Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Student Focused, Teacher Led Conference - September 7

09/07/2019 -

The 2nd Annual Student Focused, Teacher Led Conference featuring Dr. Ruby K. Payne will be held on September 7, 2019, at the Northwest Arkansas Convention Center. Conference partners invite Arkansas teachers and administrators from all education settings to learn more about what it means to be student-focused and teacher-led as we concentrate our day of learning on what data shows is one our state’s most academically struggling population of students – children whose families are under-resourced.

After feedback from last year’s conference, it was clear educators wanted “more Ruby!” and to not be absent from their classrooms. We have good news!
1.         The conference is being held on Saturday, September 7, 2019.  
2.         Dr. Payne will be leading two general sessions focusing on working with families and utilizing classroom strategies that improve the achievement of children living in poverty. In addition, Dr. Payne will have a question and answer session at the end of the day.
3.         All participants will receive Dr. Payne’s book, Working with Parents: Building Relationships for Student Success, and have an opportunity to meet Ruby at a book signing event.
4.         During the lunch session, a diverse panel of educators, community leaders, and parents will have a courageous conversation regarding Arkansas education.
5.         Two breakout sessions will allow participants to hear from education leaders as they facilitate learning around systemic Arkansas education initiatives.
The cost of the event is only $75 thanks to the generous support of The Reform Alliance, Arkansas Department of Education, and the Arkansas State Teachers Association.

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