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Educational Access Conference to focus on P-13 Connection
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Educational Access Conference to focus on P-13 Connection

PINE BLUFF, Ark. -- The University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) will host the 18th Annual Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access Wednesday, April 27 through Thursday, April 28 at the Pine Bluff Convention Center. This year’s theme is “Educational Access: Making the P-13 Connection.”

Co-sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Higher Education (ADHE) and UAPB, the objective of the conference is to: create increased awareness of the diversity within the student population and of strategies to address these exceptionalities in instructional design/delivery; increase knowledge of approaches to address specific student cohorts (i.e. conduct disorder, honors, black male, and low performing students); and present successful models of instruction in mathematics, reading and writing; provide a platform to examine the use of Benchmark Examination and End of Course Examination performance as the indicator of student academic mastery.

The conference will begin at 8 a.m. each day with registration followed by a plenary session and concurrent workshops. Plenary speakers for Wednesday include: Mr. Shane Broadway, Interim Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education; Dr. Steve Broome, Director of State Development for High School and Middle Grades for the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) in Atlanta, Georgia; and Dr. Tom Kimbrell, Education Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education. Thursday’s plenary session will feature a panel discussion on the topic, Understanding the Connection of Poverty to Educational Access.

Workshops will be offered on topics such as Critical Thinking, Curriculum Alignment, Reading/Writing, Black Males, Mathematics and the American College Testing (ACT) exam along with a student-teacher roundtable focused on teacher quality.

Luncheon speakers include: Dr. Martha Casazza, Vice Provost of Academic Affairs at the Adler School of Professional Psychology (Wednesday, 12:00 pm) and Dr. Lawrence A. Davis, Jr., UAPB’s Chancellor (Thursday, 12:45 pm).

The cost of registration is $75/person with limited partial scholarships available for students. Registration forms can be obtained at www.uapb.edu/edaccess. For more information, contact Mrs. Allyson Jackson-Yarbrough at (870) 575-8475 or Dr. Verma K. Jones at (870) 575-8053.

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