Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Student Focused Teacher Led Conference

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The Student Focused Teacher Led conference in Little Rock Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 will feature some of the nation’s leading educators and researchers.


Engaging speakers will cover a range of topics including:

  • Emotional Poverty
  • Why Poverty Matters and What Schools Teachers Must Do
  • Relationship Building and Emotional Intelligence Development
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Educating the Whole Child
  • Wrap Around Supports for Students
  • Anti-bullying and Suicide Prevention

The opening keynote speaker, Ruby Payne, educator and author will conduct training on “Emotional Poverty in All Demographics.”  

In other general sessions:

·       NBA legend Sidney Moncrief, will speak to “Taking Ownership of Creating a Better World.” 

·       Nationally recognized educator Tammy Pawlowski, who holds a doctorate in Early Childhood Education, will engage participants in training around “Myths and Misconceptions: Why Poverty Matters and Why Schools and Teachers Can Matter More.”

·       School counselor Molly Hudgons will share an incredible and deeply inspiring account that illustrates the life-saving power of connection and compassion from her story of “Saving Sycamore: The School Shooting that Never Happened.”

·       Little Rock native Kevin Hunt Sr. will share how he turned his life around to keep a promise to his grandmother and the lessons participants can take with them as they work with struggling students.

Registration can be found at and includes lunch each day.

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