Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Teacher and Student Opportunities

This page is designed to provide Arkansas teachers and students with education-related information and resources. The information provided below includes contests, scholarships and other opportunities that will allow teachers and students to showcase their schools, knowledge, skills, abilities and talents. These listings will be updated as information becomes available. Educators may also visit the Grant Opportunities page and the Events page.

All-Region and All-State Coding Competition

The third annual All-Region and All-State Coding Competition sponsored by Verizon will be open to Arkansas public and private school students in grades 8-12 and homeschooled students born on or before August 1, 2005, and after August 1, 2000. Learn more at

Opportunity for Arkansas Fine Arts Educators, Teaching Artists, Curriculum Leaders, and Administrators

The Arkansas Department of Education is offering two online opportunities for Arkansas arts educators to provide input in the revision of the Arkansas Fine Arts Academic Standards, scheduled for revision in the summer of 2019. Details are available at

2019 Wildlife of Arkansas Student Art Contest

This exciting visual art contest offers all students (K-12) in Arkansas the chance to display their creativity. The theme “Wildlife of Arkansas” acknowledges the natural beauty of Arkansas, providing the perfect inspiration for students to explore their artistic abilities. The term Wildlife is not limited to animals, but can also include natural areas, wildflowers, landscapes, lakes & streams, etc.  This year there will also be a special category highlighting monarch butterfilies and pollinators. The deadline for entry is February 15, 2019. To learn more, visit

National Youth Science Camp Application Information

Applications are now being accepted from high school seniors in the class of 2019 to represent Arkansas at the 2019 National Youth Science Camp (NYSCamp).  Two students from each state, Washington, D.C, and 8 countries will attend the all-expenses-paid program, which is held from June 27 through July 20, 2019. Learn more at

2019 Nutrition Education Art Contest

The Nutrition Committee of the Arkansas School Nutrition Association, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education Child Nutrition Unit is sponsoring a nutrition poster contest.The poster contest theme will be open for interpretation of promoting good health through nutrition.  Please encourage your art students to be creative through their artwork, keeping in mind, good nutrition.  Each school district may submit one poster in each division. No more than six (6) posters from a school district may be submitted for state judging. State winners will be selected du ring judging in April 2019. For more information, visit

Opportunties Available Through the Education Service Cooperatives

Please view the professional development opportunities offered through the various education service cooperatives throughout the state. Educators can sign up for the training through escWorks at

2018-2019 Southern Automotive Women’s Forum (SAWF) Scholarship

The SAWF Scholarship Program provides financial assistance to women enrolled or who plan to enroll in a STEM related field, such as science, technology, engineering, or math. Qualifications for scholarship applications are for women to be enrolled or enrolling in a STEM field at an accredited two-year technical program, four-year  undergraduate program, or graduate program that can be used for a career in the automotive industry. Learn more at

Fulbright-Hays-Group Projects Aboard Program (Grants)

This program provides grants to support overseas projects in training, research, and curriculum development in modern foreign languages and area studies for teachers, students, and faculty engaged in a common endeavor. Projects may include short-term seminars, curriculum development, group research or study, or advanced intensive language programs For more information, go to





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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