Business & Professional Development

Continuous professional development helps to ensure that you remain viable in today's competitive job market. Outreach has gathered an assortment of classes that will help prepare you for your continued success. Browse the list below and register online today! If you can't find a class that you're looking for, just call or email us 501.450.3118

Reflecting Together on Curriculum, Student Engagement, and Resiliency

Educators that have had the opportunity to honestly reflect upon and discuss their professional growth, effectiveness, and goals together in a community of other educators at varying stages of their profession have great potential for improving their practice for student achievement. The artworks on display are visual metaphors of Dr. Kuster’s lifelong career as a teacher. These will provide unique gateways for perspectives and interactions and collective commitments toward participants’ professional growth. The hands-on art-making response activities will offer participants new ideas for future lesson planning in their K-12 classrooms. This workshop is most relevant for K-12 Art, Language Arts, GT, and Special Ed instructors. Choose between the 9am - 12pm class and the 1pm - 4pm class for three PD credits, or select the full-day option (9am - 4pm with a one-hour lunch) for six PD credits. The professional development workshop will be followed by an exhibition reception in the UCA Downtown gallery from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. celebrating the current art exhibit, The Makings of a Teacher: Textile Art by Deborah Kuster.

Regular Fee: FREE

Fri, September 21 -

9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Integrating the Edible Schoolyard and K-8 Curricula: A Summer Seminar for Educators

Garden-based education is an innovative tool useful in strengthening core standards and providing the highest quality education possible, through teaching strategies that address human diversity--including diversity among student learning styles. Drawing upon Kolb’s theory of experiential learning as well as insights from the Farm-to-School movement, this seminar will acquaint K-8 teachers with practical strategies for engaging students in school gardens. Participants will develop lesson plans, learn teaching techniques, and brush up on gardening basics using UCA’s own organic vegetable-and-flower garden. The seminar will end with a lunch featuring produce participants will harvest themselves! Participants should dress comfortably and wear appropriate footwear for morning sessions spent in the garden; a hat and a water bottle are recommended. Afternoon sessions will be held indoors in McAlister Hall, Room 108 (The Mirror Room). Overnight lodging in a campus residence hall is an option at an additional cost. Twelve ADE-approved PD units available.

Regular Fee: $75

Tues, Wed, Thurs, June 12 - June 14

8:30 am - 2:30 pm
Class time includes a one-hour lunch break on Tuesday and Wednesday. Class ends at 12:30 pm on Thursday.

Location: The Mirror Room - McAlister Hall (Room 108), UCA

Instructor: Allison B. Wallace and Sarah Lane | Allison Wallace website