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About the Conference on Educational Access

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The 2016 Conference on Educational Access will address the literacy skills needed for students to master STEM subjects in preparation for college and career readiness. 

The conference will:

1. Address research-based instructional strategies and techniques for applying literacy skills in teaching STEM subjects;

2. Enhance professional learning on how to apply literacy skills when teaching STEM subjects to raise student achievement;

3. Demonstrate how ACT Aspire Standards in literacy align with teaching across STEM subjects;
4. Engage education faculty's participation in professional experiences to promote the development of pre-service teachers' skills and competencies in literacy relevant for teaching students in the STEM subjects; 

5. Facilitate discussion and networking among Arkansas and regional educators, parents, business leaders, policy makers, and philanthropists on preparing P-16 students for state, national, and global competitiveness; and

6. Serve as a clearinghouse for evidence based strategies in developing and supporting P-16 faculty and students and STEM baccalaureate majors as they pursue life-long careers in science, technology engineering, and/or mathematics disciplines.

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Why You Should Attend

  • Gain access to research-based strategies and techniques for teaching literacy across STEM subjects
  • Explore barriers/initiatives impacting P-16 STEM teaching and student learning
  • Network with the Arkansas STEM Coalition, educators, parents, community, businesses, and policy-makers about STEM literacy as it relates to the workforce
  • Earn six (6) Continuing Education Units
  • Share in the dialogue on the importance of content teachers applying literacy skills when teaching STEM subjects

Contact Us

(870) 575-7008 or 8275

The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is accredited by
The Higher Learning Commission: Member
North Central Association
30 N. LaSelle, Suite 2400
Chicago, Illinois 60602-2504
1-800-621-7440/Fax 312-263-7462

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Important Articles

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Check back soon for articles about STEM literacy!

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Registration & Logistics

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*Registration must be completed by March 31st* 

Participants & Presenters $60.00
Students $30.00

Regular Registration After March 31st

  • Participants & Presenters: $75.00

  • Students: $40.00

You may download, print and fill out the registration form here. Please return form with your Registration Fee by April 15, 2016
UAPB employees can pay via Interdepartmental Chargeback

General Registration Fee for participants, presenters, and students includes all conference materials, breakfast, luncheon and refreshments.

Please return the registration form with your Registration Fee to:
School of Education
Educational Access Registration Committee
1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4927
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

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STEM Conference Center

Location: University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Campus
Corner of Watson Blvd and L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive

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Schedule At-A-Glance

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Marshal Hurst 
Luncheon Keynote Speaker

Marshal Hurst is the Literacy Design Collaborative(LDC)/Mathematics Design Collaborative(MDC) Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Education.  He has worked in the Professional Development division since 2013.  Before that he worked for the Education Renewal Zone at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith where he assisted public schools in the areas of curriculum, professional development, parental involvement, and collaboration.  Mr. Hurst has also assisted schools with Scholastic Audits in the areas of curriculum.


Mr. Hurst has contributed blog posts to and Mobility Labs.  He has also been asked to present at numerous conferences including the AASCD conference, national SREB Networking Conference, MDC Partner Convening hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and a featured panelist to present the statewide rollout for Arkansas at the National Convening of LDC partners hosted by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

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8:30 A.M. – 9:00 A.M | REGISTRATION

9:00 A.M. – 9:35 A.M. | PLENARY SESSION

9:45 A.M. – 10:45 A.M. | WORKSHOPS - SESSION I

10:45 A.M. – 10:55 A.M. | BREAK

10:55 A.M. – 11:55 A.M. | WORKSHOPS – SESSION II

12:00 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. | LUNCHEON

12:45 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. | PANEL

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