COE Professional Development

2022 Sessions:

This summer, the College of Education is proud to present virtual professional learning (PD) sessions to Arkansas teachers via Zoom. Two hours of Arkansas PD credit approved by DESE/ADE will be offered for each session. Please scroll through this page for session and presenter information.

These sessions are NO COST! Space is limited, but session recordings will be available at a later date. 

Arkansas PD credit will not be awarded for those who cannot attend in person via ZOOM.  Recordings of the sessions might be available but viewing will not result in PD credit.  Modifications will be made for persons with disabilities.  Please contact Ashley Cooksey at acooksey@uca.edu prior to the workshop for accommodations.

If you have any questions, please contact us at coe@uca.edu. For technical issues, please contact the TLC at tlc@uca.edu or the Zoom Help Center.


Book Study | Smart but Scattered (Chapters 1-4)

June 6th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Susan Perry and Dr. Amy Thompson
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYtdOCqrjIoE93AIRwZfTCA4jeQqRha1TYf 

Executive Functions are sometimes referred to as our internal “air traffic control system.” These functions coordinate higher-level cognitive processes so we can effectively regulate our daily thoughts, emotions, and actions. This book study will provide an overview of executive functions, help you identify your executive function skills, discuss developmental milestones, explain how executive functions impact our behavior and academics, and identify methods one can use to improve their organizational skills and time management, and emotional control.

READ Chapters 1-4 prior to meeting! You can purchase the book by clicking here.

Dr. Susan Perry is an Assistant Professor in the Elementary, Literacy, and Special Education department at the University of Central Arkansas.  Dr. Perry teaches both undergraduate and graduate literacy classes. She is a Certified Academic Language Therapist (CALT), National Board Teacher, and is a former Reading Recovery Teacher Leader.  Her research interests include RtI, ADHD, teacher education, reading disorders, and college disability support.

Dr. Amy Thompson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership with cognates in Dyslexia and Assessment, a M.S.E. in Reading Education, and a B.S.E. in Elementary Education Grades 1-6. She teaches graduate level courses in literacy, assessment, evidence-based practices, and intervention. She is the author of numerous journal articles and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.


Implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching in the Classroom

June 7th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi and Dr. Shoudong Feng
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUqdumprz0pE9Wt_Z4kJ_Oabme3hAy7pUJn 

The presenters will introduce the culturally responsive teaching model and a state-level example. They will share with the audience the best classroom practices that reflect the model. The audience will be involved in the discussion about their own classroom teaching practices and exploring the resources they can use to implement the model.

Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Oyeniyi received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and her Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She has worked in school, career, rehabilitation, marriage and family, and mental health counseling settings. Her research interests include suicide prevention, child abuse prevention, grief and loss therapy, student-teacher engagement/relationships, multicultural counseling training and supervision, family dynamics of a diverse population, college students’ challenges and adjustment, bullying among high school students, high school students’ academic success, drug abuse and prevention, and familial risk factors for academic issues among students. She is currently serving on the wellness committee for Texas Counseling Association.

Shoudong Feng, Ed.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Elementary, Literacy and Special Education. He has taught various literacy courses in both the graduate and undergraduate programs. Dr. Feng’s research interests mainly include disciplinary literacy, multicultural literature, reading comprehension, and struggling readers.


Creating Communities of Inquiry Using Technology

June 7th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Allison Freed, Trisha Bramlett, and Tara Williams
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0kdemtpjsuE9NfNsi_kkEgT0SsS44w8Z8C 

In this interactive session, the community of inquiry model of instruction will be introduced and discussed. During the session, participants will brainstorm ways to use technology to create communities of learners who feel connected to each other, their teacher, and the content.

Dr. Allison Freed is an Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator of the Instructional Technology program. Dr. Freed holds a B.S. in Secondary Education from Central Michigan University and a Ph.D. in
Educational Psychology and Education Technology from Michigan State University. Dr. Freed holds a teaching license in secondary science. Before joining the UCA faculty in January 2022, Dr. Freed spent six and a half years at the University of the Ozarks in Clarksville, Arkansas where she was an Associate Professor of Science Education and the Director of Teacher Education.

