Six Arkansas Education Renewal Zones
Participants in the Adopt-A-Classroom program at the University of Arkansas talked at a reception April 14 about how it energized them and changed their perceptions of education. In one case, a participant said it made him consider a career in teaching.The visit by the 35 members of the Gentry High School band was made possible by a partnership program called Adopt-A-Classroom established by the Education Renewal Zone based in the College of Education and Health Professions.The Education Renewal Zone and the Office of Undergraduate Student Recruitment in the College of Education and Health Professions hosts a "Future Teacher's Day" for high school students interested in the teaching profession.  Informational breakout sessions give these high school students a chance to visit in small groups with University faculty in all divisions within the field.  The visit by the 35 members of the Gentry High School band was made possible by a partnership program called Adopt-A-Classroom established by the Education Renewal Zone based in the College of Education and Health Professions.Participants in the Adopt-A-Classroom program at the University of Arkansas talked at a reception April 14 about how it energized them and changed their perceptions of education. In one case, a participant said it made him consider a career in teaching.Third- and fourth-graders at Leverett Elementary School in Fayetteville livened up Dead Day on campus today while competing in the Razorback STEM Challenge sponsored by the Education Renewal Zone.

Education Renewal Zone

Mission Statement/Vision of the Education Renewal Zone Partnership Office

 

The Education Renewal Zone (ERZ) is a broad-based P-20 initiative assigned the task of concentrating and coordinating available resources to improve school performance and student achievement. The primary focus is through a collaborative effort of the partners to build the capacity of schools in providing a competent organizational structure, a quality-learning environment, and effective research-based instruction for all students. Working in partnership with a College of Education, each ERZ office designs a unique yearly strategic plan synchronized around the individual needs of their schools.

The University of Arkansas ERZ has been able to serve its K-12 partner schools by providing an opportunity for collaboration among institutions of higher education, education service cooperatives, public schools, local businesses, parents, and community members all focused on school improvement and systemic educational reform in Northwest Arkansas.

Goals:

  1. Collaborate with stakeholders to transform teaching and learning in a student-focused environment.
  2. Address teacher recruitment and retention needs in Northwest Arkansas.
  3. Deepen pre-service and teacher content knowledge and instructional strategies to impact student achievement.
  4. Build the capacity of ERZ team members.