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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Curriculum Leader Announcements

To be added to the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Curriculum Leaders ListServ please send your name, e-mail address, and district name to

The documents are archived on this page are copies of informational announcements that have been communicated to Arkansas educators over the DESE Curriculum Leaders Listserv in 2019 and 2020. 

Message 99 - June 18, 2020
Message 98 - May 26, 2020
Message 97 - May 11, 2020
Message 96 - April 10, 2020
Message 95 - February 27, 2020
Message 94 - January 17, 2020
Message 93 - December 13, 2019
Message 92 - December 3, 2019
Message 91 - August 8, 2019
Message 88 - January 7, 2019
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Overview of Social Studies Content and Courses

The following three documents may provide assistance to teachers and curriculum directors when needing a one-page quick overview of social studies content by grade and subject, the big shifts in curriculum from the 2006 to the 2014 framework, or course codes specific to social studies Grades K-12. 

Disciplinary Literacy Resource

The following document contains the AR Reading and Writing Standards for History/Social Studies in grade bands 6-8, 9-10, and 11-12.  After each of the reading and writing content standard titles (e.g., Key Ideas and Details, Craft and Structure, Text Types and Purposes) and grade band expectations are teacher notes that provide guidance to social studies teachers when integrating the literacy standards with the content being taught.

Social Studies Curriculum Framework Documents

This section contains all of the social studies framework documents and courses.  Each document is available in both PDF and Word document formats.

For more information, please contact:

Melissa Starkey, Ed.S
Social Studies Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Curriculum Support Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 303-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Office: 501-682-6584

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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