The Office of Educator Effectiveness and Licensure

 Vision

Provide all students across Arkansas the access to excellent teachers and leaders.

 Mission

Attract, Prepare, Develop Support, Retain

 Teach Arkansas Goals

1
Attract quality teacher candidates to meet workforce needs.
2
Prepare aspiring educators to be day one ready.
3
Develop early career educators to meet the needs of all students.
4
Support career educators through growth and advancement opportunities.
5
Retain a high-quality educator workforce that meets the needs of all students.

For more information, please contact:

Karli Saracini, Assistant Commissioner
Professional Licensure Standards Board
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, #105C, Box 30
Little Rock, Arkansas  72201
Office: 501-682-4095
Fax:  501-682-3781

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Publish date: 4/25/2024
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

TNTP, formerly The New Teacher Project, an education nonprofit that helps schools recruit and retain teachers, released its Moving Up report on Arkansas’ teacher landscape today and found that adjusted for cost-of-living, Arkansas now has the highest starting teacher pay in the nation.

Publish date: 2/23/2024
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

The Professional Licensure Standards Board will meet at 9 a.m. on March 1, 2024, in the PLSB Conference Room 211C, Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201.

Publish date: 11/20/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

The Professional Licensure Standards Board will meet at 9 a.m. on December 1, 2023, in the PLSB Conference Room 105C, Arkansas Department of Education's Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, Four Capitol Mall, Little Rock, AR 72201. This will be an onsite meeting with a virtual option for board members and presenters. Individuals critical to the logistical operations of the meeting will be physically present with limited availability for the public.

Publish date: 10/4/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

Students at Mayflower High School are connected in one unique way: They have social studies teacher and athletics coach Andrew Harrison guiding them through not only the depths of history, but also the experiences of high school. Harrison encourages students to value teamwork and collaboration in their growth as both learners and people. Today, it was the school community's turn to cheer for Coach Harrison when philanthropist and education visionary Lowell Milken surprised him with Mayflower Public Schools' first Milken Educator Award in the initiative's 36-year history.

Publish date: 10/4/2023
Posted by: Educator Effectiveness

At Greenbrier Middle School, sixth grade English language arts teacher Ashley Anderson tailors her instruction to ensure no learner is left behind. Yet today, the careful planner was caught completely by surprise when philanthropist and education visionary Lowell Milken presented Anderson with a $25,000 Milken Educator Award that she can use however she chooses. Arkansas Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Department of Education Secretary Jacob Oliva joined Milken to honor Anderson's excellence in education before hundreds of cheering students, proud colleagues, dignitaries and media.