Inspiring learners by giving schools the tools to
outside the lines.

OIE collaborates by coming alongside you to navigate the innovation process and to help you take bold action on the road to transformation. We work with you and your team to realize your vision by connecting you with educators who are doing similar work to transform student and adult learning. These formal and informal connections support a growing network of innovators, at various stages in their journeys, who learn from each other, co-generate ideas, co-design strategies and new practices, and support each other in implementing new ideas and designs for learning.

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OIE's Annual Conference

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Designing for Innovation Framework

The Designing for Innovation Framework reflects the research and work of innovators across Arkansas, the nation, and globe committed to the success of all learners.

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Schools of Innovation

SOI Application Portal, news and more

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2022 Study Tour Registrations

In response to the success of the four prior Student-Focused Study Tours, the Arkansas Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), in collaboration with the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) and 

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  • DATE: 4/7/22
    Study Tours - Hugh Goodwin Elementary
    Hugh Goodwin Elementary is a student-centered learning environment located in El Dorado, Arkansas that values relationships with students, their families, and the community. Because of their dedication to educating the whole child, Hugh Goodwin was recently awarded as a 2021 National Blue Ribbon School for exemplary achievement in closing the gap. The school is an affiliate of the Farm to School Network and partners with numerous community organizations that offer a wealth of enriching learning experiences to expand instruction beyond the school walls. Tour Hugh Goodwin to see and learn about The Gator Garden, “The Hugh” Student Broadcast, student celebrations, community and parental involvement, and integration of the arts and technology. Read More
  • DATE: 5/3/22
    Study Tours - Horatio High School
    Horatio High School of Innovation (HHS) is part of a small rural school district in southwest Arkansas. HHS began their innovation journey in 2016 with their full school and community, including parents and students, collectively leading the charge and in 2021, HHS was ranked 10th in the state for overall growth and 5th in the state for math growth (Office for Education Policy). By intentionally focusing on co-designing with students and staff and having a “never quit improving” approach focused on ongoing innovation, HHS has gained regional and statewide attention and success for their students. Some HHS innovations include: creative scheduling that includes time for daily mentoring sessions with students, collaborative team time, internship opportunities, blended learning and classroom rotation stations with an emphasis on math instruction, community service classes, eSports, EAST, CTE Pathways, and digital marketing and computer science courses. Read More