Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

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Edutopia is an education resource website that is dedicated to improving the K-12 learning process through 21st century research-based strategies that prepare students for college and careers.  Edutopia was founded by the non-partisan George Lucas Educational Foundation.  The Foundation’s mission is to identify, describe, and promote effective models and innovations in K-12 education by producing video and other digital media; and develop research to identify and evaluate rigorous practices for learners, educators, and schools.
Currently trending topics are:
  • Literacy Learning Progressions - A joint project of the ADE and the Arkansas State Personnel Development Grant, this resource can help support the planning and delivery of literacy instruction that is based on and consistent with the Common Core State Standards.
  • Student Engagement - Discover and discuss strategies involve students in their own learning.

Technology, Entertainment, and Design (TED) is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas through TED Talks; a series of short, powerful video clips.  Teachers, students, and parents have discovered TED Talks to be informative and inspiring.  Topics range from business to science to education to global issues.

Suggested TED Talks related to education are: 

  • Every Kid Needs a Champion - Rita Pierson, a teacher for 40 years, once heard a colleague say, "They don't pay me to like the kids." Her response: "Kids don't learn from people they don’t like.’” A rousing call to educators to believe in their students and actually connect with them on a real, human, personal level.
  • Why Lunch Ladies are Heroes - Children’s book author Jarrett Krosoczka shares the origins of the Lunch Lady graphic novel series, in which undercover school heroes serve lunch…and justice! His new project, School Lunch Hero Day, reveals how cafeteria lunch staff provide more than food, and illustrates how powerful a ‘thank you’ can be.
  • 3 Rules to Spark Learning - It took a life-threatening condition to jolt chemistry teacher Ramsey Musallam out of ten years of “pseudo-teaching” to understand the true role of the educator: to cultivate curiosity. In a fun and personal talk, Musallam gives three rules to spark imagination and learning, and get students excited about how the world works. is an educator’s website that is built by teachers and for teacher.  It offers free lesson plans, the latest in education news, professional development and real teacher blogs, plus the tools that modern Educators need to maintain a level of excellence in their classroom.
A few suggested articles/blogs written by teachers are: 
  • 14 Educational Websites Students Will Want to Visit - After studying students playing video games, Jacqui Murray discovers what enraptures students so completely… simulations that are complex and rich.  She suggests 14 educational sites that follow the same rules as the games that children love to play.  
  • Top 12 New Year's Resolutions for Teachers - It's time for that yearly tradition of reflection and resolutions for the upcoming school year. Get inspired with our list of the Top 12 New School Year Resolutions for Teachers.
  • Video Writing Prompts - The English Language Arts portion of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) assessment contains digital media and analytical prose responses.  These video clips offer good practice using digital media as a prompt for writing. Suggested prompts are written for a variety of grade levels. 

Revised Date: December 22, 2014

For more information, please contact:

Stacy Smith, Assistant Commissioner
Arkansas Department of Education

Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 306-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-4800
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