Manila hosts conference

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Manila elementary hosted a K-6 Conference on Wednesday with Mississippi County teachers from Manila, Armorel, Osceola and South Mississippi County attending. Over 200 attended the full day of sessions.

Barbara Hunter Cox with the Arkansas Public School Resource Center was the keynote speaker at the Mississippi County K-6 Conference held at Manila Elementary School.

Teachers rotated to the different sessions which included:

*Arkansas History with presenter Mary Ann Parker- Parkin Archeological.

*Money Connection: Integrated Curriculum Using Interactive Learning, presenter Jeanette Bennett -- Federal Reserve.

*REACH grants, Ark history presented by Jama Best, with Arkansas Humanities Council.

*Inclusion Strategies for the Classroom presented by John Pruitt, JBHM Consultant.

*The Apple Group for Dyslexia presented by Cherry Frierson, APPLE Group.

*Rigor and Relevance for CCSS presented by Dawn Besse, CRESC.

*Science through Literature presented by Debby Rogers, STEM.

*The Quote Character Ed presented by Jarmel Bell of Earle.

Arkansas History through Music presented by John Jarboe, ADE.

*Classroom management presented by Tammy Winslow of CRESC.

*One Bear of a Night, presented by Pam Knighton, Arkansas Game and Fish.

*History of Mississippi County presented by Glenda Thompkins with the Mississippi County Historical Society.

The day's activities were coordinated by Manila's Director of Programs Connie Adams.

"We are happy to host the conference," she said. "This was our first one and it was very successful. We hope to make it an annual event. We started working on it in May."

The group enjoyed a joint lunch in the cafeteria. Following the lunch, keynote speaker Barbara Hunter Cox of Little Rock with the Arkansas Public School Resource Center addressed the group.

She spoke to them on the new Common Core standards and the challenges ahead of them.

She encouraged them to become familiar with the Common Core standards and use instructional time wisely.

"We have a lot of learning to do ourselves," she said.

Adams expressed her appreciation to everyone for their participation.

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