UAFS Spanish Teacher Symposium 2017

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A chance to gather together, share ideas, and learn new pedagogical methods November 4, 2017 9:00 am.


The UAFS Symposium for Spanish Teachers is a public project organized by the World Languages Department at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith.  The Symposium will take place in the Windgate Building on the UAFS Campus in Fort Smith from 8 am to 4 pm on Saturday, November 4, 2017.  Courtney Cochran, Arkansas Teacher of the Year of Van Buren will be our keynote speaker. All Spanish Teachers at the Elementary, Secondary and University level as well as University undergraduate and graduate students are invited to attend. We will offer 9 break-out workshop sessions on a variety of topics.  The workshop presenters will be chosen by a committee of UAFS faculty and selected High School teachers from the applicants. Applicants will consist of elementary and high school teachers, university students, and university professors. 


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This project is supported in part by a grant from the Arkansas Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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Courtney CochranCourtney Cochran, a Van Buren Spanish teacher in her 11th year of teaching, was named today the 2017 Arkansas Teacher of the Year.

Cochran teaches six levels of Spanish at Van Buren High. She started the pre-AP Spanish program and wrote a curriculum for Spanish Heritage Learners. As a ninth grade teacher, she started an Organic World Language program. She provides translation services for migrant families, helps a local children's emergency shelter and volunteers with the Girl Scouts.



UAFS Chancellor Beran


Dr. Paul B. Beran joined the University of Arkansas - Fort Smith as its chancellor on July 1, 2006.  Since his appointment, efforts have included creating the Chancellor’s Coalition for the Visual Arts; increasing opportunities for UAFS bachelor’s degrees at community colleges across the state; expanding international education and exchanges; serving on the Fort Smith Regional Chamber of Commerce Board, the Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority Board; as well as governor appointed positions as an ex officio member of the Arkansas Career Education and Workforce Board and as the Chair of Restore Hope for Sebastian County.  Other initiatives include doubling the size of the institution’s library, tripling the number of students living on campus, constructing a visual arts building with philanthropic dollars, creating with student input a Recreation and Wellness Center, and successfully led the development of master’s level accreditation.  He has been honored by Texas A&M University’s College of Education and Stephen F. Austin State University as an outstanding alumni. Dr. Beran received his B.A. in English and Political Science and his M.A. in English at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Texas. He completed his Ph.D. in higher education curriculum and instruction at Texas A&M University.  He and his wife, Janice, have two sons and two grandchildren.



Francine van Dam


We are pleased to announce that Francine van Dam, a creative coach and professional musician, will be performing a concert of Latin American Music. She is a flutist and singer who currently lives in Amsterdam. She has done extensive research on Latin American music and has an extensive repertoire. 

Visit her website.