Education

Courtesy / Ethan Jones

Every day this week on Ozarks at Large, we will be airing conversations with local seniors about what it's been like to finish high school during the coronavirus pandemic. All of them will be wrapping up the year distance learning and many won't get to experience the traditions of prom and graduation. Today, we speak with Ethan Jones, who attends Har-Ber High School in Springdale.

Courtesy / Grayson Gomulka

Every day this week on Ozarks at Large, we will be airing conversations with local seniors about what it's been like to finish high school during the coronavirus pandemic. All of them will be wrapping up the year distance learning and many won't get to experience the traditions of prom and graduation. Today, we speak with Grayson Gomulka, who attends Haas Hall Academy in Rogers.

A new, free webinar series begins Thursday, April 9, to help parents of special needs children while schools continue distancing learning during the pandemic. The webinars are a collaboration between the Arkansas Center for Exceptional Families and educators.

Beginning March 30, Arkansas PBS will begin broadcasting programming in response to mandatory school closures due to COVID-19. Arkansas AMI is streamlined, curriculum-based programming for the state’s pre-K through eighth grade students that was created in partnership with the Arkansas Department of Education.

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For 46 years, Clear Spring School, an accredited independent school in Eureka Springs, has cultivated in students a lifelong love of learning through a hands on and hearts-engaged educational environment. We attend a few classes on the school's forested campus, located deep in Dairy Hollow.

A strike by teachers in the Little Rock School District, the state's largest district, is looking more likely as a contract expires today between the district and its teacher’s union. The state Board of Education voted this month to no longer recognize the Little Rock Education Association as the district's sole bargaining agent. Mayor Frank Scott, Jr. says preparations are in place.

More substitute teachers in Arkansas are contracting with agencies like Education Managment & Staffing Solution to stay employed and fill a critical absentee teacher void in the state.

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The independent private Ann Brown Memorial School in south Fayetteville, which can accomodate up to 20 students aged five to 15, has become the first Sudbury school in Arkansas. Sudbury schools employ democratic decision-making where everyone, including the smallest children, vote on all aspects of school operations.

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Children of seasonal migrant workers in Arkansas enrolled in public schools are eligible under a federal migrant education program to receive supplemental instruction and special support services. Northwest Arkansas Education Service Cooperative's newly-hired migrant student specialist is tasked with overseeing the program in districts with migrant student populations.

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Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is engaged in a 10-year-long experiment with more than a thousand children from 17 mostly rural low-income public elementary schools in three states to measure the outcome of immersive arts education. The museum also offers school arts enrichment grant-funded field trips.

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