Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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High Reliability Schools (HRS) in Arkansas

Upcoming HRS Trainings in Arkansas

Please be aware of the upcoming HRS trainings in the state:
  • June 5, 2019 – HRS Level II Overview at Arkansas River Cooperative
  • June 10, 2019 – HRS Level I Overview at Northwest Cooperative
  • June 12. 2019 – HRS Level II Overview at Southeast Cooperative
  • Spring 2020 – HRS Level III Overview at Southeast Cooperative

High Reliability Schools Webinar with Mario Acosta

To access the reoording of the April 22, 2019, webinar with Mario Acosta, visit and enter the password: ADE. For more information. go to Commissioner's Memo COM-19-100

High Reliability School Webinar with Dr. Bob Marzano

To access the recording of the January 23, 2019, webinar with Dr. Bob Marzano, visit and enter the password: ArkansasHRS. You may also access a PDF of the slide presentation at webinar slides.

HRS in Arkansas

Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) team members are very excited about the next step in our journey to transform education in Arkansas. In the Arkansas Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan, we established a theory of action whereby ADE will support all districts in using a continuous cycle of inquiry to provide each student with an educational experience that is rigorous, challenging and rewarding.

Over the past several months, we have asked ourselves, “What is an evidence-based approach to support all districts with their local cycles of inquiry?” Additionally, it was critical that this approach could be tailored to the needs of individual districts and not be a “one-size-fits-all” solution.

We believe we have found the answer, and we kicked off 2019 by sharing some important resources with educators that set the foundation for our future collaborative work toward High Reliability School (HRS). For more information about HRS, go to

This effort included the following:

Each superintendent and principal received a copy of two books:  "A Handbook for High Reliability Schools" and "Leading a High Reliability School".

Each school was provided access to a survey to measure safety and collaborative culture. The survey link and results will be accessed through the Digital Sandbox. 


HRS Information

High Reliability School information, including a video and informational flyer, is available at Commissioner's Memo COM-19-079.




January 7 – Books mailed 
January 16 – Commissioner’s Memo with HRS information and kickoff video featuring Dr. Bob Marzano and ADE Commissioner Johnny Key
January 23 – HRS Webinar with Dr. Bob Marzano at 1 p.m.
January 28 – First Twitter Chat, 8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
February 4 – Second Twitter Chat, 8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
February 5 – Survey window opens
February 11 – Third Twitter chat, 8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
February 18 – Fourth and final Twitter chat, 8 p.m.- 8:45 p.m.
March 1 – Deadline for Survey responses
March 27 – Survey results delivered to school in Arkansas Digital Locker
June 18-21– ADE Summit: Keynote and breakout sessions by HRS expert Dr. Phil Warrick 

For more information, please contact:

Arkansas Department  of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4475

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