OIE's inaugural Education Innovation Summit brought visionary leaders together with more than 100 teachers and leaders from Arkansas schools to Focus, Connect, and Act to transform education in Arkansas! If you weren't able to attend the Innovation Summit, you may be able to join us for regional follow up meetings.
Our 2nd Annual Innovation Summit was held on September 26th and 27th in Little Rock..more information coming soon!Regional Summit
OIE has provided regional follow up sessions at Dawson ESC, Crowley's Ridge ESC, and Northwest Arkansas ESC [Learn More]. Would you like to host a follow-up session to pursue deeper learning and planning in the areas that focus on the needs of your students and your communities? We are working on follow up opportunities in other regions in Arkansas.
Stay tuned for more information. Or, contact us to request that we schedule a follow up in your region!
Our mission is to understand and help teachers and education leaders adapt to the integration of information and communication
technology in Arkansas classrooms.
These meetings are a great way to collaborate with other teachers in the state. PD Credits are awarded for attending.
Contact us to schedule a technology focus group meeting
Cheryl Dobbertin is the program director for Expeditionary Learning's Teacher Potential Project. She also serves as co-director of Expeditionary Learning's work to develop and provide implementation support for Common Core-aligned ELA curriculum in grades 3-8. Prior to her current position, Cheryl was Expeditionary Learning's Director of Professional Development, an associate regional director, and school coach. Before joining EL, she was an urban middle school building administrator, literacy coach, and high school English teacher at a rural district in Western NY.
She teaches differentiation and Methods for Secondary English at Nazareth College of Rochester. Cheryl is a co-author of Expeditionary Learning's latest book, Transformational Literacy. She is also the author of Common Core Unit by Unit, published by Heinemann in 2013. Her work has also been published in ASCD's Differentiation in Practice: 9-12, Rachel Billmeyer's Strategic Reading in the Content Areas, ASCD's Education Leadership and EdWeek.
Three years ago Kenneth Grover and his staff created a comprehensive and fully reimagined educational experience for 21st Century high school students. Innovations High was created from the ground up with anytime, anywhere learning; full instructional integration with the local community college; career-path support; mastery-based education; college & career readiness; real-time progress monitoring for students and parents; and self-directed learning.
Kenneth has trained educators from around the country to understand and implement scalable personalized learning in their schools. His mission is to provide a student centered, personalized educational pedagogical approach that can be implemented in schools through by placing the needs of the student first.read more
George has been an administrator at Western Wayne Schools for 7 years, and prior to that he was a special education teacher. George is passionate about the need to create school environments that are flexible enough to adapt to and meet the unique needs of all learners, and he is excited about the steps being taken in his school district to accomplish this goal.
Matt Coleman is currently the Director of Magnet Programs at Texarkana Arkansas School District in Texarkana, AR. He previously had nine classroom years, during which he taught English and writing at every level from seventh grade to graduate level college courses. Following that, Matt spent seven years facilitating adult learning for K-12 teachers for both the Texarkana school district and around the state of Arkansas.
Why is such a shift necessary and how insightful were educators and legislators about the need for 21st Century skills? Where are we now and how can each community ensure that graduates have "learned how to learn" and are prepared for the necessitated level of innovation, creativity and collaborative problem solving their future will demand? An education standard established in 1892 doesn't work today. It's time to meet the needs of every child with a personalized anytime everywhere educational experience.
An educator for 20 years, Dr. Jones specializes in curriculum and instructional design and implementation. As assistant commissioner of Learning Services, a role she began July 1, 2014, Jones oversees the largest ADE division. She has a background in district strategic planning, budgeting and implementation of Response to Intervention programs, intervention models, data analysis and school improvement. She previously served as assistant superintendent in Bryant, principal at Bryant High School, director of secondary education at the Pulaski County Special School District, and principal at Robinson Middle School and Jacksonville Middle School. She received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, a Master of Arts in Secondary Administration from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Administration from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. She is from Charleston, AR.
Kelly has been the Master Teacher for UALRTeach since it began in 2012. UALRTeach introduces science and mathematics majors to the teaching profession through early field experiences which focus on inquiry education. UALRTeach students use project based instruction extensively as they develop lessons which integrate math and science and tie concepts to real world learning.
Kelly taught in the public school for 25 years, first at Holly Grove, then England High School and finally at Cabot. She is a National Board Certified teacher in AYA Science and received a Master of Science Education at University of Arkansas at Little Rock, a Master of Library and Information Science at University of Central Arkansas in Conway, and is pursuing an Educational Specialist degree in school administration at UALR. She currently serves on the editorial advisory boards for Science Scope and Knowledge Quest and is a book reviewer for NSTA Recommends.
Prior to joining UALR, she taught middle school math and science in both the Pulaski County Special School District and the Little Rock School District. She wrote a state approved STEM curriculum for a an elective course at Fuller Middle School and helped to implement a number of extra curricular project based competition teams which eventually led to FMS being recognized as a STEM School of Excellence by the International STEM Education Association in 2013. She received a bachelor's degree in Middle School Education, Math Science Specialty, as well as a graduate certificate in K-12 Gifted Education from University Arkansas at Little Rock, and a Master's Degree in Digital Teaching and Learning from Kansas State University.
Sandra currently teaches Project Based Instruction, Knowing and Learning in Math and Science, and STEP 2 (Inquiry Based Lesson Design). She continues to mentor an all girls robotics team at Mills High School, and is increasing efforts to expand the Technology Student Association (TSA) in Arkansas.
Dr. Megan Witonski began her career as a teacher and principal in Arkansas. She was superintendent for Wickes and Elkins School District. Her passion is assisting students to think beyond current possibilities as they earn a high school diploma and ultimately to their college or career pathway. Innovative approaches to education and how students access knowledge is the cornerstone of the future of learning for students. She was awarded the 2013 Arkansas Rural Education Superintendent of the Year. Megan was appointed to Assistant Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education and now serves as Associate Superintendent for Springdale School District. She currently serves on the March of Dimes board and the Springdale Leadership Council.
Denise Tobin Airola is the Director of the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas. Dr. Airola's work focuses on enabling and accelerating innovation to address barriers to educational progress, building capacity for improving instruction and leadership practices, and informing policy at the school, district and state levels. She has consulted with several state education agencies on the use of educational data to drive instructional systems change. Prior to her work as an educational statistician and research methodologist, Dr. Airola worked for 18 years in the K-12 public education system. Her education experience includes classroom teaching at the elementary, middle and secondary levels, designing and conducting professional development, curriculum, instruction and assessment alignment, as well as implementing and evaluating K-12 reform efforts.
Innovation Springing Up in Springdale