Even if you’re not a student, you can still take advantage of the knowledgeable professors on Henderson’s campus. The university’s Ellis College of Arts and Sciences offers free classes in the spring on a number of topics to the public. Some examples of past topics include witchcraft in Early Modern Europe, pulp fiction and pop culture, and Caddo Indian history.
Henderson and the Dawson Educational Cooperative are co-sponsors of five-day-long intensive Summer Intensive Studio Classes for art educators. The workshop provides 30 hours of professional development approved by the South Arkansas Math and Science STEM Center. Instructors from Henderson and other surrounding institutions offer classes in everything from printmaking to digital 3-D modeling. Housing is available.
Education Renewal Zone’s New Teacher Induction Retreat gives educators who are new to the discipline the confidence and the tools they need to help students succeed. The two-and-a-half day professional development workshop offers breakout sessions on a variety of pertinent topics such as classroom management, understanding children of poverty and strategies for teaching math. The program is open to teachers in any of the Dawson Educational Cooperative schools.
Teachers College, Henderson is home to the Alliance for Continuing Excellence in Education and the Southwest-A Educational Renewal Zone, comprised of a number of public schools, two-year colleges, and educational cooperatives working together to improve P-16 education in Arkansas.