Ms. Trisha Bramlett has 12 years of teaching experience at the elementary level in Arkansas. During her time as a teacher, she has taught all subjects including business technology. She is one semester away from earning her Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from UCA. 

Ms. Tara Williams currently works at Sacred Heart Elementary School as a second-grade teacher. She has worked as a middle school Language Arts and Social Studies teacher, interventionist, and lower elementary teacher. Her degree is in K-6 education. Ms. Williams is pursuing her Master’s in Instructional Technology and Online Teaching and Learning. She loves everything online and being able to teach others how to use technology.


The Language Literacy Network: Say Hello to the Reading Rope’s Better Half

June 9th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Jan Wasowicz
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0sc-qtqTorGt32QLA0lJENqNSE0nnewJEn 

The Scarborough Reading Rope, which unpacks and illustrates the Simple View of Reading, is familiar to almost every professional concerned with the teaching of reading. It’s a useful model that constructively guides practice, but it presents only one half of the story: reading. Literacy is not just reading, but also writing. The Language Literacy Network was created to provide education professionals with a more complete view of literacy. Similar to the Reading Rope, skilled writing is presented as an integrated multi-component process. As illustrated by The Language Literacy Network, writing shares a reciprocal relationship with reading, and both reading and writing share common underlying language processes.

The Language Literacy Network emphasizes the language processes of reading and writing. While many other processes are involved (e.g., attention, working memory, executive function skills . . . ), reading and writing at its core is language: The comprehension and expression of language in its written form. By including writing, The Language Literacy Network can present a more current view of literacy than offered by the Reading Rope. Specifically, with respect to word-level decoding and encoding, The Language Literacy Network infographic highlights the reciprocal relationship and transfer of skills between the decoding and spelling words and the advantages provided by a speech-to-print approach based on current models and research.

This webinar will begin with a review of the key features of the Simple View of Reading (SVR) and the Reading Rope Model. You’ll then be guided through the components of The Language Literacy Network infographic and explore its similarities and differences with the Reading Rope. You’ll realize the practical implications of The Language Literacy Network, including the speech-to-print advantage for literacy and why both reading and spelling of words must be taught, and you’ll leave with new insights for evaluating your current teaching practices and for implementing new research.

Dr. Jan Wasowicz, PhD, CCC-SLP, BCS-CL, has more than 40 years of experience as a language, literacy, and learning specialist. She has worked with students who have language-based reading, writing, and spelling problems in a variety of educational settings, including public schools and private practice.


Book Study | Smart but Scattered (Chapters 5-8)

June 13th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Susan Perry and Dr. Amy Thompson
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlceioqj8sHNYgjJhR04gwkQv0yfjOzQ8P 

Executive Functions are sometimes referred to as our internal “air traffic control system.” These functions coordinate higher-level cognitive processes so we can effectively regulate our daily thoughts, emotions, and actions. This book study will provide an overview of executive functions, help you identify your executive function skills, discuss developmental milestones, explain how executive functions impact our behavior and academics, and identify methods one can use to improve their organizational skills and time management, and emotional control.

READ Chapters 5-8 prior to meeting!


Building Belonging in Our Learning Spaces

June 14th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Jessica-Herring Watson
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcvde2vqDoqGNMq10jRmxnQG5ug41biIYdB 

This session will focus on strategies for developing a sense of belonging among learners, whether you’re teaching online or in-person. We’ll discuss the Community of Inquiry framework as a reflective tool for considering how we’re showing up in our learning spaces and how we’re inviting students to show up in those spaces as well. Attendees will also contribute to a shared collection of resources for building belonging.

