Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Equity Labs

 

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Arkansas is focused on ensuring that every student has access to a team of effective teachers and effective leaders. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) has developed a network of Equity Labs that will: 

  1. 1. Increase awareness among school districts of the educational equity issues in our state; 
  2. 2. Increase district use of local data to identify equity gaps and root causes and create plans to address those gaps; and 
  3. 3. Increase district Workforce Stability Index through the use of effective strategies such as improved recruiting and placement practices, and cultural responsiveness. 

The Equity Labs will explore issues and data concerning equity at a personal level and at the school and district levels with local stakeholders including teachers, leaders, local school board members, parents, state leaders, and representatives from the business community, educator preparation programs, and educational service cooperatives. 

The ADE will introduce a toolkit that school districts can use to develop a Local Education Agency plan for equitable access to effective educators. The ADE will provide opportunities for technical assistance at state conferences and at other times arranged with participating districts, as well as utilizing district teacher leaders and education partnerships around the state. To learn more, please read the Equity Labs Summary and visit the Equitable Access to Effective Educators page.

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