Professional Development

UCA Outreach’s Professional Development Department offers a wide range of conferences, seminars, workshops and other learning opportunities designed to address your professional development success.  Most of the workshops are face-to-face, providing an opportunity for professionals to engage in a learning environment conducive to networking and career development.

Many of our programs are primarily designed for educators from K-12 to post-secondary education; however, you will find that some of the workshops are suitable for business professionals, parents and other interested individuals. Additionally, conference and event planning services are available to faculty, staff and other educational organizations who offer workshops for professional development credit.

Let us help you realize your full potential so that it may have a lasting and positive effect on your overall success!

Upcoming Workshops for Educators:

 

Resources for Teaching Arkansas History to Primary Students

This workshop will introduce physical and digital resources that align with Arkansas History framework for K-5 students. Topics will include geography, Native Americans, natural resources, state symbols, famous Arkansans and state history. All attendees will leave with physical resources that can be used in your classroom.

3 Hours Professional Development Credit
COST: FREE
TUES, SEPT 27 | 9 AM-12 PM, BHCC
INSTRUCTOR: Department of Arkansas Heritage
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Resources for Teaching Arkansas History to Secondary Students

This workshop will introduce physical and digital resources that align with Arkansas History frameworks for 6-12th grade students. Topics will include geography, economics, and history of Arkansas. All attendees will leave with physical resources that can be used in your classroom. New this year are posters highlighting the early settlers of Arkansas.

3 Hours Professional Development Credit
COST: FREE
THUR, OCT 6 | 9 AM-12 PM, BHCC
INSTRUCTOR: Department of Arkansas Heritage
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From High School to Higher Ed: Easing Students with ASD into Post-Secondary Environments

Dr. Susan W. Ligon, an instructor at East Arkansas Community College, shares her findings from her qualitative research study which focused on identifying programs and/or methods to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) make the transition to various aspects of the educational experience.  Ligon studied two universities and two community colleges in Arkansas that provide some type of support services for students with ASD.  Using two known Models of Collaboration along with documentary-based and web-based materials and multiple interviews, Ligon comprised a list of factors/methods that will enable ASD students to integrate as smoothly as possible into their new communities.

This interactive workshop will focus on strategies for educators, guidance counselors, parents and other interested individuals to incorporate to facilitate a smoother transition for students with ASD. Topics include campus resources, technology integration, parental involvement, residence life, social skills, funding providers/laws, etc.  This workshop is a campus collaboration of the Division of Outreach & Community Engagement, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Disability Resource Center, the Office of Student Success, and the Office of Institutional Diversity.  It is FREE and open to the public!

COST: FREE
THUR, NOV 3 | 10 AM – 11:30 AM, BHCC
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Susan Ligon
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Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum

Sponsored by the Center for Teaching Excellence, Instructional Strategies for Teaching Students on the Autism Spectrum is an interactive workshop focused on strategies for university faculty and staff to incorporate into the classroom or other student related program or service to facilitate a smoother transition for students with ASD. Topics include campus resources, technology integration, parental involvement, residence life, social skills, funding providers/laws, etc.

Dr. Susan W. Ligon, an instructor at East Arkansas Community College, will share her findings from her qualitative research study which focused on identifying programs and/or methods to help students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) make the transition to various aspects of the college experience.  Ligon studied two universities and two community colleges in Arkansas that provide some type of support services for students with ASD.  Using two known Models of Collaboration along with documentary-based and web-based materials and multiple interviews, Ligon comprised a list of factors/methods that will enable ASD students to integrate as smoothly as possible into their new communities.  This workshop is a campus collaboration of the Division of Outreach & Community Engagement, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the Disability Resource Center, and the Office of Student Success, and it is open only to UCA faculty.

COST: FREE
UCA Faculty Session only

THUR, NOV 3 | 12:15 PM – 1:30 PM, UCA Christian Cafeteria
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Susan Ligon
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Connecting the Classroom and Community Through Service-Learning

Service-learning is an instructional strategy that integrates meaningful community service into the classroom, and can be used to teach and apply principles in any content area. The workshop will follow the National Youth Leadership Council’s 2008 K-12 Service-Learning Standards of Quality Practice to introduce educators to the history, background and types of service-learning; ideas for connecting service-learning to the curriculum; tools for establishing meaningful community partnerships; and strategies for encouraging student reflection and assessing project outcomes. Participants will also actively and collaboratively participate in developing their own high-quality service-learning projects and leave the workshop with instructional tools for implementing service-learning in their own grade level and content area.

2 Hours Professional Development Credit
COST: FREE
SAT, NOV 5 | 9-11 AM, Fireplace Room, McCastlain Hall, UCA
INSTRUCTOR: Dr. Lesley Graybeal
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Test Prep for Students:

 

ACT PREP

This course is designed for high school students (10th grade and above) who have previously scored between 17-25 on the ACT or for those who have yet to take the test. Instructors of this class are UCA faculty, experienced in leading ACT Prep courses. Instructors will review subject material and offer test-taking tips to help students progress through the exam in a more reasonable and timely manner.

COST: $100
TUES AND THURS | SEPT 27 – OCT 20 | 6-8 PM
Old Main, UCA
INSTRUCTORS: Lisa Christman, Carl Olds, Jo Karen Hudson, & Laura Bowles
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