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Arkansas Rural Education Association
1309 Texas St.
Mena, Arkansas 71953
Phone: 479-234-2733
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Flippin counselor describes screening process for dyslexia
Flippen Elementary principal describes dyslexia intervention's positive results
Bryan Fields from AETN describes new professional development opportunities through AETN
George Hopkins from ATRS describes the positive direction of the system
AREA Officers with Ellen Kirbo of American Fidelity, a Platinum member.
Stacy Smith from ADE informs group about Common Core State Standards and PARCC assessments
Vice-president Larry Smith from White Hall presides on Thursday
Lance Taylor from AAA describes changes and positive dues information for schools.
Dr. Tony Prothro from ASBA tells of new staff and new direction
Dr. Larry Ben, AREA Board member from Greenland
Dale Query from Flippin excites the group with positive differences in students' lives
Dr. Denise Arialo describes Schools of Innovation and School Grading
C.R. Crawford Construction represented by Richard Johnson is a Platinum sponsor
Dr. Brent Benda describes poverty research associated with AR statistics.
Bob Alexander from EBD discusses insurance concerns
Conference attendees with Bobby Acklin, Board member from Dollarway.
Beardsley Financial, a Platinum sponsor.
Kevin Beaumont describes ADE Professional Development changes and opportunities
Benny Weston of Mena ponders conference presentation on insurance changes.
Superintendents interested in Flippin's presentation on Dylexia
Jon Collins from West Memphis describes partnership with MSCC to reach more students
Dr. Richard Abernathy, Executive Director of AAEA, describes positives in AR education.
Scott Richardson from the Attorney General's office describes the basis of adequacy
President Darin Beckwith presides at conference.
Dr. Benny Gooden from Fort Smith and AASA Past-President closes the meeting with 4 Rs
Stephens, Inc., a Platinum sponsor
Tony Wood communicates some known changes for schools.
Participants at Fall Conference
Dr. Tracy Webb from Highland
Bill Abernathy introduces Constitution at conference

Tammye Stahler, a secondary math teacher at Harrison High School, was named AREA Teacher of the Year. Bill Abernathy, Executive Director of the Arkansas Rural Ed Association and Dale Query, Superintendent of Flippin and Chair of the selection committee, made the presentation on behalf of AREA and the Rural Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas. The award included a personal check for $1000 and a crystal apple. Mrs. Stahler was surprised at the award presented during an assembly of staff and students on May 5. Other students and staff were being recognized by the district and Abernathy was able to present the award before the students, staff, and parents. Mrs. Stahler will be submitted to the national association as Arkansas' nominee this year.



The Arkansas Rural Ed. Association is a statewide organization that is affiliated with the National Rural Education Association.  AREA promotes quality experiences and opportunities for all of Arkansas' rural students to enable them to compete in a diverse global community.


Arkansas Rural Ed. Association is dedicated to improving instruction and promoting quality education for all students in rural schools throughout the state, and it provides a unified voice for representing rural school districts to legislative bodies and public officials.


AREA supports the integrity of rural school districts and honors the committed educators who are dedicated to the outstanding young minds of the great state of Arkansas.

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