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 Grant Opportunities page and the Events page.

Taking it to the Schools III: Community Experiences in Fine Arts

In partnership with the Arkansas Arts Council and Arkansans for the Arts, the Arkansas Department of Education offers its third summer of the popular Taking It to the Schools: Community Experiences in Fine Arts professional development workshop series.

Teachers, teaching artists, and community arts participants are invited to attend one-day trainings which focus on the potential collaborations between school arts programs and community arts organizations. Participants will take away a series of instructional modules developed by the team of trainers. These modules will provide arts educators with rich resources that are specific to the artistic discipline they teach and aligned to the Arkansas Fine Arts Academic Standards. Learn more at

Theatre in Every Classroom: Professional Development Opportunity

Theatre in Every Classroom is a professional development opportunity for classroom teachers of any content area or grade level who wish to get their students on their feet and excited about learning. 

Hannah Sawyer has taught theatre for fourteen years, currently at Little Rock Central High School, and is a member of the Arkansas Communication and Theatre Arts Association.  She performs and directs on a variety of community theater stages in central Arkansas.

The six-hour workshop is designed as two consecutive three-hour blocks to be taken together or separately based on the individual teacher’s needs. To learn more, please visit

Multiple Professional Development Opportunities for Educators Featured in Newsletter

The April 16-30, 2018, Newsletter features multiple professional development opportunities including the Master Principal Program, Child Nutrition Directors’ Conference, 2018 Arkansas School Mechanics Workshop, Background Check Training, Novice Teacher Mentoring, Beginning Administrator Induction and much more at

SPARK Workshops for Physical Educators

ADE will offer SPARK (Sport, Physical Activity and Recreation for Kids) trainings this summer and fall for physical educators. SPARK workshops provide strategies and tips to increase the quantity and quality of physical education/activity classes; and promote the maintenance of physical activity away from class as part of a healthy lifestyle. Educators can sign up for the training through escWorks at Enter the keyword SPARK in the search box.

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





State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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