Literacy Symposium to feature senators, student teachers

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – Speakers and workshop presenters from diverse professional backgrounds and areas in the state will dialogue on strategies, methods, programs, and projects that work to increase literacy to better prepare children, youth, and adults for college readiness and the work force at the Literacy Symposium Friday, May 3.  Sponsored by the School of Education Literacy Institute at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), the event will run from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Arkansas River Education Service Cooperative located on 912 W. 6th Avenue in Pine Bluff.  With the theme, “Literacy: The Key to Success,” guest speakers and presenters include Senator Stephanie Flowers (District 5), Former State Senator Jack Crumbly (District 16, now District 24) and Dr. Robert Anderson, director of the Dollarway Resource and Development Center. 

Throughout the morning, there will be workshops to attend that will discuss Common Core State Standards , student achievement and teacher expectations, working with parents to improve literacy, preparing young adults for success, and ways to motivate students to be critical thinkers. The last session in the afternoon will include a roundtable discussion facilitated by Dr. Michael Nellums, Principal of Pine Bluff High School.  The topic for the roundtable is, “A Call to Action: How Do We Address the Effects of Literacy in the Arkansas Delta?”

Teacher candidates and students from UAPB partnership school districts will participate on program at the symposium.  Denisha Burl, a teacher candidate will participate in the symposium while Eric Williamson, an English Education Major and Phyllis Childs, a 2013 graduating senior in Business Technology Education will serve as responding officers. Entertainment will be provided by the Oak Park Elementary School Choir under the direction of Mr. Faron Wilson.

The symposium is open to school administrators, teachers, child care educators, adult education educators, undergraduate/graduate students, university faculty and administrators, parents, and members and leaders in the community.  There are no fees for this event, and participants attending can receive professional development clock hours.  For more information or to register, please contact Dr. Vera Lang Brown, Coordinator of Symposium at (870) 575-8275 or or Dr. Fredda D. Carroll at (870) 575-8256 or


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