Mountain Home Retirement TownHall

Dec 10, 2019

Calling all educators! Join the Arkansas Education Association December 17th in Mountain Home, AR to learn the latest about your retirement from Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Executive Director Clint Rhoden, Arkansas House Education Committee Member Representative Nelda Speaks and AEA President Carol Fleming.

Don’t miss this special event, Tuesday, December 17th at 6 pm at McMullin Lecture Hall in Dryer Hall on the ASU Mountain Home campus.


Little Rock Education Chief Announced

Dec 6, 2019

The Arkansas Education Association is pleased long-time public education champion Dr. Jay Barth will serve as the Chief Education Officer for the City of Little Rock. Mayor Frank Scott’s announcement today ensures the city’s work to support our students and schools will be led by someone with a proven track record of advocating for public education in our state and in Little Rock.

Most recently, Dr. Barth served on the state board of education and was consistently a leading voice for the students, families, and educators in the Little Rock School District. Perhaps most notably, he voted against the state takeover of the LRSD and stood with our local education association (LREA) against the waiver of due process for district educators. Jay’s unwavering support for public school students and educators often meant he was the sole vote against the forces working to undermine public education in Central Arkansas and the state.

AEA has long been a proponent of the community school model and stands ready to serve as a resource to support the students and educators in this effort as our community continues to push for the return of a democratically elected local school board with full decision making authority to the Little Rock School District.


Educators Mourn the Loss of Public Education Champion

Oct 28, 2019

In 2015, then AEA President Brenda Robinson presented Representative John Walker with the AEA Friend of Education Award for his decades of commitment to improve public education in Arkansas.

 

LITTLE ROCK— The Arkansas Education Association mourns the loss of Representative John Walker.  Representative Walker was a towering civil rights and public education advocate.
“Public education lost a champion today,” said AEA President Carol Fleming. “His tireless efforts and commitment to ensuring the doors of opportunity are open for all will never be forgotten.”
Mr. Walker’s work with AEA began as a young courageous attorney working with the Arkansas Teachers Association (ATA) which was an organization that fought for racial equity for African American students and educators from 1898-until its merger with the Arkansas Education Association in 1969.
Attorney Walker was a champion of African-American teachers in Arkansas who were treated unlawfully in employment matters.  African-American teachers were systematically and substantially discriminated against in salaries, which was constitutionally impermissible. Mr. Walker established an enviable record on cases won in and on appeal to the U.S. Eighth Circuit Court.
He also advocated for African-American students in Arkansas, in a desegregation case that continues to have implications today. Mr. Walker represented the intervener groups – Joshua Interveners, representing African-American students and families, and Knight Interveners, representing employees in three school districts in central Arkansas.
He was appointed to the State Board of Education by Republican Governor Winthrop Rockefeller but was never seated after the state legislature refused to confirm his appointment.  Had he been seated, he would have been the first African American man to serve on that Board.
Undeterred, he ran for and was elected to the House of Representatives in the Arkansas General Assembly in 2010 and served on the House Education Committee until his death. In his role as a lawmaker, he garnered the admiration and respect of allies and opponents.  He used his platform as a lawmaker to continue his life’s work as an outspoken advocate for public education, students, and educators.  Representative Walker frequently visited the well on the House floor to serve as a voice for those who often are not represented at the decision making table.
In 2015, Mr. Walker was recognized for his decades of commitment to improve public education in Arkansas and was awarded the AEA Friend of Education Award.


Vendor Booth Opportunity

Aug 12, 2019


Retirement Town Halls

Jul 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

  • UPDATE: Tuesday, November 5, 2019 5:00 p.m.

UPDATE: Benton Event Center

17322 I-30 N., Benton, AR

Phone: (501) 860-7004 Little Rock, AR**
**this is the final wrap-up meeting


Ford Next Generation Learning Educator Townhalls

Jul 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.  

Educators can register to attend HERE for July 24th, or HERE for the 25th 


AEA President Carol Fleming Begins First Term

Jul 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 Partnership

May 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.

You can check out the park at this website, but be sure to buy your tickets at this link to access the discounted rates.

 


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 am

Mar 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.