Arkansas Education Commissioner Dr. Tom Kimbrell encourages anyone interested in the state's new teacher evaluation law and the federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) law to attend five public informational meetings throughout the state.
The meetings will focus on:
-- Act 1209 of 2011. This law creates a teacher evaluation system for Arkansas's public schools. The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) is seeking input from administrators, teachers, and other stakeholders as the rules for implementing the law are crafted.
-- The state's NCLB waiver. This is state's pending flexibility request regarding the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), or what is commonly referred to as NCLB. The U.S. Department of Education has offered states the opportunity to apply for waivers from some of the act's requirements in exchange for innovative plans to raise achievement levels. ADE is seeking input from educators and the community about how to tailor this request.
ADE staff will be on hand at each meeting to provide information and to gather feedback.
The schedule for the meetings is as follows: Northwest Arkansas
Monday, Nov. 21
Alma Middle School Cafeteria
706 Hwy. 64 East
Tuesday, Nov. 29
Henderson State University
Lecture Hall - Garrison Activities Center
1100 Henderson Street
Thursday, Dec. 1
Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
1022 Scogin Drive
Monday, Dec. 5
Arkansas State University
Student Union Auditorium
101 N. Caraway Rd.
Tuesday, Dec. 6
Maumelle High School
100 Victory Lane
There will be two sessions each day. The first session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The second will be from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Content will be the same for each session. The evening session is being offered for those unable to attend the earlier session.