Wednesday is final day to register for educational access conference

Wednesday is the last day to register for the 21st Annual Mary E. Benjamin Educational Access Conference. The conference will be held Wednesday, April 23 in the H.O. Clemmons Arena of the Kenneth L. Johnson, Sr. (HPER) Complex. The cost of registration is $75 per person with limited partial scholarships available for students. Registration forms are available at

With the theme, “Preparing K-16 for STEM Success” as the focus, the conference will begin at 7:30 a.m. April 23 with registration followed by a plenary session and concurrent workshops. Plenary speakers include: Cindy Moss, director of Global STEM Initiatives for Discovery Education, and Arkansas State Sen. Linda Pondexter-Chesterfield.

The objectives of the one day conference are to: address evidence based research; strengthen higher education and public school administrators, faculty, and students’ awareness of the importance of STEM in Arkansas K-16 school settings; increase education faculty’s collaboration in STEM activities; contribute to institutional and community commitment toward the development of K-16 students for careers in STEM; facilitate networking among local, regional, and national stakeholders in strengthening the STEM educational system for K-16 students; and to serve as a clearinghouse for evidence based strategies in developing and supporting STEM engagement by K-16 students and STEM baccalaureate majors as they pursue lifelong careers in science, technology, engineering and/or mathematics disciplines.

Workshops and poster presentations will be conducted by STEM researchers, students and pre-service teachers from UAPB, Missouri State University, Indiana University, and Mississippi Valley State University. The workshops feature a plethora of topics including: the development of STEM projects; building strong partners to support STEM initiatives; effective use of instructional technology, the impact of getting undergraduate students engaged in research writing and developing STEM projects; the integration of arts in STEM (STEaM); and teaching STEM across the curriculum. UAPB student-teachers also will participate in a round table discussion to share their experiences and demonstrate how they have implemented innovative teaching strategies and projects in their classrooms.

For more information, contact Allyson Jackson at 870-575-8475 or Vera Lang Brown at 870-575-8275 or