The Arkansas Education Association is a licensed provider* of Professional Development through the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. As a provider, we work to ensure that educators in Arkansas, have quality professional learning opportunities to advance their craft and career.


Each year, AEA offers an array of specialized trainings that improve the skill sets, professional knowledge, competency and overall effectiveness for educators to thrive and to the benefit of their students. The opportunities provided, are tied to professional growth and skill development and support educator expansion in the field of study to practice.


In addition, we support educators seeking to develop leadership capabilities while fostering creative development of a personal professional development plan. It’s important for educators to take ownership of shaping their careers and in that process, expand their skills and knowledge to reach higher levels of intellectual and scientific mastery. We offer educators the opportunity to track their own growth and development so they can individualize their career trajectory.




A Block of rooms has been reserved at


Delta Hotels Little Rock West
201 South Shackleford Road
Little Rock, AR 72211
Tel: 501-223-3000
To secure the group rate, please make your reservation by October 20, 2023


Special Rate Code: AEA

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

Alice Aida Ayers

November 2, 2023

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

The Rozzell Lecture is at the Clinton Library & Museum

1200 President Clinton Ave.

Little Rock, AR 72201

About Alice AIDA

Alice Aida spent over two decades living and working between the Americas and Africa. She holds a Bachelor of Art, and Masters in Art Education. Her professional career has involved working in America, Europe, Mexico, Tanzania, Kenya and South Africa. She has served as a resident artist in theatre, visual art, art therapy and as an adjunct professor in Kenya, Tanzania and the United States. A teaching artist since 1989, she has performed residencies in over 250 schools, colleges, community centers and libraries.


As an experienced project director and arts educator with over 30 years of experience, Ayers has made significant contributions to classroom teaching, outreach programs, and community collaborations.


She has developed and implemented arts education programs, art therapy initiatives, and restorative practices for a wide array of audiences. Her roles as an arts administrator and director have involved collaborating with government agencies, organizing community events such as health fairs, art camps, mural projects, and cultural educational exchanges.


For the last six years her work has been with incarcerated men and women, and women in recovery/re-entry programs. Art therapy and creative visualization are two methods used in order to help the participants tap into their creative and healing source.


In the studio and lecture hall alike, Alice pushes students to question what is presented to them, their relationships and responses to the information, and how these impressions relate to their world. She believes it is important that we explore education on a universal platform. Exploring how other cultures exist is an essential component to her teaching philosophy.

Her personal work in textile art brings to the forefront traditional practices from her childhood into the world of modern-day artistic interpretations. She uses ethnic, hand dyed and repurposed fabrics, found objects. She is drawn to the art of creating texture, through layering found objects and stitching. Ayers is also the author of the books, “It’s Me I’m Running From”, “Tomorrows Garden”, “Lead with Love”.

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