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ESSA and the Importance of Collecting Relevant Data

Beginning with the No Child Left Behind Act in 2001, accurate collection and reporting of data has changed the landscape of education reform throughout the country.

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ForwARd Thinking Dialogues Build Community Partnerships: Independence County and Crossett

In the first ForwARd Thinking Dialogue hosted in late July, representatives from Independence County and Crossett met to discuss student employability and how communities can support schools in preparing students for success in college or career.

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We Ask Stakeholders Across the State About Educational Equity

ForwARd Arkansas serves as a champion for educational equity, a connector and convener for shared opportunity and a catalyst for innovation. Recently, we asked some of these leaders to share their perspectives on educational equity.

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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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Building Capacity to Move from Co-Existing to Collaborating with Community

Schools across our state define engagement in many different ways. This resource highlights how two schools in Independence County have brokered relationships with their community to move from simply co-existing to collaborating and authentic engagement.

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Year in Review 2018

The ForwARd team began the year by developing a cohesive plan and related calendar of work centered around our Communities, convenings and partnership building.

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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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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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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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