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UAPB conference focuses on educational access

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 greater awareness of research-based successful  P-13 connecting strategies; review Arkansas students’ performance data on ACT and facilitate dialogue on performance improvement strategies; provide successful models of instruction in mathematics, reading and writing--basic bridging courses; highlight the concepts embedded in Bridges Out of Poverty by Ruby Payne and demonstrate the applicability in Arkansas Higher Education and Secondary Education; and help create a network of teachers, educational administrators, teacher candidates, parents, and community/political leaders who are informed on strategies to better connect P-13 and committed to innovations for student academic success.

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 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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