The ERZ is a multiyear PreK-16 initiative founded by the state of Arkansas to help improve public school performance and student academic achievement. This is a collaborative effort between renewal zone partners, including the Arkansas Department of Education’s Division of ERZ, institutions of higher education (IHEs), regional education service cooperatives (ESCs), other technical assistance provider entities, schools, and participating communities.
On February 9, Southern Arkansas University had the honor of hosting a Common Core Literacy Summit in cooperation with Henderson State University. The summit fostered communication between two and four-year colleges and universities to proactively address changes necessary in teacher preparation programs to reflect the Common Core State Standards. Educators from across Southern Arkansas were in attendance and had the wonderful opportunity to hear a keynote address by Dr. Tracy Tucker, Director of Curriculum and Instruction for the Arkansas Department of Education; engage in a panel discussion with local School Superintendents; and attend break-out sessions focused on implementing Common Core State Standards. Overall it was an energizing and inspiring day! The PowerPoint presentation by Dr. Tracy Tucker and the materials from several of the break-out sessions are attached below.
Baar CCSS Presentation [ppt]