The Arkansas Charter Schools Conference (ACSC) is an annual gathering for charter school leaders who bring important and diverse perspectives to K-12 education. Educators, advocates, and leaders are invited to attend in-person and share ideas about the future of education and how we can prepare all students to achieve their most ambitious dreams and plans. This will be an opportune time to collaborate with educators from around the state, hear from nationally recognized experts, and explore successful strategies together.
JOIN US FOR THIS YEAR'S ARKANSAS CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE ON MAY 10 & 11!
2022 ARKANSAS CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE KEYNOTE SPEAKER
Tom Vander Ark is an advocate for innovations in learning. As CEO of Getting Smart, Tom advises schools, districts, networks, foundations and learning organizations on the path forward.
A prolific writer and speaker, Tom has co-authored more than 50 books, chapters, and white papers and has published thousands of articles. He writes regularly on GettingSmart.com, LinkedIn, and contributes to Forbes.
Tom served as the first Executive Director of Education for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and was a public school superintendent in Washington state. Tom's extensive private sector experience includes executive roles in retail, energy and technology.
Tom is a board member for Education Board Partners; Director for 4.0 Schools, Digital Learning Institute, Latinx Education Collaborative, Mastery Transcript Consortium and eduInnovation; and an advisor to YELLOW.
Tom has presented at a variety of national conferences, including SXSWEdu, Aurora Institute Symposium, ASU/GSV, National Charter Schools Conference and AACN Annual Meeting. He has also presented at international conferences including The World Bank, The Digital Education Show Middle East and Bett Show.
Tom graduated from the Colorado School of Mines and received the Distinguished Achievement Medal. He received his M.B.A. in finance from the University of Denver and taught finance, strategy, and leadership at DU and Regis University. He continues his education online.
Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin
Tim Griffin grew up in Magnolia, a fifth-generation Arkansan and the youngest son of a minister and teacher. He was elected Lieutenant Governor of Arkansas on November 4, 2014, and was re-elected for his second four-year term on November 6, 2018. He is focused on growing jobs through aggressively pursuing economic development, more parental choice in education and boldly reforming state government.
Kathy Smith, CEO of EdVision LLC
Over 40 years in education as a teacher, school and district administrator, and manager of K-12 grants and education policy. For the last 20 years, led philanthropic and policy efforts for the Walton Personal Philanthropy Group in the Arkansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma regions, including investments in charter school operations and facilities assistance. In 2022, co-founded EdVision LLC, which consults with the Walton Personal Philanthropy group on K-12 policy for the three-state region.
Secretary Johnny Key, Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education & Education Commissioner
On March 25, 2015, Johnny Key began serving as the Commissioner of the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), now known as the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education. In May 2019, Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced Key as the Secretary of the Department of Education as part of his plan to transform state government. Key now serves in both capacities.
2022 ARKANSAS CHARTER SCHOOLS CONFERENCE SCHOOL TOUR
We are excited to highlight eStem Public Charter Schools as part of this year's conference!
Pre-registration is required for this tour. You may register by clicking on the button below and completing the form.
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SCHEDULE AT A GLANCE
Times listed are in Central Daylight Time (CDT).
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
8 AM - 9 AM Registration Open
8 AM - 9 AM Exhibitor Breakfast with Arkansas Arts Academy String Quartet
9 AM - 9:30 AM Opening Session with Lt. Governor Tim Griffin
Entertainment by Scholarmade's Performing Group: Made for the Stage
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Breakout Sessions
10:45 AM - 11 AM Break
11 AM - 12 PM Keynote Session - Tom VanderArk, CEO of Getting Smart
12 PM - 1:15 PM Lunch & Entertainment by Westwind School for Performing Arts
Keynote Session - Kathy Smith, CEO of EdVision LLC
1:15 PM- 2:15 PM Breakout Sessions
2:15 PM - 2:45 PM Exhibitor Break
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM Breakout Sessions
Wednesday, May 11, 2022
8 AM - 8:30 AM Exhibitor Breakfast with LISA Academy Cheerleaders & Arkansas Lighthouse Academy's Flightline Pep Band
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM Breakout Sessions
9:30 AM - 9:45 AM Break
9:45 AM - 10:45 AM Breakout Sessions
11 AM - 11:30 PM Keynote Session - Secretary Johnny Key, Commissioner of Education & Cabinet Secretary, Department of Education
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM Arkansas Charter Schools Awards Luncheon
1:00 PM eSTEM Tour - Register by clicking HERE and completing the form!
Special thanks to our 2022 Arkansas Charter Schools Conference Sponsors: