State Board of Education Met July 10, 2014

July 10, 2014

The State Board of Education met July 10, 2014. The board did the following:

• voted to monitor the Horatio School District the next two years. The district has had the Accredited-Probationary Status for two consecutive years.

• voted to require a full accreditation report for the Lee County School District at the October board meeting. The district has had the Accredited-Probationary Status for two years.

• denied Marvel-Elaine School District’s Academic Distress designation appeal for Marvel-Elaine High School.

• voted to table the following Academic Distress designation appeals pending further discussion regarding classification for Alternative Learning Environments:

• Fort Smith School District’s appeal for Belle Pointe Alternative Center.

• Beebe School District’s appeal for Badger Academy.

• Cabot School District’s appeal for Cabot Learning Academy.

• Hot Springs School District’s appeal for Summit School.

• Little Rock School District’s appeal for Accelerated Learning Program.

• Little Rock School District’s appeal for W.D. Hamilton Learning Academy.

• approved the Academic Distress designation for schools that did not appeal the status. The board removed the ALEs from the list until further discussion is held regarding classification for ALEs.

• decreased the Mulberry/Pleasant View Bi-County School Board from seven to five members.

• adopted the New Praxis Ages 3-4 Endorsement Licensure Test.

• adopted the New Praxis Early Childhood Special Education Integrated Licensure (B-K) Test.

• adopted the New Praxis Gifted and Talented Test.

• adopted the New Praxis Middle School Science Test.

• adopted the New Praxis Physics Licensure (7-12) Test.

• adopted the New Praxis Speech Pathologist Test.

• approved the ADE Rules Governing Consolidation and Annexation of School Districts.

• approved the Proposed Rules Governing Professional Development.

• approved the 2014 Open Enrollment Public Charter School New Application.

• approved the Emergency Rules for Policies Governing Programs for Educator Licensure Offered by Institutions of Higher Education in Arkansas with modifications.

• approved for public comment the ADE Policies Governing Programs for Educator Licensure Offered by Institutions of Higher Education in Arkansas with modifications.

• approved A-28 through A-32 and A-34 through A-36.

• voted to support the department’s next steps in the procurement process for student assessment.

To see the agenda, go to http://edboard.arkansas.gov.

 

 


BookHacking Institute Set for July 7 to 9

June 23, 2014

Arkansas on iTunes U has partnered with the University of Central Arkansas at Conway to host the state’s first BookHacking Institute July 7 to 9.

Teachers will create their own multi-touch texts with support from experts. Apple Distinguished Educator Anthony DiLaura from Michigan’s Zeeland Public Schools and innovative iBooks Author trainer will be leading the fun. For information and registration, go to http://www.bookhacking.org/.

What is book hacking? Hacking means using unconventional means to achieve great things. Book hacking is not overly technical. It simply involves turning the traditional idea of what text authorship means by creating customized work using high quality content and interactive elements. The goal is to help teachers gain the confidence in creating a work that others will enjoy and find useful.

This three-day institute will give teachers hands-on experience in authoring interactive textbooks using the iBooks Author tool, so they can create dynamic resources for their students using Macs or iPads.

What can teachers do with iBooks Author? Take a look.
Apple in Education – Made with iBooks Author: http://www.apple.com/education/made-with-ibooks-author

Apple in Education – Create with iBooks Author: http://www.apple.com/education/create-with-ibooks-author

 

 


State Board of Education Met June 12, 2014

June 12, 2014

The State Board of Education met June 12, 2014. The board did the following:

  • voted to remove the Dollarway School District from state control effective Oct. 1.
  • denied Drew Central School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Drew Central High School.
  • accepted Cross County School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Cross County New Tech High School.
  • denied Wynne School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Wynne High School.
  • approved Arkadelphia School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Arkadelphia High School.
  • approved Lavaca School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Lavaca High School.
  • approved Malvern School District’s appeal of the Accredited – Probationary status for Malvern High School.
  • selected Tony Wood as the next commissioner.
  • reappointed two Professional Licensure Standards Board members and appointed a new one: Dr. Brad Baine, dean of the College of Education at Williams Baptist University, was reappointed; Dr. Randy Willison, superintendent of the Batesville School District, was reappointed; and Lillian Hemphill, a social studies teacher at Watson Chapel Jr. High School, was appointed. Their term expires June 30, 2017.
  • approved a development and implementation plan draft for Arkansas’s K-12 Science Standards.
  • approved the following agenda items: A-15 through A-20; A-23; and A-24. (See the agenda at http://edboard.arkansas.gov.)
  • elected Board Member Sam Ledbetter as chair and Toyce Newton as vice-chair.

SBE Approves Tony Wood as Commissioner

June 12, 2014

The State Board of Education approved Tony Wood as the Arkansas Department of Education commissioner at its meeting today. Gov. Mike Beebe previously recommended Wood for the position. Wood, currently the deputy commissioner, will replace Dr. Tom Kimbrell, who has accepted the superintendent position at the Bryant School District.

