Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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Professional Development

Arkansas Literacy Design Collaborative/Mathematics Design Collaborative Conference

Please join us at the Arkansas Literacy Design Collaborative/Mathematics Design Collaborative Conference at the DoubleTree Hotel in Little Rock on July 26 and 27. The keynote speaker will be Dylan William, co-author of Embedded Formative Assessment and Leadership for Teacher Training. Eleanor Dougherty, author of Assignments Matter and The Better Writing Breakthrough, will be the featured guest speaker.  For more information, please contact Marshal Hurst at or (479) 965-3786.

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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.

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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