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  • Connecting the Dots

    Walton Family Foundation's Kathy Smith discusses ForwARd Arkansas' role in enhancing opportunities for students.

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  • At-risk kids swell Arkansas truancy rate

    Thousands of Arkansas children skip too much school to make academic progress each year, according to recent federal data. At-risk youths struggle more with attendance, experts say -- especially children in foster care and those sent to juvenile court for truancy.

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  • To learn, change

    As state leaders and school leaders across Arkansas strive to make improvements to the quality of education we are delivering to our students in PK-12, there is one persistent challenge that we have yet to overcome.

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Independence County Scholarship Program Helps High School Students Get a Head Start on Higher Education

Austin Simmons, a senior at Cedar Ridge High School, is taking an introductory English class at the University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville (UACCB)

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Pre-K a Pillar at Southside School District

By investing in high-quality Pre-K, we make sure students start their academic career on the right foot and stay ahead from the beginning. That’s certainly the belief at Southside School District in Independence County.

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Susan Harriman Executive Director
Pea Ridge Superintendent captures the attention of Summit attendees with District’s commitment to personalized learning and a workforce-ready student body

The Office of Innovation for Education and the Arkansas Department of Education hosted the 4th Annual Education Innovation Summit.

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A New Vision for Arkansas Education: Progress to Date (2018)

ForwARd Arkansas was launched in 2014 as a public-private partnership established by the Arkansas State Board of Education, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation and the Walton Family Foundation to increase equity and achieve increases in student achievement and economic prosperity for Arkansas.

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The ForwARd Partnerships at Little Rock School District Toolkit

During the fall of 2017, ForwARd Arkansas and the Little Rock School District partnered together in order to assess the feasibility of implementing a school-community partnership model of learning among the district’s eight middle schools.

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ForwARd Arkansas Action Report 2017

After a year of full operation as a start-up, ForwARd has achieved remarkable progress toward achieving its goals for our state.

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Crafting a Bold Vision for Education in Arkansas

On July 2014, WRF and WFF began a long-term partnership with the Arkansas State Board of Education to dramatically transform Arkansas’s public education system.

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The State of Education in Arkansas Report Summary

ForwARd is committed to working with the rest of Arkansas to change these outcomes in the coming years. And the opportunity is great.

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The State of Education in Arkansas Full Report

ForwARd lays out four major findings about the state of education in Arkansas in a 2015 report.

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A New Vision For Arkansas Education

Our vision is that every Arkansas student will graduate prepared for success in college and the workplace

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