“Tony Wood is clearly a good choice to be our next commissioner of education,” Gov. Beebe said. “He has always put the needs of students first throughout his academic career, and Tony has carried that philosophy statewide while serving Arkansas as deputy commissioner.”

“While transition is never simple, I cannot imagine being more confident in the leadership of the department and the future of education in Arkansas,” SBE Board Chair Brenda Gullett said. “Tony Wood is an exceptional leader and will be an exceptional commissioner.”

The board went into executive session during lunch and voted when the meeting resumed.

Wood will assume his new role July 1. As commissioner, Wood will oversee the agency as it continues with the implementation of the state educational standards, teacher/administrator evaluation systems and student assessment.

“I am very honored to be chosen by Gov. Mike Beebe and the State Board of Education to serve as Arkansas’ next commissioner of education,” Wood said. “Preparing Arkansas students for college and careers will continue to be the highest priority for the agency.”

Wood began his career in education as a chemistry and biology teacher in the Beedeville School District. He later taught math and chemistry at Judsonia before becoming principal and later superintendent at the Kensett School District, where he worked for 14 years. Wood served as the deputy superintendent for the Little Rock School District prior to accepting the superintendent role at Searcy, a position he held for 18 years before being named deputy commissioner.

Wood has a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in Education from Harding University at Searcy and an administrator certification from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

He is a member of the Arkansas Rural Education Association and Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators.

A photo is available at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/photo-gallery/photo/420.


Chicot Primary School Wins Student Video Contest

May 28, 2014

The Arkansas Department of Education announced that Chicot Primary School in the Little Rock School District won the Education for a New Generation Student Video Contest.

The contest featured student-created videos showcasing the benefits and positive changes Arkansas Common Core State Standards have made on schools, students and teachers.

“All of the schools that participated did an outstanding job of showing how the standards have benefitted their schools,” ADE Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell said. “We congratulate Chicot Primary for being recognized as the contest winner.”

A seven-member panel representing various educational partner organizations chose Chicot’s video out of 25 submissions. Chicot’s entry was chosen based on content, creativity, technical quality and overall presentation.

Covenant Keepers Public Charter School at Little Rock placed second, with Cedarville High School receiving third.

For more information about the contest and to view the winning video, go to http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/learning-services/common-core-state-standards/ccss-student-video-contest.


Three Districts Awarded Funds for Health Centers

May 27, 2014

Three school districts recently received state funding to implement School Based Health Centers.

The Arkansas Department of Education’s School Health Services Office in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Health and Arkansas Medicaid in the Schools awarded funds to Cord-Charlotte Elementary School in the Cedar Ridge School District, Malvern High School in the Malvern School District and Southside Elementary School in the Southside School District.

Funds are awarded to districts in an effort to promote health, wellness and academic achievement among public school students. The three centers, which will begin implementation during the 2014-2015 school year, are among more than 20 centers statewide that receive funding.

“Studies show that students perform better academically when they have access to quality health care,” ADE Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell said. “The medical services provided will have a positive impact on student achievement, and it will promote a lifetime of wellness.”

Centers must undergo a competitive application process, which includes internal and external reviews and an onsite visit. The centers are required to implement three components in order to meet state requirements. They must offer physical health services, mental and behavioral health services, and school health outreach programs based on student and community needs. Each also must have a health care professional onsite a minimum of 12 hours per week.

Local academic officials and local health service providers design the centers based on student and community needs. Some centers are open to students, district employees and the community. Many of these centers offer other services, such as dental and optical, in additional to the required services.

To learn more about the School-Based Health Center program and to see a list of center locations, go to http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/learning-services/school-health-services/school-based-health-center.


Pfeffer Named ADE Assistant Commissioner

May 20, 2014

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce that Ivy Pfeffer has been selected as the assistant commissioner for Human Resources, Educator Effectiveness and Licensure.

Pfeffer will assume her new position July 1. She will replace Dr. Karen Walters, who was recently named the assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction for the Bryant School District.

“Ms. Pfeffer has worked with school administrators and teachers this year to implement the new teacher and principal evaluation systems,” Kimbrell said. “Her education and experience as a teacher and administrator make her a perfect candidate for the assistant commissioner position.”

As assistant commissioner, Pfeffer will oversee multiple units and programs including human resources, teacher licensure, teacher and principal evaluation programs, and educator ethics investigations. She currently serves as the ADE director of educator evaluation, a position she has held for almost a year.

Prior to coming to ADE, she worked at the Pocahontas School District for 18 years. Pfeffer taught Spanish and English at Pocahontas Junior High School for nine years before being named the secondary assistant principal at the high school. She served in that role a year before being selected as principal, a position she held for eight years. Pfeffer also served as an adjunct Spanish instructor for Black River Technical College.

