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  • Jerry Jones: Connect Students

    As the doors of our schools closed this spring, most Arkansas families transitioned from students physically going to school to educational content coming to their home via the Internet. But how does a student keep up with their peers if there is no high-speed Internet access at home?

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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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ForwARd Arkansas
Community Schools: A Solution During a Pandemic

Community Schools strengthen the collaboration among government, nonprofits and other key agencies to meet challenging needs—pandemic-related or otherwise.

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ForwARd Arkansas
Supporting Childcare and Early Childhood Education—During and After COVID-19

While every part of our economy has struggled, childcare is the lynchpin that allows essential workers to work and deserves even more support than the industry is currently receiving.

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Meeting Basic Student Nutrition Needs When School is Closed

With the announcement this week that Arkansas’s K-12 education system would not reconvene for in-person instruction this school year, school districts now face a variety of longer-term challenges.

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Year in Review 2019

From advancing legislation that supports the needs of Arkansas students, to hosting our second annual Data & Policy Symposium and championing the community schools model, ForwARd implemented impactful initiatives for students and their families in 2019.

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Little Rock School District: Associations Between District-Provided Pre-K Attendance and Academic Outcomes

This report examines the potential relationship between attending the district-provided Pre-K program amongst students with similar observable characteristics, using anonymous student-level data points for the 2017-18 and 2018-19 academic years and grades kindergarten to 2nd.

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Springdale Public Schools: Associations Between District-Provided Pre-K Attendance and Academic and Non-Academic Outcomes

This report analyzes the associations between district-provided Pre-K attendance and academic and non-academic outcomes for Springdale Public Schools.

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A Parent and Teacher Evaluation of Springdale Public School’s District-Provided Pre-K

The goal of this report is to provide a descriptive analysis of the perceptions of quality and effectiveness of one district-provided Pre-K program from the perspectives of current Pre-K parents, Pre-K teachers, and Kindergarten parents.

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A Parent and Teacher Evaluation of Pea Ridge School District’s Pre-K Program

This report seeks to expound upon the existing Pre-K literature and gain a more holistic understanding of the effects of Pre-K, by providing a parent and teacher perspective of district-provided Pre-K within an individual community.

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ESSA Parent Toolkit Flyer

The ESSA Parent Toolkit Flyer was developed by ForwARd Arkansas in August 2019 to serve as a tool for school districts to educate parents and community members about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and about what they can do to support their schools.

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ESSA Parent Toolkit

The ESSA Parent Toolkit was developed by ForwARd Arkansas in August 2019 to serve as a tool for school districts to educate parents and community members about the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and about what they can do to support their schools.

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Learning from Earle: Determining Best Practices for Rural Education Policy

This project was carried out under the direction of Dr. Jay Barth, M.E. and Ima Graves Peace Distinguished Professor of Politics and Director of the Arkansas Policy Project, in collaboration with ForwARd Arkansas and with support from the Rural Community Alliance.

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Independence Promise Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources that highlight the step by step process of engaging business and community in educational philanthropy and utilizing the local non-profit infrastructure to advocate at the state level.

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IMPACT Education Summit Toolkit

This toolkit provides resources for replicating Independence County's IMPACT Education Summit. The summit had approximately 400 attendees included all stakeholders such as educators, parents, students, business leaders, state agencies, local college representatives, etc.

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