and the educator. The science tells us that comprehension is the orchestrated product of multiple language and cognitive processes. The reader’s ability to construct products or indicate what they understand is dependent on their ability to access and apply these necessary skills and knowledge. This realization calls for the design of an informed instructional framework that addresses the development of word and sentence meanings, text structure and background knowledge, and an understanding of what is implied in the text. The blueprint asks the educator to identify and implement related strategies and activities that support the reader’s ability to work with the complexities of text to make meaning. This session will explore the science of reading comprehension and how it can be reflected in effective instructional practices.

Presenters
avatar for Nancy Hennessy

Nancy Hennessy

Literacy Consultant
Nancy Hennessy, literacy consultant and past president of the International Dyslexia Association, is an experienced educator. While in public schools, she provided leadership in the development of professional learning systems and innovative programming for special needs students... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 4

10:20am CDT

Laying the Foundation
Laying the foundation includes four pillars, the often Forgotten Four: Mission, Vision, Values, and Goals. Collaborative efforts around these four pillars have the power to provide clarity of purpose, a common focus, shared-ownership, and ultimately, better results for the students served. When teams address these pillars, members gain clarity about the why that should motivate all of the collaborative work of the PLC.

Presenters
avatar for Cassie Adams

Cassie Adams

Principal, Bragg Elementary


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 2

10:20am CDT

Surprising Services Available to Educators from the Arkansas State Library
This session will highlight intellectual property resources along with blind and print disabled services available to educators

Presenters
avatar for Michael Strickland

Michael Strickland

Manager of Information Services, Arkansas State Library
avatar for Kristina Hancock

Kristina Hancock

Library for the Blind Manager, Arkansas State Library


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 1

10:20am CDT

Virtual Arkansas - Reimagining Co-Teaching in the Virtual Classroom
The Covid-19 pandemic required educators to reimagine co-teaching and explore new strategies for serving students with diverse learning needs within the virtual classroom. Some states and schools around the nation have discovered that new models of co-teaching combined with virtual solutions have been beneficial. In this session, presenters will share models that combine co-teaching and virtual strategies.

Presenters
avatar for John Ashworth

John Ashworth

Superintendent, Virtual Arkansas, Virtual Arkansas
Mr. John Ashworth is the Superintendent and Executive Director of Virtual Arkansas, a State Virtual School (SVS) providing supplemental online course options to Arkansas schools. Mr. Ashworth spent eight years as a secondary science teacher and seven years as a building-level principal... Read More →
avatar for Brandie Benton

Brandie Benton

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
Dr. Brandie Benton has over 20 years of experience in education and is currently leading the Curriculum and Instruction team for Virtual Arkansas, the state virtual school charged with providing digital learning services to districts across Arkansas.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 3

11:40am CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

ACTE: Arkansas Children's Hospital Love Notes
Limited Capacity seats available

After this presentation, participants will:
  • Understand how Love Notes aligns with the mission of Arkansas Children’s.
  • Understand Arkansas Children’s Love Notes implementation strategies.
  • Understand how to become a Love Notes partner.

Love Notes is a 13-lesson, innovative and comprehensive healthy relationship program. The evidence based curriculum for students in 9th-12th grades builds skills and knowledge for healthy and successful relationships.

Love Notes engages students in learning with interactive lessons focusing on key topics including:

  • Forming, maintaining and regularly assessing relationships. 
  • Knowing yourself -- personality style, baggage, expectations, mapping your future.
  • Helping cultivate a personal vision for love, intimacy, and success.
  • Recognizing unhealthy relationships and responding to dangerous ones.
  • Learning effective communication and conflict management skills.
  • Intimacy, sexual values, pacing relationships, consent, and sex.
  • Planning for sexual choices using a comprehensive sex education and harm reduction model.
  • Understanding how the order of school, commitment, and babies impacts your future.

Presenters
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Sarah Harlan

Outreach Specialist, Arkansas Children's
My background is in Health Education. I worked with Head Start as a Health Manager for just shy of 5 years before I moved into my current role at Arkansas Children's. Here I work with partner schools and organizations across the state to implement a 13-lesson innovative and comprehensive... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

11:40am CDT

ACTE: Manufacturing CTE Programs – The Relationship Between Workforce and Education
Limited Capacity seats available

James Knight is a lead instructor at the Connect 4 (C4) manufacturing center in Berryville. C4 named for the 4 partners that have worked to create the center: Berryville, Green Forest, Eureka Springs, and Industry.  This unique partnership has developed a strong center that is well known by regional industry as a source for highly skilled candidates that easily make the transition from school to the workforce. Rodney Ellis is the Career and Technical Education liaison for Tyson Foods. Rodney’s job is the link CTE with industry needs. Tyson developed a method of training within the company to help overcome the noticeable decline in new hire skillsets. The Division of Career and Technical Education has aligned itself with Tyson to modernize some of the standards that govern high school manufacturing programs.

Presenters
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James F Knight

Director, Carroll County Career Center
I am the Director for an Industrial Maintenance program.I work with 3 different High Schools and Industry Leaders of Carroll County.
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Rodney Ellis

Technical Education Liaison Maintenance and Refrigeration Training, Tyson
I am a former high school agricultural instructor, and maintenance technician with a career in aviation, heavy equipment, and HVACR.I have been employed with Tyson since June of 2017, I manage the Tyson "Grow Our Own' program working strategically with high schools, vocational technical... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

11:40am CDT

Arkansas Tutoring Corps
Limited Capacity seats available

The Arkansas Tutoring Corps (ATC) was created from ACT 912 of 2021 Legislative Session. The goal is to connect schools and communities to support student success. The program designed to assist with the impact on lost learning and enhancing learning experiences for students. Join our session to learn how you might take advantage of using ATC tutors in your school to support student interventions and tutoring programs.

Presenters
avatar for Lindsey Calhoun

Lindsey Calhoun

Director, Education Renewal Zone, UA ERZ
avatar for Dr. Tracie Jones

Dr. Tracie Jones

ERZ Director, Univ. of Arkansas at Monticello


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Computer Science and the Requirements of Act 414
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion of the Computer Science Education Advancement Act of 2021

Presenters
avatar for Kelly Griffin

Kelly Griffin

Lead Computer Science Specialist, Arkansas Department of Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Federal & State Labor Compliance: Tips to Keep You Out of Hot Water
Limited Capacity filling up

A review of the federal and state labor laws and issues relating to Chld Nutiriton programs.

Presenters
avatar for Audrina Lange

Audrina Lange

Community Outreach, US DOL Wage and Hour Division
The Wage and Hour Division (WHD) enforces federal minimum wage, overtime pay, recordkeeping, and child labor requirements of the Fair Labor Standards Act. WHD also enforces the Migrant and Seasonal Agricultural Worker Protection Act, the Employee Polygraph Protection Act, the Family... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Guardian Curriculum by Morgan Nick Foundation
Limited Capacity seats available

Teen Internet usage and attitudes about safety present potential risks as well as an educational opportunity for watchful parents and guardians.
Guardian was created because the Morgan Nick Foundation believes education is the key to safety. When children recognize dangers, they can make good choices. We discuss predators, the truth behind who they are and what they do to groom children; internet safety, risky behaviors such as sharing too much information online; sexting, human trafficking, and dangerous apps.
We know that educators are on the first line of defense for students by recognizing patterns of concern or red flags, but we also realize you are challenged with many additional tasks. Our goal is to provide you with everything you need for a lesson that provides the critical safety education we know children need. This curriculum is written to bring the light of truth into a sometimes dangerous and scary world.

Presenters
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Genevie Strickland

Genevie is Assistant Director of the Morgan Nick Foundation. She joined the team in 2014 after many years in Broadcasting and Education. Genevie holds a B.A. in both Mass Communications and Spanish. She is the office appointed IT department; she oversees all of the education and outreach... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Licensure Rules 2022
Limited Capacity filling up

If you don't know the rules, how can you possibly win the game? The 2022 Educator Licensure Rules are completed and ready to be implemented in your district. Attendees will receive an overview of the changes and participate in a Q&A.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

Director of Licensure, DESE
avatar for Melissa Jacks

Melissa Jacks

Program Manager, Educator Licensure, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

McKinney-Vento Identification: How to Implement Better Identification practices for Your District
Limited Capacity seats available

McKinney-Vento is a federal law that serves students who are identified to be experiencing homelessness. As a state, Arkansas has been severely under identified when it comes to students and families who are experiencing homelessness. If the students are not identified, they cannot receive services that they are entitled to. This training will provide an overview of how homelessness is defined federally, the services that the McKinney-Vento Law includes, and best practices for districts and communities to improve identification of students and families that experience homelessness.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Hickman

Jessica Hickman

Public-School Program Advisor - McKinney-Vento, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jessica Hickman is the new Public-School Program Advisor for the state of Arkansas on the McKinney-Vento Law. This law provides services for students experiencing homelessness. She has a passion for learning and a passion for helping students that makes her current role helping students... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Moving the Needle: Getting the Best Possible ESSA School Index Score
Limited Capacity filling up

2021 was an unusual year in accountability considering only 12% of schools showed an increase in their overall ESSA Score. Many schools are aiming to improve their score for 2022. In this session, we will discuss the following:
*What worked in 2021;
*Multiple measures of student academic achievement and growth;
*Participation requirements;
*Calculations;
*Resources for improvement;


Presenters
avatar for Tiffani Grayer

Tiffani Grayer

Coordinator of School Performance and Monitoring, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I was born and raised in Hot Springs and am the proud mother of three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Hot Springs School District. Go Trojans! My role at DESE began as a Secondary Mathematics Specialist... Read More →
avatar for Louis Ferren

Louis Ferren

State Systems Administrator, ADE DESE School Performance
State, district and school report cards (SRC), graduation rates, Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) Reasons Not Tested, Graduation rate corrections (ACGR), Business Rules for calculation of ESSA school index, ESSA reports.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Overview of Arkansas EdReports
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will focus on the new AR EdReports webpage. Come and learn about the gateways as you explore the Arkansas EdReports site which offers evidence-rich, comprehensive information about a program's alignment to the standards and other indicators of quality.

Presenters
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Tim Truitt

Director, Mathematics, EdReports


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

What Has Social Media Taught Us About Learning? How Can it Help Me?
Limited Capacity seats available

Can social media hold the secret to how to connect with students and families in the classroom…and beyond? Platforms like Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok are an everyday part of most of our lives. It’s these platforms where you can find content that is redefining learning.
Join this session to breakdown how social media content is designed to capture our attention and have us learning new information (or just silly dances). Leave with a framework that you can use to create focused, engaging, and motivating learning opportunities for students and families.

Click here to access the interactive workbook for this session.

Presenters
avatar for Rachel Schell

Rachel Schell

Online Learning Expert, RAS Personalized Solutions
Hi! I'm Rachel Schell and I can show you how to create focused, engaging, and motivational online learning.Since 2008, I've worked with organizations to create online training that transforms learners. It all began when I was researching online learning as part of my first Master's... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

Don't Forget Your Permission Slip: Allowing Yourself Joy for the Journey Ahead
Limited Capacity seats available

The past two years have been hard and the impact on education is seen in higher levels of stress and lower levels of joy. It’s not surprising that in the aftermath of the all that has happened (and is still happening), from administration to transportation there has been an educator exodus that has stretched resources and left those remaining to wonder if their calling is killing them. It’s never been more critical to put a priority on your own mental and emotional well-being. That means that you have to first give yourself permission to make your own resilience a priority, your joy a mission-level goal and your laughter a tool for coping with what you can't control. A culture of connection, resilience and joyful purpose isn't something that comes from the top down, it originates from individual actions and spreads outward. And it begins by giving yourself permission to make joy a personal priority to find and a professional responsibility to share.

