The 25th Annual Joint Leadership Conference, a collaborative effort of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators (AAEA) and the Arkansas School Boards Association (ASBA), will provide a valuable professional development opportunity for school board members, superintendents, and others to network, and to gain needed insight into the issues and events impacting education today.

With the state’s legislative session recently adjourned, several agenda topics will focus on the session’s outcome and the implications for you and your districts.  Dr.’s Hernandez and Prothro will begin the day’s training with highlights from the recently completed session and others will follow with more information. A full agenda will be available soon.  WHEN: The Joint Leadership Conference will be held Tuesday, May 4, 2021, beginning at 8:30 a.m. and adjourning at 3:30 p.m. 

This will be a HYBRID conference, meaning that you can choose to either come in-person to the meeting in Little Rock or join us virtually via Zoom.  You will choose one or the other when you register.  For those attending in person, check-in and continental breakfast begin at 7:30 a.m. The conference begins at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Lunch is included.

Virtual attendees should sign in to Zoom at 8:15 a.m. WHERE: The Embassy Suites 11301 Financial Centre Parkway, Little Rock 72211) TRAINING HOURS: Conference attendees will earn six hours of boardsmanship training credit for all day attendance. REGISTRATION and ATTENDANCE:

  1. For In-Person Attendance (number of registrations limited to maintain Covid safety requirements)

    Registration is $185 per person, for AAEA or ASBA members through Tuesday, April 20, 2021, and $205 after April 20th. Non-member registration is $285/person through April 20th and $295 after April 20th. Online registration will closed at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 30th. You may register on-site on the day of the workshop if there are spaces available (call ahead to confirm).  Hotel parking will be available and FREE for those who show proper documentation at exit.

     For those attending in-person, please be aware that Covid-19 protocols will still be in place and attendees will be expected to honor them at all times.  This includes mask wearing and social distancing (the room will be preset to insure this).  

  2. For Virtual Attendance

Registration is $150 per person, for AAEA or ASBA members and $170 for non-members. Registration for virtual attendance will close at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3rd. The link to materials will be sent to attendees who select to register as virtual within 3 days of the meeting. The link for the Zoom meeting is in the registration email confirmation. REQUESTS FOR CANCELLATIONS:  Requests for cancellations must be in writing to Cancellation requests received through April 27th will be refunded at 100 percent.  Cancellation requests received after April 27th and before May 4th will be refunded at 50 percent. There will be no refunds for cancellations after May 4th.

HOTEL RESERVATIONS:  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Embassy Suites for conference attendees. The room rate is $139.  This rate will be available through April 6th or until the group block is sold-out, whichever comes first. Call 501-312-9000 and mention the Arkansas School Boards Association or click here to reserve on line. QUESTIONS:  If you have registration questions, or questions about the training, please contact Dr. Anne Butcher at

Click HERE to Register.