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“Great leaders don’t tell you what to do. They show you how it’s done.” – Alessandro Berselli Denise Airola, The Office of Innovation for Education’s (OIE) fearless leader, leads by example in the office,

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Hi! Marsha here…I just returned from a small trek to Rochester, MN. Carolyn and I separated ways this week as she joined the Arkansas Study Tour and I traveled to the Land of 10,000 Lakes. Sit back for a minute as I tell a

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Well, folks, this time I had to hit the road without Marsha, but I was not alone. Twenty-nine (yes that is 29!) educators and community members from Pangburn and Lonoke joined me as the good times rolled again, this time in northwest

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The car is loaded, and with great anticipation Marsha and Carolyn can’t help but hum “On the road again, just can’t wait to get on the road again.” Our job is to work with schools in Arkansas that want to innovate and try new

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Derek Ratchford leads the EAST program at Sonora Middle School in Springdale, Arkansas. This year, the program was named the Overall Founder’s Winner for best program in the country based on the 3 categories of project sophistication, student

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  Horatio Elementary School in Arkansas puts students at the center of the learning and it shows in their continued improvement in their ESSA School Index scores and value-added growth scores over the last three years. At the core of their

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  Dr. Mark Roberts, Principal Dr. Mark Roberts, 2nd year principal of Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, has been a principal for 28 years. In his 28 years, he has been the principal in 7 schools across the country from

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After a recent visit to Hall High School, it was evident that an organization known as City Year of Little Rock is making a lasting impact on student’s lives. City Year’s mission is “to close gaps in high-need schools by supporting

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n the past few months, I’ve had the pleasure of spending significant time in schools with educators, students, families, and community and business partners who are transforming learning for their students. These schools and districts are

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Less than a month ago, I was teaching a classroom full of 3rd graders how to multiply and divide, compare and contrast, and how to “think like a scientist.” I considered myself to be a teacher who innovated and was known by my peers for

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When educators are given the opportunity to observe other schools and teachers, the impact can be empowering and transformative. This is why on November 14, 2018, The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) in partnership with The Office of

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I am torn between two worlds in which I live: the data world and the innovation world. It has been bothering me for sometime. Over the past 6 years I have visited numerous innovative schools that focus on helping learners figure out how they

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Goldilocks had it right. She was picky. I understand the merits of being picky. Perhaps ‘selective’ is a better word to describe this characteristic. Selective implies a thoughtful process of evaluating options and making an informed

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