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Education Renewal Zone
In 2003 the Arkansas General Assembly established Education Renewal Zones across the state to promote collaboration among public schools, education service cooperatives, colleges and universities, and parents and communities.
The Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone was established in 2005 to address the needs of schools in Crawford, Franklin, Johnson, Sebastian, Logan, and Scott counties. Located on the campus of the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, The Western Arkansas ERZ's objective is to improve student achievement. Centralizing resources among ERZ partners allows schools in Western Arkansas greater access to instructional, financial, cultural, and technological support.
The mission of the ERZ initiative is to collaborate with Pre-K-16 educators, students, families, and their supporting communities in order to combine efforts to improve achievement and learning experiences for all students.
Education Renewal Zone Goals
Goal 1: Each Education Renewal Zone partner school has a comprehensive professional development program aligned to the growth needs of staff and the learning goals of students that is redesigned as Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills are implemented in the curriculum.
Goal 1a: Changes to pre-service education are made at the Institution of Higher Education to prepare candidates for implementing Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills in the public school classroom.
Goal 2: Students in Education Renewal Zone partner schools have access to a rigorous, intentionally aligned P-16 curriculum which incorporates Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills.
Goal 3: Students and teachers in Education Renewal Zone schools have an appropriate mentoring program to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills. Teacher candidates have an appropriate mentoring support system.
Goal 4: Education Renewal Zone partner schools have a plan in place to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills. The Institution of Higher Education has a plan for sharing Institution of Higher Education faculty with partner schools in core subject areas.
Goal 5: Each Education Renewal Zone partner school has a parent and community involvement plan that will be redesigned to support the implementation of Common Core State Standards and College and Career Readiness Skills.
Goal 6: There is collaboration among the Institution of Higher Education partners, education service centers, partner schools, and communities to accomplish the mission of the Education Renewal Zones. Activities of the Education Renewal Zone address the needs of partners and are designed to strengthen the partnerships. There is sufficient networking among partners to support processes for building leadership capacity and integrating the Common Core State Standards.