Retirement Town HallsJul 30, 2019
SAVE THE DATES!
The Chairs of the Joint Retirement Committee, Sen. Bill Sample and Rep. Les Warren have announced dates for town hall meetings around the state to discuss the future of Arkansas public retirement systems including the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System (ATRS). Come hear a presentation by Clint Rhoden the new Executive Director of ATRS and get your questions answered!
- Thursday, September 5, 2019 1:30 p.m.
University of Arkansas Hope – Texarkana (UAHT), Hempstead Hall
2500 S. Main, Hope, AR – Phone: (870) 722-8565
- Friday, September 6, 2019 9:30 a.m.
Hot Springs Convention Center, Rooms 104-105
134 Convention Blvd., Hot Springs National Park, AR – Phone: (501) 321-2277
- Tuesday, September 24, 2019 1:30 p.m.
Northwest Arkansas Community College (NWACC),
Shewmaker Center for Workforce Technologies – Walmart Auditorium, Room B102
1000 Southeast Eagle Way, Bentonville, AR – Phone: (479) 636-9222
- Wednesday, September 25 9:30 a.m.
Fort Smith, AR – Ft. Smith Convention Center Theater Lobby
800 Rogers Ave. Fort Smith, AR 72901
- Tuesday, October 1 1:30 p.m.
Arkansas State University (ASU), Cooper Alumni Center
2626 Alumni Blvd. State University, AR, Jonesboro, AR – Phone: (870) 972-3362
- Wednesday, October 2 9:30 a.m.
Arkansas State University Mid-South (ASU-Mid-South), Magruder Hall
2000 West Broadway, West Memphis, AR – Phone: (870) 733-6722
- Wednesday, October 9 1:30 p.m.
University of Arkansas Monticello (UAM), Fine Arts Center
346 University Drive, Monticello, AR – Phone: (870) 460-1026
- Thursday, October 10, 2019 9:30 a.m.
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB), STEM Building (tentative)
1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, AR – Phone: (870) 575-8000
- Tuesday, October 22, 2019 1:30 p.m.
Arkansas State University – Mountain Home (ASU-Mt Home), The Sheid Building
1600 South College Street, Mountain Home, AR – Phone: (870) 508-6100
- Wednesday, October 23, 2019 9:30 a.m.
Lyon College, Nucor Auditorium, Lyon Building
2300 Highland Road, Batesville, AR – Phone: (870) 307-7000
- Wednesday, November 6, 2019 5:00 p.m.
Multi-Agency Complex (MAC), Room A Little Rock, AR**
**this is the final wrap-up meeting
Ford Next Generation Learning Educator TownhallsJul 16, 2019
Town Halls to Offer Educators Opportunity to Engage in New Career Technical Education Program
The Arkansas Education Association and Little Rock Regional Chamber are partnering to offer Pulaski County Educators an opportunity to learn about an exciting new interdisciplinary approach to career technical education.
Ford Next Generation Learning (Ford NGL) mobilizes educators, local employers and community leaders to transform teaching and learning in high schools by creating and maintaining career-themed academies. This transformative process prepares students who will graduate from high school ready for college, careers, lifelong learning and leadership so they can compete successfully in the modern economy. Teachers in career academies work collaboratively, intertwining the academy’s career lens across core academics to deliver relevant learning with real-world experiences provided by local industry. The NGL framework is not a one-size-fits-all model, it requires local input and local customization. This transformation process requires significant and sustained input from community and school stakeholders, especially from teachers who are closest to the work.
Little Rock School District, North Little Rock School District, Pulaski County Special School District and Jacksonville North Pulaski School District have signed up to participate in the program, but your expertise as educators is essential for success!
The partners are holding two Educator Town Halls in the Great Hall of the Clinton Presidential Center (1200 President Clinton Avenue, Little Rock): July 24, from 5-7 PM and July 25, from 1-3 PM.
