On October 2nd, 2013 over 150 Northeast Arkansas school principals along with ASU University professors and ADE officials met on the campus of Arkansas State University for the 2nd Annual Fall Principals’ Conference sponsored by the ASU-Education Renewal Zone. The conference was first organized by the ASU-ERZ in 2012. Since that time the ERZ has sponsored a Spring Conference and plans to make both of these events annual affairs for the Northeast Arkansas Principals.
This conference provides principals as well as college professors and other educational specialists the opportunity to meet, network and discuss current issues in education. This year’s fall coherence featured roundtable discussions on severally topics which included: TESS, LEADS, CCSS, eSchool/Digital Learning Law, Licensure, Teacher and Administrator Mentoring. The discussions were led by area school principals from the ERZ Partner schools. Additionally various speakers from the Arkansas Department of Education were on hand to speak and provide input into each of the roundtable discussions.
- NEARK Fall Principal's Conference Survey 2013 Results
ASU-ERZ collaborated with STEM in hosting Science & Engineering Institute conducted by ASMSA for 67 students in grades 6-10.
- The ASU-ERZ and Blytheville Schools held its Third Annual CPAD Induction Ceremony for the freshmen class of students selected to the Academy on October 17th at the Blytheville High School Auditorium. Forty-eight students were inducted into the Academy. The program began with the Pledge of Allegiance, led by Junior CPAD student, Thomas Black. The keynote speaker for the event was the Honorable James Sanders, Mayor of Blytheville. He spoke on "The Value and Responsibility of Being Chosen." Following other speakers, Dr. Rick Hux-ERZ Director, Mr. Richard Atwill-BPS Superintendent, Mrs. Sally Cook-BPS Curriculum Coordinator, Mr. Bobby Ashley-BHS Principal, and CPAD Site Director-Emily Cook, a reception was held for the 175 parents, students, CPAD faculty, and guests attending the event. The reception was prepared and served by the Chickasaw Café students and sponsor.
- The purpose of this one day conference presented by the ASTATE Education Renewal Zone and the School of Teacher Education and Leadership in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences in partnership with Education Service Cooperatives and the Arkansas Department of Education was to communicate updates and relevant information regarding PARCC assessments to Public School Personnel "Teams" and to provide a platform for questions, answers and feedback about this new assessment. Ideally Public School Personnel "Teams" consisted of an Administrator, a Curriculum or Assessment Coordinator and Classroom Teacher(s). On January 23, 2014, the PARCC One-Day Conference was presented on the ASTATE campus to over 200 attendees from Northeast Arkansas.