The Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) is a broad-based P-20 initiative assigned the task of concentrating and coordinating available resources to improve school performance and student achievement. The primary focus is through a collaborative effort of the partners to build the capacity of schools in providing a competent organizational structure, a quality learning environment, and effective research-based instruction for all students. Working in partnership with a College of Education, each ERZ office designs a unique yearly strategic plan synchronized around the individual needs of their schools.
The ERZ initiative was passed into law in 2003 as Act 106 (HB 1065) by the Second Extraordinary Session of the 84th General Assembly in an effort to address the growing number of schools across the state designated as “in need of improvement”. The establishment of Education Renewal Zones provides a vehicle for the collaborative development of a partnership among institutions of higher education, education service cooperatives, public schools, local businesses, parents, and community members all focused on school improvement and systemic educational reform in Arkansas.
ERZ offices are located at Arkansas State University, Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and University of Arkansas at Monticello. Schools may access services at any Educational Renewal Zone.