AEA President Carol Fleming Begins First TermJul 15, 2019
New Arkansas Education Association President
Carol Fleming Begins First Term
Carol B. Fleming officially begins her two year term as President of the Arkansas Education Association, July 15, after winning a statewide vote in May of this year. She succeeds Cathy Koehler, who will return to the Little Rock School District following two years as AEA President.
“I am humbled by the support of our members across Arkansas and honored to serve as President of AEA,” Fleming says. “Educators are the people working most closely with students every day. We are the experts in education, and I look forward to lifting our collective voice at the state level to ensure each student has the opportunity they deserve.”
Fleming, a speech language pathologist at Pulaski Heights Middle School, has spent the last 20 years working with students.
“I am coming to this new role straight out of the classroom, and have been living and breathing the issues facing Arkansas’s teachers,” she said. “I have a close working knowledge of what we must do to improve our students’ learning environments.”
The state of Arkansas is facing a teacher pipeline shortage, and Fleming plans to work together with local associations, the Arkansas Department of Education and school districts to provide mentorship and professional development opportunities for early career educators.
“We’re committed to work together to build strong public schools,” she said. “From the Education Department to the bus drivers, from district administration to classroom teachers and education support professionals, everyone’s goal must be to provide a quality education for each of our students.”
For years, Fleming has been an active and engaged member of the AEA at the local, state and national level. She has also served in her children’s Parent Teacher Associations when they were students in the Pulaski County Special School District and North Little Rock School District. Fleming and all of her children graduated from North Little Rock Public Schools.
Fleming has worked to ensure good public education policies at the local, state and national level. As a parent of an adult with special needs, she is reminded daily of the importance of advocating on behalf of the professions and those served which has fueled her passion for education, leadership, and professional issues. Her goal is to get others to become involved to support successful public schools.
Magic Springs PartnershipMay 20, 2019
AEA members can save through a partnership with Magic Springs! AEA Members can receive up to 50% off the daily admission rate to the Hot Springs water park, as well as discounted season passes.
I Love Public Schools T-Shirt Order Yours Today!May 9, 2019
Everyone loves the Fayetteville Education Association’s “I Love Public Schools,” and now the shirt is available for all AEA members! Thanks to Cameron Simpkins, VP of Fayetteville Education Association, for arranging this opportunity.
If you would like to pick up your shirt at AEA Headquarters in Little Rock, you may choose “Group Pass Out” as the shipping option so you are not charged individual shipping. Order your shirt here by Wednesday, June 5TH at 11:59pm.
2019 AEA Final Election Voting Begins Monday, 3/25 at 8 amMar 22, 2019
Votes for the following candidates will be cast during the AEA Final Election that will be held beginning at 8:00 a.m. March 25, 2019 and ending April 15, 2019 at 5:00 p.m.
Voting for active members will be online at www.aeaonline.org. Look for the “Vote Here” Icon on the AEA website beginning March 24. Members can access the voting site seven days a week, 24 hours a day during the voting period. You must enter your voter ID that is printed on your AEA membership card. Contact the AEA Office if you need any assistance with your voter ID, (501) 375-4611, Ext. 100. Retired members will receive a ballot by regular mail to vote for NEA Retired Delegates. Election 19 races.
2019 AEA Primary Election ResultsMar 21, 2019
Retirement Alert Contact Your Lawmaker to Protect ATRSFeb 21, 2019
|Rep. Doug House’s stress testing bill, HB1173 will be considered by the Joint Retirement Committee Monday, 3/25.|
HB1173 would require public retirement systems to perform a “stress test” using worst case scenarios. The results of the tests could then be used to justify cuts to benefits. This bill is part of a troubling blueprint that other states have used to diminish retirement security for educators. This one of several bills recommended by a group of anti-public retirement activists invited by Rep. House to testify before the committee last year.
All members are encouraged to attend the meeting MONDAY (3/25) at 9 am in the Big MAC building located immediately behind the State Capitol. AEA strongly opposes HB1173.
If you are unable to attend Monday’s meeting, we encourage all members to contact the members of the Retirement Committee and let them know you oppose HB1173, the stress test bill.