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.

SAME/Army Engineering and Construction Camp Application Deadline April 1, 2018

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is accepting applications from qualified high school sophomores and juniors interested in attending the SAME/Army Engineering and Construction Camp, June 10-16, 2018 in Vicksburg, MS.

Forty students from across the nation will be competitively selected to attend the camp. The students will engage in hands-on engineering and construction activities under the mentorship and supervision of SAME professionals and others from the local engineering community.  The program includes interaction with representatives of architecture/ engineering firms, construction companies, Military leaders, and Corps of Engineers' employees. The camp fee is $100 for selected campers, and the deadline for applications is April 1, 2018.

Students can apply online at For more information, please contact Henry Dulaney at 601-631-7724, or Michelle Moore at 601-631-5139 or visit our Facebook page at

Professional Development Workshops for Music Teachers

The Walton Arts Center invites Music Educators to register for professional development workshops April 7, 2018, during the VoiceJam Festival at Walton Arts Center.

Incorporating Contemporary A Cappella into the Choral Classroom with Michael Martinez
Learn to incorporate contemporary a cappella into your classroom to promote student independence and success. Students will be on their way to performing music with vocal range, control, tight harmonies and sick beats.
Reclaiming My Time: Maximize the Efficiency of Your Rehearsals with Dr. Stephen Caldwell
Maximize your rehearsal efficiency by knowing how to DIRECT: Deconstruct, Isolate, Rehearse, Elucidate, Construct, and Test. This session will explore each of these six rehearsal steps and demonstrate practical examples for how to implement them into your rehearsal to help maximize efficiency.
Additional information and online registration at
For questions, please contact Dr. Patricia Relph, Arts Learning Specialist, Walton Arts Center, 479-571-2773. Email:

2018 Nutrition Education Poster Contest Deadlines: March 12, 2018 (District Entries) and March 26, 2018 (State Entries}

The Nutrition Committee of the Arkansas School Nutrition Association (ASNA), in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Child Nutrition Unit (CNU), is sponsoring a nutrition poster contest.  The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Nutrition Month theme for 2018 is "Go Further with Food.”  For more information, please go to

2018 Tech for Good Contest Deadline March 16, 2018

Girls of Promise® invites Arkansas girls in grades 6-12 who are passionate about honing their technology skills to submit a project for the 2018 Teach for Good Contest. Submission Deadline: March 16, 2018. Limit one submission per project and 1-4 girls may work on a project. For more information, please visit,  

2018-2019 Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) Scholarship

The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field, such as science, technology, engineering, or math. Qualifications for scholarship applications are for women to be enrolled or enrolling in a STEM field at an accredited two-year technical program, four-year  undergraduate program, or graduate program that can be used for a career in the automotive industry. Learn more 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




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