Takeaways include:
3 Keys to forging healthy connections with others
How compassionate humor improves learning and reduces stress and burnout
How to install a “handle of control” for the stressors that undermine your joy
O.P.E.N (Other People’s Emotional Needs) communication techniques to build bonds of trust
The difference between optimism and pessimism and how to flip the switch

Presenters
avatar for Dave Caperton

Dave Caperton

President, Speaking of Joy
I began my professional journey as a high school English teacher and then began writing  and performing stand-up comedy before joining a speaking and training firm where I designed and delivered programs to infuse work culture with a sense of fun and compassionate humor. You could... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Applying for State Scholarships- SAMS tutorial
Out with the old and in with the new! Learn how to help students apply for state aid and scholarships

Presenters
avatar for Alisha Lewis

Alisha Lewis

Assistant Director, Arkansas Division of Higher Education
Alisha Lewis began service to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education in March 2017 where she serves as the Associate Director of Communication.  Through Arkansas State Transformation, her role transitioned to Chief Communication Director for the new encompassing Department of... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 1

11:40am CDT

CTE: Perkins and Accountability Updates
This session will focus on the Perkins and Accountability side of Career and Technical Education and provide guidance on the use of funds and CTE state performance indicators.

Presenters
avatar for Ross White

Ross White

Director, ADE-Division of Career and Technical Education
avatar for Dr. Lydia McDonald

Dr. Lydia McDonald

Perkins Program Coordinator, AR Dept of Education: Division of Career and Technical Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 3

11:40am CDT

EL Data Quality and Reporting
This session will detail how data will be collected from districts in regards to English Learners for 2022-23. EL funding will be dependent on data and information reported in eSchool. The speaker will address the requirement that every student enrolled in an Arkansas school completes the common Arkansas Home Language Usage Survey, screening for potential identification as an English Learner, eSchool data entry, and COGNOS reports available for districts in regards to English Learners.

Presenters
avatar for Tricia Kerr

Tricia Kerr

ESOL Program Director/Title III Co-Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Passionately advocating for English Learners/Multilingual Learners in today's classrooms! 31 yrs K-12 experience: teacher/coordinator/director/teacher-ed


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 2

11:40am CDT

The Writing Revolution
This session provides an overview of the Hochman Method, an explicit set of specific writing strategies that teachers use in every grade and in all subjects, including ELA, social studies, science, world languages and math. This evidence-based and proven instructional methodology enables students to master the skills that are essential if they are to become competent writers. In turn, those skills equip students to become better readers, to communicate more effectively in writing and speaking, and most importantly, to elevate their thinking.

Presenters
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Dina Zoleo

Co-Director of Academics, TWR


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 4

11:40am CDT

Making Secondary Interventions Work
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus on implementing a daily intervention block at the secondary level. Hamburg High School and Carlisle High School will share their process of creating an intervention period. This session will include a question and answer time.

Presenters
avatar for Penny Martin

Penny Martin

Assistant Principal, Hamburg School District
My name is Penny Martin.  I was born, raised, and live in Crossett, Ar.  I just completed my 26th year in education.  I am the Assistant Principal at Hamburg High School.  Go Lions!  My passions are my family, the beach, and just being outdoors.  I want to be the best I can... Read More →
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Edward Tucker

Principal, Hamburg High School
After teaching for five years at Hamburg High School, I became an assistant principal and served in that capacity for four and one half years. in January of this year, I was hired as principal During my tenure at HHS, we received three years of direct Solution Tree training in which... Read More →
avatar for Judy Scroggins

Judy Scroggins

Dyslexia Coordinator/Reading Specialist, Carlisle School District
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BJ Greene

HS Principal/AD, Carlisle School District
avatar for Megan Aukes

Megan Aukes

Assistant Principal, Carlisle School District
avatar for Melissa Matus

Melissa Matus

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Nancy Redican

Nancy Redican

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 11:40am - 1:10pm CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Boardroom (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

ACTE: Construction CTE Programs – The Ingredients for a Successful CTE Program
Limited Capacity seats available

The Arkansas Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) bring together diverse competitors in the construction trades for the advancements of high school construction programs. Bill Roachell, ABC President, will discuss the core components required by school districts in developing and implementing successful Construction Technology programs and curricula.

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

ACTE: The Great Shift, Transitioning from the Computer Age
Limited Capacity seats available

James Houston, from Jacksonville schools, will discuss ways to take your computer science program to the next level. Their program consists of 4 years of computer science, IT, and cyber mixed together. Learn how to take students from Intro to Python to a Cyber Internship and Certification Prep. 

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

Becoming a High Reliability Teacher
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn the benefits of becoming a High Reliability Teacher and how the program can help educators grow both personally and professionally.

Presenters
avatar for Brittany Blakenship

Brittany Blakenship

District Coordinator, Danville Public Schools
avatar for Jill Clogston

Jill Clogston

Education Renewal Zone & Advanced Placement Summer Institute Director, Arkansas State University Education Renewal Zone
Jill ClogstonEducation Renewal Zone DirectorAdvanced Placement Summer Institute DirectorArkansas State Universityjclogston@astate.eduhttp://www.astate.edu/erz
avatar for Jordan Coleman

Jordan Coleman

Lake Hamilton School District
avatar for Deidra Murphy

Deidra Murphy

6th grade Literacy, Nashville School District


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Building Pathways to High Quality Instructional Materials in English Language Arts
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides an overview of Arkansas EdReports and will highlight the processes and criteria used to review English Language Arts curricula. Come and learn about the Arkansas specific gateways as you explore the Arkansas EdReports site which offers evidence-rich, comprehensive information about a program's alignment to the standards and other indicators of quality such as text quality and complexity; building knowledge; and usability.

Presenters
avatar for Amanda Bikowski

Amanda Bikowski

Manager, Partnerships (ELA), EdReports


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Building Pathways to High Quality Instructional Materials in Mathematics
Limited Capacity seats available

This session provides an overview of Arkansas EdReports and will highlight the processes and criteria used to review Mathematics curricula. Come and learn about the gateways as you explore the Arkansas EdReports site which offers evidence-rich, comprehensive information about a program's alignment to the standards and other indicators of quality such as focus and coherence; rigor and mathematical practices; and usability.

Presenters
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Tim Truitt

Director, Mathematics, EdReports


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

If I Had A Dime….
Limited Capacity seats available

If I had a dime for every time I said, "You gotta take care of yourself before you can take care of others!" I would have been able to rebuild our entire community after our disaster. In this session Dr. C.J. Huff, retired superintendent from Joplin, Missouri will share his very personal recovery and leadership journey following the May 22, 2011 tornado that destroyed much of his school system and implications for leaders who are currently leading their school communities through pandemic recovery. Attendees will leave this session with practical strategies and an understanding of the "3 Pillars" that serve as the leadership foundation for Career Sustaining Behaviors that can make a difference in the mental health and wellness of not only yourself, but those you lead.

Presenters
avatar for CJ Huff

CJ Huff

Founder, Bright Futures USA
I am an educator with over 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and superintendent of schools. Since my retirement in 2015 I have continued working with education systems to build integrated student supports through community-based, grassroots engagement... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Mind Movement: Move the Body, Expand the Mind
Limited Capacity seats available

Everybody, out of your seats! Movement isn't just for physical education class. New research tells us that if we want our kids to learn and achieve, no matter the age level or subject area, we will get them out of their chairs to move their bodies—and their minds. This session will identify the problems with a sedentary learning method, teaches the science behind the mind/body connection as it relates to physical activity, and explains how educators can be part of the solution for healthier, happier students. You will learn how physical activity can be integral to classroom learning and just how serious the problem of physical inactivity is for our students here in Arkansas.

Presenters
avatar for Judy LoBianco

Judy LoBianco

SHAPE America Past President, HPE Solutions LLC
2018-19 Past President of SHAPE America, 2018 Education Week Leader to Learn From and Co-Author of Organization and Administration in Physical education: Theory and Practice.Currently President/CEO of HPE Solutions Consulting LLC


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Movin’ on Up: An Examination of Value-Added Growth During School Transition Years in Arkansas
Limited Capacity seats available

Transitioning to new school buildings has been linked to lower academic outcomes for students. This study assesses the relationship between school transitions and grade-level value-added growth scores in Arkansas. Using data covering five school years, this study evaluates mathematics and English language-arts value-added growth scores of grade levels that transitioned to a new building and compared them to grade-level growth scores of buildings where students did not make a transition. Research-based recommendations to support students at risk of low growth during a transition year will be presented.

Presenters
avatar for Kate Barnes

Kate Barnes

Doctoral Academy Fellow, University of Arkansas
I'm a former Arkansas teacher and current PhD student studying Education Policy at the University of Arkansas.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

PLSB Social Media
Limited Capacity seats available

Technology has become part of our everyday lives. Understanding the potential challenges raised by incorporating and using technology in and out the classroom is important for all educators. Navigating pitfalls and mitigating the risk of staying connected will be addressed during this session.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Douglas

Amy Douglas

Director, Managing Attorney, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
I am the Director of the Professional Licensure Standards Board Investigation Unit. We conduct investigations into educator ethics violations. Ask me about professional development opportunities happening this summer!
avatar for Sarah Banker

Sarah Banker

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Sarah Banker has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2016. She started in the office as a Senior Investigator and in 2021 was promoted to the position of Chief Investigator of Data Management and Retention. Prior to joining the PLSB, she worked as a high school... Read More →
avatar for Vikki Jennings

Vikki Jennings

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Vikki Jennings has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2020 and is the Chief Investigator for Instructional Programs and Investigations. Vikki was an Arkansas teacher and administrator for 23 years. Vikki is a Harding University Graduate with a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Removing Barriers for Student Success
Limited Capacity seats available

When it comes to transitioning from high school to college, some students stumble. How can you best prepare secondary students for success?

Presenters
avatar for Mason Campbell

Mason Campbell

Assistant Director for Policy and Student Success, Arkansas Division of Higher Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Data Entry
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will provide eSchool Coordinators valuable information to about data entry rules. there are some rules that have specific orders like dropping/adding students. How this is complete can affect your SIS for cycles 2-7. The session will also contain information on data for accuracy before and during the cycle reporting process.

Presenters
avatar for Lynda Burt

Lynda Burt

Information System Business Analyst, ADE/APSCN
Having worked with APSCN since 1997, I am always interested in assisting districts to solve their issues from student data to state reporting.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Teacher Expectations and Student Achievement (TESA)
Limited Capacity filling up

Over 50 years of research have taught us that you get what you expect. If you don't expect much from your students, you won't get much from them. In fact, students tend to live up or down to the expectations afford them by the important people in their lives! During this highly-engaging workshop, experience 15 interactions that teachers should use to convey their high expectations to all students. These interactions include calling on all students, taking a personal interest in their lives, standing in close proximity to them, praising their academic work and complimenting their personal characteristics, as well as remaining cool and calm when correcting misbehavior. When these interactions are used, academic achievement and attendance increase and, behavior problems are reduced.

Presenters
avatar for Marcia Tate

Marcia Tate

CEO, Developing Minds, Inc.
Marcia L. Tate, EdD, is the former Executive Director of Professional Development for the DeKalb County School System, Decatur, Georgia. During her 30-year career with the district, she has been a classroom teacher, reading specialist, language arts coordinator, and staff development... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Extremely Flexible PD: Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) Reach
How can you use ALA Reach to personalize professional learning for you and your school's leaders? How can you leverage our free professional learning sessions with local and national experts to build your leadership team? How can you access the on-demand resources for flipped faculty meetings or teacher training in the summer and all year long? Find out how to use ALA Reach - every Arkansas school's free leadership development resource.  Session Outline and Supplemental Resources

Presenters
avatar for Brandy Baldwin

Brandy Baldwin

Arkansas Leadership Academy
avatar for Kerri White

Kerri White

Director, Arkansas Leadership Academy
Kerri White, Ed.D., is the Director of Engagement and Public Service at the University of Oklahoma Outreach/College of Continuing Education and is Director of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. In both roles, Dr. White focuses on building capacity of leaders as they seek to improve... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 1

1:00pm CDT

Pre-AP Implementation Supports
Explore the requirements for offering the new Pre-AP courses and learn about various supports that will be available to school leaders and teachers as they work to implement Pre-AP for all learners on their campuses.

