Join us in beautiful downtown Hot Springs, Arkansas, for IGNITE22 on Wednesday, October 5, and Thursday, October 6, 2022, at the Hot Springs Convention Center! This year, APSRC’s annual fall conference will focus on the ways to ignite hope, learning, and growth in Arkansas’s educators and students.
APSRC’s annual fall conference is a statewide event featuring a variety of breakout sessions and networking opportunities for all roles and levels in K-12 education, including superintendents, building administrators, teachers, school finance staff, technology coordinators and more. Details on the sessions featured this year will be posted soon.
Please visit this page regularly for updates on our 2022 Conference.
– Early-Bird Registration for APSRC members: $210
– Early-Bird Registration for non-members: $230
*Early-Bird Registration ends Friday, September 23, 2022, at 4:30 pm. Registrants’ payments must be submitted to APSRC by that date in order for attendees to receive the early-bird discount.
– Registration for APSRC members: $230
– Registration for non-members: $250
Group Discounts Available!
For groups of 5 or more, receive $10 off per registration by using coupon code IGNITE at checkout.
Need A Room?
APSRC has secured a block of rooms at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Hot Springs Hotel & Spa next to the Hot Springs Convention Center at the rate of $139+ tax for a single. To reserve your room online, please use the link below:
Due to overwhelming demand, we have also secured a discounted rate at The Hotel Hot springs for $103+ tax per night. You can book your room online using the button below, or call (501) 623-6600 and ask for group code APSRC22.
2021 Keynote Speaker
Megan Campion, Education Elements Associate Partner
Megan Campion is a strategic thought partner, coach, and consultant who works with educational leaders across the country to solve complex problems. She began her career in education as a teacher, has served in schools as a team leader and school administrator, and has worked with non-profits, research organizations, and educational consultancies to manage change within large and small school districts. Since 2005, she has cultivated expertise in identifying the root causes of challenges, prioritizing strategic leverage points, and developing effective solutions. In the past three years, Megan has led leadership institutes across the country, using the framing for responsive organization designed outlined in The New School Rules, and she has written about and created a video series documenting the ways school districts across the country were able to manage through COVID-19 by embracing the responsive practices of learning organizations.
202o Keynote Speaker
Clifton L. Taulbert
Entrepreneur | Pulitzer Nominee | International Lecturer | CEO
Eight Habits of the Heart
Clifton Taulbert introduced the “Eight Habits of the Heart” to members of the United States Supreme Court, the United States Air Force Academy, Harvard University’s Principals Center, and the University of Chicago Graduate School of Education. Join us at the APSRC 2020 Virtual Conference, as he takes us on a journey to the Mississippi Delta where he personally experienced the Power of the Presence of ORDINARY PEOPLE who built community on his behalf. The timeless and universal Eight Habits of the Heart are just as vital today as they were a generation ago. When embraced and lived out, they become the “Power of Community” .. a force multiplier within our classrooms and lives.
2020 Morning Session Speakers
Kecia Ray, EdD
Kecia is a strategic thinker and a proven leader in K12 transformation. Her career includes designing technology within the Frist Art Museum and directing technology research through Vanderbilt University School of Medicine Science Outreach programs. She was appointed as a turnaround agent by the Tennessee Commissioner of Education and established award-winning instructional technology programs recognized by the USDOE and Harvard University while in that role.
Dr. Ray was named ’20 to Watch’ by the National School Board Association, Woman of the Year by the National Association of Professional Women, a Top 10 EdTech Leader by Tech and Learning, an ISTE Making IT Happen recipient, and most recently named a Top 100 EdTech Influencer by EdTech Digest.
Learn more about Kecia on LinkedIn.
Philip B. Warrick, EdD
Dr. Philip B. Warrick is an author and consultant for Marzano Resources and has worked globally in the areas of school leadership, instruction, collaborative practices, and grading.
He spent the first twenty-five years of his education career as a teacher, assistant principal, principal, and superintendent and has experience leading schools in the states of Nebraska and Texas. He was named 1998 Nebraska Outstanding New Principal of the Year and was the 2005 Nebraska State High School Principal of the Year. In 2003, he was one of the initial participants to attend the Nebraska Educational Leadership Institute, conducted by The Gallup Corporation at Gallup University in Omaha. In, 2008 Phil was hired as the campus principal at Round Rock High School in Round Rock, Texas. In 2010, he was invited to be an inaugural participant in the Texas Principals’ Visioning Institute, where he collaborated with other principals form the state of Texas to develop a vision for effective practices in Texas schools.
Dr. Warrick is the co-author of seven books including The High Reliability Schools Handbook and Leading A High Reliability School. He consults with and trains districts and schools nationally and internationally in the areas of high reliability school leadership, research-based instruction, assessment, grading, and collaborative teaming.
He earned a bachelor of science from Chadron State College in Chadron, Nebraska, and earned his master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
Keynote Speaker 2019
Rodney Walker, author of A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale
Rodney Walker is an author, educator and entrepreneur that travels both nationally and internationally, speaking at schools, corporations and conferences about the importance of character education, youth entrepreneurship, and trauma-informed mentorship aimed to uplift and support at-risk youth.
Rodney is the bestselling author of the educational memoir titled A New Day One: Trauma, Grace, and a Young Man’s Journey from Foster Care to Yale. Given the obstacles placed before him as a foster child, Rodney struggled academically and socially in school. Through trauma-informed mentorship and education, he overcame these adverse experiences and redirected his path. He is an award-winning entrepreneur, and went on to graduate with degrees from Morehouse College, Yale and Harvard University.
2019 Opening Session Speaker
Peter Hostrawser, owner of Disrupt Education and Department Chairman of the Glenbard East School of Business
Peter Hostrawser is the Department Chairman of the Glenbard East School of Business, an innovative department within Glenbard East High School in Lombard, Ill. In the Glenbard East School of Business, students are actively engaged in project-based learning and working collaboratively with companies like West Suburban Bank, Cleu, Yolobe, and NextWaveSTEM.
Peter began his career as a business entrepreneur in the fields of Video Production and Student Business Consulting. He spent 15 years at Oak Park and River Forest High School, where he founded the OPRF School of Business. He currently owns Disrupt Education, specializing in helping young people ignite their ambitions and take control of their learning.
2018 Keynote Speaker
Michael Bonner, author of Get Up or Give Up, How I Almost Gave Up on Teaching
Michael 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.
His 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 have 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.