District Support

The Division of Elementary and Secondary Education has developed progressive levels of support based on federal and state laws and regulations. These levels of support include:

General

  •  Definition - General support provides guidance and tools to assist LEA.
  •  District initiated - Contacts for general questions and assistance regarding daily operations.
  •  DESE requirement - School improvement plans including literacy plan.

Collaborative

  •  Definition - Collaborative support provides minor or temporary technical assistance or personalization of a department initiative or state expectations.
  •  District initiated - District request for short-term assistance.
  •  DESE initiated - 1003 planning grants.
  •  DESE requirement - School improvement plans including literacy plan. District support plan-upon request from DESE.

Coordinated 

  •  Definition - Coordinated support provides technical assistance and monitoring. District support plan required.
  •  District initiated - District request for long-term assistance.
  •  DESE initiated - ACT 1082 - district in which 40% or more of students score in need of support on the prior year summative assessment for reading.
  •  DESE requirement - School improvement plans including literacy plan.  District support plan including district literacy plan.

Directed 

  •  Definition - Directed support includes directly guiding the development and implementation of school-level plans, resource allocation, monitoring, and evaluation.
  •  District initiated - District request for long-term guidance.
  •  DESE initiated - ACT 1082- district in which 50% or more of students score in need of support on the prior year summative assessment for reading. 
  •  DESE requirement - School improvement plans including literacy plan.  District support plan including district literacy plan -shall work with DESE - plan shall be approved by DESE.

Intensive

  •  Definition - Districts are classified for intensive support by the State Board of Education based on the Commissioner's recommendation. 
  •  District initiated - District request for intensive guidance.
  •  DESE initiated - SBE directed support.
  •  DESE requirement - School improvement plans including literacy plan.  District support plan including district literacy plan - shall work with DESE - plan shall be approved by SBE.

 2021 Literacy Plan Improvement and Requirements

 
2021 District Literacy Support Plan Webinar2021 Literacy Plan Improvement and Requirement
 

 2019-2020 PLC Leadership Academy

More than one hundred schools across the state completed the Professional Learning Community Leadership Academy with Solution Tree. This three-part webinar provides an overview of the information school leadership teams received regarding implementing the PLC process. Resources to support the work were shared in each webinar. The six days of training began in September 2019 and were completed in March 2020.
 
PLC Leadership Academy Videos
Session 1: Vision, Mission, Goals, Collective Commitments, Cultural ShiftsSession 2: Collaborative Teams, Essential Standards, CFAs, Interventions/ExtensionsSession 3: Shared Leadership, Resistors, Monitoring the Work

Process of Writing a School Improvement Plan or District Support Plan

This six-part webinar series outlines the steps in writing a school improvement plan or a district support plan. The slides used in each webinar can be accessed using the links below. Resources cited include Marzano’s High-Reliability Schools (HRS), Learning by Doing by DuFour et. al., School Leader’s Guide to Root Cause Analysis by Preuss, Clark County Schools, Las Vegas, NV, and Arkansas Educational Support and accountability Act (AESAA) January 2020.
 
#1 Data Collection and Analysis (Webinar)|(PDF)
#2 Conducting a Root Cause Analysis (Webinar)|(PDF)
#3 Prioritization to Goal Setting (Webinar)|(PDF)
#4 Improvement Planning and Monitoring (Webinar)|(PDF)
#5 Evaluating the Plan (Webinar)|(PDF)
#6 Required Components (Webinar)|(PDF)
 

For more information, please contact:

Jayne Green, Coordinator of District Support, ESA, & Title I
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201 
Phone: 501-682-2395
Fax: 501-682-5136
 
 
Dr. Ginny Stroud, Public School Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-6620
Fax: 501-682-5136
 
 
Traci Holland, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone:  501-682-4390
Fax:  501-682-5136
 
 
Melissa Matus, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR  72201
Phone:  501-682-4367
Fax:  501-682-5136
 
 
Lindsey Stroud, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-5761
Fax:  501-682-5136

Email: lindsey.stroud@ade.arkansas.gov

 

Tally Harp, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: (501) 682-4370
Fax:  501-682-5136
Email:  Tally.Harp@ade.Arkansas.gov  

 

Nancy Redican, Public School Program Advisor
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Public School Accountability
Four Capitol Mall, Mail Slot #26 
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5385
Fax: 501-682-5136
Email: Nancy.Redican@ade.arkansas.gov