Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education DESE Curriculum Updates - September 2023

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Office of Learning Services
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Assistant Principal; Assistant Superintendent; Curriculum Coordinators; Gifted & Talented Coordinators; Principals; School Counselors; Superintendents

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Curriculum Updates for the Month of September 2023 

Math Supporting Documents

Primary Contact – Kisa Morman | Program Manager for Mathematics |

Supporting documents for Math Standards have been developed with teacher notes and a glossary to support the implementation of the 2023 revised standards.

Math Standards Supporting Document can be found HERE.

  • K-2 Math Standards Resource Guide (DOC)
  • 3-5 Math Standards Resource Guide (DOC)
  • 6-8 Math Standards Resource Guide (DOC)

English Language Arts:

Primary Contact – Amber Pirnique Program Manager for Disciplinary Literacy |

ELA Supporing Documents - Supporting documents for ELA Standards are currently being developed and are anticipated to be released in October with teacher notes and a glossary to support the implementation of the 2023 revised standards..

Writing Revolution Cohorts have started. There are still spots available.  See Memo Number LS-23-070

To connect the science of reading to writing, DESE is excited to partner for a third year with a team from The Writing Revolution to offer Advancing Thinking Through Writing I. This synchronous course will be offered for the 2023-2024 school year and is open for all content teachers in grades K-12 to participate. This course introduces participants to the Hochman method, an explicit set of sequenced strategies for teaching expository writing that can be integrated into any content. There will be multiple cohorts of training beginning this September.  

Districts interested in participating should assemble a team of educators and at least one administrator or specialist. Specialists could include but are not limited to instructional facilitators, gifted and talented specialists, content area leaders, and special education advisors. An administrator could include but is not limited to a principal, assistant principal, curriculum coordinator, or program administrator.   

A district must send at least one administrator or specialist with their teachers if it is the district's first year enrolled in the training. If you would like to send educators to this training, please review the MOU and submit your response using the Google Form.



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