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.
NEARK Bullying Conference - September 26, 2014
Did you know between 1 in 7 Students in Grades K-12 is either a bully or a victim of bullying? And 90% of 4th through 8th graders report being victims of bullying? How can we address these issues in a proactive manner? It will be the purpose of this conference to address and involve the leadership of our area schools in a conference and discussion on the status of bullying in our schools and what we can do about it.
Allison Zamuda (Part A) - October 22, 2014
Disaster Preparedness Conference - November 13, 2014
Allison Zamuda (Part B) - March 5, 2015
Every Child is Ours Reception - September 2, 2015
ERZ Advisory Council Fall 2015 Meeting - September 23, 2015
Regional STEM Coalition Meeting - October 5, 2015
Science and Engineering Institute - October 24, 2015
ERZ Advisory Council Spring 2016 Meeting - February 25, 2016
A Professional Development Seminar for 7th-12th Grade Social Studies Teachers - June 30, 2016
Paraprofessional Training Conference - July 7-8, 2016
STEM and Manufacturers Tour - July 25-29, 2016
Think Tank Meeting
This new ERZ Think Tank group of 10- 12 consists of Higher Ed, Secondary, Elementary, Chamber of Commerce, and the ADE.
We will meet on the third floor of the College of Education Building in the Dean's Board Room. A boxed lunch will be served prior to the noon adjournment.
Registration by email Invitation.
ERZ Advisory Council Meeting
The Arkansas State University Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) will meet on Wednesday, September 28th from 10 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. in the Spring River Room in the Student Union. A complimentary luncheon buffet will be served.
Registration by email Invitation.
ADE Listening Tour
The ADE invites stakeholders from across public and private education, parents, business leaders, and all student advocacy groups to lend a voice to ensure all students have equitable access to high-quality education. The forums will provide stakeholders general information about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) law and encourage parents to share their ideas on how communities can support quality schools.
The Great Rivers Education Cooperative, along with the Arkansas State University Education Renewal Zone and the Arkansas State University Delta STEM Education Center are serving as hosts for this special forum. We look forward to welcoming ADE Commissioner Johnny Key to the campus of East Arkansas Community College as he strives to share his vision in transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.
Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:15 right prior to the start of the forum at 5:30. Open and free parking is available to the public in the parking lot across the street from the Fine Arts Center. The forum is free of charge. The forum will conclude at 7:00 p.m.
For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Suzann McCommon, Director, Great Rivers Education Cooperative at 870-338-6461.
ADE Listening Tour
The ADE invites stakeholders from across public and private education, parents, business leaders, and all student advocacy groups to lend a voice to ensure all students, have equitable access to high-quality education. The forums will provide stakeholders general information about the Every Child Succeeds Act (ESSA) law and encourage participants to share their ideas on how communities can support quality schools.
The Arkansas State University ERZ, along with the Northeast Arkansas Education Cooperative, Crowley's Ridge Education Cooperative, Arkansas State University Rural STEM Education Center and the Arkansas State University Delta STEM Education Center are serving as hosts for this special forum.
We look forward to welcoming ADE Commissioner Johnny Key to the campus of Arkansas State University as he strives to share his vision in transforming Arkansas to lead the nation in student-focused education.
Light refreshments will be served beginning at 5:15 right prior to the start of the forum at 5:30 . Open and free parking is available to the public in the Convocation Center parking lot across the street from the Cooper Alumni Center. The forum is free of charge. The forum will conclude at 7:00 p.m.
For questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jill Clogston, Director, Education Renewal Zone at Arkansas State University by calling 870-972-2049 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t Be Wrong: Strategies that Engage, Students, Promote Active Learning and Boost Achievement
Presented by Jon Antonetti
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Sponsored by the Arkansas State University Education Renewal Zone (ERZ)
John Antonetti is a learner. He has had the great fortune to visit classrooms throughout North America in an effort to answer the question "What truly engages learners?" From thousands of students in pre-K through Graduate School, John has learned the three facets of powerful learning tasks—intellectual, academic, and emotional engagement.
John Antonetti is a teacher. He has taught A.P Chemistry and Kindergarten and most grades in between in his home state of Arkansas. Once described by Larry Lezotte as a "teacher’s teacher," Mr. Antonetti works with schools across the country and Canada on student engagement, writing, rigor and relevance, and high–yield best practices. As the former Director of Curriculum in the Sheridan School District in Arkansas, he took what he learned in his home district and developed strategies and protocols that work across all school types. He has partnered with five school districts that were awarded the nationally–recognized Broad Prize for Urban Education. While hands-on work in schools is his passion, John is also a highly–sought keynote speaker. His humor and parables are recognized by teachers, administrators, and parents as relevant examples of the power of teachers.
Antonetti is the author of the book, Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking which utilizes the engagement cube and practical tools to increase student thinking in all subject areas. With his late business partner and friend, Jim Garver, John co–authored the ASCD best-seller 17,000 Classroom Visits Can’t be Wrong: Strategies that Engage Students, Promote Active Learning, and Boost Achievement.
John is currently working with colleagues on a book about the power of technology to engage learners.
Whether he’s on the Kinder carpet or in front of 4000 teachers at an international conference, Antonetti continues to learn.