Symposium to discuss student achievement gap

A symposium on the student academic achievement gap will be 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, June 7, at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff Sylvester Auditorium in Henderson Young Hall.

The symposium is open to school teachers, school administrators, parents, community members/leaders, university faculty/administration, teacher education majors, organizations, ministers and state and local officials.

The Arkansas Commission on Closing the Academic Achievement Gap and UAPB School of Education Literacy Institute are hosting the program. The theme is Bridging the Academic Achievement Gap: “It Takes a Village to Educate a Child.”

There is no cost, but registration is required. Participants attending the symposium can receive professional development hours. Registration is under way and will continue through Thursday, June 6. Registration forms can be submitted by email (, fax (575-8484) or mail to Vera Lang Brown, 1200 N. University Drive — Mail Slot 4927, Pine Bluff, AR 71601.