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About the Educational Access Conference

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The 2015 Educational Access Conference will focus on how the integration of the arts in STEM (STEAM) contributes to preparing P-16 students for career success.

The conference will:

1. Provide state of art information on useful strategies to emphasize STEAM in P-16 academic curricula

2. Demonstrate how Common Core State Standards align with the Integration of STEM and the arts

3. Strengthen the awareness of higher education and public school administrators, faculty, students, community, and policy-makers awareness about the impact integrating arts have in STEM education in Arkansas’ P-16 school settings

4. Facilitate discussion and enhance networking among Arkansas and regional educators (P-16) and employers on preparing the next generation for state, national, and global competitiveness

5. Increase faculty’s collaboration in STEAM activities that will identify and promote the development of highly qualified preservice teachers who will integrate the arts across STEM and other content areas

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

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Why You Should Attend

  • Gain access to current STEAM information and trends
  • Share evidence-based research activities
  • Acquire STEAM strategies to engage P-16 students
  • Explore applications of STEAM research
  • Earn Continuing Education credits
  • Network with other Educators, Employers, Communities, and Policymakers

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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Important Articles

Ready to Innovate: Are Educators and Executives Aligned on the Creative Readiness of the US Workforce?

Sesame Street – STEM + A = STEAM

STEM to STEAM: Adding Arts to Science

STEM vs. STEAM: Do the Arts Belong?

3 Visual Artists—and Tricks—for Integrating the Arts Into Core Subjects
Published Online: February 24, 2015 - Education Week

STEM to STEAM: Art in K-12 Is Key to Building a Strong Economy

STEM to STEAM -- Recognizing the Value of Creative Skills in the Competitiveness Debate

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Gershon, W. S., & Ben-Horin, O. (2014). Deepening inquiry: What processes of making music can teach us about creativity and ontology for inquiry based science education. International Journal of Education & the Arts, 15(19). Site:

Sousa, D. A., & Pilecki, T. (2013). From STEM to STEAM: Using brain-compatible strategies to integrate the arts. Corwin Press.

STEAM: Experts Making a Case for adding Arts to STEM.
Published Online: December 1, 2011

Harlow, D. B., Nylund-Gibson, K., Iveland, A., & Taylor, L. (2013). Secondary students’ views about creativity in the work of engineers and artists: a Latent Class Analysis. Creative Education, 4(05), 315. Site:

Lindeman, K. W., & Jabot, M. (2013). Berkley (2014), The Role of STEM (or STEAM) in the Early Childhood Setting. Learning Across the Early Childhood Curriculum (Advances in Early Education And Day Care, Volume 17) Emerald Group Publishing Limited, 17, 95-114.

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Registration & Logistics

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  • General Participants & Presenters: $75.00

  • *Vendors: $200.00

  • Students: $40.00

You may download, print and fill out the registration form here. Please return form with your Registration Fee by April 15, 2015
UAPB employees can pay via Interdepartmental Chargeback

Registration Fee for general participants & presenters ($75), and students ($40) includes all conference materials, breakfast, luncheon and refreshments

*Registration Fee for vendors ($200) includes payment for two representatives from your school, business or company, a table and two chairs set-up by the conference, luncheon and refreshments. The representatives are responsible for other conference-related expenses including travel, lodging and meals other than the luncheon and refreshments. The set-up will be in the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Academic and Conference Center.

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 or Watson Blvd and L.A. "Prexy" Davis Drive

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Schedule At A Glance

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7:30 A.M. – 8:00 A.M | Registration

8:00 A.M. – 9:35 A.M. | Plenary Session 

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Anthony McEachern, Chairman
Department of Art and Director of Graduate Studies
Coordinator of Electronic Studio Arts Concentration
Howard University - Washington, D.C 

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

10:45 A.M. – 10:55 A.M. | BREAK

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

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12:00 P.M. – 12:45 P.M. | LUNCHEON

12:45 P.M. – 2:15 P.M. | PANEL
STEM and STEAM: Preparing P-16 for Academic and Career Success

Moderator Dr. David Rainey, Former Superintendent
Dumas School District, Dumas, Arkansas
Former Arkansas State Representative 

Panel Members Dr. Lenore Shoults, Executive Director
The Arts & Science Center for Southeast Arkansas
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

Mrs. Raye Jean Montague, Internationally Registered Professional Engineer
1956 Graduate of Arkansas Mechanical Normal/
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Mr. Corey Alderdice, Director
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Science, and the Arts
Hot Springs, Arkansas

Dr. Anthony McEachern, Chairman
Department of Art
Howard University
Washington, D.C.

Professor Danny Campbell, Interim Chair
Department of Art
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff

Dr. Joy Jackson, Interim Director 
K-12 STEM Education Center
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff 
Pine Bluff, Arkansas

2:15 P.M. -2:25 P.M.|  BREAK

2:25 P.M. – 3:30 P.M.
Student Teacher Round Table: Integrating the Arts To Enhance Effective Teaching

3:30 P.M. – 4:15 P.M. | CLOSING SESSION

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