Volume 22, Issue 7 - October 2022

ATC Fellows Grow in Instruction, Content at 1st PD

Arkansas Teacher Corps convened on Saturday, September 17, 2022 at Chicot Elementary School in Little Rock for the first professional development event of the 2022-23 school year. It was also the first time that all ATC fellows had met in person since the COVID-19 pandemic hit Arkansas schools in spring 2020. Educators were excited to fellowship together, build networks of peer support, and engage in high-quality training on trauma-informed teaching and content knowledge/pedagogy. On the end-of-day survey, 89% of fellows reported learning skills they could use in their classroom immediately, and 91% said they have the ongoing support from ATC they need to be successful. Fellows will return for the second All Corps PD on Saturday, November 12.

ATC, TeachPlus AR Host Twitter Chat on Self-Care

Arkansas Teacher Corps and Teach Plus Arkansas partnered to co-host a Twitter chat about self-care on September 27, 2022 in honor of National Self-Care Awareness Month. ATC executive director Brandon Lucius and Teach Plus Arkansas director Stacey McAdoo engaged educators across the state in a conversation about holistic wellness for both students and teachers.
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ATC Fellows Named Teachers of Month in Pine Bluff

Congratulations to four Arkansas Teacher Corps fellows who were recently named Teacher of the Month for October 2022 in the Pine Bluff School District: Delaney Wells (ATC '18), Shiwanda Perry (ATC '20), Torres Eskew (ATC '22), and Tavorres Eskew (ATC '22). Thank you for all that you do for the students in Pine Bluff! Keep up the great work!
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1st Application Deadline for 2023 Cohort is Nov 1

Arkansas Teacher Corps is now accepting applications for the 2023 Cohort. Applicants will be considered for admission after each of three deadlines: November 1, January 1, and March 1. Successful applicants will begin training in summer 2023. Interested individuals must submit an application online through our new portal that will now allow applicants to save their progress and request up to three official recommendations.
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Ph.D. in Education Policy Town Hall

Register Here by 11/1/22

The Department of Education Reform will hold a virtual town hall from 5-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1. The purpose of this event is to introduce the department's doctoral program in education policy, as well as the application process, to prospective students. This event is open to the public and free to attend. Any and all individuals with an interest in public policy and a passion about education are welcome. Upon registration, you will receive a link to join via Zoom.

Early Childhood PreK Special Education Teacher Academies

Apply Here by 11/8/22

The College of Education and Health Professions has 20 full scholarships available to cover tuition, books and fees for certified practicing Arkansas teachers who want to expand their skills to meet the diverse needs of pre-K students with disabilities by earning an Arkansas endorsement in Early Childhood Pre-K Special Education. Scholarships are funded by an Arkansas Department of Education grant. Interested teachers should complete a DESE Teacher Academy interest form by Nov. 8. After being selected, candidates must apply to the U of A Graduate School as a non-degree seeking student to complete their application. Candidates will be able to complete all requirements within one year. Online academy courses will begin in January 2023. Arkansas classroom teachers licensed in early childhood pre-K, childhood preschool-4 or elementary education K-6 are eligible to apply for the scholarships, which will include support from faculty with expertise in early childhood special education. Teachers can use the 12 credit hours earned in this program toward the 36 hours required for an M.Ed. in special education.

THRIVE AR Leadership Academy

Read More and Apply Here by 11/11/22

The Arkansas Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is accepting applications from school districts for Cohort 2 and 3 of the THRIVE AR Leadership Academy. The THRIVE AR Leadership Academy is an intensive, hands on, multi-day training for school leaders in positive behavior and mental health supports.  The goal is to equip building leaders to support behavior and mental health in their schools both reactively and proactively.   Successful completion of the academy will result in an endorsement added to the participant's teaching license and a $2500 stipend.    Space is limited, so you must submit your application by 4:30 PM on Friday November 11, 2022. Accepted applicants will be notified by Friday, November 18, 2022, with next steps and additional details.

Strategically Addressing Student Mental Health in Our Schools

Read the Brief Here

The need to support students socially and emotionally, as well as cognitively, has become evident as the result of the COVID pandemic. Lack of such support leaves students unprepared for school and life and contributes to the higher burnout rates of teachers. In their new brief, Strategically Addressing Student Mental Health in Our Schools: Recommendations from Teach Plus Arkansas Policy Fellows, Teach Plus teacher leaders set forth a series of recommendations for state leaders on closing the gaps of social, emotional, and mental health education and support in the state. Surveying 247 Arkansas teachers about how their schools are supporting students’ social and emotional needs, they found that schools and educators are committed to their students’ social-emotional learning. Educators try their best to embed some form of SEL strategies into the daily academic day, but they need support in the form of professional development focused on mental health, trauma-informed instruction and the social-emotional learning of students.

Upcoming Events & Important Dates

Nov 1  --  First Application Deadline
Nov 12  --  Fellow All Corps PD #2
Nov 1-30  --  Fall Fellow TESS Evaluation Window
Dec 5-8  --  Fellow Monthly Workshops (Dec)

Jan 1  --  Second Application Deadline
Jan 23-26  --  Fellow Monthly Workshops (Jan)
Feb 11  --  Fellow All Corps PD #3
Feb 20-23  --  Fellow Monthly Workshops (Feb)
Mar 1  --  Third Application Deadline
Mar 27-Apr 28  --  Spring Fellow TESS Evaluation Window
April 3-7  --  Fellow Monthly Workshops (April)
April 15  --  Fellow All Corps PD #4
May 1-5  --  Fellow Monthly Workshops (May)
May 20  --  End-of-Year Celebration 

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