Forward Arkansas drives bold, equitable change in Arkansas education to transform learning for every student.

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Our organization exists to build statewide conditions to effectively prepare all students for more opportunities and a world beyond school. How? By redefining success, creating connections, accelerating innovation and scaling effective strategies. We empower state and district leaders, as well as educators, with resources, data and support – ultimately to realize our shared vision for Arkansas students.

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Accelerating Student Learning After COVID

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Addressing Needs Through Community Partnerships

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Advocating For Equity

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Conversations & News

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Helping Arkansas Families Get Connected to Affordable Internet Service

We are excited to be working with Heartland Forward, the FCC and other local partners to make sure eligible residents know help is now available to get them connected during the pandemic.

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OPINION | Ben Kutylo: Seek excellence

Every Arkansas student deserves an excellent education. A report presented to Arkansas' House and Senate Education Committees earlier this month recommends that we should do more to provide our students with the opportunities they deserve, particularly high-need students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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ForwARd Arkansas Names Ben Kutylo Executive Director

ForwARd Arkansas announced today that Ben Kutylo has been named executive director, effective July 27, 2020. In this role, Kutylo will lead the organization’s work to develop and support the broad implementation of innovative solutions to improve learning and career outcomes for all Arkansas students.

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Our Process


  • Engage and Empower Stakeholders

  • Identify and Scale Innovative, Effective Strategies

  • Drive Impact and Progress


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