Professional Development

Free Summer Workshops!

Arkansas Symbols, K-5 | July 31, 2015 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. | BHCC 112/114
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This presentation will cover the Arkansas symbols frameworks along with the state seal and flag. Lesson plans and hands-on activities will be presented and made available for use in the classroom. Teachers will receive an Arkansas symbols card game and symbols cookie cutters.  Click here for more information.

Teaching Artist Residency, K-5 | July 31, 2015 | 10:00 a.m. – Noon | BHCC 112/114
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A teaching artist will present a tangible lesson plan that will show how to integrate performance art into the Common Core classroom. Teachers will receive a lesson plan and information about how to apply for an artist in residence at their schools. Click here for more information.

Recycling Economics 101, 5-12 | June 16 | 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. | Conway Sanitation Department Classroom 

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Learn to view recycling from a business perspective by taking a closer look at the factors affecting the viability of recycling in a specific area. Hands-on lessons about solid waste, recycling and economics are supplemented by real-world information provided through a panel discussion featuring local professionals. While the information is geared towards those who work with students in 9th – 12th grades, information can be adapted for grades 5 and up. This workshop may include a tour of a local recycling facility. Six (6) hours of professional development credit will be awarded. Lunch will be provided by the City of Conway Sanitation Department.

Building Blocks for Early Childhood Environmental Education, PreK-2 | July 9 | 8 a.m. – Noon | Conway Sanitation Department Classroom
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Participate in activities and lessons focused on protecting the environment. Through songs, stories and hands-on activities, young children can learn to reduce, reuse and recycle. Four (4) hours of professional development credit will be awarded.

The Three C’s: Civility, Compassion and Courage | May 22 | 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. | BHCC
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Learn how to help students become engaged and caring citizens of their local and global communities, including the classroom. Participants will be introduced to the Model of Influence, which promotes taking action and embracing our influence to create systemic and sustained change. Presented by Dr. Candice Barnes and Dr. Patricia Kohler-Evans. 1.5 hours of professional development credit will be awarded.

Implementing the Relationship Management System | May 29 | 8 a.m. – Noon | BHCC
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Developed in partnership with Parker Education and Development, the Relationship Management System has been successfully implemented in diverse school settings across the country. Founded on research which suggests positive school culture is often based on cultivating and sustaining respectful and authentic relationships between students, faculty, parents and administrators, the Relationship Management System supports schools with challenging student behaviors, unfamiliar or challenging backgrounds. The Relationship Management System also supports students who are deserving of a structured and sustained behavioral guidance system. Innovative and dynamic role play will be implemented in the workshop. Presented by Dr. Candice Barnes and Todd Scott Parker. Four (4) hours of professional development credit will be awarded.

Outreach and Community Engagement serves to bridge the gap between your educational development and your professional success. Equitable access to such professional development opportunities is imperative. Moreover, professional development works best when it is part of a system wide effort to improve and promote such opportunities within each community. Professional Development workshops and institutes, through Outreach & Engagement, are primarily designed for educators from K-12 to post secondary education.  However, some of the workshops are suitable for business professionals, parents, and other interested individuals.  Many of the workshops and institutes are available for graduate and/or professional development (inservice) credit. The professional development workshops offered for graduate credit are upper level graduate courses, and most of the professional development credit is approved by the Arkansas Department of Education. In addition, the Professional Development Department at UCA Outreach and Community Engagement also provides conference and event planning to faculty, staff, and other educational organizations who offer workshops for professional development or graduate credit. Let us help you realize your full potential so that it may have a lasting and positive effect on your overall success!