Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education The Arkansas Leadership Academy is Accepting Applications for Instructional Leader Empowerment 2021-2022 School Year

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Superintendents; Assistant Superintendent; Principals; Technology Coordinators; Test Coordinators; Teachers; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Curriculum Coordinators; School Counselors; Equity Coordinators (Disability/Race/Gender/National Origin); District Coordinators (ALE; Homeless; ESOL; SDFS & Foster); Parent Involvement Coordinators/Facilitators; CTE Coordinator (COOPs and regular school districts)

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The Arkansas Leadership Academy is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for Instructional Leader Empowerment for the 2021-2022 school year. Space is limited, so please submit your application by November 9, 2021, to ensure priority consideration of your application.

Participants must plan to attend all sessions of Instructional Leader Please remember to check your professional and personal calendars and make sure you are able to attend ALL sessions. Session dates are provided below:

Dates for 2021-2022 School Year

  • November 30 and December 1, 2021 (Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Little Rock)
  • January 18 and 19, 2022 (Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Little Rock)
  • February 22 and 23, 2022 (Arkansas Public School Resource Center, Little Rock)

Instructional Leader Empowerment 2021-2022 Application:

Participants must also complete and submit the Signed Expectations along with their application.

Purpose and Design 

Instructional Leaders are those within the school system that impact and support teachers and instruction in the classroom and may include Principals, Assistant Principals, Deans and Directors, Instructional Facilitators, Curriculum & Instructional Coaches, and District Instructional Leaders. 

The purpose of Instructional Leader Empowerment is to support growth through a focus on improving instruction in the classroom. Instructional Leader Empowerment provides professional learning and sharing opportunities from both national subject matter experts and local Arkansas educators. Sessions focus on developing and nurturing a plan and process for instructional leaders to impact and support classroom teachers and instruction in the classroom.

The design of Instructional Leader Empowerment will include three (3), two-day onsite interactions for a total of six days of content delivery and sharing.

Content and Focus 

Upon completion, participants of Instructional Leader Empowerment will be able to:

  • Define collective leader efficacy
  • Develop a deeper understanding of the professional practice of an instructional leader
  • Develop an understanding of how to progress as an instructional leader
  • Engage in a cycle of inquiry where they can define a theory of action

Develop a plan for implementation and monitoring for impact on student learning

Location: All sessions will be conducted at the Arkansas Public School Resource Center (APSRC)

APSRC Training Center

Victory Building

1401 West Capitol, Suite 375

Little Rock, AR 72201

(501) 492-4300

Expenses: Schools are responsible for arranging and funding their travel expenses including lodging if necessary and any associated substitute costs for participating team members. There are no registration costs to participants for content and/or supporting materials. A cash-only parking garage is available on 6th Street. The cost to park is $1 per hour or $5 for all day. Participants will need to bring cash if they plan to use the parking garage. Parking receipts will be provided to participants that use the 6th street parking garage for reimbursement. Additionally, there is a limited amount of street parking available at no cost.

Meals: Time will be built into the schedule for each session to allow participants to leave the site and secure lunch. Participants will be responsible for their own lunch expenses at each session. Snacks will be provided.


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