Dr. Jessica Herring-Watson is an Assistant Professor in the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas. As a practitioner, Jessica works with K-20 teachers and students in a variety of settings as an instructional designer, teacher, and trainer. She earned a Masters in Teacher Leadership and Instructional Facilitation and a Doctorate in Instructional Design and Technology at the University of Memphis. With over a decade of teaching experience, Jessica focuses her work on cultivating meaningful relationships between technology-enabled learning and engaging pedagogy. As an emerging researcher, her interests include constructivist approaches to technology integration in the learning process, digital equity, and developing innovative practices in teacher preparation.


ESSA for Teachers at All Levels

June 14th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Jeana Williams & Melody Morgan (Arkansas Public School Resource Center)
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIqcu-hpjspHt0A-sl-7ItXopiMCYIH5ZQv 

Learn how teachers can use the accountability system to make meaningful change for students.

Jeana Williams is Director of Educational Innovation, Professional Development and Special Projects at Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to her work at APSRC, she spent 24 years working as an educator in the state of Arkansas. She began her career in the classroom where she spent 16 years as a secondary mathematics teacher. In 2010 she was awarded the National Math and Science Initiative All American Teacher of the Year for Mathematics in Arkansas. She later worked as an administrator in the Greenbrier School district on both the secondary and elementary levels. Since becoming an administrator, she has assisted those obtaining licensure through the School Leadership Management and Administration department at the University of Central Arkansas as an adjunct instructor.

Melody Morgan is Director of Educational Assessment, Accountability, Curriculum and Instruction at Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to joining APSRC, Morgan has served as the Director of Accountability and Assessment for the Springdale School District since 2014.


Book Study | Smart but Scattered (Chapters 9-14)

June 20th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Susan Perry and Dr. Amy Thompson
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlceioqj8sHNYgjJhR04gwkQv0yfjOzQ8P 

Executive Functions are sometimes referred to as our internal “air traffic control system.” These functions coordinate higher-level cognitive processes so we can effectively regulate our daily thoughts, emotions, and actions. This book study will provide an overview of executive functions, help you identify your executive function skills, discuss developmental milestones, explain how executive functions impact our behavior and academics, and identify methods one can use to improve their organizational skills and time management, and emotional control.

READ Chapters 9-14 prior to meeting!


Teacher Efficacy for Engagement & Agency

June 21st, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Stacey Loyless
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYucOyrpj0uGtyMKShBBStsIr3EUFO607ZW 

We will discuss innovative design strategies that will build teacher efficacy to deliver responsive student centric instruction. Importantly, these lesson design processes will promote engagement, depth of knowledge, and agency in students regardless of virtual or F2F settings. Quality learning experiences don’t have to be elusive or complicated. This session will introduce pedagogic concepts that retain creative classroom autonomy and enhance our instructional ability to move students beyond mere compliance.

Before joining the UCA College of Education Faculty, Dr. Loyless served over 30 years as an educator in public schools, 22 of those years were in leadership. His career included experience as a science teacher, coach, athletic director, assistant principal, principal, central office administrator, and university adjunct professor.  In addition, Dr. Loyless has provided instructional and leadership consulting services to K-12 districts. Dr. Loyless received his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Arlington in December 1986, a Master’s in Educational Administration from Texas A&M University-Commerce in August 2004, and his Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Tarleton State University in May 2014.


Data Informed Instruction

June 21st, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Jeana Williams & Melody Morgan (Arkansas Public School Resource Center)
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZIodu6rrj4oHNMgtk9-VVySZk0lOiPapRj5 

Providing tools and resources to help teachers know how to access and utilize their student data to guide instruction

Jeana Williams is Director of Educational Innovation, Professional Development and Special Projects at Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to her work at APSRC, she spent 24 years working as an educator in the state of Arkansas. She began her career in the classroom where she spent 16 years as a secondary mathematics teacher. In 2010 she was awarded the National Math and Science Initiative All American Teacher of the Year for Mathematics in Arkansas. She later worked as an administrator in the Greenbrier School district on both the secondary and elementary levels. Since becoming an administrator, she has assisted those obtaining licensure through the School Leadership Management and Administration department at the University of Central Arkansas as an adjunct instructor.

