Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Student-Focused Learning Tours - March 2019

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The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in collaboration with the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE), will be shining a spotlight on highly effective programs and innovative schools by hosting the second Arkansas Student Focused Study Tour, this time featuring Southwest Arkansas. 


Tour Date:  March 6, 2019

Tour Times:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Tour Stops: Participants will visit two of the following on March 6th:


*Horatio ElementaryCulture, personalization, & student-centered practices


*Ashdown High School - Student and community voice in district transformation & student voice and choice at high school.


*Prescott School District- District level Professional Learning Community (PLC) process and journey.


*College Hill Elementary (Texarkana SD)- Social and emotional learning connected to the arts, Leader In Me, & effective PLC.


*Edward D. Trice Elementary (Texarkana SD)Total infusion and application of the arts throughout the core curriculum, Project-based learning & effective PLC.


Tour Cost: FREE with lunch provided


There will be a $50 charge for all registrants who cancel less than 24 hours in advance or fail to notify the ADE they will no longer be participating.  


Register online by March 1st. to reserve your spot!


Participants from the Northwest Arkansas Student Focused Study Tour had a lot to say about what they learned from their school visits. 


"Build a school that kids want to run to!"

“It was really enlightening to hear about the things they do to shape the culture and environment of the school.”

“I was highly impressed by the products of learning created by students and felt their students graduate as problem solvers and thinkers much more than a traditional environment.”

“Students were prepared to speak or interview at such a young age. It was impressive to watch the learning take place in this unique environment!”

“The teachers were true facilitators in the learning process as students worked on their individual missions.”

“Hearing students talk about how having choice and responsibility in their learning makes them feel accomplished--that sticks with me.“ 

“I am hoping to incorporate something similar to this in our junior high schools.”


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