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School Principals from Region Will Gather for Conference on Ideas and Issues, Friday, May 3


JONESBORO – School children who get called to the principal’s office usually expect serious business, as they should.  The building principal is not only an educator; he or she also must be a motivator, a wise disciplinarian, and an administrator of every imaginable local, state and federal policy.

Whether a person is currently a principal, is about to take the reins, or hopes to step into those shoes soon, a meeting at Arkansas State University on Friday, May 3, should have immense value to all.

Final plans are complete for the Northeast Arkansas Spring Principals’ Conference at the Carl R. Reng Student Union, according to Dr. Rick Hux, director of the Education Renewal Zone (ERZ), a program of the Department of Teacher Education in A-State’s College of Education.

“The keynote speaker, Dr. Karen Cushman, will focus on implementation of two major evaluation systems in Arkansas,” Hux said.  Cushman is assistant commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education.

“The Teacher Excellence and Support System and Principal Evaluation System are two of the most significant changes that will impact the responsibilities for area principals,” Hux continued, “and Dr. Cushman will help participants understand how to make these most effective for the benefit of the children and the school.”

Breakout sessions following her address will cover numerous timely topics in which principals will be very interested, Dr. Hux continued, such as implementing the Common Core 9-12, parental and community involvement, issues in special education, school discipline, and several more.

Sponsors for the conference are the Northeast Arkansas Principals Association, and the College of Education and the Education Renewal Zone at Arkansas State University.

Participants may attend the conference and luncheon at no cost, but preregistration is required.  The website for registration and additional details about the conference schedule and session topics is http://nearkprincipals.eventbrite.com/#.

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Karen Cushman
Dr. Karen Cushman
(Arkansas Department of Education Photo)