Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) Reach Professional Learning Opportunities

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ALA Reach is an initiative of the Arkansas Leadership Academy (ALA) to provide leadership development and professional learning opportunities to all Arkansas leaders and aspiring leaders – from the classroom to the boardroom!  A variety of ALA Reach offerings will be available throughout the year.  Check the Reach page of the ALA website frequently for announcements of upcoming sessions.  Registration for each session is free and available through the ALA Reach events calendar.

Please see the attachment and descriptions below for detailed information about upcoming sessions.


Cultural Competency with Dr. Dominique Smith

ALA Reach will launch an extended-format series, Cultural Competency with Dr. Dominique Smith, Friday, October 1, 12:00-1:00 PM.  The series includes 6 one-hour presentations and 6 one-hour guided discussions with Dr. Smith between October 1, 2021 and April 22, 2022.  The 6 one-hour presentations will be available on-demand for registered participants for 30 days following each session.  Register for Session 1 here, and register for upcoming sessions on the ALA Reach events calendar.


Spark! Virtual Community of Practice

ALA Reach will introduce Spark!, a new virtual community of practice, on Wednesday, October 6, 12:00-1:00 PM.  During Spark! sessions, a hub team of Arkansas educational leaders will present mini-lessons, facilitate case studies, and encourage participant discussion relating to pertinent issues within our schools.  Register for the October 6 Spark! session, featuring Master Principal Program Director Dondi Frisinger on the topic, “Why Leadership, Why Me?” 


ALA Foundations

On-demand access to the ALA Foundations Series is now available through the Reach page of the ALA website.

  • ALA Foundations: Hope for Student Success and Opportunities for Leader Growth aired August 25. The session introduced the newly re-envisioned ALA, shared program goals, and outlined free participation opportunities available to all Arkansas educators.
  • ALA Foundations: Focus Area Panel Discussion aired September 15. National subject area experts discussed ALA focus areas: Collaborative Leadership, Collective Efficacy, and Cultural Competence.
  • ALA Foundations: Introduction to Evidence and Effect Size aired September 29. Dr. Jenni Donohoo presented information on evidence-based instructional practices including John Hattie’s Visible Learning research of school and classroom influences on student learning.


ALA Reach On-Demand

Reach programming will be available for on-demand asynchronous viewing after each event; however, some are available for a limited time only.  Please check the Reach page on the ALA website for up-to-date information regarding on-demand viewing options.


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