Melody Morgan is Director of Educational Assessment, Accountability, Curriculum and Instruction at Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to joining APSRC, Morgan has served as the Director of Accountability and Assessment for the Springdale School District since 2014.


Sound Wall Implementation

June 23rd, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Mary Dahlgren
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYsd-GpqjoqH9H4ToJeR6B-DCyVuZ4gIIdE 

Come hear from Dr. Mary Dahlgren share about the science and implementation of sound walls in your phonemic awareness and phonics instruction!

Since founding Tools 4 Reading in 2010, Dr. Dahlgren has focused on developing practical tools and training opportunities to bridge the gap between the science of reading and classroom practice. These tools include Kid Lips™ and the Kid Lips™ Instructional Guide, Sound Wall Solutions™, Phoneme/Grapheme Cards, and sound wall classes.

Dr. Dahlgren has over 25 years of experience in the field of education, having served as a dyslexia therapist, elementary classroom teacher, international literacy consultant, and author. Additionally, Dr. Dahlgren served as a national LETRS trainer for 18 years until her retirement in December 2021.

Dr. Dahlgren’s longstanding interest in early childhood and elementary education has compelled her to spend much of her career working directly with classroom teachers to embrace the science behind reading. She provides training on how to provide the best first instruction along with implementation of effective interventions for struggling readers.


Book Study | Smart but Scattered (Chapters 15-20)

June 27th, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Susan Perry and Dr. Amy Thompson
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYlceioqj8sHNYgjJhR04gwkQv0yfjOzQ8P 

Executive Functions are sometimes referred to as our internal “air traffic control system.” These functions coordinate higher-level cognitive processes so we can effectively regulate our daily thoughts, emotions, and actions. This book study will provide an overview of executive functions, help you identify your executive function skills, discuss developmental milestones, explain how executive functions impact our behavior and academics, and identify methods one can use to improve their organizational skills and time management, and emotional control.

READ Chapters 15-20 prior to meeting!


Books, Books, and More Books

June 28th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Jeff L Whittingham, Dr. Erin Shaw, Dr. Amy Thompson, and Dr. Kevin Powell
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUtduGurj4oE9ANDxjlOe8b71FGb_NxSqF8 

Dr. Whittingham, Dr. Shaw, Dr. Thompson, and Dr. Powell will present booktalks on the some of their favorite new reads.

Dr. Jeff Whittingham is a professor in the Department of Teaching and Learning and serves as the program coordinator of the Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership program. His research interests include literacy, technology, and book access issues.

Erin C. Shaw, EdD, is an assistant professor for the University of Central Arkansas- she is the program coordinator for the Library Media and Information Technologies program and the Instructional Technology program. She is a member of ISTE, AAIM, ALA/AASL, and the Arkansas Literacy Association. Dr. Shaw spent 24 years in K-12 schools as a science teacher and school librarian before joining the faculty at UCA in 2017. She is national board certified in school library media and is a coauthor of the book Online Teaching: Tools and Techniques to Achieve Success with Learners. Her research interests include online teaching, integration of technology, information and digital literacy and is an advocate for school libraries and ensuring equity and access for all learners.

Dr. Kevin Powell is an Assistant Professor of school library media at University of Central Arkansas. In his research, Dr. Powell examines student engagement in small group contexts and collaboration between school librarians and content area teachers in inquiry based instruction.

Dr. Amy Thompson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Central Arkansas in Conway, Arkansas. She holds a Ph.D. in Leadership with cognates in Dyslexia and Assessment, a M.S.E. in Reading Education, and a B.S.E. in Elementary Education Grades 1-6. She teaches graduate level courses in literacy, assessment, evidence-based practices, and intervention. She is the author of numerous journal articles and has spoken at numerous national and international conferences.


