Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education AEA Professional Development Conference November 3rd and 4th

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The Arkansas Education Association is hosting the annual Professional Development conference in Little Rock November 3rd and 4th.  AEA will salute the Arkansas Art Educators on their 100th Anniversary with a pre-conference event Wednesday, November 2, 2022, at the Clinton Library featuring guest curator, Dr. Allida Black, the personal historian for Eleanor Roosevelt. There are over 50 professional development sessions from which to choose to attend. 


On Thursday, November 3, 2022, AEA will host the annual Forrest Rozzell Lecture series featuring Nancy Silberkleit, the co-CEO of Archie Comics. Ms. Silberkleit will recount how Archie comics aroused her previously stifled love of reading.  Each participant will receive a copy of The Best of Archie Comics: 80 Years, 80 Stories and have an opportunity to get it signed. This event will be in the Robinson Center, Robinson Ballroom A. 


We have over 50 sessions to choose from and some limited seating sessions. Two of those limited capacity and ticketed sessions will be held over lunch Thursday and Friday. These “Lunch and Learn” sessions will provide attendees the opportunity to participate in some exceptional sessions and enjoy lunch for $10.   

This annual conference is a great learning opportunity for aspiring educators, teachers, education support professionals, administrators, and school and/or district leaders.


Speakers will address a range of topics including:

  • Social Emotional Learning (SEL)
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • STEM and STEAM
  • Computer Science Instruction
  • Student and Educator Mental Health
  • Special Education and 504
  • Educator Ethics
  • PRAXIS Test Preparation


The pre-conference workshop, November 2, 2022, at the Clinton Library will feature Dr. Allida Black for a special in person workshop, "Women's Voices, Women Votes, Women's Rights"  Register to attend:


On both days of the conference, there will be limited seating “Lunch and Learn” events. On Thursday, November 3rd, attendees can register for The Ultimate Arkansas Field Trip Guide: Destinations Around the State.  This will be a robust discussion with panelists from around the state as they show and tell why the centers, they represent will enhance the lives of students and make lessons come to life. Click here for to register and purchase your lunch ticket: Lunch and Learn Tickets, Thu, Nov 3, 2022 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite  Friday’s session, Showcase of Excellence: Model School Programs From Around the State , will feature an array of programs that portray the outstanding work being done in schools throughout the state.  The programs featured funded through grants, community allies, along with innovative uses of local school district funds.  Register here for Day 2: Lunch and Learn- A Showcase of Excellence Tickets, Fri, Nov 4, 2022 at 11:30 AM | Eventbrite


Register and Learn More Here:  Professional Development Conference


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