Welcome to AAAE

The Plans Are On For July 2021!


Online Registration Is Now Available!

$325 per person prior to July 1, 2021

$350 onsite

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Now Available –

Conference at a Glance!




Call For Proposals Are Now Closed


Hotel Accommodations

are available here 



A Message from the Association

In this time of COVID-19 education in Arkansas has taken on a whole new look. This year students have the option of onsite learning, blended learning, or online courses. Teachers across the state will be faced with ensuring the best learning possibilities
for each student regardless of the student’s choice of learning method.

Welcome to what we do every day in Alternative Education. In the words of Lori Lamb, “Happy planning for a spectacular opportunity to shine this fall. We more than any other group of educators understand flexibility, constant learning of new skills, and teaching to meet our individual students in all locations.  GAME-ON, we will SHINE.”



Congratulations to LYNN SUMMITT – Sheridan School District ADE Teacher of the Year  

Sheridan School District’s ADE Teacher of the Year for the 2020-2021 school year is Lynn Summit. Mrs. Summit has been an educator with the district for 26 years. She currently teaches and inspires at-risk students in the Alternative Learning Academy. She teaches social studies, JAG (Jobs for American Graduates) and a wide range of electives and social skills classes for students 7th – 12th grade. Mrs. Summit strives daily to incorporate life-long lessons that prepare her students to become successful, contributing citizens.  (Read more)

ADE Teacher of the Year Semi-Finalist

Susanna Post – Belle Point Alternative Center- Fort Smith

Susanna Post, a 9-12 Grade Math and Business Technology teacher at Belle Point Alternative Center in Fort Smith, was named as one of the four Arkansas Teacher of the Year State Semi-Finalists. Along with the other regional finalists, Susanna attended a recognition ceremony on July 31 at the Governor’s
Mansion. Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key announced Susanna as one of the four teachers selected for the honor.  (Read more)

Make plans now to join us
at the 2021 AAAE
Conference in Rogers,
Arkansas. The conference
information will be located
here, on our website, as it becomes available, so stay tuned!.

In the meantime, stay strong, stay healthy.  Use your networking when you feel it’s getting tough.  Remember, we ARE all in this together.



ArkansasIDEAS invites you to ‘Sit with Us’ to learn about bullying prevention!

Bullying is a major problem in our society, and it affects the physical, emotional, and academic health of our children and youth. Moreover, the experience of peer mistreatment can leave invisible scars for all involved—the victims, the bystanders, and the bullies themselves.

Sit With Us: Anti-Bullying Strategies for Arkansas Schools (ERC20073) is available now on ArkansasIDEAS.org.


We call you to join our distinguished panel, including national expert Dr. Charisse Nixon and veteran Arkansas educators, as they explore conversations on bullying through the lens of problem-solve simulated scenarios based on in-the-trenches experiences.

This course meets the requirements of Act 1029 of 2019.


The Arkansas Association of Alternative Educators is an organization whose membership is made up of teachers and administrators responsible for providing effective education programs in alternative environments throughout the state. A.A.A.E. has three main goals:

  • Provide an instrument through which educators can communicate and network statewide with other Alternative Educators.
  • Gather and disseminate information which is relevant to Alternative Educators.
  • Provide a unified voice for Alternative Education practitioners in Arkansas.


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Ft. Smith Conference PD Certificates

Your PD Certificates from the Summer Conference in Ft. Smith are now available online.  Click here to access yours.