After earning a Bachelor of Science in Education in Spanish and English from Arkansas State University at Jonesboro, Pfeffer received a Master of Science in Education in Integrated Technology in the Curriculum from Walden University in Minneapolis, MN. She completed the ASU program of study for administrative certification and earned an Educator Specialist in Educational Leadership.

Pfeffer is a former board member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and a former member of the Arkansas Association of Secondary School Principals.

A photo is available at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/photo-gallery/album/36.


Barnes Named ADE Assistant Commissioner

May 20, 2014

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce that Annette Barnes has been selected as the assistant commissioner for Public School Accountability.

Barnes will assume her new position July 1. She will replace John Hoy, who was recently appointed as superintendent of the Helena-West Helena School District.

“Ms. Barnes has been instrumental in ensuring Arkansas’ compliance with state and federal laws,” Kimbrell said. “Her assistance to schools regarding compliance has prepared her for this new role.

As assistant commissioner, Barnes will assist districts with educational standards compliance and desegregation orders. She also will oversee monitoring activities and Elementary and Secondary Education Act Flexibility.

Barnes is currently the coordinator for School Improvement and Standards Assurance, a position she has held since 2005. During her 19 years at ADE, Barnes has coordinated federal, school improvement, standards assurance, accountability and compliance programs, in addition to providing technical assistance to school districts in academic distress.

Prior to working for ADE, Barnes was a counselor and teacher/coach for Hall High School and Southwest Junior High School in the Little Rock School District. She previously served as a counselor/teacher for Rivendell Psychiatric Center for Children and Youth and taught at Arkadelphia High School.

Barnes received a Bachelor of Science in Education from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. She later received a Master of Science in Education with a middle school science certification from Henderson State University in Arkadelphia. She received secondary principal administrative certification from UCA.

Barnes previously served as a coach and facilitator for the Arkansas Leadership Academy. She also attended the first Individual Principal’s Institute in 1996 and collaborated in various capacities with the Master Principal’s Program.

A photo is available at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/photo-gallery/album/36.


Saunders Named ADE Assistant Commissioner

May 20, 2014

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce that Dr. Eric Saunders has been selected as the assistant commissioner for Fiscal and Administrative Services.

Saunders will assume his new position July 1. He will replace Mike Hernandez, who will become the ADE deputy commissioner July 1.

“With 17 years of education experience, Dr. Saunders will be a great asset to ADE,” Kimbrell said. “His administrative and grant writing experience gives him valuable insight that will benefit school districts around the state.”

As assistant commissioner, Saunders will oversee the distribution of funds to public schools.

Since July 2011, Saunders has served as superintendent of the East End School District in Bigelow. As superintendent, he wrote and received grants for the school and community, oversaw multiple building projects and successfully saw a millage pass in 2011.

Prior to serving as superintendent, Saunders was the principal at Lavaca High School for five years. During that time, the high school moved from School Improvement to Achieving. Before being named principal, he was a math teacher and coach at Gentry High School.

Saunders received a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education from Oklahoma State University. He later received a Master of Education and a Doctor of Education from Harding University in Searcy.

He is a member of several professional organizations and has completed the Arkansas Leadership Academy’s Superintendent Institute and phase one of the Master Principal Program. He also serves on the Perry County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.

A photo is available at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/photo-gallery/album/36.


Hernandez Named ADE Deputy Commissioner

May 20, 2014

Arkansas Department of Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell is pleased to announce that Mike Hernandez has been selected as deputy commissioner.

Hernandez will assume his new position July 1. He will replace Tony Wood, who will leave the position effective June 30.

“Mr. Hernandez’s leadership style and expertise have prepared him to be ADE’s next deputy commissioner,” Kimbrell said. “His background as a teacher, administrator and assistant commissioner give him a well-rounded perspective that will greatly benefit schools and education in Arkansas.”

As deputy commissioner, Hernandez will work with ADE, legislators and school districts on finance, legislation and other education issues.

Hernandez has served as the assistant commissioner for Fiscal and Administrative Services since July 2013. As assistant commissioner, he oversees the agency’s finances and the distribution of funds to public schools.

Prior to working for ADE, Hernandez served as superintendent at Danville Public Schools for two years and was the principal/athletic director for Western Yell County High School in Havana for one year. Before becoming an administrator, he taught in Fountain Lake Schools in Hot Springs, Hot Springs Middle School, Danville High School and Marion Abramson High School in New Orleans.

Hernandez has a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Master of Arts in Mathematics Education from the University of Central Arkansas at Conway. He received a level 1 certificate in math, science and physical education grades seven through 12 from the University of New Orleans. Hernandez also received a Master of Arts in Education Leadership and is working on a doctoral degree in Education Leadership from Harding University at Searcy.

He is a member of the Arkansas Association of Educational Administrators and the Arkansas Association of School Business Officials.

A photo is available at http://www.arkansased.org/divisions/communications/photo-gallery/album/36.