The Office of Innovation for Education and the Arkansas Department of Education announce the 4th Annual Education Innovation Summit. The 2018 Summit will provide unprecedented opportunities for learning with international, national, and state experienced innovators in education.

Student-focused learning demands that we DISCOVER every learner. This year's theme, "Discover Every Learner," highlights the value that each learner brings to the community. As you transform learning in your schools, the 2018 Summit provides expanded opportunities to network, design, innovate, and reflect on your vision for your community of learners. Discover, participate in, and be mentored in processes that engage and motivate learners toward sustainable, improved outcomes. Sessions will focus on innovation research in transformational leadership, learner-driven practices, and designing learning.

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The Office of Innovation for Education and Arkansas Department of Education are convening innovative educators from across the state and nationally known leaders to bring you the 4th annual Education Innovation Summit. With record-breaking attendance the past two years, our 2018 Summit will host 500 educators this year and offer more than 75 sessions.

  • 4th Annual Education Innovation Summit.
  • Went from 114 attendees in 2015 to around 320 in 2016 to more than 450 in 2017, expected to be 500 or more this year.
  • Majority of attendees work in school districts.
  • 32% of attendees were teachers.
  • 41% of attendees hold leadership roles in their school or district.
  • International attendees from New Zealand in 2018.


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This year's breakout sessions will be organized around OIE's innovation research in the areas of transformational leadership, learner-driven practices, and designing learning. Attendees can expect sessions from practitioners implementing the work of innovation to serve all learners from the state and nation, along with policy sessions, design sessions, and opportunities to work in small groups with experts in mentor sessions. And yes, your favorite innovators will be back to share their latest innovations!

Keynote Speakers:

Susan Patrick, iNACOL


Derek Wenmoth, CORE Education

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Arkansas is becoming a leader in educational innovation thanks to pioneers across the state and the emphasis on student focused learning by our state department. Over the past three years at the Summit, and four years as a leader of innovation in the state, we've worked to engage educators' awareness of innovative practices and designs.

Travel to any region of the state and you will see educators engaged in conversations and actions to innovate! Now its time to take it to the next level! The 2018 Innovation Summit pulls from successful student focused learning system designs and puts educators and students at the center of the design process. In fact, we have no doubt you will leave with a new or expanded vision of learning.

We have school systems across the state, and country, successfully implementing innovative and student focused learning systems. These systems are transforming what it means to be a student in a public school system. Come hear, learn, share, and network with these pioneers. Many of these leaders will offer mini-mentoring sessions throughout the conference that you will not want to miss!

Engage in the conversation with us again this year or join us for the first time! Learn how intentional design impacts student learning and walkaway with practical next steps. Be a part of the transformation happening across the state and help grow our innovative statewide learning community! See you soon!



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