Presenters
avatar for Rodney Jones

Rodney Jones

Senior Director, Pre-AP Implementation, College Board
avatar for Lana Sveda

Lana Sveda

Director, State and District Partnerships, College Board
Lana Sveda joined the College Board 2009. She supports districts in Central Texas and the state of Arkansas. Ms. Sveda began her career as middle school teacher in Austin ISD and Round Rock ISD. Prior to joining the College Board, Lana worked as a Relationship Sales Representative... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 4

1:00pm CDT

Virtual Arkansas - So You Want to Be a Virtual Educator?
Some could argue that all educators are now “virtual” educators to some degree. The reality is there are different types of virtual educator roles, and each approach has its own set of benefits and challenges for learning. Find out more about the skill set, models, credentials, and other considerations that go into being a highly qualified virtual educator.

Presenters
avatar for John Ashworth

John Ashworth

Superintendent, Virtual Arkansas, Virtual Arkansas
Mr. John Ashworth is the Superintendent and Executive Director of Virtual Arkansas, a State Virtual School (SVS) providing supplemental online course options to Arkansas schools. Mr. Ashworth spent eight years as a secondary science teacher and seven years as a building-level principal... Read More →
avatar for Candice McPherson

Candice McPherson

Director of Design and Development, Virtual Arkansas
Candice McPherson is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control, and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences... Read More →
avatar for Brandie Benton

Brandie Benton

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
Dr. Brandie Benton has over 20 years of experience in education and is currently leading the Curriculum and Instruction team for Virtual Arkansas, the state virtual school charged with providing digital learning services to districts across Arkansas.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 3

1:00pm CDT

We're Watching, But Are We Seeing? We're Listening But Are We Hearing?: The Power of Student Presence and Student Voice
In this session, Thomasenia Adams, takes us on a journey of her lived experiences from her childhood to her arrival in the field of mathematics education. Weaving a story that connects her home and schooling, she sets a stage for exposing the audience to what's possible when stakeholders are not just watching students as they come in and out of the mathematics classroom, but when these stakeholders are seeing students' potential and empowering students to excel. She delivers a narrative that also encourages the audience to solicit, capture, and honor student voices. In this session, she will challenge participants to examine their perspectives and practices as they relate to advocating for students in mathematics.

Presenters
avatar for Thomasenia Lott Adams

Thomasenia Lott Adams

DNA Mathematics, Solution Tree
Thomasenia Lott Adams is a professor of mathematics education. She is an accomplished scholar with her impact being evidenced by her publications, presentations, external funding, and professional service. She is co-author of the Making Sense of Mathematics for Teaching series (Grades... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Civil Rights 101
Limited Capacity filling up

Requirement of Annual Civil Rights Training for Child Nutrition Programs


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Strategies to Support Migrant Students with ELA and Math
Limited Capacity seats available

An overview of one-on-one and small group instructional techniques as well as ELA and Math updates. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and exchange best practices.

Presenters
avatar for Jeanna McKee

Jeanna McKee

GFESC
After teaching 7th and 8th-grade students for several years, I have been a K-12 Literacy Specialist at the Guy Fenter Education Service Cooperative for the last six years.  I love to read and learn new things, so this is the perfect job for me.  I am very passionate about the science... Read More →
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Pam Allen

Instructional Specialist, Wilbur D. Mills Ed. Serv. Co-op


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Keeping Faculty, Staff and Students Safe
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will highlight the importance of state mandated inspections and the new chapter 8 safety and security concerning the Arkansas School Facilities Manual.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Poole

Jeremy Poole

Area Project Manager-Maintenance, Arkansas Department of Education Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation
Hi, my name is Jeremy Poole and I am with DPSAFT-Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation since 2013. I am the Area 4 Area Project Manager-Maintenance. This area includes most of Southern Arkansas. Including Dawson, South Central, and South East Co-Ops.  During... Read More →
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Rebekah Surratt

Area Project Manager – Planning & Construction, Arkansas Department of Education Division of Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation


Tuesday July 12, 2022 1:00pm - 3:00pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

ACTE: Real World Cybersecurity
Limited Capacity seats available

Scott Anderson will share his extensive cyber experience during his Air Force Career and what he now does as the executive director at Forge Institute.  Prior to joining Forge Institute, Major Scott A. Anderson retired as Commander of the 223rd Cyberspace Operations Squadron of the 189th Airlift Wing of the Arkansas Air National Guard. In this role, Scott was responsible for leading all aspects of Cyber Operations Missions.

Presenters
avatar for Scott Anderson

Scott Anderson

Executive Director, Forge Institute


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

ACTE: Welding CTE Programs – Let’s Look at the Importance of Industry Engagement
Limited Capacity seats available

The tie between industry and education is a very strong one within Trade and Industry. Chris Layton, Welsco President, has many years in the industry side of Welding. Welsco has set forth one of the strongest commitments to education of any business partner in Arkansas. Chris will explain why Welsco has committed countless hours and dollars to aid in the development of welding education programs in Arkansas. Welsco is a strong SkillsUSA supporter as well as an instructor for many welding teacher in-service trainings. Ken Beach is the Associate Dean of ASU Newport. Ken has a strong background in welding and manufacturing. Ken has worked to make ASU Newport on of the largest Trade and Education facilities in Arkansas. Ken works tirelessly to help develop strong manufacturing curriculum for his students and around the state. Ken has leveraged his Business and Industry partnerships to help keep his programs on the cutting edge of technological as well as process developments with the manufacturing world.

Presenters
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Chris Layton

President of Sales, Welsco
I have worked for Welsco for 35 years, I spend about 25% of my time working with Educators to promote the Trades, ( Welding in our case). WE have a definite shortage of Welders across the nation, and here at home in Arkansas. We typically work with instructors to lay out a program... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

All Roads Lead to Licensure
Limited Capacity seats available

All roads lead to licensure, so why do you have road rage? Alternative licensure pathways don't have to be confusing. Explore the options available in Arkansas and get updates on the role of administrators and teachers during the alternative licensure process.

Presenters
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Venus Torrence

Program Manager, Recruitment and Retention, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Education and Equity
Limited Capacity seats available

Speaker will share ideas on the value of placing an emphasis on equity across the education space.

Presenters
avatar for David Jamison

David Jamison

David Jamison is known as @thedopeeducator, is an educator, speaker, activist and most recently named GAP Clothing 2021 Teacher Icon & Recruitment Advisor for Memphis-Shelby County Schools. Despite being misunderstood in his early childhood and constantly suspended from school for... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

Federal Finance Best Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Overview of best practices for all things related to federal finance.

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

I've Been Tagged for Accountability, Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Each fall, DESE calculates ESSA School Index Scores (based primarily on assessment data and graduation rates) which are used to notify schools of their State and Federal accountability status. 2022 is the next identification year for schools. In this session, you will learn more about:
*the criteria for being identified for State or Federal accountability,
*how to exit the status,
*the cascading levels of support the new identification year brings, and
*the plan requirements for the various levels of support.

Presenters
avatar for Ginny Stroud

Ginny Stroud

Federal Programs and District Support Manager, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
I have taught K, 2, 5, 6, college level and have been a principal in a K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 school building from AR, PA to HI, also serving as an assistant superintendent in the Honolulu Complex consisting of 12 schools. I led a team in "school turn around" for struggling schools... Read More →
avatar for Tiffani Grayer

Tiffani Grayer

Coordinator of School Performance and Monitoring, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I was born and raised in Hot Springs and am the proud mother of three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Hot Springs School District. Go Trojans! My role at DESE began as a Secondary Mathematics Specialist... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

PowerSchool Enrollment A Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

This session is a panel discussion with 4 of the school districts who are using the PowerSchool enrollment (online Registration) product. The session will explore how the districts are using the product, their experience with training, communication with parents etc. Come and engage in conversation to see if this is a product for you.

Presenters
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

APSCN Student Applications Manager, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Pam Carter

Pam Carter

Data Systems Manager, Cabot Public Schools
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Blake Owen

Director of Student Information, Marion School District
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Lori Yates

Administrator, Fort Smith


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

School Security Officers and School Administrators: A Tale of Two Responsibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

In the new age of school security, schools are beginning to hire more School Security Officers. School Security Officers play an invaluable role in helping schools ensure a safe and orderly climate. When rules, roles, and responsibilities are clarified, a more positive learning environment is created for students and staff alike. During this powerful and engaging session, you will learn effective strategies to build relationships between school administrators, School Security Officers, and other educational stakeholders. 

Presenters
avatar for John Evans

John Evans

Director of Campus Safety and Security, Marion School District
As the Director of Campus Safety and Security for the Marion School District, John is responsible for all areas of campus safety and security. Throughout his fifteen-year career in law enforcement, he has been engaged in a range of various aspects of the field. The Campus Safety and... Read More →
avatar for Dr. Katina Ray

Dr. Katina Ray

Superintendent, Marvell-Elaine School District
Currently, I serve as the Clinical Supervisor/Professor at Philander Smith College in the Division of Education.  In July 2022, I will begin serving as the Superintendent of the Marvell-Elaine School District.  Previously, I have worked as a principal and assistant principal.  I... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

School-based health centers; school culture panel
Limited Capacity seats available

Informing about SBHC, how they work, what is offered, how to receive funding, how they can benefit your school. Panel of seasoned School Based Health Center Coordinators

Presenters
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Mary Otwell

School Based Health Clinics Coordinator, Little Rock School District
avatar for Velda Keeney

Velda Keeney

Malvern School District
avatar for Medicaid In The Schools(MITS)

Medicaid In The Schools(MITS)

Program Advisor, Medicaid In The Schools


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Tech vs. Tornado: Lessons Learned from Joplin, Missouri
Limited Capacity seats available

Shortly before 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 22, 2011 Dr. C.J. Huff handed the last diploma to the graduating class at Joplin High School in Joplin, MO. At 5:41 p.m. the costliest tornado in US history ripped through the heart of the community killing 161 and injuring over 1,000 others. However, in the face of an unthinkable disaster, Joplin Schools found a way to recover and rebuild. In this session, Dr. Huff will openly share the technology challenges in the immediate aftermath of the storm and how technology was leveraged to build back stronger and more resilient in the aftermath.

Presenters
avatar for CJ Huff

CJ Huff

Founder, Bright Futures USA
I am an educator with over 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and superintendent of schools. Since my retirement in 2015 I have continued working with education systems to build integrated student supports through community-based, grassroots engagement... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Building Strong Partnerships with Parents who Have Experienced Trauma
Limited Capacity seats available

Building effective relationships between school personnel and parents is crucial in supporting students. This process can be challenging for families who have experienced trauma. This presentation will help learners understand the impact of trauma on parent mental health and behaviors and provide concrete, trauma-informed strategies for building better partnerships.

Presenters
avatar for Sufna John

Sufna John

Associate Professor; Clinical Director for the Arkansas Trauma Resource Initiative for Schools (TRIS), University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Sufna John, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and Associate Professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas. She specializes in infant and early childhood mental health and intergenerational trauma and trains various professionals in assessments... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Special Ed Early Childhood Reporting Requirements
The session will focus on the required early childhood data elements to be submitted in cycles 2-7 reporting for the 2022-2023 school year. In addition, the workshop will provide information and instructions for reviewing Cycle 7 data in MySped Resource.

