Who We Are

Meet the Team


(back row, left to right) Sherry Kennedy, Steven Walker, Gerard Newsom, Kirsten Wilson, Cristian Haynes, Dexter Miller, Amanda Perry, (front row, left to right) Katie Pittenger, Robin Finley, Emily Powell Carpenter, Rainbow Bagsby

group photo of the 11 members of the Digital Learning Unit


Core Values


Communication
We believe communication is vast and varied. We commit to being transparent and actively listening to support as ambassadors and translators of digital learning.

Integrity
We believe integrity is at the core of our work. We hold ourselves accountable at all times to ethical standards within the profession of education.

Collaboration
We believe collaboration is at the heart of the work we do with educators. It is essential to build capacity both in our educators as partners and in Arkansas students.

Learner-Focused
We believe, as a learner-focused organization, that each learner is unique and learns in different ways. We empower learners to identify their individual needs, strengths, and interests through voice and choice in their learning.

Equity
We believe that all learners can learn, and access to learning is a given. We recognize and purposefully address educational equity as the intentional allocation of resources, instruction, and opportunities according to need. We ensure that we will, within the DLU, identify and eradicate discriminatory practices, prejudices, and beliefs.

Vulnerability
We believe that in order to grow and learn, we must provide a safe space for being seen, creating a sense of belonging, taking risks, making mistakes, and supporting learners in that process.

"Vulnerability is the absolute heartbeat of innovation and creativity," says Brene' Brown. "There can be zero innovation without vulnerability."

Whole-Heartedness
We believe that everything we do must be done with passion and gratitude with complete sincerity and commitment. We give without limitation our talents and our knowledge to build capacity in all learners.

Innovation
We believe that innovation is not a sequential process. Innovation is messy, full of risks, vulnerable, and necessary for learning and growth. Innovation is a team effort and supports learners in moving forward in relevant, purposeful ways, consistent with embracing new approaches to learning, and intentional in building sustainable growth and change.


Memberships


  • AAEA | Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators
  • AACIA | Arkansas Association of Curriculum and Instruction Administrators
  • AAGEA | Arkansas Association of Gifted Educational Administrators
  • AAIM | Arkansas Association of Instructional Media
  • ACTFL | American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages
  • AFLTA | Arkansas Foreign Language Teachers Association
  • ARKSTE | Arkansas Society for Technology in Education
  • ArSCA | Arkansas School Counselors Association
  • ASBA | Arkansas School Boards Association
  • ASCD | Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
  • ISTE | International Society for Technology in Education
  • GOLDEN | Global Online Learning Development and Extended Network
  • SETDA | State Educational Technology Directors Association
  • TCEA | Texas Computer Education Association
  • QM | Quality Matters
  • VLLA | Virtual Learning Leadership Alliance