Cultivating Your Why for Equity

June 28th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Vicki Groves-Scott and Dr. Michael Mills
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpc-GvpjsuG9fsCZLCsP1mQKZfv9CCH9dR 

This session will lead participants through redefining their personal “why” for developing equity in classrooms. Participants will leave with ideas for immediate implementation for the start of school in the fall.

Dr. Vicki Groves-Scott has been the Dean for the College of Education at UCA for 6 years.  Her research and professional interests include assistive and mobile technology, reading instruction, assessment, and educational equity. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator and a DBIE Diversity trainer.

Dr. Michael Mills, Associate Dean of the College of Education at the University of Central Arkansas, is a leading expert on the practical uses of mobile technology, particularly on ensuring educational equity and designing strategies for effectively integrating mobile devices in the classroom. He is a SXSWedu, ISTE, and SITE presenter and has been recognized as an Apple Distinguished Educator and Google Education Trainer and has served on the advisory boards for SXSWedu and the Apple Distinguished Educator Program for the Americas. Feel free to follow him on Twitter (@MichaelSMills).


Smart but Scattered: Helping Children Strengthen Executive Skills to Reach Their Full Potential

June 30th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Peg Dawson
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuirrDsoGdLOuWP0H1WPAYM6S86nfgTL 

Executive skills are critical to the acquisition of academic skills, but, more importantly, they are the skills students need to get things done. They are brain-based skills such as task initiation, sustained attention, working memory, planning, organization, and goal-directed persistence that are absolutely critical to school success. Some students seem to acquire them naturally, but many students struggle with them. Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how these skills develop throughout childhood and suggest strategies parents can use to help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.

In over 40 years of clinical practice, Dr. Peg Dawson has worked with thousands of children and teens who struggle at home and in school. At the center of their struggles are often weak executive skills. Along with her colleague, Dr. Richard Guare, she has written numerous books on this topic for educators, mental health professionals, and parents, among them Smart but Scattered, Smart but Scattered Teens, Executive Skills in Children and Adolescents, and Coaching Students with Executive Skills Deficits. Peg is also a past president of the National Association of School Psychologists, and the International School Psychology Association, and is a recipient of NASP’s Lifetime Achievement Award.


Technology Leadership & Planning Mini-sessions

July 5th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Ashley Cooksey & ITEC 6368 Students
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqfuirrDsoGdLOuWP0H1WPAYM6S86nfgTL

These mini-sessions will feature 15-minute sessions from educators in our graduate programs. Presenters will share a snapshot of a tech tool, ed tech leadership strategy, or current issue concerning technology in education.


What’s New With ArkansasIDEAS and Arkansas PBS?

July 5th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Ashley Cooksey & ITEC 6368 Students
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsdOqsqjkiHN2qqHdmgyY4jkO90J50ktVW 

Come let us show you our online LMS that includes an extraordinary collection of courses that provide educators with quality online DESE-approved professional development and educational resources. We will highlight all the newest features, including access to training on the newest technologies, reporting capabilities for administrators, and new micro-credential opportunities!

Kayla Fletcher is a multi-experienced educator, digital producer, LMS instructional designer, and outreach coordinator. She started with a BA in journalism (emphasis in public relations and broadcast) and earned another BA in Secondary Education (emphasis in social studies and sciences), both from Arkansas Tech University. Upon graduation, she was employed with Virtual Arkansas for four years as a Social Science Instructor and taught the following courses: Civics, Arkansas History, World Geography, Sociology, and Economics. Since the summer of 2018, she has been employed with the Arkansas PBS station in Conway, Arkansas. She started as an education and instruction specialist, designing professional development courses in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education. She is now the Education Program Coordinator and leads all outreach and training efforts for the ArkansasIDEAS team.


Conquering the Content

July 12th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Catherine Miller
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZMtduiopzMiG9RTR-FFARAGvJVZJu6eN1xw 

To teach math concepts/content to math educators. Most math PD is focused on strategies, tips, and tricks. But what if you do not understand the content? Join us for a session on learning math content and connecting it to the real world.

