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ForwARd Thinking Dialogue Builds Community Partnerships: Independence County and Crossett

In late July, ForwARd Arkansas hosted a ForwARd Thinking Dialogue that paired local educators, business and civic leaders from partner communities Independence County and Crossett, providing a forum to explore different approaches and share best practices.

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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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ForwARd Arkansas and Little Rock School District: Innovation for the Future

ForwARd Arkansas, Little Rock School District and community stakeholders are reimagining Project-Based Learning (PBL) at the middle school level.

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Celia Swanson Senior Consultant
Springdale Reads Brings Together Community To Create A Culture Of Love For Reading

Beginning in 2017, Springdale School District, a ForwARd Arkansas community, has placed an emphasis on creating a culture that fosters a love for reading in the community, in schools and at home.

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