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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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Susan Harriman Executive Director
2019 Data and Policy Symposium Recap

Last month, ForwARd Arkansas gathered a diverse group of more than 100 people from higher education, the business community, policymakers, government agencies, local school districts and more at our second annual Data & Policy Symposium.

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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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Learning from Earle: Community School Approach as a Strategy for Turning Around Challenged Rural Schools

We can all point to examples of small, rural districts where schools and students are thriving, but we can also agree that many of these districts face long odds due to historic high poverty rates, low enrollment and poor educational outcomes.

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ForwARd Arkansas
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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Importance of Community-Based Partnerships Highlighted at 2019 ADE Summit

Jamie Rayford, Community Resource Partner in Independence County, discusses the importance of community-based partnerships in developing effective career education.

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