Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Professional Development


The Office of Professional Development collaborates with many stakeholders to provide quality professional learning opportunities to Arkansas’s educators, administrators, and school board members.

Act 44 of 2015 amended the definition of basic contract to mean a teacher employment contract for one hundred ninety (190) days that includes no less than six (6) days of professional development.
Beginning in the 2015-16 school year, educators are required to obtain a minimum of thirty six (36) hours of professional development for licensure renewal and contractual agreement.  
Required Professional Development for License Renewal is based on the Rules Governing Professional Development and Standards for Professional Learning ( as approved by the State Board of Education (SBE).

Arkansas School Board Members are required to obtain a minimum of 6 hours of professional development each year. This required training is based upon the Rules Governing Arkansas School Board Member Training.

All professional development providers and programs must be approved by the Arkansas Department of Education at least thirty (30) days before a program is offered as professional development credit. Professional Development shall adhere to the Rules and standards established by the State Board of Education.

Literacy Design Collaborative

Register now for the 2015 Literacy Design Collaborative in Arkansas Conference: Delving Deeper into the Literacy Design Collaborative. Sponsored by the Arkansas Department of Education, the conference will be held June 17-18, 2015, at the Holiday Inn Little Rock-Airport Conference Center, 3201 Bankhead Drive. The conference will focus on providing Arkansas teachers who have previously completed LDC training a chance to gain a deeper understanding of this fresh, dynamic approach to incorporating literacy into middle and high school content areas.   Please see the conference flier for more details and registration information.

For more information, please contact:

Kevin Beaumont, Professional Development Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4232

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