Presenters
avatar for Khala Quarles, M.Ed

Khala Quarles, M.Ed

Training Coordinator, Data and Research
Khala Quarles is the Training Coordinator for IDEA Data and Research. Khala is responsible for training Special Education staff in the great State of Arkansas on all federal data reporting requirements annually using eSchool and MySped portals. Working in the education sector for... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 2

2:20pm CDT

Welcoming, Inclusive, Productive Content Classrooms for Multilingual Learners
General education classroom teachers can create a classroom environment for multilingual learners at all language proficiency levels that is welcoming, inclusive and productive. This session will feature practical examples so that participants can discover and plan next steps they can do right away to make their classrooms more culturally and linguistically responsive.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Ottow

Sarah Ottow

Director & Lead Coach, Confianza
As the founder and director of Confianza, I am passionate about promoting equitable schooling practices for culturally and linguistically diverse students and families in US and international schools. My team of consultants and I engage with schools through robust professional learning... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 4

2:20pm CDT

Interactive Instructional Tools from the Arkansas Digital Sandbox
In this session, we will learn to create video-based quizzes with the SmartSpot feature, interactive media-based Assignments with the Video Response System, and how to tie them together in a MediaSpot project! We will also look at various ways to share this content with students either via URL links, Google Classroom, or various LMS solutions. These media-based quizzes and assignments are great tools for both student review and assessment. This session is geared towards teachers and other instructional team members.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Clements

Sarah Clements

Director of Account Management, MyVrSpot


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:20pm - 3:50pm CDT
Zoom 1
  Virtual

2:30pm CDT

Modifications to Accommodate Disabilities in School Meals Programs USDAs requirements for accommodating disabilities in the Child Nutrition progrms.
Limited Capacity filling up

USDA's Civil Rights officer discusses the requirements for accommodating disabilities in the Child Nutrition progrms.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 2:30pm - 3:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

State of Education in Arkansas Focus Group
Limited Capacity seats available

Sign up for a "State of Education in Arkansas" focus group: https://survey.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_795PLLapkn9rrL0

Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

ACTE: CTE Credentialing - 10 Things to Know!
Limited Capacity seats available

NOCTI is a nationally known non-profit delivering credentialing services in close to 200 technical areas, but that isn't all we do. Come find out about credentialing new CTE teachers and administrators, credentialing data professionals, incorporating micro-credentials into the classroom, and employability credentials. Join this session to share ideas, learn about NOCTI resources, and discuss how to put data to work for improvement. 

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

3:40pm CDT

ACTE: Teaching 101 for Trade and Industry Teachers
Limited Capacity seats available

Do you ever feel like you just need some time to think about what is expected of you as a teacher? Come to this session for discussion on topics that will answer a lot of the wonders that you have about teaching.

Presenters
avatar for Angie Zimmerman

Angie Zimmerman

CTE Instructional Specialist, Arch Ford ESC


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

3:40pm CDT

Anti-bullying law for Administrators and Counselors
Limited Capacity filling up

How to address bullying through counseling and what the law requires of administrators when investigating

Presenters
avatar for Darrell Farmer

Darrell Farmer

Public School Program Advisor, Division of Elementary & Secondary Education (EAC)
Darrell Farmer has a decade of experience in the public school system, serving as a behavioral interventionist, multi-age intercessor, ALE facilitator/teacher and a dyslexia interventionist. Prior to his education work, he spent 19 years working in mental health. He has a bachelor’s... Read More →
avatar for Lance LeVar

Lance LeVar

Public School Program Advisor, Equity Assistance Center
Originally from Arkadelphia, Lance LeVar has over two decades of experience as an educator including 14 years in administration at all levels of education. He served as a teacher, high school and elementary school assistant principal, middle school principal and district administrator... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

Code of Ethics for Arkansas Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Members of the Professional Licensure Standards Board investigative team will walk you through the process from allegation to final state board order. Case studies will be used to provide participants an opportunity to apply their knowledge to various scenarios.

Presenters
avatar for Amy Douglas

Amy Douglas

Director, Managing Attorney, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
I am the Director of the Professional Licensure Standards Board Investigation Unit. We conduct investigations into educator ethics violations. Ask me about professional development opportunities happening this summer!
avatar for Sarah Banker

Sarah Banker

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Sarah Banker has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2016. She started in the office as a Senior Investigator and in 2021 was promoted to the position of Chief Investigator of Data Management and Retention. Prior to joining the PLSB, she worked as a high school... Read More →
avatar for Vikki Jennings

Vikki Jennings

Chief Investigator, ADE Professional Licensure Standards Board
Vikki Jennings has been with the Professional Licensure Standards Board since 2020 and is the Chief Investigator for Instructional Programs and Investigations. Vikki was an Arkansas teacher and administrator for 23 years. Vikki is a Harding University Graduate with a Masters in Educational... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Data Analysis - Let's talk about the Life Cycle of a Data Element
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you ever wondered what happens to your data after you enter it into eschool? In this session we will follow the life cycle of a data element. Learn how and when the information you enter in eSchool is used to calculate the Adjusted Cohort Graduation Rate and where it goes from there into accountability and reporting. Learn how student IDs, grade levels, demographics, entry/withdrawal codes impact the final products.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Airola

Denise Airola

Director, Office of Innovation for Education
Denise Airola founded the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) at the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The OIE focuses on enabling and accelerating innovative policies and practices to address barriers to educational... Read More →
avatar for Jill Johnson

Jill Johnson

APSCN Student Applications Manager, Arkansas Department of Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Migrant Student Identification and Recruitment Process
Limited Capacity seats available

After a review of the basic eligibility criteria under Title I, Part C of the Migrant Education Program, we will share the ID&R process our program uses to reach and qualify all migrant students in Arkansas. We will discuss ways we can bridge gaps and look for feedback from districts for building stronger relationships through district coordination to ensure all migrant students are quickly enrolled into the program, so we may provide supplemental education services as needed.

(Audience: District/school administrators, federal programs coordinators, eSchool/APSCN/Triand staff, and district migrant staff)

Presenters
avatar for LaRanda Clayton

LaRanda Clayton

Migrant REDS, DMESC
I work for the Title I-Migrant Education Program. I work with tutors and recruiters across the state to ensure compliance with the identification & recruitment requirements for our program. I also compile the Migrant data for the Arkansas' CSPR. I want educators in Arkansas to know... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Hulan

Ashley Hulan

Recruitment Eligibility Data Specialist, Guy Fenter Migrant Education
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HEIDI HARRIS

Wilbur D Mills Ed Svcs Coop


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

School Improvement Plans and District Support Plans: Understanding Who, What, When and Why
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will focus school and district level improvement plans and understanding the requirements and components of each plan type.

Presenters
avatar for Melissa Matus

Melissa Matus

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Nancy Redican

Nancy Redican

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Traci Holland

Traci Holland

District Support Specialist, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
avatar for Tally Harp

Tally Harp

District Support Specialist, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Social Media Awareness Campaign: Panel Discussion
Limited Capacity seats available

Join our 2021-2022 SMACtalk featured guests in a riveting panel discussion where we will engage one another in conversation around hot topics involving social media and internet safety.

Moderators
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education
Ray Girdler currently serves as the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education. Over the years, he has served in multiple roles at the school and district levels. At ADE, Mr. Girdler’s team provides direct support to schools and districts for multiple... Read More →

Presenters
avatar for Cedric Black

Cedric Black

Cedric Black is a seasoned professional with over 18 years of experience in music business, development, and consulting.  He brings a wealth of expertise with particular strengths in areas such as music publishing and copyright administration, music business development and digital... Read More →
avatar for CJ Huff

CJ Huff

Founder, Bright Futures USA
I am an educator with over 20 years of experience as an elementary teacher, elementary principal, and superintendent of schools. Since my retirement in 2015 I have continued working with education systems to build integrated student supports through community-based, grassroots engagement... Read More →
avatar for Rachel Schell

Rachel Schell

Online Learning Expert, RAS Personalized Solutions
Hi! I'm Rachel Schell and I can show you how to create focused, engaging, and motivational online learning.Since 2008, I've worked with organizations to create online training that transforms learners. It all began when I was researching online learning as part of my first Master's... Read More →
avatar for Ebony Mitchell

Ebony Mitchell

Miss Arkansas 2022


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

The Importance of Accurate Reporting
Limited Capacity seats available

Proper enrollment is key when determining both participation rates and graduation cohorts. Since assessment data and graduation rates are primary indicators for ESSA School Index, ensuring the integrity and quality of the data that gets used for these calculations is critical. In this session, topics will include:
*eSchoolPlus data pulls
*Testing Windows
*Participation Requirements
*Corrections Processes
*Proper Documentation
*Corrections Windows
*Reasons for Denials in 2021

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Harpe

Michelle Harpe

School Performance and Monitoring Director, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward

Systems Analyst, Arkansas Department of Education
Kevin Ward is the Systems Analyst with the School Performance Unit at the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). He assists the State Systems Administrator in regards to the ESSA School Index, Report Card, and Graduation Rates. Also create documents and video... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Transportation Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

This session will take a look at school transportation laws, rules and regulations and best practices for public school transportation operations in Arkansas.

Presenters
avatar for Denise Twisdale

Denise Twisdale

School Bus Driver Trainer, Arkansas Dept. of Education - DPSAFT


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

UDL and Digital Learning
Limited Capacity seats available

Universal Design for Learning Framework has had a long history rooted in technology. Administrators, Curriculum Coordinators, Specialists, SPED Coordinators, and educators will get an overview of the framework and how eLearning can help Universal Design for Learning take shape in the classroom.

Presenters
avatar for Kirsten Wilson

Kirsten Wilson

eLearning Coordinator, DESE Research and Technology
Novice podcaster, wishful gardener, and lover of animals, Kirsten is a passionate, innovative, and strategic leader that loves to help fellow educators. Experienced student-focused educator of 23 years with over 10 years of experience presenting in multiple modalities. Expertise in... Read More →
avatar for Katie Pittenger

Katie Pittenger

Technology Outreach Coordinator, DESE Research & Technology


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

3:40pm CDT

USDA's Transitional Meal Pattern Requirements for School Year 2022-23 - Recent AR Findings and How to Avoid Findings in the Future
Limited Capacity filling up

USDA's Transitional Meal Pattern Requirements for Child Nutrition programs for SY 2022-23. Recent findings related to meal pattern are the topic of discussion.

Presenters

Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Virtual Arkansas - So You Want to Be a Virtual Educator?
Limited Capacity seats available

Some could argue that all educators are now “virtual” educators to some degree. The reality is there are different types of virtual educator roles, and each approach has its own set of benefits and challenges for learning. Find out more about the skill set, models, credentials, and other considerations that go into being a highly qualified virtual educator.

Presenters
avatar for John Ashworth

John Ashworth

Superintendent, Virtual Arkansas, Virtual Arkansas
Mr. John Ashworth is the Superintendent and Executive Director of Virtual Arkansas, a State Virtual School (SVS) providing supplemental online course options to Arkansas schools. Mr. Ashworth spent eight years as a secondary science teacher and seven years as a building-level principal... Read More →
avatar for Candice McPherson

Candice McPherson

Director of Design and Development, Virtual Arkansas
Candice McPherson is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control, and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences... Read More →
avatar for Brandie Benton

Brandie Benton

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
Dr. Brandie Benton has over 20 years of experience in education and is currently leading the Curriculum and Instruction team for Virtual Arkansas, the state virtual school charged with providing digital learning services to districts across Arkansas.


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

3:40pm CDT

Ding Dong the EdReflect is Gone!
EdReflect has been replaced as the statewide tool supporting TESS and LEADS. Attendees will view the new platform and participate in a Q&A.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

Director of Licensure, DESE


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 3

3:40pm CDT

EL Data Quality and Reporting
This session will detail how data will be collected from districts in regards to English Learners for 2022-23. EL funding will be dependent on data and information reported in eSchool. The speaker will address the requirement that every student enrolled in an Arkansas school completes the common Arkansas Home Language Usage Survey, screening for potential identification as an English Learner, eSchool data entry, and COGNOS reports available for districts in regards to English Learners.

