Professional Development and Children's Programs

The Department of Curriculum and Instruction offers professional development opportunities for practitioners and programs for young people each year. Some offer year-round enrollment. Others are annual or occasional offerings with schedules and application deadlines detailed at their links.

Professional Development

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Family Service and Research Clinic — serves the underserved, exceptional populations of Northwest Arkansas through behavior analytic methodology, and students accumulate supervised experience requirement hours.

Arkansas A+ Schools is a research-based whole-school network with a mission of nurturing creativity in every learner through integrated arts, providing schools with ongoing professional development, support and research.

Arkansas Professors of Educational Leadership — is dedicated to the education of school district administrators in the state. Membership includes faculty from 10 university educational administration programs preparing school, district and central office administrators.

ASD and DD Symposium — University of Arkansas Symposium on Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities — is offered in the spring for continuing education units (CEUs).

Center for Children and Youth — addresses intellectual growth, social development, literacy, the arts and techniques for addressing poverty through teacher professional development, pre-service education and research as well as curriculum development and dissemination

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Institute — provides PK-12 teachers with training to meet the educational needs of students for whom English is a second language.

ESL Symposium — enhances the skills of education professionals to assist students in additional academic language development through English as a Second Language — and generally held in the fall for continuing education units (CEUs).

Project REACH — comprises a grant that funds qualified K-5 teachers to become ESL-endorsed and have an opportunity to earn a graduate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages through a hybrid online program. Details on ESL improvement grants

Project SOAR — provides K-12 Arkansas educators with professional development to increase their knowledge and skills to better serve English Learners (ELs) and culturally linguistically diverse (CLD) students. Details on ESL improvement grants

UCEA Center for Leadership in Law and Education is a research and action center focusing on how the law impacts schools via studying, educating, disseminating and influencing.

Children's Programs

Clinic for Literacy — through seasonal literacy camps provides K-6 students opportunities for improved achievement in reading and writing.

Northwest Arkansas Writing Project focusing on improving writing in area schools — provides professional development for educators and directly reaches young writers through summer camps and other activities.

Project Connect — serves as an outreach program for families and others seeking autism spectrum specific resources in the community with the Project Connect Autism Resource Guide, Parents' Night Out and in the summer Camp Connect.