Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Teacher and Student Opportunities

This page is designed to provide Arkansas teachers and students with education-related information and resources. The information provided below includes contests, scholarships and other opportunities that will allow teachers and students to showcase their schools, knowledge, skills, abilities and talents. These listings will be updated as information becomes available. Educators may also visit the Grants Opportunities page and the Events page.

GAMA Aviation Design Challenge for High School Students

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) hosts an annual competition, the Aviation Design Challenge, to promote STEM skills in U.S. high school students through aviation. The competition is open to the first 110 high schools that enter or until Jan. 13, 2018. The winning team receives an all-expenses-paid, two-week trip to experience general aviation manufacturing firsthand.

To learn more about the Aviation Design Challenge or to register, visit

Arkansas Computer Science Education Summit 4.0

ADE is proud to support the Fourth Annual Arkansas Computer Science Education Summit: Every Corner Every Classroom Every Career.  This summit will focus on providing educational leaders, teachers, industry representatives, and other interested individuals computer science based workshops and other learning opportunities focused on how Arkansas can work toward its vision of actively engaging all K-12 students in a superior and appropriate computer science education.
The 2017 Arkansas Computer Science Education Leadership Summit 4.0 will be held Thursday, October 12, 2017, on the campus of Arkansas Tech University in Russellville.
To register to attend, please go to: The early registration fee is $75.
For additional information please email Suzanne Mitchell at

Fulbright-Hays-Group Projects Aboard Program (Grants)

This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs For more information, go to

Congressional App Challenge Runs Through Nov. 1

The third annual Congressional App Challenge (CAC) has now launched and will run through Nov. 1, 2017. The CAC is a congressional initiative to encourage student engagement in coding and computer science through local app challenges hosted by the Members of Congress. This year, there are over 165 Members of Congress signed up to participate. To learn more, please visit

Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP)

The Teacher Opportunity Program (TOP) offers tuition reimbursement grants to Arkansas teachers and administrators. Teachers and administrators may apply for reimbursement of out-of-pocket expenses paid for up to six (6) college credit hours completed for each academic year, not to exceed $3,000. The applicaion deadline is June 1 each academic year. To learn more, please visit



State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESEA Flexibility

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