Catherine is a native of EL Dorado, Arkansas. During her high school years, she worked for Miss Janna’s House developing educational activities during the summer for pre-school to school-aged children. After graduating from EL Dorado High School, Catherine attended the University of Central Arkansas where she was an active student leader serving on the executive board of several organizations such as the Minority Mentorship Program, REAL BEAUTY, and Students for the Propagation of Black Culture. In the Fall of 2015, Catherine graduated from UCA with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Teaching and Learning in Middle Level Education with an emphasis in mathematics and science and a minor in Business Management. She completed a Master’s Degree in Advanced Studies in Teacher Leadership with a focus on Gifted Education in the Fall of 2017.


The Classroom Copyright Conundrum: Situations in Education

July 12th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Brittany Fleming
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEqd-6qrzorEtxk1nEgtt5voiPcgs_tSTn6 

What exactly is Copyright? Am I being the Copyright role model that my students and other teachers need me to be? These are questions that we all have been faced with. In this session we will look at Fair Use and how it can help us to legally use materials in our classrooms. The session will also look at common problems that we have all faced when it comes to Copyright. Participants will leave with resources to use at their own schools.

Brittany Fleming is a K-4 library media specialist in the Bentonville Public Schools. Prior to the library, she was a 4th grade teacher. In 2015, Brittany was awarded teacher of the year for her elementary school by her staff. Brittany is the creator of a book tournament program for her district that won the Arkansas Association for Instructional Media’s (AAIM) 2017 Media Program of the Year. In 2018 she served on the Arkansas Department of Education Instructional Media Specialist Frameworks Revision Committee. Brittany is currently serving as the AAIM Awards Committee Chair and the Conference Exhibits Chair.  Along with teaching, she has the privilege of being an Arkansas ambassador for Copyright & Creativity for Ethical Digital Citizens.


Communicating with Parents of Students with Special Needs

July 19th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZcocO2rqzksGtYMXqKXUfIzICibXt_UIlRv 

After participating in this session, teachers will be able to examine their current communication practices and improve them to create a positive working relationship with their students’ families. They will develop methods for establishing and maintaining healthy communication, so parents know they are on the same team and working toward the same goals. In addition, they’ll learn practical, stress-free strategies for tracking and logging all correspondences with parents to keep a transparent record of students’ progress on their individual learning goals.

Dr. Odunola Oyeniyi is an Assistant Professor of School Counseling in the Department of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Dr. Oyeniyi received her Ph.D. in Counselor Education from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi and her Master of Science in Counseling and Guidance from Texas A&M University-Kingsville. She has worked in school, career, rehabilitation, marriage and family, and mental health counseling settings. Her research interests include suicide prevention, child abuse prevention, grief and loss therapy, student-teacher engagement/relationships, multicultural counseling training and supervision, family dynamics of a diverse population, college students’ challenges and adjustment, bullying among high school students, high school students’ academic success, drug abuse and prevention, and familial risk factors for academic issues among students. She is currently serving on the wellness committee for Texas Counseling Association.


Inclusive Practices

July 19th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
Tabitha Riendeau (Arkansas Public School Resource Center)
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAufuyprDwoE91sRqdQZfwmQYjIFqf1dS6a 

Exploring the latest in inclusive practices to meet the needs of all students in the least restrictive environment.

Tabitha Riendeau is Director of Special Education Services at Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC). Prior to joining APSRC, Riendeau served as a State Education Advisor-Curriculum and Assessment for the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), and previously held the position of State Education Advisor-Monitoring/Program Effectiveness at DESE.


Expanding and Securing the Teaching of African American Literature

July 19th, 6:00 PM
Presented by:
Dr. Vincent Price
Zoom Registration Link: https://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEtfu-grzIiGNAWpIaSUmbkE6xmsTg-80Rt 

During this session, Dr. Price will discuss an expanded approach to teaching African American literature in the classroom that better secures its place against outside pressures and better represents the dynamic African American experience. He will share examples of this approach in action, allow participants to share their ways of teaching the literature, and help them brainstorm additional ideas.