Presenters
avatar for Tricia Kerr

Tricia Kerr

ESOL Program Director/Title III Co-Coordinator, Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Passionately advocating for English Learners/Multilingual Learners in today's classrooms! 31 yrs K-12 experience: teacher/coordinator/director/teacher-ed


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 2

3:40pm CDT

Teaching Science with Traveler
This session will take a closer look at the supplemental resources available for Science teachers including Science Online and Today’s Science from InfoBase, science experiments from World Book Online, and more.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Walton

Katie Walton

Manager of Acquisitions, Arkansas State Library
Katie Walton is the Acquisitions Manager for the Arkansas State Library. In addition to purchasing materials for the library's collection, Katie oversees the Arkansas Traveler Statewide Databases and the Arkansas Digital Library Consortium. She has experience in school, academic... Read More →


Tuesday July 12, 2022 3:40pm - 4:40pm CDT
Zoom 4

4:40pm CDT

District Team Debrief
School/District teams will have the opportunity to meet during this time and share what they learned.

Tuesday July 12, 2022 4:40pm - 5:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall C Hot Springs Convention Center
 
Wednesday, July 13
 

8:30am CDT

(KEYNOTE) Closing the Empathy Gap
Participants will have the opportunity to hear Susanna Post, the 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, share stories from the classroom, advice on being a warm demander, and strategies to ensure success for all students.

Presenters
avatar for Susanna Post

Susanna Post

2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, ADE/DESE
Before becoming the 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Susanna Post taught math and business courses in grades 7 through 12 at Belle Point, the alternative high school in Fort Smith. As a nontraditional educator, Susanna attributes much of her classroom success to her 12 years of... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 8:30am - 10:00am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

ACTE: Ready, Set, Graduate, & Reverse Job Fair
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn about a week-long program to prepare graduating seniors to enter the world after high school. The program ends in a reverse job fair that has employers going from table to table to see possible job candidates.

Presenters
avatar for Justin Neel

Justin Neel

Principal, Caddo Academy
Passionate and excited lead learner focused on bringing the real world into the classroom. I believe that strong community engagement fosters opportunities for student-focused learning.


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

ACTE: What does a CTE Administrator Look Like?
Limited Capacity seats available

Join in for a panel discussion to learn specific ways that school leaders can support Career & Technical Education teachers. You will hear from successful CTE Administrators who manage Perkins funds and provide strong support for their CTE programs. A variety of leaders will be present, from large to small Perkins consortiums to single LEA leaders and some in between!

Moderators
avatar for Stacey Southerland

Stacey Southerland

CTE Coordinator, DeQueen-Mena Education Service Coop
Career & Technical Education

Presenters
avatar for Kelli Cypert

Kelli Cypert

CTE Coordinator, Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative
avatar for Lisa Hotsenpiller

Lisa Hotsenpiller

Director of Career & Technical Education, Fayetteville Public Schools
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Jennifer Turner

CTE Coordinator, Guy Fenter ESC Career and Technical Education Coordinator
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Shannon Puckett

CTE COORDINATOR, SOUTHWEST ARKANSAS EDUCATION COOPERATIVE


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

10:20am CDT

AToys "R" Us
Limited Capacity seats available

A Model for Celebrating and Elevating Your Teacher of the Year

Presenters
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Susanna Post

2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, ADE/DESE
Before becoming the 2021 Arkansas Teacher of the Year, Susanna Post taught math and business courses in grades 7 through 12 at Belle Point, the alternative high school in Fort Smith. As a nontraditional educator, Susanna attributes much of her classroom success to her 12 years of... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Crisis Response Teams: Developing A Local Team
Limited Capacity seats available

A Crisis Response Team (CRT) is a group of individuals specifically trained to provide trauma mitigation, education and emotional first aid in the aftermath of a critical incident, either small-scale or mass-casualty. In this session you will hear from a national leader in training CRTs and gainunderstanding about the need for and benefits of a CRT as well as informaiton to help you establish your own local team. NOVA Crisis Response Team Training™ has over thirty years of evidence-informed and field-tested best practices as a crisis management utility that includes trauma mitigation and education protocols. With over ten thousand trained in North America and internationally, NOVA CRT training is an effective tool that can be instantly scaled-up for mass-casualty critical incidents. NOVA CRT™ members each have a minimum of twenty-four hours of skill-based, field-tested training.

Presenters
avatar for Suzanne Jones

Suzanne Jones

NOVA Arkansas Consultant, Independent Consultant
Suzanne Jones is a lifelong educator with a passion for helping children. She has held many roles including classroom teacher, state supervisor, education manager, and most recently school safety coordinator. As a Family and Consumer Science educator, Mrs. Jones spent the first part... Read More →
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Kellie Portman

Crisis Response Training Manager, National Organization for Victim Assistance
Kellie Portman is currently the Crisis Response Training Manager with the National Organization for Victim Assistance. Kellie joined the NOVA community as a certified NOVA Crisis Response Team® training instructor in 2018 before accepting a full-time staff position in 2020. As a... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Culturally Responsive Science: Empowering our students to use what they have to change their world
Limited Capacity seats available

This session infuses the tenets of Culturally Responsive
Teaching in Science to support the practice of activism
student empowerment in the science classroom.

Objectives Teachers will examine the 4 components of
culturally responsive teaching and how they apply
in the science classroom.
Teachers will deep dive into 1 of the 4 components
and use design thinking to address current
barriers to classroom implementation
Teachers will collaboratively create plans and give
feedback to build more culturally responsive
science classrooms

Presenters
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Willie Washington

Executive Director, The Kingsman Leadership Academy
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Jaraux Washington

Founder, The Butterfly Effect Education Group
Jaraux Washington is originally from St. Paul Minnesota but currently resides in Tampa Florida. She has spent most of her professional career as a Public School Teacher with brief stints in biological, environmental, and research sciences. As an educator, mentor, scientist, coach... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Leading PLCs District-wide
Limited Capacity filling up

Does your district struggle with reaching and growing all students? Do teachers in your district ever say they just “don't have time” to add one more “initiative”? Is remediation a term that your school still uses? Do you want to learn more about how to implement the Professional Learning Communities process district wide, learn how to create a long term plan for success, AND create a culture of collaboration that is focused solely on students learning at high levels? Then this session is for you!

Join us as we share our vision of Student Focused Education and how we are making it work for kids in our district. The facilitators will share the ongoing journey of what it takes to transition a district into a learning environment aimed at reaching all students. 

This session will include information about how one district is implementing true Professional Learning Communities with dual support from both the Regional PLC Collaborative and Solution Tree. The presentation will focus on establishing district and building direction for implementation, professional training plans, teacher and administration collaboration time, master scheduling options, and the opportunity for participants to ask the presenters specific questions. The facilitators and discussion panel will provide attendees a “look” at the way the PLC process is shaping the culture of teaching and learning in a rural Arkansas school district, home to approximately 1,800 students.

Presenters
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Christy Graham

Berryville Public Schools
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Tammi Hasty-Davis

Central Office Administration
School Culture, Professional Learning Communities, Collaborative Teams, RTI, Common Assessments
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Owen Powell

Berryville School District


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Manage Your Contracts Before They Manage You
Limited Capacity filling up

Regulatory and Best Practices for contract management are discussed.

Presenters
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Nancy Dill

DESE, CNU
Nancy is a lifelong Arkansan who began working for the Arkansas Department of Education, Child Nutrition Unit in 2009.  Currently, she is the Public School Program Manager for Charter Schools and Food Service Management Companies.  She holds two Bachelor of Science degrees in vocational... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Mindfulness in Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Mindfulness what? Yes, mindfulness has a place in schools. Come and spend a little time with Cloverdale Middle School and gain understanding of the research that supports the need for integrating mindfulness in schools. You will also learn useful tools to help students focus their attention, reduce stress, and bring an awareness to their emotions. Most importantly, you will gain an understanding of modeling, teaching and reinforcing mindfulness!

Presenters
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Crystal Braswell

Student Achievement Admin, Cloverdale Middle -LRSD
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Wanda Ruffins

Cloverdale Middle -LRSD


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Moving the Needle: Getting the Best Possible ESSA School Index Score
Limited Capacity seats available

2021 was an unusual year in accountability considering only 12% of schools showed an increase in their overall ESSA Score. Many schools are aiming to improve their score for 2022. In this session, we will discuss the following:
*What worked in 2021;
*Multiple measures of student academic achievement and growth;
*Participation requirements;
*Calculations;
*Resources for improvement;


Presenters
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Tiffani Grayer

Coordinator of School Performance and Monitoring, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I was born and raised in Hot Springs and am the proud mother of three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Hot Springs School District. Go Trojans! My role at DESE began as a Secondary Mathematics Specialist... Read More →
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Louis Ferren

State Systems Administrator, ADE DESE School Performance
State, district and school report cards (SRC), graduation rates, Assessment Correction Engine (ACE) Reasons Not Tested, Graduation rate corrections (ACGR), Business Rules for calculation of ESSA school index, ESSA reports.


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Recruitment of Migrant Out of School Youth - H2A Visa Workers.
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn strategies and resource tools to locate and recruit qualifying out-of-school youth and families who come to work on farms in Arkansas through the USDOL Temporary Worker Program.

Presenters
CO

Clare Ortiz

Southeast Arkansas Migrant Program


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Special Education Law
Limited Capacity filling up

Discussion of SPED law; applying to real world situations

Presenters
avatar for Cristy Park

Cristy Park

Attorney Specialist, Arkansas Dept. of Education
Cristy Park joined Arkansas Department of Education’s Legal Services as an attorney specialist in 2021. Prior to joining ADE, Ms. Park represented individuals with disabilities, including special education students, at the State’s federally mandated protection and advocacy system... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Training, Growing, and Hiring Diverse Administrators
Limited Capacity seats available

Leadership is an intricate part of making the culture of instruction impactful for all schools. Diverse instructional leaders are important to the work and how students and teachers see themselves. As educators begin to retire and transition to other endeavors, it is important to attract diverse administrators due to our eclectic world of education. We will share the strategies used to grow your own, train, and hire diverse administrators.

Presenters
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Darrick Williams

Director of Licensure, Arkansas Department of Education
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Shawn Burgess

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources, Pulaski County Special School District
I am currently the Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources at PCSSD. I have worked in various capacities in education...HR, building level administration, and classroom teacher. I love helping and impacting people especially educators and students. I believe working together... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Meeting Rooms 2 & 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

10:20am CDT

Building a Positive Culture
Limited Capacity filling up

Culture is the solution, not the problem!
When there are challenges and adversities upon us everyday, how do we create a true culture to ensure high levels of learning for all students?
Joe Cudemmi will share how to transform school culture while examining the assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and habits that comprise our schools’ culture, to ensure a productive and functional environment. You will receive information and tools to address your cultural needs so that leadership and teachers are high performing, and the students are high achieving. You will address cultural shifts for student achievement in this workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Cuddemi

Joe Cuddemi

Speaker/Author, Solution Tree
Joe Cuddemi, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University.He specializes in the implementation and development of... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Disrupting Unproductive Mindsets and Practices using Strengths - Based Teaching
How do we recognize, believe in, and build on the strengths of the teachers and students we serve? Every mathematics teacher and leader is charged with forging a path leading to improved student learning. Through examples, Mona will explore the Empower guiding principle of the NCSM Essential Actions: Framework for Mathematics Leadership and share strength-based leadership strategies to build productive mindsets and practices in both students and teachers.

Presenters
avatar for Mona Toncheff

Mona Toncheff

Immediate Past President, NCSM: Leadership in Mathematics Education
Mona Toncheff, MEd, a mathematics education consultant and author, works with educators and leaders nationwide to build collaborative teams - empowering them with effective strategies to ensure all students receive high-quality mathematics instruction. She previously worked as both... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 3
  Virtual

10:20am CDT

Preparing Your Students for the Future with LearningExpress Library
This session will highlight the many ways LearningExpress Library can benefit your students. Available through the Arkansas State Library’s Traveler Database Program, this incredible digital resource offers test prep materials for college entrance exams, AP exams, and high school equivalency exams; career related tutorials and certification prep; and lessons for workplace skills development.

Presenters
avatar for Katie Walton

Katie Walton

Manager of Acquisitions, Arkansas State Library
Katie Walton is the Acquisitions Manager for the Arkansas State Library. In addition to purchasing materials for the library's collection, Katie oversees the Arkansas Traveler Statewide Databases and the Arkansas Digital Library Consortium. She has experience in school, academic... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 2

10:20am CDT

TAC Tips for Teachers
This session will explore some helpful features with the Teacher Access Center (TAC) that will be interesting for teachers.

