Early-bird Registration is Now Open!
The Arkansas Public School Resource Center’s annual Fall Conference is a statewide event with strands featuring breakout sessions for superintendents, administrators, teachers and school finance staff. We’re pleased to announce that our 2018 keynote speaker is Michael Bonner, a second-grade teacher from North Carolina.
October 3, 2018, Hot Springs Convention Center
Early-bird registration is now open! Just click here!
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Early-bird registration is now open for this year’s event! There is a $20 discount for APSRC members who register before September 1, 2018. Not a member? We’ll give you a $20 discount on the non-member registration fee for signing up early! If you would like to become an APSRC member to benefit from our year-round services and support, click here to learn more.
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Early-bird registration fees:
- APSRC member: $170
- Non-member: $190
Registration fees after September 1:
- APSRC member: $190
- Non-member: $210
On-site registration fees:
- APSRC members: $210
- Non-members: $220
Need accommodations? The Embassy Suites by Hilton – Hot Springs Hotel & Spa is holding a block of rooms at a discounted rate. Click here to book a room online. If you prefer to make reservations by phone, please make sure to call the Hot Springs location instead of the 1-800 number.
More About Michael Bonner…
I wish I could go back to second grade, so Mr. Bonner could be my teacher, were the words Ellen Degeneres released on her social media accounts in early January 2017. This is when she learned of how Mr. Bonner’s unique, rap-filled teaching methods encouraged students to go above and beyond on a reading test.
Mr. Bonner is an inspiring second-grade teacher at North Carolina’s South Greenville Elementary, where the majority of students have strenuous familial dynamics and many are homeless. The school is 100% FRL (free and reduced lunch) and is located in an impoverished neighborhood in Eastern North Carolina. In early 2017, Bonner was honored by Ellen DeGeneres in recognition of his positive and innovative educational approaches for children coping with the challenges of poverty. However, the amazing journey did not stop there!
Mr. Bonner’s efforts to change the proficiency learning culture have also captured attention from other national news outlets. NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Flocabulary, and the Ashton Kutcher Foundation all released stories on how Mr. Bonner is utilizing music as a tool to help counter the negative statistical data concerning children living in poverty. He’s had the privilege of speaking at NC State University, the American Association for Blacks in Higher Education, and various other institutions, delivering powerful messages on improving student performance and resilience.
With only four years in K-12 education, Mr. Bonner is consistently seen as a visionary leader who strives to create a positive mindset among all of his students. He understands that his students come to class each day with diverse backgrounds, strengths, needs, and challenges, and seeks to identify strategies to ensure the growth of their social, emotional, academic, and psychological needs. Because of his approach to education, students leave feeling a little more hopeful, challenged, inspired, and forever a part of Bonnerville!