Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Spring 2021 Virtual Student-Focused Study Tours

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Memo Number
LS-21-049
Memo Date
3/15/2021
Memo Type
Informational
Unit
Learning Services
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NO
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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators; General Business Managers; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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The Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education in collaboration with the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) and Team Digital will spotlight  highly effective practices, programs, and innovative schools within the state through a virtual tour. This year, three regions of Arkansas will be featured.

 

North Little Rock Middle School on April 8, 2021 (Register here)

In 2017, North Little Rock Middle became the first Opportunity Culture school in Arkansas and began using Summit Learning, a personalized learning approach to teaching and learning. The school's re-designed schedule includes time for teacher planning and collaboration, led by teacher-leaders called “multi-classroom leaders” (MCLs) who also provide frequent, on-the-job development. North Little Rock Middle has a strong mentoring program, and works with students to design, manage, and sustain programs such as a working urban farm, outdoor education courses, and high interest projects and activities. 

 

Wynne Intermediate School on April 15, 2021 (Register here)

 

Wynne Intermediate School of Innovation engages parents, the community, families, and students as partners to design learning that prepares students for college, career, and community. Since 2016, Wynne has been on a journey to transform learning so that it is personalized, creative, student-led, and experience-based. In 2019, Wynne Intermediate joined the national “League of Innovative Schools” and in 2020 received Highly Effective Schools Accreditation through Solution Tree.

   

Rogers New Technology High School (NTHS) on April 22, 2021 (Register here)

Rogers NTHS began operating in fall 2013 with the intent to provide choice to students and their families. Rogers NTHS, which is a part of the national New Tech Network, focuses on an instructional model built on student engagement (project-based learning in every classroom), a culture that values and utilizes student voice, and the ubiquitous use of technology as a creation tool. The school offers many student-led and/or student-designed programs and activities. 

The virtual tours will be held from 3:45 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. each day and will include an interactive panel from each school to answer participant questions. There is no charge to participate. To register for the Student-Focused Study Virtual Tours, please complete the registration form (above) for all of the tours you are interested in joining by March 26, 2021. More information on the schools, a detailed agenda and a calendar invite with a Zoom link for the virtual tour will be provided to registered participants via email by April 1, 2021.

 

Any questions or inquiries about the Student-Focused Study Tours should be submitted to Sheree Baird at Sheree.Baird@ade.arkansas.gov

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