Arkansas Initiative for Instructional Materials (AIIM)

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is committed to ensuring that every student in Arkansas has equitable access to high-quality instructional materials (HQIM), grade-level instruction, and responsive practices, leading to opportunities to reach college, career, and life goals. Additionally, DESE will support all Arkansas educators to have strong foundations in pedagogical content knowledge and readiness to identify and skillfully implement HQIM.

In Arkansas, HQIM are curriculum materials aligned to state academic standards that include evidence-based strategies, inclusive practices, and embedded teacher supports. High-quality materials take into account the needs and experiences of diverse learners that are actively literate, critical thinkers, and engaged in the community.

To support Arkansas districts in the use of HQIM, DESE has partnered with an Instructional Materials and Professional Development (IMPD) network through the Council of Chief State School OfficersTM (CCSSO). Arkansas has identified five key priorities to develop pathways to HQIM.

Arkansas IMPD Strategy


Ecosystem of Support

This work is possible through the collaboration of multiple stakeholders. Please click the IMPD Ecosystem of Support image to enlarge.






Supporting Arkansas High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM)

This Building Pathways to HQIM guidebook is designed for Arkansas Ready for Learning Teams to learn about High-Quality Instructional Materials (HQIM) with the goal of establishing a district-wide process to communicate, educate, and build awareness in the value of HQIM.  

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To help communicate what HQIM is and how it will impact Arkansas teachers and students, the following media and presentation materials have been developed and are available in varied formats.

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Kiffany Pride, Assistant Commissioner of Learning Services
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4265


Karli Saracini, Assistant Commissioner of Educator Effectiveness & Licensure
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 403-B
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone: 501-683-4095


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