The Arkansas Education Association is focused on ensuring that every student has a caring, qualified and committed teacher. To help educators be their best, we host an annual professional development conference in Little Rock. Our conference is the most comprehensive professional development conference for educators in Arkansas.


This year, the AEA Professional Development Conference will host some of the most innovative, interesting and relevant workshops for Arkansas educators. Conference participants will explore: new strategies to reach all students, learn new approaches to teaching a diverse array of content areas and much, much more!


Join us along with hundreds of educators from across Arkansas on Thursday, November 1st and Friday, November 2nd at the DoubleTree Hotel in downtown Little Rock as we come together to create effective and empowered educators!


This year's conference hotel is at the downtown Little Rock DoubleTree, Robinson Center, and additional locations in Little Rock.


DoubleTree Hotel

424 West Markham

Little Rock, AR  72201

Want to help out? AEA needs facilitators to help run each session. Facilitators receive round-trip mileage and paid-parking reimbursement on each day they volunteer.


Each year, as part of our Professional Development Conference, we host a speaker as part of our Rozzell Lecture Series.

2019 ARkansas Teacher of the Year

Stacey McAdoo

 November 1, 2018 · 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

at the Ron Robinson Theater

Finding Your Voice: Empowering Educators and Students through Passion & Poetry


2019 Teacher of the Year Stacey James McAdoo’s Rozzell Lecture will highlight her award winning activities in the classroom. McAdoo will share her philosophy of teaching through art to engage students and help them find their passion. McAdoo will share the stage with some of her students, for a poetry performance.


McAdoo is a writer, educator and an advocate of literacy. She has participated in several literacy/spoken word organizations such as the SanKofa Poets, Word Up! Poetry Troupe, and Foreign Tongues.  Mrs. McAdoo is an Educator to Educator Facilitator with AEA, the AVID Coordinator at her school and a sought after arts integration presenter. In addition she has conducted various workshops and poetry readings at numerous schools, libraries, universities and cultural enrichment programs. Author of Sweet Melanin Messages and Baring My Soul, Stacey is the sponsor of the spoken word youth collective called Writeous Poets and has served as the co-producer of the youth oriented poetry radio show entitled “The Writeous Hour.”


McAdoo holds a B.A. in Professional & Technical Writing, a Master of Arts in Teaching and is a distinguished public school educator. Some of her most recent awards include being named the University of Arkansas’ Distinguished High School Mentor, Marian G. Lacey/Little Rock School District Educator of the Year, Regional Arkansas Teacher of the year and the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.