Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education AR Tier 1 Math Curriculum Request for Applications

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Memo Number
LS-21-008
Memo Date
8/9/2020
Memo Type
Informational
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Learning Services
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Federal Programs; Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Test Coordinators; General Business Managers; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; Bookkeepers; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators

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The Arkansas Division of Secondary and Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) has been awarded a $1.8 million grant from the Walton Family Foundation to fund high-quality, rigorous Tier 1 Mathematics Curriculum (T1MC) in Middle and High Schools across the state that includes the following components: 

  • Teacher professional learning and implementation support (face-to-face and/or virtual training/coaching) and curriculum-embedded teacher supports 
  • Both digital and print learning format options for teacher and curriculum materials 
  • DESE approved list aligned to grade-level content standards and quality indicators 
    • Focus and Coherence 
    • Rigor and Mathematical Practices 
    • Usability 
    • Research-informed and evidence-based

The purpose of the grant is to award Local Education Agency (LEA) competitive subgrants to select and implement curriculum programs that support the AR Math QuEST goals to:

  • Provide access to high quality, rigorous curriculum and instruction for all students 
  • Promote equity and engagement of all students in meaningful mathematics learning experiences of reasoning and problem solving
  • Empower educators to help students develop positive identities as doers of mathematics to increase student achievement 

Priority consideration for grant funds will be given to LEAs based on the following criteria:

  • Academic need- having more than 40% of students scoring “in need of support” on state assessments or identified as needing targeted support for special education or English learners
  • Poverty demographics- high percentages of families with income levels at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line
  • Strong district and building leadership- must attend curriculum training, have well-developed plan to implement and support teachers, and be willing to commit local funds in some capacity to support long term success

DESE requests applications from LEAs for Tier 1 Mathematics Curriculum (T1MC) Grants for Middle and High Schools. 

For more information, contact 

Kim Romain, Mathematics Grant Coordinator, kim.romain@arkansas.gov 

Tina D. Moore, Ed.D., Mathematics Program Manager tina.d.moore@arkansas.gov  

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