What’s Next for ForwARd Arkansas

This year has required dramatic shifts in nearly every aspect of how schools operate and approach learning.Executive Director Ben Kutylo sat down with ForwARd Board Members Sherece West-Scantlebury and Vicki Saviers to discuss how we can best meet the needs of students, families and educators as the organization enters its next phase.

2019 Data and Policy Symposium Recap

In September 2019, we gathered a diverse group from higher education, the business community, policymakers, government agencies, local school districts and more at our second annual Data & Policy Symposium. Panelists and speakers discussed how the need for a statewide cradle-to-career longitudinal data system is more important now than ever.

Community Schools

Arkansas has invested considerable resources to improve academic outcomes in the state—including large investments of state general revenue funding and district funding for programs that serve low-income students, as well as a large expansion of access to Pre-K beginning in 2003.

To meet the challenges poverty creates in children’s lives beyond the classroom, additional student and family supports are needed. The community school model provides such supports through community partnerships.

2018 Data and Policy Symposium Recap

In September 2018, ForwARd Arkansas and the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Institute for Chief Data Officers partnered to convene a diverse group of more than 100 people at our inaugural Data & Policy Symposium, where we discussed the importance of implementing a longitudinal data system to track educational outcomes throughout our state.

Pre-K a Pillar at Southside School District

By investing in high-quality Pre-K, we make sure students start their academic career on the right foot and stay ahead from the beginning. That’s certainly the belief at Southside School District in Independence County.

Future Tense: Designing for Equity in a Time of Accelerating Change

ForwARd was excited to be a part of the Grantmakers for Education annual conference, partnering with Walton Family Foundation on our presentation, “Future Tense: Designing for Equity in a Time of Accelerating Change.” Check out our video highlighting ForwARd’s work to increase access to the arts for Arkansas students to improve academic and career outcomes.