2021 PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT CONFERENCE FROM THE
ARKANSAS EDUCATION ASSOCIATION

GENERAL CONFERENCE INFORMATION

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.

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

DR. CHARLOTTE GREEN PARHAM

November 4, 2021

6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

at the RON ROBINSON THEATER AND ONLINE

A REVISIT TO W.E.B. DUBOIS TRUTH, KNOWLEDGE, AND SYMPATHY IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS

 

Brown vs. The Board of Education was the historic Supreme Court ruling that made racially segregated schools illegal. Desegregation was an important and necessary time in American history, but it was difficult for all involved. White teachers were unprepared to deal with teaching children who were deemed inferior. Black families were hesitant to entrust their child's education to an unwelcoming environment. These issues of the 1950s strangely find themselves as relevant discussions in 2021.

 

For schools systems to provide safe, rigorous, and optimal environments where all students can succeed, there was and still is a need to address the school systems' social systems. This system involves the human mindset and perspective of both teachers and families. The sociologist W.E. B. DuBois (1935) recognized the complexity of desegregation, positing that effective changes to the social systems must involve three critical components: truth, knowledge, and sympathy. This lecture revisits Dubois's essential elements of truth, knowledge, and sympathy; and discusses how those components can provide a foundation for equitable education systems.

 

For more than 20 years, Charlotte R. Green Parham has been an educator in the Arkansas community. Dr. Parham served as an elementary teacher, gifted specialist, principal, and district administrator. She is a national consultant and author who currently serves as an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at the University of Central Arkansas. Her research focuses are systems of equity, academic achievement gaps, school readiness, and disruptive innovation.

 

Dr. Parham is the executive director for Arkansas Imagination Library, the state's affiliate for the Dolly Parton Imagination Library book gifting program. She is also the founder and CEO of Strategic Inc., a consulting firm that partners with schools and various organizations to support areas of equity and literacy.

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