Johnny Key

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2018-2019 Teach Arkansas Lecture Series

The 2018-2019 Teach Arkansas Lecture Series for present and future educators featured dynamic speakers and valuable information and resources. Please read about the speakers and watch each the videos of three of the four lectures.

Marie Ferdinand-Harris

Event Four was held in partnership with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff on April 15, 2019, in the Hathaway-Howard Fine Arts Center, on the UAPB campus. It was a special event held during Educator Commitment Signing Week 2019, where teachers and leaders have the opportunity to sign their commitment to education in Arkansas. Following the signing ceremony and appetizers, guests had the opportunity to meet and hear from Marie Ferdinand-Harris, a former WNBA player now living in Ashdown, Arkansas.

Marie Ferdinand-Harris shared her story of being a Haitian-American student who dreamed big regardless of her circumstances. Her teachers, along with sports, taught her to never give up and make the most of opportunities that came her way. We hope attendees were inspired by her message of hope and were reminded of the value of being the Ultimate Teammate. Watch the Lecture Four Video at https://youtu.be/_B0bKFcI8B8.

Dr. Donyall D. Dickey

Event Three was held in Northeast Arkansas on October 23, 2018, in Centennial Auditorium at Arkansas State University in Jonesboro. The event featured Dr. Donyall D. Dickey, chief executive officer of Educational Epiphany, a professional development and publishing firm in the Washington D.C. Metro Area.

Ron Walker

Event Two was held August 1, 2018, in Little Rock and featured Ron Walker, executive director of Boston's Coalition of Schools Educating Boys of Color.

This event followed the conclusion of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators [AAEA] 2018 Summer Conference. Participants networked and learned about effective school leadership. 

It was a unique opportunity to hear an outstanding, caring leader who is noted in national educational leadership. Walker shared his experience and learning from his tested knowledge with Arkansas educators who are seeking resources and developing skills to set the tone, establish the policy and find the courage to meet the needs of the students whose lives they touch every day. Watch the Lecture Two Video at https://youtu.be/fzTFsHsUgag?t=2s.

Teach Arkansas Lecture Series Two Event Speaker Ron Walker

Sydney Chaffee

The lecture series began with 2017 National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee who presented "Be Student-Focused With Culturally Responsive Teaching" on June 4, 2018.  A humanities teacher at Codman Academy Charter Public School in Boston, Chaffee has travelled the country this last year promoting education and serving as an advocate for educators. 

More than 240 enthusiastic educators attended the event in Little Rock. A photo album is available at https://bit.ly/2JxozmS. Watch the Lecture One Video at https://youtu.be/A9eAHwg0a9M and a special Q & A session with Chaffee at https://youtu.be/_zNsruwId04,

Teach Arkansas Lecture Series One Event Speaker Sydney Chaffee

 

For more information, please contact:

Becky Gibson, Educator Support & Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3160
Email: Becky.Gibson@arkansas.gov

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