Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)

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Arkansas LEADS 2018 Principal Rubric

The Office of Educator Effectiveness is proud to share a new performance rubric for principals. This rubric will be in EdReflect, but not soon enough to base the 2019-2020 Principal PGP on it. The foundation of LEADS 2018 is the Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (CCSSO, 2015), and has many connections to the current rubric. This means PGP’s can be aligned with LEADS 2018 at the start of next school year.

A perfect opportunity to begin your understanding of LEADS 2018 will be at the ADE 2019 Summit  Our assistant commissioner, Dr. Suzanne Bailey, and one of our assistant state superintendents, Sheila Whitlow, will have a LEADS 2018 session on June 18 and 20. Now is a  perfect time to register!

Arkansas EdReflect End-of-Year 2018-2019

  • Turning in TESS Career Summative End-of-Year Data will be easier than ever.
  • TESS Career Summative Educators include classroom teachers and specialty teachers – gifted coordinator; instructional specialist; library media specialist; school psychologist; speech language pathologist; school counselor
  • Information will be turned in to ADE by answering questions on a form created for easy access.
  • The link to the form will be found in a Commissioner’s Memo, given in training,  and posted here.
  • Details about training (BloomBoard webinar) will appear in an ADE Commissioner’s Memo soon
  • Target deadline for this process: July 3, 2019.

ADE 2019 Summit Sessions for LEADS for Administrators

Dr. Justin Baeder, The Principal Center

Thursday, June 20

10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Evidence-Driven Leadership: From Classroom Conversations to School Improvement

Hot Springs Convention Center, Room 102/103

Dr. Suzanne Bailey, ADE Assistant Commissioner

Sheila Whitlow, ADE Assistant State Superintendent

Tuesday, June 18, 10:50 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

AETN Livestream

LEADS 2018: It Starts at the Top, Training for District-Level Leaders

Hot Springs Convention Center – Horner Hall


Thursday, June 20

12 p.m.– 1 p.m.

Zaretta Hammond, Transformative Learning Solutions

Tuesday, June 18

1:10 p.m. – 4:10 p.m.

Taking the Lead: Strategies to Help Leaders Create the Conditions to Become a More Culturally Responsive School

Hot Springs Convention Center -  Hall A

2018-2019 LEADS

  • 2018 LEADS Training (PPTX) – An overview of the current LEADS system.
  • LEADS Forms  – System documents which may be used by those without access to EdReflect online. Also includes LEADS Intensive Administrator Growth Plan used by all for Intensive Support Status.
  • TESS & LEADS Educator Status 2018 (PPTX) – Visual for the transition from Tracks & Categories to Educator Status. TESS: Novice teacher, Career Teacher, Intensive Support Teacher. LEADS: Beginning Administrator, Career Administrator, Intensive Support Administrator.
  • TESS and LEADS Rating Rotation Form (DOCX) –Career Teachers and administrators are scheduled for a summative rating at least once every four (4) years. This form may be used or observers may have a self-created record system. 

Arkansas Leadership Quest

The Arkansas Department of Education works to support and develop education leaders through the Leadership Quest. The purpose is to provide networking opportunities and personalized learning to enhance leadership skills. Participants in the quest have access to a leadership development coach, support coaches and practices lead principals.

  • Arkansas Leadership Quest (PDF) – See all components and resources for Arkansas Leadership Quest.
  • Leadership Quest (YouTube) – The system of support was designed by collaborative stakeholders, outstanding  Educational Leaders from all regions of the state.
  • Quest Slides (PPTX) – Leadership Quest is three days of training on contemporary best practices of leadership. Each day is a ‘Journey’ in the Quest. Content outlines provided here.
  • Principal's Learning Network Quest Year 3 (PPTX) – Continuation of the beginning work. Positive effects on the work of building-level leaders continues as training is held in Arkansas Education Service Co-Op’s.
  • Leadership Quest Calendar – Location and training dates for 2018-2019 training.

Educational Leadership Data

Arkansas Leadership Data (PPTX) – This PowerPoint is a compilation of demographics entered into APSCN by Arkansas school districts and also includes Beginning Administrator data from the Office of Educator Effectiveness. 

For more information, please contact:

Becky Gibson, Educator Support & Development Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office Phone:  501-683-3160

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