Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS)


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Leader Excellence and Development System Resources


The vision for the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is to lead the nation in student-focused learning. To accomplish this , ADE must provide a quality leadership support system for all administrators aligned to the Leader Excellence and Development System (LEADS).

In addition to networking opportunities, administrators may experience professional learning through competency-based credentialing. The administrator may choose the area of growth he/she wants to focus on and participate in self-directed learning by completing a micro-credential. This encourages administrators to continually seek professional growth.

As defined in the Arkansas Every Student Succeeds Act, an effective school leader is an educational leader who through training and experience (more than 3 years as a school leader) exemplifies the state’s school leadership standards, as demonstrated by consistently high performance ratings within a state-approved evaluation and support system that includes multiple measures of student growth. For example, an effective leader promotes the success and well-being of every student by:

  •  Engaging all stakeholders in shared leadership to accomplish the vision;
  •  Providing an example of ethical professional behavior;
  •  Maintaining an equitable and culturally responsible environment;
  •  Supporting a rigorous curricular system;
  • Effectively communicating and collaborating with the community and external partners; and
  • Seeking continual professional growth.


Arkansas’ online site for educator observation and performance data is BloomBoard’s observation tool, EdReflect. 

EdReflect supports the growth of Arkansas Educators by providing a calendar for collaboration and observation; a schedule tool for meetings, observations, artifacts; an email notification system; chat features; a system to label evidence according to rubric components; a collection system for quick reference of evidence and ratings sustained each year; the ability to word process with text edit features; provided work status and reminders; video observation system; and end of year rating calculators.

Arkansas schools make use of EdReflect features such as Insight reports to guide the work of administrators supporting classroom & specialty educators.

EdReflect is flexible and supportive of the requirements for each instructional implementation design in Arkansas schools.  Continued use of EdReflect provides a user-friendly, adjustable system for targeting and building on student-focused learning, the target the work of all Arkansas educators.

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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