Western Arkansas Education Renewal Zone. Advisory Board Meeting Thursday, September 22, 2011. Introductions. The new ERZ staff. J ennifer J ennings D avis Director, Western ERZ. MA Ed—Higher Education Administration University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Advisory Board Meeting
Thursday, September 22, 2011
The new ERZ staff
Director, Western ERZ
Asst. Director, Western ERZ
Director of School Partnerships
The mission of the ERZ initiative is to collaborate with Pre-K-16 educators, students, families, and their supporting communities in order to combine efforts to improve achievement and learning experiences for all students.
Each ERZ partner school has a comprehensive professional development program aligned to the growth needs of staff and learning goals of students.
ERZ Goal 1
Students in ERZ partner schools have access to a rigorous, intentionally aligned P-16 curriculum that reflects their needs and the needs of the community.
ERZ Goal 2
All teachers (pre-service, beginning, and career) and students in every ERZ school have an appropriate mentoring program.
ERZ Goal 3
ERZ partner schools have a system in place to recruit and retain highly qualified teachers. The university has a system for sharing its faculty with partner schools in core subject areas or by using electronic delivery when needed.
ERZ Goal 4
Each ERZ partner school has a parent and community involvement program which implements ongoing, sustainable programs that promote academic and social interactions among family, community, and schools.
ERZ Goal 5
The ERZ will promote meaningful collaboration among the university partners, COOPs, partner schools, and community in a manner that carries forth the ERZ mission and goals. The ERZ promotes networking among partners to increase leadership capacity.
ERZ Goal 6
What are the qualities of a solid partnership?
A 2-Pronged approach
“By 2020, three-fourths of the jobs available in Arkansas will require advanced skills in science, technology, engineering or mathematics.”
~~Governor Beebe’s Weekly Column
Aug 19, 2011
High School Efforts
Guest speaker at interested high school clubs:
Future teachers organizations
Possible visits to junior and senior math and science classes