The 2013 Arkansas Curriculum Conference, held in October at the Little Rock Marriott Hotel and Statehouse Convention Center, benefitted from the leadership and scholarship of many UCA College of Education faculty. Leadership from the UCA College of Education included Dr. Donna Wake, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as President of the Arkansas Council of Teachers of English and Language Arts (ACTELA); Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan, Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as Board Member of the Arkansas Council for the Social Studies (ACSS) and Board Member of the Arkansas Geographic Alliance (AGA); and Dr. Jeff Whittingham, Associate Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Membership Committee; Dr. Mary Ellen Oslick, Assistant Professor, Department of Early Childhood/Special Education, as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Presiders Committee; Drs. Wake and Oslick as Co-chairs of the ACC Program Committee; Dr. Whittingham as the ACTELA Co-chair of the ACC Publicity Committee; and Ms. Chris Hogan, Instructor, Department of Teaching and Learning, as Co-Chair of the ACC Registration Committee.
Supporting the theme of “Preparing the Next Generation,” the following sessions were presented by UCA College of Education faculty:
Ms. Audie Alumbaugh, Instructor; Dr. Gary Bunn, Assistant Professor; Dr. Alicia Cotabish, Assistant Professor; and Dr. Debbie Daily; Instructor; Department of Teaching and Learning: A Differentiated Approach to Addressing the CCSS (Math) and NGSS
Dr. Tammy Benson, Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Teaching and Learning: Dr. Mary Ellen Oslick: Common Core, Social Justice, and Quality Literature: A Perfect Match!
Dr. Rachelle Miller, Assistant Professor; Dr. Alicia Cotabish, and Dr. Debbie Dailey, Department of Teaching and Learning: Gaining STEAM with STEM
Dr. Debbie Dailey: The Adventure of Professional Development for Teachers in Rwanda.
Ms. Marilyn Friga, Instructor II, and Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan, Department of Teaching and Learning: Social Studies Strategies to Engage Learning and Increase Literacy
Ms. Marilyn Friga and Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan: Enhance Higher Order Thinking with Inductive and Deductive Activities
Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan: Optimizing Your TEAM Approach with Students, Parents, Colleagues, and Classroom
Dr. Nancy P. Gallavan: ‘Rev Up’ Your Rubrics
Dr. Rachelle Miller and Dr. Donna Wake: Reaching All Children in the Language Arts Classroom
Dr. Michael Mills, Assistant Professor, Department of Teaching and Learning: BYOD: What Really Works in the Classroom
Dr. Michael Mills: Using BYOT to Bridge the Digital Divide
Dr. Michael Mills: OMG! Effect of Texting on Literacy Instruction
Dr. Mary Ellen Oslick: 2013 Orbis Pictus Award & More: Balancing Children’s Literacy with Nonfiction
Ms. Amy Thompson, Instructor, and Ms. Crystal Voegele, Instructor, Department of Teaching and Learning: Debunking Myths: transitioning from the Classroom to Higher Education
Dr. Donna Wake: Tabletop Twitter
Dr. Donna Wake and Dr. Jeff Whittingham: To Write Digitally or Not to Write Digitally
Dr. Jeff Whittingham: Books Galore: The Best Juvenile & YA Books of 2013
Dr. Jeff Whittingham: The Crisis Mr. Faubus Made: Arkansas Gazette and Central High