Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Teacher Support and Development

 

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Believing that all students should have equal access to excellent educators, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is committed to its vision of leading the nation in student-focused education by attracting, preparing, developing, and retaining effective educators. Please visit the following links for resources and information:
 

Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)

ESSA describes an effective teacher as one who, through training and experience, (more than 3 years of teaching) exemplifies the state’s teaching standards, as demonstrated by consistently high-performance ratings within a state-approved support system that includes multiple measures of student growth embedded in the TESS work. An effective educator: 

  • Consistently plans and prepares to meet the needs of each learner
  • Creates an environment most conducive for learning while using the most highly effective instructional practices
  • Communicates and collaborates effectively with all stakeholders
  • Seeks continual professional growth
  • Exhibits ethical professional practice
For more information about ESSA, please visit:

All Arkansas Educators

To facilitate professional development, the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS) is a statewide support system for all educators to have flexibility in personalizing their professional learning to meet their individual growth needs. Educators have the capacity to become self-empowered and more effective through documentation and reflection of professional practices. EdReflect is the online data collection and management system used for TESS to promote self-advocacy. This electronic platform provides educators transparency and access to communication tools to broaden their personal learning network.  Other self-directed professional growth opportunities are available through competency-based micro-credentials, located in BloomBoard Resources.

For more information, please contact:

Sandra Hurst, Division Director
Educator Support & Development
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-8526
Fax: 501-682-5118
Email: Sandra.Hurst@arkansas.gov
 
Rodney McCullum, Administrative Specialist
Educator Support & Development
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4346
Fax: 501-682-5118
Email: Rodney.McCullum@arkansas.gov
 
 
 

State Standards

Learn more about the standards that define the knowledge and skills Arkansas students should have in order to be ready for college and careers.

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Licensure & Certification

Find critical information about renewing Arkansas educator licenses, adding areas of licensure, licensing by reciprocity from other states, background checks and more.

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ESEA Flexibility

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