Presenters
avatar for Echo Dickson

Echo Dickson

APSCN Field Analyst, Arkansas Dept of Education


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:20am CDT
Zoom 4
  Virtual

10:20am CDT

Oral Language Foundations of Literacy…Reading is Language, Too!!
Limited Capacity seats available

Babies start learning to read the moment they are born. Reading and writing skills are built on a foundation of the amazing complexity of understanding and use of the sounds, words, sentences, and intentions of the language to which we are exposed. While understanding and speaking are generally automatic and natural ways of engaging with language, as a rule, reading and writing must be directly taught. Insights into the ways in which the components of aural/oral language contribute to the development and achievement of literacy will be presented. Participants will learn how each aspect of language is related to literacy on the oral-written continuum, as well as where the differences lie, and how the language teachers use influences student learning.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 11:50am CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

10:20am CDT

Tier One
ACA §6-20-2204 requires Superintendents and bookkeepers to attend a minimum of 2 hours of annual training on school laws, expenditure of school funds, fiscal accountability, school finance, ethics, and financial accounting and reporting. This class meets the requirements of the law. Additionally, school districts are required to provide 2 hours of Tier II training. Some districts choose to use this course to meet that requirement.

Presenters
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Kelli Golden

CFO, AAEA


Wednesday July 13, 2022 10:20am - 12:20pm CDT
Zoom 1

11:40am CDT

ACT WorkKeys Implementation
Limited Capacity filling up

This session will discuss key data points from the first year of statewide implementation of ACT WorkKeys. It will also consist of a panel of districts discussing their experience and implementation plans of ACT WorkKeys curriculum and assessment.

Presenters
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Shantele Raper

Assistant Superintendent, Rivercrest School District
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Mary Beck

Program Coordinator, Arkansas Division of Career and Technical Education
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Trinity Jones

Assessment Program Advisor, ADE: DESE


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

11:40am CDT

Basic Survival Skills: Child Nutrition Program Audits
Limited Capacity filling up

Arkansas Legislative Audit reviews common audit findings for Child Nutrition programs and how to prevent them

Presenters
avatar for Matt Fink

Matt Fink

Deputy Legislative Auditor, Arkansas Legislative Audit


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Culturally Responsive Science: Empowering our students to use what they have to change their world
Limited Capacity seats available

This session infuses the tenets of Culturally Responsive
Teaching in Science to support the practice of activism
student empowerment in the science classroom.

Objectives Teachers will examine the 4 components of
culturally responsive teaching and how they apply
in the science classroom.
Teachers will deep dive into 1 of the 4 components
and use design thinking to address current
barriers to classroom implementation
Teachers will collaboratively create plans and give
feedback to build more culturally responsive
science classrooms

Presenters
avatar for Jaraux Washington

Jaraux Washington

Founder, The Butterfly Effect Education Group
Jaraux Washington is originally from St. Paul Minnesota but currently resides in Tampa Florida. She has spent most of her professional career as a Public School Teacher with brief stints in biological, environmental, and research sciences. As an educator, mentor, scientist, coach... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Day One Ready/State Review
Limited Capacity seats available

Get up to speed on the progress of our state review.

Presenters
avatar for Celena Siprajim

Celena Siprajim

Partner, TNTP
Celena Siprajim is a Partner at TNTP and has been with the TNTP team since 2011. Celena leads a diverse portfolio of client work that integrates TNTP’s approach on academics, talent management, and supportive environments for school leaders, district leaders, teachers and students... Read More →
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Edie Stewart

Director of Educator Preparation, Arkansas Department of Education


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Human Trafficking – FBI Case Study
Limited Capacity filling up

As educators, you are in a position to potentially recognize children at risk of being abused or are already being harmed or violated. You are also one of the first lines of defense in combating crimes against children by detecting those victims and notifying the proper authorities or administrators of your concerns.  This training will provide information to help support child safety and advocacy in schools.  In this session, the FBI Little Rock Field Office will define Human Trafficking and share some common risk factors or behaviors to aid you in identifying possible victims as well as cyber safety information to keep kids safe online. A case example will also be presented to illustrate how human trafficking can occur in your communities and to children you may encounter every day within your schools.


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

McKinney-Vento Identification: How to Implement Better Identification practices for Your District
Limited Capacity seats available

McKinney-Vento is a federal law that serves students who are identified to be experiencing homelessness. As a state, Arkansas has been severely under identified when it comes to students and families who are experiencing homelessness. If the students are not identified, they cannot receive services that they are entitled to. This training will provide an overview of how homelessness is defined federally, the services that the McKinney-Vento Law includes, and best practices for districts and communities to improve identification of students and families that experience homelessness.

Presenters
avatar for Jessica Hickman

Jessica Hickman

Public-School Program Advisor - McKinney-Vento, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
Jessica Hickman is the new Public-School Program Advisor for the state of Arkansas on the McKinney-Vento Law. This law provides services for students experiencing homelessness. She has a passion for learning and a passion for helping students that makes her current role helping students... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

School Choice
Limited Capacity seats available

Discussion of The School Choice Act of 2015, Opportunity School Choice, and Military School Choice

Presenters
avatar for Shasta Wagner

Shasta Wagner

Attorney, Arkansas Department of Education
Hi! I returned to ADE in April of this year to join legal services as an attorney. I previously worked in the PLSB unit, and made such great connections that when an opportunity arose to return to ADE I knew I had to take it. I am excited to be here! 


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Special Ed Federal Reporting Requirements
Limited Capacity seats available

Ever wonder how the data submitted to DESE is used? LEAs often ask DESE offices "Where did you get that data?". Learn about the Special Education required reporting to the US Department of Education and its linkage to the data you report.

Presenters
avatar for Jody Fields

Jody Fields

Director, IDEA Data & Research, UA Little Rock


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

Supporting Novice Teachers in PLC Processes
Limited Capacity seats available

As a principal, I haven't had a year that I haven't had at least one new staff member. Our veterans know all the blood, sweat, and tears that have been poured into building and maintaining a collaborative school culture, but those that are new do not. Using your Guiding Coalition's expertise is a great way to give the benefit of shared knowledge to all. Leaning in on their guidance, there are a number of ways to actively engage all members of the school community and build shared knowledge among your staff. We'll talk about what knowledge needs to be established and clear and ways to not only inform but to empower members of your team as they understand the why of the PLC process.

Presenters
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Stacye Shelnut

Benton School District


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

The Model Digital Learning School Program: A Program for Amylifying and Synergizing the Innovative Work of Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This session explores the early iteration of the Model Digital Learning School Program. The process of how this program is being developed, the voices that are giving input and developing the program, and the vision for how this will be implemented will be shared. Participants will be able to identify the levels of progress within the Model Digital Learning School Program; explore the rubric and it’s criterion; survey the comprehensive resources and supports participating schools will receive; and evaluate the benefits of holding any level of progression in the Model Digital Learning School Program. The purpose of this program will be to meet schools where they are in their holistic digital learning implementation and assist those schools to make strategic forward progress by taking advantage of the resources, support, and mentoring available to them. Plug in to this session to find out how you can recharge learning in your school initially through the use of the rubric and long term as it is fully implemented.

Presenters
avatar for Ray Girdler

Ray Girdler

Director of Data Use & Privacy, Arkansas Department of Education
Ray Girdler currently serves as the Director of Data Use & Privacy for the Arkansas Department of Education. Over the years, he has served in multiple roles at the school and district levels. At ADE, Mr. Girdler’s team provides direct support to schools and districts for multiple... Read More →
avatar for Kirsten Wilson

Kirsten Wilson

eLearning Coordinator, DESE Research and Technology
Novice podcaster, wishful gardener, and lover of animals, Kirsten is a passionate, innovative, and strategic leader that loves to help fellow educators. Experienced student-focused educator of 23 years with over 10 years of experience presenting in multiple modalities. Expertise in... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Meeting Room 1 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

The Relationship Between Child Maltreatment and Academic Achievement
Limited Capacity seats available

Looking beyond the basic mandated reporting requirements, this session will address the relationship between child maltreatment and academic achievement. Exposure to one or more types of abuse may result in an array of negative outcomes, including lower academic achievement. Lower academic achievement is associated with long-term, negative psychosocial and economic consequences, such as higher representation in the criminal justice system, substance abuse issues, and high unemployment. Reporting child maltreatment can help reduce low academic achievement which can improve the future quality of life of our students.

Presenters
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Taylor May

Supervisor of Prevention & Community Education, Cooper-Anthony Mercy Child Advocacy Center


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

The Social Shake-Up: Keys to Effective Social Media in Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This engaging workshop will provide educators with effective social media strategies to share, create, and spread information to increase stakeholder engagement and participation in schools.  This session will also offer necessary strategies for promoting school activities using influential social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google in order to increase parental, community, and staff engagement.  When schools develop effective social media strategies, parents, students, and educational stakeholders enjoy greater interaction and access to school news, school policy, sports, and other educational information.

Presenters
avatar for Sharmane Evans, Ed.S

Sharmane Evans, Ed.S

West Memphis School District, Library Media Specialist, Weaver Elementary
Sharmane Evans has been an educator for seventeen years. Since 2012, she has worked as a library media specialist. She is the school's social media manager in addition to her duties in the library media center. She is responsible for updating and managing the school's social media... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

We Have Standards: SFA Tool, Standards, and Processes
Limited Capacity seats available

In Arkansas, we have standards. Every student, every day deserves the quality of education afforded by the Arkansas Standards for Accreditation. This presentation will cover the Standards for Accreditation Tool; the Rules, timeline, and procedure for correcting exceptions; and the reasons and methods for cleaning up district and school level data for accurate Standards reporting.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

11:40am CDT

Building a Positive Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Culture is the solution, not the problem!
When there are challenges and adversities upon us everyday, how do we create a true culture to ensure high levels of learning for all students
Joe Cudemmi will share how to transform school culture while examining the assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and habits that comprise our schools’ culture, to ensure a productive and functional environment. You will receive information and tools to address your cultural needs so that leadership and teachers are high performing, and the students are high achieving. You will address cultural shifts for student achievement in this workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Cuddemi

Joe Cuddemi

Speaker/Author, Solution Tree
Joe Cuddemi, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University.He specializes in the implementation and development of... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

11:40am CDT

All Roads Lead to Licensure
All roads lead to licensure, so why do you have road rage? Alternative licensure pathways don't have to be confusing. Explore the options available in Arkansas and get updates on the role of administrators and teachers during the alternative licensure process.

Presenters
avatar for Venus Torrence

Venus Torrence

Program Manager, Recruitment and Retention, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 4

11:40am CDT

JAG Overview
We will discuss in detail all of our JAG programs that we currently offer in the State of Arkansas. Share outcomes from previous school year. Discuss state future goals for JAG.

Presenters
avatar for Curtis Scales

Curtis Scales

Special Population Manager, Department Career Technology Education


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

11:40am CDT

S.M.A.R.T Goals
Educators in a professional learning community need to assess their effectiveness in helping all students learn and use that evidence to improve their practice and respond to students’ needs. A way to focus on results is to have each collaborative team establish SMART goals that align to the school goal. At the end of this session, you will be able to articulate why educators should focus on collaboratively working toward SMART goals and understand how to create a results orientation in a PLC using SMART goals.

Presenters
avatar for Jana Wilson

Jana Wilson

District Data and Assessment Coordinator, New Teacher Coordinator, 504 Coordinator, West Memphis School District
I am the District Data and Assessment Coordinator, New Teacher Coordinator, and 504 Coordinator at West Memphis School District. I was the principal at Blytheville Primary School for six years. Our school was part of cohort 2 of the Arkansas PLC at Work project and became a Model... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 11:40am - 12:40pm CDT
Zoom 3

1:00pm CDT

ACTE: Educating Communities on Stroke One Outreach Event at a Time
Limited Capacity seats available

The presentation will cover why stroke outreach is very important to all age groups and ethnicities.

