Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Teach Arkansas

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Students in Arkansas deserve highly effective educators in every classroom. Teachers inspire today and impact tomorrow. Like many other states, Arkansas faces challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining teachers. However, Arkansas is being recognized nationally for its student-focused work. In hopes of rejuvenating the teacher pipeline, the Arkansas Department of Education is excited to share the resources and opportunities available through our Teach Arkansas campaign. 

   

Goals of the Teach Arkansas Campaign

  • Increase the number of candidates entering Arkansas Educator Preparation Programs by 20 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of novice teachers in Arkansas public schools by 10 percent in 5 years
  • Decrease the Arkansas teacher attrition rate by 15 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of teachers re-entering the teaching profession in Arkansas by 5 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of minority teachers in public schools by 25 percent in 5 years 
To accomplish these inspiring goals, ADE will strengthen relationships with stakeholders and provide additional leadership, support and service to educators.
  • The ADE is planning to host regional sessions for educators who are preparing to take the licensure assessments. This will provide additional support for teacher candidates who may need guidance in preparing for the assessments. More information will be provided once details are confirmed.
  • Teachers with at least three years of teaching experience will have new opportunities for professional growth as teacher leaders through new licenses for a Lead Professional Educator and Master Professional Educator beginning January 1, 2019.
  • For returning teachers, the number of required professional development hours have been reduced to 36 hours. Free online professional development is available through the ArkansasIDEAS portal at http://ideas.aetn.org. Licensed teachers seeking to return to the profession can contact the ADE Licensure Unit at (501) 682-4342 to learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Jeff Dyer, Teacher Recruitment and Retention Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Box 5
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone:  501-682-6349
Fax:  501-682-5118
Email: Jeff.Dyer@arkansas.gov
 
Dr. Jeremy Owoh, Assistant Commissioner
Division of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 103-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-682-4210
Fax: 501-682-1193
Email: Jeremy.Owoh@arkansas.gov

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