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2020 educational access conference
About the Conference on Educational Access

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The 2020 Mary E. Benjamin Conference on Educational Access conference aims to:

  • Provide a safe, stable, and understanding environment for students and staff after being impacted by traumatic events that have impacted the communities.

  • Improve student accomplishment, reduce absenteeism, and restore the parent’s confidence in the education that their child is receiving.

  • Make leaders competent to function effectively and mange academic success through collaboration with different educators, parents, students, public policy and the public.

  • Provide students with experiences that feel like actual life and to enhance distance learning, and to increase the student’s motivation, collaboration and knowledge construction.

  • Allow students to pursue their academic goals without having to be there physically with it being more convenient, affordable, and effective.

  • Provide educators a way to pinpoint areas of improvement and to help schools evaluate progress while not falling to pressure to “teach to the test”.

  • Discuss the current ‘State of Education’ in Jefferson County, Arkansas.

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Tenita Gragg
Interim Director
Upward Bound program

Trammell Howell
Computer Support Technician
Technical Services

Administrative Support
Mitzy Allen
Administrative Support Supervisor
School of Education-Curriculum and Instruction

Registration and Logistics

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Participants & Presenters $75.00 | Students $25.00

Registration Form and Fee are due by April 23, 2020

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

Register and Pay Online  (Debit/Credit Card/Check)       
Register for the Ed Access Conference online

UAPB employees can pay via Interdepartmental Chargeback

Please return the form with your registration Fee to:
School of Education
Educational Access Registration Committee
1200 North University Drive, Mail Slot 4915
Pine Bluff, Arkansas 71601

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STEM Conference Center

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

Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Ivy Pfeffer
Deputy Commissioner
Arkansas Department of Education

As deputy commissioner, Dr. Pfeffer works with Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) team members, legislators, community members, school district personnel and educators on finance, legislation and other education issues. Pfeffer joined DESE (formerly the Arkansas Department of Education) in 2013 as the director of educator evaluation, where she coordinated the administration of the new teacher and principal evaluation systems.

She was hired as assistant commissioner for Educator Effectiveness and Licensure July 1, 2014. Prior to coming to DESE, Pfeffer worked at the Pocahontas School District for 18 years. She taught Spanish and English at Pocahontas Junior High School before being named the secondary assistant principal at the high school. She served as principal and as an adjunct Spanish instructor for Black River Technical College. She has a Bachelor of Science in Education in Spanish and English from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, a Master of Science in Education in Integrated Technology in the Curriculum from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN., completed the ASU program of study for administrative certification and earned an Educator Specialist in Educational Leadership. She received a Doctorate of Education in School Leadership from Arkansas Tech University at Russellville.

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