Activities To Reach Our Goals

The ERZ works closely with school and University of Arkansas partners to address the needs of both groups though a variety of methods. Both formal and informal needs assessments are used to determine how the ERZ can support its partners. The list below details some of our current efforts to address partner needs. However, the list is not exhaustive and programs and initiatives are continually changing to meet partners' needs.

Gentry Band
Gentry Band

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Adopt-A-Classroom pairs a University professor, staff member, or doctoral student with a local K-12 educator. Once a month, the University representative teaches class in their partner's classroom and connects both the educator and the students to the resources available to them through the University of Arkansas. Students in participants' classrooms also have the opportunity to visit campus and receive customized tours of lab space and classrooms.

Common Core State Standards Model Lessons Institute

The Model Lessons Institute provides an opportunity for local K-12 teachers to present their exemplary Common Core State Standards lessons. These lessons have been field tested and K-12 teachers come together to share these ideas in an effort to support one another as all schools work toward full CCSS implementation.

Northwest Arkansas P-20 Task Force

The NWA P-20 Task Force is a joint project between the ERZ and the Northwest Education Services co-op. The NWA P-20 Task Force is comprised of representatives from five local higher education institutions and 16 local school districts. During quarterly meetings, the NWA P-20 Task Force works to improve the transitions of Pre-Kindergarten through Post-Graduate students in Northwest Arkansas by:

  • minimizing barriers
  • expanding conversations among education, industry, and community stakeholders
  • increasing student and parent awareness of the impact of educational opportunities and choices
  • addressing the changing regional and global workforce needs.

Future Teacher's Day

At the request of public school partners, Future Teacher's Day was created to encourage local students to pursue degrees in education at the University of Arkansas. This event is a partnership between the ERZ, the UA Office of Admissions, and partner schools. Students who attend take a campus tour, receive information about admissions and careers in education, participate in a mock class, and speak with current UA pre-service teachers and teacher education faculty.

Tutoring and Mentoring

The ERZ currently coordinates tutoring and mentoring services for several partner schools. Tutors are screened and selected by the ERZ and then matched with a partner school based on availability and subject expertise. Individual partner schools can request tutoring services or meet with the ERZ Director to design mentoring programs for specific groups of students.

University of Arkansas New Teacher Academy
University of Arkansas New Teacher Academy