Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Teach Arkansas

Inspire & Impact Video Series

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has launched its new Inspire & Impact video series featuring future and current educators from across Arkansas. Watch the episodes and read the episode profile for additional insight:

  Anthony Alexander, J.A. Fair High School Bethany Holt, Arkansas Teacher Cadets Program  
Episode 1 Profile  Episode 2 Profile  

Learn About the Teach Arkansas Campaign

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Students in Arkansas deserve highly effective educators in every classroom. Teachers inspire today and impact tomorrow. Like many other states, Arkansas faces challenges when it comes to hiring and retaining teachers. However, Arkansas is being recognized nationally for its student-focused work. In hopes of rejuvenating the teacher pipeline, the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education is excited to share the resources and opportunities available through our Teach Arkansas campaign. 

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Goals of the Teach Arkansas Campaign

  • Increase the number of candidates entering Arkansas Educator Preparation Programs by 20 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of novice teachers in Arkansas public schools by 10 percent in 5 years
  • Decrease the Arkansas teacher attrition rate by 15 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of teachers re-entering the teaching profession in Arkansas by 5 percent in 5 years
  • Increase the number of minority teachers in public schools by 25 percent in 5 years 
To accomplish these inspiring goals, DESE will strengthen relationships with stakeholders and provide additional leadership, support and service to educators.
  • The ADE is planning to host regional sessions for educators who are preparing to take the licensure assessments. This will provide additional support for teacher candidates who may need guidance in preparing for the assessments. More information will be provided once details are confirmed.
  • Teachers with at least three years of teaching experience will have new opportunities for professional growth as teacher leaders through new licenses for a Lead Professional Educator and Master Professional Educator beginning January 1, 2019.
  • For returning teachers, the number of required professional development hours have been reduced to 36 hours. Free online professional development is available through the ArkansasIDEAS portal at Licensed teachers seeking to return to the profession can contact the ADE Licensure Unit at (501) 682-4342 to learn more.

For more information, please contact:

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Office of Educator Effectiveness
Four Capitol Mall, Room 402-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone:  501-682-8526
Fax:  501-682-5118

State Standards

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Licensure & Certification

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