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  • News Release: ForwARd Arkansas Leadership Transition

    ForwARd Arkansas announced today that Executive Director Susan Harriman is taking early retirement and stepping down from her role in the organization, due to family medical issues, effective December 4, 2019.

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  • Improving Outcomes for Arkansas Students

    If we want our students to be able to effectively compete in the global market for jobs, we must dramatically improve educational outcomes in our state and consistently make informed and smart decisions on education policy.

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  • Letter to the Editor: Community Schools

    A growing body of educational research supports the community-school model as a success strategy for these schools, students and families. This approach focuses on identifying the needs in a specific school and connecting students and families to community-based resources and supports that can help remove barriers to learning.

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New, Statewide Initiative Prepares Children for Success

The Arkansas Campaign for Grade-Level Reading launched Excel by Eight (E8) in partnership with 28 organizations across the state. E8’s goal is to ensure all Arkansas children have equitable access to health care and education that maximizes their full potential.

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Crossett and Lee County Receive Grants to Expand After-School Programs

Crossett and Lee County, two ForwARd Communities, recently received grants to fund after-school programs in their communities. Thurman Green, our policy and community engagement associate, sat down with the grant writers.

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Crystal Johnson Named One of Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders

Through their partnership with ForwARd Arkansas, Independence County has become a dynamic center of higher learning and training with unique educational partnerships that begin early in K-12 public schools and advance through partnerships with higher education and business.

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