Regional Webinar: Accelerating Achievement & Tracking Student Competencies in Arkansas

Making education relevant to students and their futures is crucial. North Little Rock School District educators and the former Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education discuss how to accelerate student achievement through implementing a Portrait of a Gradute and tracking student competencies.

In this webinar, you will learn:

  • How NLRSD prepares all students for the future by offering a well-rounded, rigorous, relevant, and innovative education
  • Details of NLRSD's Graduate Profile, characteristics of a future-ready classroom, and how these were established and implemented starting  in kindergarten
  • How NLRSD incorporated project-based learning into their curriculum including how they collaborate with community partners and industry experts
  • The importance of providing students with CTE education opportunities through project-based learning

Featured Educator:

  • Johnny Key, former Secretary of the Arkansas Department of Education
  • Mary Beth Hatch, Coordinator of School Innovation at North Little Rock School District, AR


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The collection of performance tasks developed by Defined Learning supports the UbD framework for curriculum, instruction and assessment. Through the utilization of ‘real world’ performance tasks and related resources, teachers engage their students in meaningful learning and authentic assessment – and that is the best preparation for the world outside of school.

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