 


Dive into Learning Adventures with AR/VR

July 26th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
 Ann Broyles
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZwpceuopz4oGNPXwLmISxfCemkOGPJ-OO5N 

Want to create exciting learning adventures using AR/VR for your students, but don’t know where to start? Then this workshop is for you! Participants will discover the power of using AR/VR as immersive technology for their students as well as creating easy-to-implement takeaways that can be used right away in their own classrooms.

Ann Broyles is an EAST Facilitator for middle school students in central Arkansas as well as a graduate student in Instructional Technology at the University of Central Arkansas. She has served in K-12 education for 16 years in the areas of Language Arts and CTE. Her graduate school work focuses on instructional design and incorporating multimedia in teaching to increase student engagement.


Universal Design for Learning (UDL): A Teacher’s Guide

July 26th, 2:00 PM
Presented by:
 Dr. Erin Shaw
Zoom Registration Linkhttps://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUsce2orjMpGNwIlsPaBvY2rF_EXiqc1r6H 

Planning for variability in lessons is overwhelming but we KNOW variability exists in what students already know, how quickly concepts are understood and retained and how students access materials to digest information. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is a process for preparing for variability and eliminating barriers for all learners. In this session- some of the topics we will touch on:

  • Why use Universal Design for Learning?
  • What does UDL look like in the classroom?
  • How can I use the three principles of UDL?
  • How can families support this at home?
  • How do I use UDL during distance learning?
  • Additional CAST(Center for Applied Special Technology) resources to explore

Erin C. Shaw, EdD, is an assistant professor for the University of Central Arkansas- she is the program coordinator for the Library Media and Information Technologies program and the Instructional Technology program. She is a member of ISTE, AAIM, ALA/AASL, and the Arkansas Literacy Association. Dr. Shaw spent 24 years in K-12 schools as a science teacher and school librarian before joining the faculty at UCA in 2017. She is national board certified in school library media and is a coauthor of the book Online Teaching: Tools and Techniques to Achieve Success with Learners. Her research interests include online teaching, integration of technology, information and digital literacy and is an advocate for school libraries and ensuring equity and access for all learners.


The Knowledge Gap: What It Is and How to Narrow It

August 11th, 10:00 AM
Presented by:
 Natalie Wexler
THIS SESSION WILL NOT BE RECORDED
Zoom Registration Link: https://uca-edu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAtdeGvrzkjGt2H8UNuqux7-D7_DbbL9tf5

Elementary schools spend hours every week teaching decontextualized reading comprehension “skills,” like “finding the main idea,” leaving little or no time for social studies and science—especially where test scores are low. But evidence from cognitive science shows that comprehension of text depends primarily on knowledge—either of the topic or of academic vocabulary generally. Children of more highly educated parents can acquire that knowledge outside school. Others depend on school for that, and few of them get it.

An increasing number of schools and districts are adopting new elementary literacy curricula that focus on building academic knowledge, with promising results. This presentation will explain why it’s important to start building knowledge early and offer examples of what educators can do to narrow what we’ve been seeing as a gap in skills but is actually a gap in knowledge.

Natalie Wexler is an education writer and the author of The Knowledge Gap: The Hidden Cause of America’s Broken Education System—and How to Fix It (Avery 2019). She is also the co-author, with Judith C. Hochman, of The Writing Revolution: A Guide to Advancing Thinking Through Writing in All Subjects and Grades (Jossey-Bass 2017), and a senior contributor at Forbes.com. Her articles and essays on education and other topics have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and on her free newsletter, Minding the Gap. She has spoken on education before a wide variety of groups and appeared on a number of TV and radio shows, including Morning Joe and NPR’s On Pointand 1A. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband and has two adult children. Find out more about Natalie and her work at her website, www.nataliewexler.com, or follow her on Twitter (@natwexler).


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