History Teacher of the Year wows with technology

October 8, 2010

Scott Shaddox, a teacher at Omaha High School in Omaha School District, presented a mini-history lesson on World War II, complete with audio of President Franklin Roosevelt’s radio address to the nation on Dec. 8, 1941, during the ceremony at the Arkansas Department of Education today in which he was named the 2010 Arkansas Preserve […]


Second Milken award presented to Arkansas teacher

October 8, 2010

Fifth- and sixth-grade teacher Tracy Valentine had no idea the school assembly at Bragg Elementary in the West Memphis School District this morning was in her honor, but it was. Valentine was the second Arkansas teacher today to received a 2010 Milken Educator Award. (See story below about Tamika Jordan.) Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas Education […]


Marion teacher wins Milken award

October 8, 2010

Cheers and applause greeted an unsuspecting Tamika Jordan when she learned she was a 2010 Milken Educator Award recipient during a surprise awards assembly today at Avondale Elementary School in the Marion School District. Jordan teaches first grade at Avondale. Governor Mike Beebe, Arkansas Education Commissioner Tom W. Kimbrell and Milken Family Foundation representative Gary […]


UALR wins grant to address student needs

October 7, 2010

The U.S. Department of education recently awarded the University of Arkansas at Little Rock (UALR) a Promise Neighborhoods grant to address the challenges faced by students living in communities of concentrated poverty. Promise Neighborhoods grantees and their partner organizations will plan to provide services from early learning to college and career, including programs to improve […]


Want to be a teacher?

October 6, 2010

Individuals interested in becoming licensed Arkansas public school teachers are encouraged to attend the Arkansas Department of Education’s Becoming an Arkansas Teacher Information Session from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday at the Holiday Inn-Airport at 3201 Bankhead Drive in LIttle Rock. During the session, participants will have an opportunity to receive information on teacher […]


Education boards to hear agency highlights

October 6, 2010

When the boards of the Arkansas departments of Education, Higher Education and Career Education meet together for their annual joint session on Monday at Pulaski Technical College, they’ll hear updates on three major issues in Arkansas education right now. Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell, Arkansas commissioner of education, will bring board members up to speed on […]


College numbers climb 5 percent

October 4, 2010

This just in from the Arkansas Department of Higher Education: Total fall semester enrollment at Arkansas colleges and universities increased by 5 percent when compared to last year, according to preliminary figures. Of the state’s 44 public and private institutions, 37 enjoyed overall increases in enrollment with some institutions growing by double digit percentages. “Overall, […]


State Board of Education meets Oct. 11

October 4, 2010

In addition to the regular monthly meeting of the Arkansas State Board of Education in October, the State Board of Education will meet jointly with the boards of the Arkansas Department of Career Education and the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. The schedule for the meetings is as follows: Joint Meeting of the Arkansas Department […]


More assessment money awarded

October 1, 2010

The U.S. Department of Education announced this week that the Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers Consortium (PARCC) will be awarded an additional $15.87 million in a supplemental grant to support the states participating in PARCC in successfully transitioning to Common Core State Standards and next generation assessments. Arkansas is one […]