Presenters
avatar for Olivia Wilson

Olivia Wilson

Program Manager Community Outreach, UAMS IDHI Stroke Program


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

ACTE: STEM Career Exploration and Coding Resources Students and Teachers Love!: Learning Blade, Career Blade, Ready for Industry
Limited Capacity seats available

You may have heard of Learning Blade. But did you know in 2022 Arkansas educators will have FREE access to the entire AR Career Awareness and Preparation System (AR-CAPS) system that includes Learning Blade (Grades 5-9), Career Blade (K-12) and Ready for Industry (Grades 11-Adult). AR-CAPS is provided by the Arkansas Department of Education and the Office of the Governor as a piece of Ready for Life. Join us to explore the platforms and learn how they work together to form a comprehensive STEM and industry career exploration and preparation system.

Presenters
avatar for Michele Linch

Michele Linch

State Director - AR, Learning Blade - Career Blade
Dr. Michele Linch serves as the State Director of the Learning Blade and Career Blade systems, which are focused on building the high-demand workforce pipeline for Arkansas.  She took this role after having served as the Arkansas State Teacher Association's Executive Director for... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

1:00pm CDT

Counselors in a PLC
Limited Capacity seats available

This session offers Counselors ideas on their role in a collaborative team in a PLC.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Data Collection and Requirements for the Migrant Program
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will be given instructions on completing all data collection forms required for the 2022-23 school year.

Presenters
avatar for LaRanda Clayton

LaRanda Clayton

Migrant REDS, DMESC
I work for the Title I-Migrant Education Program. I work with tutors and recruiters across the state to ensure compliance with the identification & recruitment requirements for our program. I also compile the Migrant data for the Arkansas' CSPR. I want educators in Arkansas to know... Read More →
avatar for Ashley Hulan

Ashley Hulan

Recruitment Eligibility Data Specialist, Guy Fenter Migrant Education
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HEIDI HARRIS

Wilbur D Mills Ed Svcs Coop


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Extraordinary Vocabulary: Vocabulary Acquisition in the Child who is Deaf/Hard of Hearing
Limited Capacity seats available

The process of developing vocabulary is incredible in the child who has access to sounds and spoken language. For the child who does not, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, it is even more fascinating. This session will explore the difficulties related to vocabulary development in the Deaf/HH child and provide ideas for classroom support.

Presenters
avatar for Mary Martha Henry

Mary Martha Henry

Audiologist, AR School for the Deaf
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Beth Helms

Speech Language Pathologist, AR School for the Deaf


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

I've Been Tagged for Accountability, Now What?
Limited Capacity seats available

Each fall, DESE calculates ESSA School Index Scores (based primarily on assessment data and graduation rates) which are used to notify schools of their State and Federal accountability status. 2022 is the next identification year for schools. In this session, you will learn more about:
*the criteria for being identified for State or Federal accountability,
*how to exit the status,
*the cascading levels of support the new identification year brings, and
*the plan requirements for the various levels of support.

Presenters
avatar for Ginny Stroud

Ginny Stroud

Federal Programs and District Support Manager, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education
I have taught K, 2, 5, 6, college level and have been a principal in a K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12 school building from AR, PA to HI, also serving as an assistant superintendent in the Honolulu Complex consisting of 12 schools. I led a team in "school turn around" for struggling schools... Read More →
avatar for Tiffani Grayer

Tiffani Grayer

Coordinator of School Performance and Monitoring, Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
I was born and raised in Hot Springs and am the proud mother of three beautiful children, a daughter and two sons. I began my educational career as a high school mathematics teacher for the Hot Springs School District. Go Trojans! My role at DESE began as a Secondary Mathematics Specialist... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

Inside Leadership: Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) Application/Cohort Programs
Limited Capacity seats available

Have you considered how the ALA might support your long-term career goals? Is the Master Principal Program, Teacher Leader Program, Instructional Leader Empowerment, School Team Empowerment, or Executive Leader Empowerment right for you or your school? Learn how the ALA might integrate into your professional learning pathway. Session Outline and Supplemental Resources

Presenters
avatar for Ken Rich

Ken Rich

Director of Finance Services, Arkansas Public School Resource Center
Ken Rich is the Director of Finance Services for the Arkansas Public School Resource Center. For the past 12 years, he served as superintendent of the Salem School District in Salem, Arkansas. He has 27 years of experience in education as a principal, assistant principal, teacher... Read More →
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Nicole Covey

Arkansas State University
avatar for Jeana Williams

Jeana Williams

Director of Educational Innovation, Professional Development, and Special Projects, Arkansas Public School Resource Center
Williams joined APSRC in 2017, and has previously served as Interim Director of Teaching and Learning and Associate Director of Education. Prior to her work at APSRC, she spent 24 years working as an educator in the state of Arkansas. She began her career in the classroom where she... Read More →
avatar for Bradley Webber

Bradley Webber

Master Principal Program Director, Arkansas Leadership Academy
avatar for Kerri White

Kerri White

Director, Arkansas Leadership Academy
Kerri White, Ed.D., is the Director of Engagement and Public Service at the University of Oklahoma Outreach/College of Continuing Education and is Director of the Arkansas Leadership Academy. In both roles, Dr. White focuses on building capacity of leaders as they seek to improve... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Question 4: How do you extend learning for a student who has demonstrated proficiency?
Limited Capacity seats available

Question 4 asks: How will we extend the learning for the students who have demonstrated proficiency? In this session, we will discuss the importance of engaging proficient students in extended learning activities and share some strategies, including WIN (What I Need) time and personalized learning.

Presenters
avatar for Clare Haozous

Clare Haozous

Principal, Eureka Springs Elementary


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

SAVE10 for Arkansas Educators: Invest in Yourself
Limited Capacity seats available

Teachers are notoriously bad at putting ourselves first. We give selflessly and tirelessly to our students, and sometimes our own needs get put on the backburner. Not today! Hear from Save10 co-founders during this engaging session on paying yourself first, specifically on student debt forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program. The window is closing in October on a special waiver through PSLF that could have you seeing forgiveness on your student loans sooner than if you took no action at all. Teaching is stressful enough. Don’t stress about your finances, too.

https://womensfoundationarkansas.org/save10/
Interactive Agenda

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Catherine Gutierrez

Sarah Catherine Gutierrez

CEO, Aptus Financial
I love to talk about money!
avatar for Megan Godfrey

Megan Godfrey

Save10 Project Coordinator, Women's Foundation of Arkansas


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

School Security Officers and School Administrators: A Tale of Two Responsibilities
Limited Capacity seats available

In the new age of school security, schools are beginning to hire more School Security Officers. School Security Officers play an invaluable role in helping schools ensure a safe and orderly climate. When rules, roles, and responsibilities are clarified, a more positive learning environment is created for students and staff alike. During this powerful and engaging session, you will learn effective strategies to build relationships between school administrators, School Security Officers, and other educational stakeholders. 

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Katina Ray

Dr. Katina Ray

Superintendent, Marvell-Elaine School District
Currently, I serve as the Clinical Supervisor/Professor at Philander Smith College in the Division of Education.  In July 2022, I will begin serving as the Superintendent of the Marvell-Elaine School District.  Previously, I have worked as a principal and assistant principal.  I... Read More →
avatar for John Evans

John Evans

Director of Campus Safety and Security, Marion School District
As the Director of Campus Safety and Security for the Marion School District, John is responsible for all areas of campus safety and security. Throughout his fifteen-year career in law enforcement, he has been engaged in a range of various aspects of the field. The Campus Safety and... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Ballroom 3 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

1:00pm CDT

The Pyramid Model & Relationships: Making Connections for All Children
Limited Capacity seats available

In this session, we will look closely at the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL) Pyramid Model for Supporting Social Emotional Competence in Infants and Young Children, taking it apart to show how each tier builds up to the next to guide educators to connect and build relationships among children, families, colleagues, and communities.

Presenters
avatar for Elizabeth Vansandt

Elizabeth Vansandt

Arkansas State University Childhood Services


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Waste, Fraud & Abuse Prevention and Detection
Limited Capacity filling up

The Office of Inspector General of USDA will discuss the prevention, detection, penalties and reporting of fraud, waste and mismanagement in the USDA Child Nutrition Programs.

Presenters
avatar for Jeremy Armstrong

Jeremy Armstrong

Special Agent, USDA Office of Inspector General
Special Agent Jeremy Armstrong is a criminal investigator in the U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Inspector General Little Rock Resident Office. Special Agent Armstrong’s law enforcement career spans more than twenty years. He previously served as a Special Agent with the... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Building a Positive Culture
Limited Capacity seats available

Culture is the solution, not the problem!
When there are challenges and adversities upon us everyday, how do we create a true culture to ensure high levels of learning for all students
Joe Cudemmi will share how to transform school culture while examining the assumptions, beliefs, expectations, and habits that comprise our schools’ culture, to ensure a productive and functional environment. You will receive information and tools to address your cultural needs so that leadership and teachers are high performing, and the students are high achieving. You will address cultural shifts for student achievement in this workshop.

Presenters
avatar for Joe Cuddemi

Joe Cuddemi

Speaker/Author, Solution Tree
Joe Cuddemi, a consultant, has 30 years of experience in education. He has served as a teacher, counselor, and principal in a wide variety of educational settings. Joe is also an adjunct professor at Colorado State University.He specializes in the implementation and development of... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Horner Hall Hot Springs Convention Center

1:00pm CDT

Arkansas State Library Youth Services: What's New in '22!
This session will highlight Youth Services programming from the Arkansas State Library for 2022

Presenters
avatar for Ruth Hyatt

Ruth Hyatt

Coordinator of Youth Services, Arkansas State Library
My job focuses on services for youth and families in Arkansas public libraries and school library staff---or anyone who works with ages birth through 18.  I can offer ADE PD hours for continuing education offered by our department.  I serve with all three of the Arkansas book awards... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 2

1:00pm CDT

Licensure Rules 2022
If you don't know the rules, how can you possibly win the game? The 2022 Educator Licensure Rules are completed and ready to be implemented in your district. Attendees will receive an overview of the changes and participate in a Q&A.

Presenters
avatar for Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

Director of Licensure, DESE
avatar for Melissa Jacks

Melissa Jacks

Program Manager, Educator Licensure, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 1

1:00pm CDT

SMS Fields for State Reporting 2023
This session will cover data fields within the eSchoolPLUS software that are reported in the state reporting cycles for 2022-2023. This session is for any users who enter data into the eSchoolPLUS system.

Presenters
avatar for Debbie Featherston

Debbie Featherston

APSCN Field Analyst, ADE


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 4
  Virtual

1:00pm CDT

Teacher Apprenticeship Program - Partnership between Higher Education and Districts
The task of getting preservice teacher candidates “Ready Day One” is not easy. Come hear how The University of Arkansas Fort Smith School of Education in conjunction with one of their partner districts and the ADE were able to make this dream a reality. This visionary approach is having amazing results for all stakeholders. Come listen to the journey and how your district and/or university can do this model.

Presenters
avatar for Monica Riley

Monica Riley

Ex. Dir., School of Education, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith
Monica Riley is the Executive Director of the School of Education at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith. Her expertise is in literacy and training pre-service teachers to be "Day One Ready" educators. She has been in the field of education for 36 years and served at UAFS for 5... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:00pm CDT
Zoom 3

1:00pm CDT

Working Memory…You're Nothing Without It!
Limited Capacity seats available

Working memory is essential to effective learning. In concert with executive functions and language, working memory can facilitate or interfere with ease of learning. The essence of working memory function, ways to recognize working memory failures, and compensatory techniques for ensuring success for students with working memory weaknesses will be presented.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 1:00pm - 2:30pm CDT
Exhibit Hall A Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

ACTE: Engaging Students in the Trade and Industry Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Student engagement holds the key to a smooth and productive classroom.  This session will focus on providing simple tools to engage students in learning to allow the teacher time to accomplish the goals set for the class.

