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Crossett and Lee County Receive Grants to Expand After-School Programs

Crossett and Lee County, two ForwARd Communities, recently received grants to fund after-school programs in their communities. Thurman Green, our policy and community engagement associate, sat down with the grant writers.

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Crystal Johnson Named One of Arkansas’ 250 Most Influential Leaders

Through their partnership with ForwARd Arkansas, Independence County has become a dynamic center of higher learning and training with unique educational partnerships that begin early in K-12 public schools and advance through partnerships with higher education and business.

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Adequacy Testimony to Arkansas State Legislature on Community Schools

The Community Schools 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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Breaking Down Silos to Improve 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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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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