ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-08-131

Date Created : 04/15/2008


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Special Assistant - Ms. Janinne Riggs
SMART Portal Professional Development Workshop

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Deborah Coffman

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) and the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority are pleased to announce a professional development opportunity for Arkansas educators.

SMART Portal: Integrating Technologies Into Lesson Plans
Teacher Professional Development Workshop

May 5 & 6, 2008

The SMART Portal contains a collection of excellent hands-on inquiry driven science and mathematics lesson plans developed by teachers over the past two years at workshops hosted across the state. Although the lesson plans are all samples of “best-practice” lessons that are cross-linked to the Arkansas educational frameworks, the lessons have not been necessarily enriched to use 21st Century Skills. The purpose of this workshop is to take the lessons and to add an overlay of optional methods of integrating technology into the lesson plan materials. In effect, the objective is to take excellent lessons and add an optional “wow” factor by integrating 21st Century Skills that enhance and enrich each lesson.

The two-day training event will feature nationally-known professionals, Mr. Dan Morris, Ms. Bethany Hudnutt and Mr. Jeff Krause, who will present a series of optional techniques and examples for enriching lessons with 21st Century Skills. The participants will then break out into small groups and, in a hands-on approach, will re-work the lesson materials to incorporate practical and readily available technologies that will enhance the activities.

Date and Location: May 5 & 6, 2008
Holiday Inn Presidential Conference Center
600 Interstate 30
Little Rock, Arkansas 72202

This workshop is approved for education technology professional development credit hours from the Arkansas Department of Education. However, the awarding of professional development credit is at the discretion of the local school district.

No registration fee is required. However, all teachers wishing to attend must complete a registration form and receive confirmation of registration prior to the conference. The registration form, along with more information is located at the Arkansas Science and Technology Authority web site. Space is limited! All teachers should bring a laptop with wireless capability to the conference. Please check the registration form to indicate access to a laptop.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided on both days. Teachers are responsible for transportation, hotel and other costs. A limited number of guest rooms have been blocked for the workshop at Holiday Inn Presidential. The rate is $82 per room. Call the hotel directly to reserve rooms.


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