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Marquis Cooper is an accomplished educator and has presented for the National Center for Youth Issues in Indianapolis, Tennessee, and Texas and, at the 2012 Tavis Smiley Parenting Workshop in Memphis; Tn. Cooper is now recognized as an Educator to Educator Presenter for the Arkansas Educators Association. He offers professional development workshops to educators across the state of Arkansas, and since 2009, has presented his workshop to thousands of educators, parents, and students.

Aside from his educational duties for the school systems, Cooper also put efforts in place to reach youth in his hometown. He is the President of the "Our Story" Youth Leadership Conference, an annual event in his hometown. To date the conference has created a platform for 56 graduates to return back to Marianna, AR. Since 2010, the organization has awarded 24 scholarships totaling $12,000.00. “Our Story” was recognized by the Character Education Partnership as a National Promising Practice in November 2012 in Washington, D.C. Cooper was featured in the SEA Life Magazine in the fall of 2014. Mr. Cooper was recently appointed as the Education Director for RCO (Revitalizing Communities Organization).

Cooper wrote and published Guidance ~N~ Action in 2008. This program is recognized as a Model program for the National Dropout Prevention Center. In 2012, he published R.E.N.E.W.(Removing Every Negative Emotion & Word).  R.E.N.E.W. is a curriculum designed for student’s grades 7-12 to help close the communication gap among today’s youth, parents, and educators.

He coined the phrase, “If you leave and grow, you can come back and plant.” Marquis is the youngest of 22 children in his family. He is married with four children and resides here in the city of Little Rock. He is an associate minister at Greater Center Star Baptist Church.

 

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