Presenters
avatar for Angie Zimmerman

Angie Zimmerman

CTE Instructional Specialist, Arch Ford ESC


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salons A & B (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

ACTE: Implementing Flip Grid in the Classroom
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants in this session will learn more about Flip Grid usage in the classroom and how this piece of technology can assist diverse learners. Come learn more about this tool, why it is important, and how it can be integrated to promote student engagement. Please bring your device and come ready to problem solve and practice using Flip Grid.

Presenters
avatar for Sheri Deaton

Sheri Deaton

Instructor, University of Arkansas
Dr. Sheri Deaton is a Career and Technical Education instructor in the College of Education and Health professions at the University of Arkansas. She is a Nationally Board certified teacher with 19 years of experience including teaching middle school, high school, and collegiate... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Salon C (Embassy Suites) Embassy Suites

2:20pm CDT

Are You Making Child Nutrition History? Maximizing Federal Funds with Regulatory Compliance
Limited Capacity filling up

How to move into complainace after two years of USDA waivers.
Issues related to the fiscal integrity of the child nutrition program are discussed.

Presenters
avatar for Krista Jackson

Krista Jackson

Program Operations, Child Nutrition, ADE, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Krista Jackson is the Associate Director of Program Operations with the Child Nutrition Unit.  Ms. Jackson has 12 years of experience working in Child Nutrition. She currently trains, hires, and supports Area Specialist who administer the Administrative and Procurement Reviews in... Read More →
avatar for Sheila Chastain

Sheila Chastain

Associate Director, Finance and Training, Child Nutrition Unit, DESE, ADE
Sheila Chastain is the Child Nutrition Unit, Associate Director Finance and Training.  She has been assigned to various positions within the Child Nutrition Unit for the last 26 years.  Ms. Chastain supervises a group 5 professionals within the Child Nutrition Unit who will provide... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Exhibit Hall B Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Arkansas Freshman Course Failures
Limited Capacity seats available

Failing a course during the freshman year of High School can have long term negative effects for students. This study aims to fill the research gap of course failures and subgroup failures of freshman students in Arkansas. We examine the association of Arkansas’ freshman student course failures with student demographic and programmatic characteristics, prior achievement, and district characteristics. Results are presented by subgroup, course and region and include which courses students are most likely to fail. Research-based recommendations to reduce failure rates will be included.

Presenters
avatar for Sarah Morris

Sarah Morris

Doctoral Academy Fellow, University of Arkansas
Hi! I was an 8th grade math teacher for five years in East Tennessee, and I am certified 7-12 Mathematics. I am currently pursuing my PhD at the University of Arkansas as a second year Education Reform student.


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 205 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

ASL in the classroom that feeds into the community
Limited Capacity seats available

to provide American Sign Language vocabulary and structure that is applicable to the classroom and the community

Presenters
avatar for Eddie Schmeckenbecher

Eddie Schmeckenbecher

Director of Student and Family Support Services, Arkansas School for the Deaf
Eddie Schmeckenbecher was born and raised in Little Rock, Arkansas. He graduated from Heritage Christian Schools where he began learning Sign Language. Eddie attended and graduated from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. He received an Associate of Arts Degree in the Interpreter... Read More →
avatar for LaHollis Hill

LaHollis Hill

Paraprofessional Educator & Teach ASL, Arkansas School for the Deaf


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 104 & 105 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Inclusive Practices
Limited Capacity seats available

Learn through Raymond F. Orr Elementary School's journey to becoming an inclusive school where each and every student is a general education student first, and each and every student receives the support they need to help them grow. Learn about barriers that were overcome, how schedules were changed, and how the mindset shifted to transform the data and the lives of students and teachers. This session will have built in time for questions to help you wrap your mind around how you can implement inclusive practices.

Presenters
avatar for Dr. Dawn Childress

Dr. Dawn Childress

Principal, Fort Smith Public Schools
Principal with 9 years building level leadership experience. In my 4 years as Principal of Orr Elementary School in Fort Smith Public Schools, we have implemented the PLC process, become an Inclusive Practices PLC Project Model School, and achieved High Reliability Schools Level 1... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 203 & 204 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

The "BASICs" of Early Childhood Inclusion: High Quality Instruction for Our Youngest Learners
Limited Capacity seats available

The Building Arkansas Strong through Inclusive Classrooms (BASIC Training and Coaching) Project began in the Fall of 2021 to support early childhood programs in creative high quality inclusive environments for preschool-aged children. Early childhood special education and regular preschool staff members in each of the three programs have been working together over the course of this school year to provide the necessary supports to create an environment where every child in the preschool classroom can be successful. This session will discuss the core components of high quality early childhood programs and highlight key takeaways from year one of the project.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 207 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

The Arkansas Trauma Resource Initiative for Schools: Supporting our Shared Vision for Trauma-Informed Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

Participants will learn about the resources and supports available through the new Arkansas Trauma Resource Initiative for Schools (TRIS). We will describe the role of the TRIS in supporting schools in their efforts to prepare for, respond to and recover from traumatic events through services including training, resource dissemination, care management to help students access trauma treatment and providing consultation to administrators and school counselors after a traumatic event. We will also describe the core components of trauma-informed schools and share resources to support school personnel in taking steps to creating a school community that is equipped to meet the needs to students, families and staff members with experiences of trauma.

Presenters
avatar for Emily Robbins

Emily Robbins

Social Work Program Manager for Trauma Care, UAMS
Emily has spent 20 years working with children in families in various professional roles. The past 15 years she has been trained in evidenced based mental health treatments to treat trauma in youth ages 0-17. Strongest passion is with those involved with the court at DCFS. She has... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 209 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

The Importance of Accurate Reporting
Limited Capacity seats available

Proper enrollment is key when determining both participation rates and graduation cohorts. Since assessment data and graduation rates are primary indicators for ESSA School Index, ensuring the integrity and quality of the data that gets used for these calculations is critical. In this session, topics will include:
*eSchoolPlus data pulls
*Testing Windows
*Participation Requirements
*Corrections Processes
*Proper Documentation
*Corrections Windows
*Reasons for Denials in 2021

Presenters
avatar for Michelle Harpe

Michelle Harpe

School Performance and Monitoring Director, Arkansas Department of Education
avatar for Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward

Systems Analyst, Arkansas Department of Education
Kevin Ward is the Systems Analyst with the School Performance Unit at the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). He assists the State Systems Administrator in regards to the ESSA School Index, Report Card, and Graduation Rates. Also create documents and video... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Ballrooms 1 & 2 (Hotel Hot Springs) Hotel Hot Springs

2:20pm CDT

The Social Shake-Up: Keys to Effective Social Media in Public Schools
Limited Capacity seats available

This engaging workshop will provide educators with effective social media strategies to share, create, and spread information to increase stakeholder engagement and participation in schools.  This session will also offer necessary strategies for promoting school activities using influential social media tools such as Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google in order to increase parental, community, and staff engagement.  When schools develop effective social media strategies, parents, students, and educational stakeholders enjoy greater interaction and access to school news, school policy, sports, and other educational information.

Presenters
avatar for Sharmane Evans, Ed.S

Sharmane Evans, Ed.S

West Memphis School District, Library Media Specialist, Weaver Elementary
Sharmane Evans has been an educator for seventeen years. Since 2012, she has worked as a library media specialist. She is the school's social media manager in addition to her duties in the library media center. She is responsible for updating and managing the school's social media... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 102 & 103 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Title IX Overview
Limited Capacity seats available

Ensuring there is no discrimination on the basis of sex in all of our educational programs. The latest, hot button topics and how to create effective processes and procedures.

Presenters
avatar for Darrell Farmer

Darrell Farmer

Public School Program Advisor, Division of Elementary & Secondary Education (EAC)
Darrell Farmer has a decade of experience in the public school system, serving as a behavioral interventionist, multi-age intercessor, ALE facilitator/teacher and a dyslexia interventionist. Prior to his education work, he spent 19 years working in mental health. He has a bachelor’s... Read More →
avatar for Lance LeVar

Lance LeVar

Public School Program Advisor, Equity Assistance Center
Originally from Arkadelphia, Lance LeVar has over two decades of experience as an educator including 14 years in administration at all levels of education. He served as a teacher, high school and elementary school assistant principal, middle school principal and district administrator... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Room 208 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

Unlocking a Student's Imagination to Spark Exponential Creativity
Limited Capacity seats available

STEM is everywhere and in everything, including your students favorite games, movies, and stories. In this keynote & workshop, Billy shares how to utilize your student’s collective imagination and the power of storytelling to create the spaces and environments that leverage the creativity your students are already engaged in as a canvas to reveal STEM learnings.

Presenters
avatar for Billy Almon

Billy Almon

Astrobiofuturist, Almon Infinite
Billy is an Astrobiofuturist, exploring biology-inspired solutions to improve the human condition for those of us on earth and those who will travel to the stars. He speaks to multiple generations of inventors, designers, scientists, and engineers on designing the future they wish... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Rooms 201 & 202 Hot Springs Convention Center

2:20pm CDT

MicroCredentials
Are you curious about micro-credentials and what all the hype is about? Come and learn exactly what a micro-credential is, what it takes to earn one, and why DESE is excited to partner with ArkansasIDEAS to provide them to Arkansas educators.

Presenters
avatar for Becky McIver

Becky McIver

SPDG Coordinator, DESE
avatar for Bobette Ray

Bobette Ray

Educator Support Advisor, ADE-DESE - Office of Educator Effectiveness
Career Continuum; Micro-credentials


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 1

2:20pm CDT

Special Ed School Age Reporting Requirements
The session will focus on the required school age data elements to be submitted in cycles 2-7 reporting for the 2022-2023 school year. In addition, the workshop will provide information and instructions for reviewing Cycle 7 data in MySped Resource.

Presenters
avatar for Khala Quarles, M.Ed

Khala Quarles, M.Ed

Training Coordinator, Data and Research
Khala Quarles is the Training Coordinator for IDEA Data and Research. Khala is responsible for training Special Education staff in the great State of Arkansas on all federal data reporting requirements annually using eSchool and MySped portals. Working in the education sector for... Read More →


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 3

2:20pm CDT

Triand for New System Administrators and Registrars
Counselors, Registrars, and Triand Administrators (new and old) are invited to join us for a Triand refresher and updates! Pursuant to Ark. Code Ann. § 6-80-107, using Triand to submit student records electronically to Arkansas schools is a requirement for all Arkansas public schools, regardless of grade level. Triand allows schools to search, view, and transfer student records containing: demographic data, state and local assessments results, course history, current schedule, and more.

Presenters

Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 2
  Virtual

2:20pm CDT

Virtual Arkansas - Taking Your Blended Course from Functional to Fabulous!
Researchers claim that we haven’t even touched the surface of all that happens in the human brain; similarly, many teachers new to online learning management systems haven’t even touched the surface of what the platforms can do for them and their students. Find out how to use a blended approach to maximize the instructional experience for everyone.

Presenters
avatar for Candice McPherson

Candice McPherson

Director of Design and Development, Virtual Arkansas
Candice McPherson is the Director of Design and Development at Virtual Arkansas. Her role includes project management, quality control, and implementation support for course content. She has served on a variety of teams and committees devoted to improving online learning experiences... Read More →
avatar for Brandie Benton

Brandie Benton

Deputy Superintendent of Curriculum & Instruction, Virtual Arkansas
Dr. Brandie Benton has over 20 years of experience in education and is currently leading the Curriculum and Instruction team for Virtual Arkansas, the state virtual school charged with providing digital learning services to districts across Arkansas.


Wednesday July 13, 2022 2:20pm - 3:20pm CDT
Zoom 4

3:20pm CDT

District Team Debrief
School/District teams will have the opportunity to meet during this time and share what they learned.

Wednesday July 13, 2022 3:20pm - 4:20pm CDT
Exhibit Hall C Hot Springs Convention Center
 
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