April 16 last day to register for Educational Access Conference

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – April 16 is the last day to register for the 20th Annual Mary E. Benjamin Educational Access Conference. The conference will be held April 18 through April 19 on the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff campus. The cost of registration is $85/person with limited partial scholarships available for students. Registration forms are available at www.uapb.edu.


The conference promises to be an enriching experience with a litany of workshops and panel discussions. A panel on Models that Work in Arkansas will be given on day one of the conference during the luncheon at 12 noon in the arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. HPER Complex. Panelists will include Mr. Scott Shirey, Executive Director of KIPP: Delta Public Schools (West Helena, AR); Mr. Jerry Cox, President of The Education Alliance (Little Rock, AR); and Dr. Tracy Tucker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Division of Learning Services for the Arkansas Department of Education.


After the luncheon, a workshop on Safety in the Educational Environment will take place. The workshop is designed to provide law enforcement officers, school personnel and security personnel with a better understanding of the “potentially violent” or “at risk” student based on past school incidents and lessons learned from personal experiences. Mr. Richard Davies, Coordinator of the Awareness, Prevention, Intervention Group (APIG) will present the workshop.


Day two of the conference will offer the bulk of the workshops and will feature experts inside and outside the state. The workshop, “Maximizing Student Engagement: It is Easier than You (May) Think” will feature Ms. Latosha Guy, an English teacher and Secondary Reading Specialist from King/Drew High School of Medicine and Science in Los Angeles, California to talk about student engagement and literacy.


Latosha Reneé Guy is also an adjunct professor of English at El Camino Community College, a 2012 America Achieves Fellow, a National Board Certified English Teacher and a Credentialed Reading Specialist at King/Drew Magnet High School in Los Angeles. She received her Masters of Education with an emphasis in Reading, and a Reading Specialist Credential at California State University, Los Angeles.

Latosha’s passion is for teaching the students who attend King/Drew Magnet High School, (awarded a Silver Medal by U.S. News for best high schools) in the Watts area of Los Angeles. There, Latosha has educated more than 2,000 high school students in grades nine through twelve, sending most if not all to colleges and universities throughout California and the nation.

Day one will begin at 8 a.m. on Thursday with registration followed by a plenary session in the Sylvester Early Auditorium of Henderson-Young Hall that will feature Dr. Jelani Jabari, owner of Pedagogical Solutions, LLC in Detroit, Michigan.
Day two will start with registration at 7:30 a.m. in the H.O. Clemmons Arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. Health, Physical Education and Recreation Complex.


The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is located at 1200 North University Drive.


For more information about the conference, contact Ms. Allyson Jackson at (870) 575-8477 or Dr. Verma K. Jones at (870)575-8476.


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