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.

Impact Arkansas Fellowship for Educators

The Impact Arkansas Fellowship was designed to develop future leaders to effectively lead the low-income schools in which they serve. To learn more or to apply, go to The application deadline is January 1, 2021.

Voting for Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Awards Postponed Until Fall 2020

There have been many questions concerning voting for the Charlie May Simon and Arkansas Diamond Book Awards. The two award committees met, and made the decision to postpone the voting for the 2019-2020 awards until this fall.  By delaying the vote, more students will be able to participate. All schools and public libraries will be notified once schools are back in session this fall and plans for the new vote are in place. Questions should be directed to

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

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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