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How to Expand Broadband Access in Your Community

In the final installment of our three-part series on broadband, we're looking into communities. At the Batesville Area Chamber of Commerce, we’ve developed this how-to guide to provide practical, actionable recommendations for community leaders and educators to expand broadband access in their own communities.

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My Digital Divide, My School’s Letter Grade, and My Voice

In the second installment of the three-part series, we shift our focus towards our schools and talk to educators about their first-hand experiences with the disruptive force of the digital divide.

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A Data-driven and Local Perspective of the Digital Divide in Arkansas

In this three-part series, ForwARd Arkansas’ Director of Evaluation and Data Quality Dr. Malachi Nichols digs deeper into broadband data from across the state, sharing perspectives and experiences of those on the ground in schools and communities dealing with the realities of these challenges daily.

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NEA Foundation Grant Brings Community Schools to Arkansas

Arkansas leaders became interested in the community school model even before the pandemic hit. And now, thanks to a grant from the NEA Foundation, this approach will be developed and piloted in nine schools beginning this school year.

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Cory Biggs Associate Director
Q&A with Dr. Jim Rollins

I sat down with one of these valued community partners, Dr. Jim Rollins, as he steps down as superintendent of Springdale Public Schools—after nearly 40 years at the helm—to learn more about what has inspired him, what he takes away from his time with the District and what makes him optimistic about the future. 

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ForwARd Arkansas
Mental Health Resources for Districts, Parents, Students and Community Members

Following the second webinar in a series discussing the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, we compiled the below resources for districts, parents, students and community members as they address their mental health needs in wake of the public health crisis.

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