Goals of the Teacher Center Include: To align professional development services with district and school needs to build capacity of all adult learners in order to provide a world class education system which graduates students who are college and career ready. To provide adult learners with content knowledge and research-based instructional strategies to assist students in meeting rigorous academic standards and prepare adult learners to use various types of assessment results appropriately. To improve the learning of all students by providing resources to support adult learning and collaboration. To provide curriculum development asistance as schools transition from Arkansas Frameworks to Common Core State Standards (CCSS). To support school improvement initiatives generated by the ADE and enchance program integration.
The Teacher Center Coordinator has the primary responsibility for reviewing, along with the Teacher Center Committee, the data sets from the districts in planning professional development to meet the major needs of the districts. Each district has a representative on the Teacher Center Committee. The Teacher Center Coordinator schedules professional development opportunities which target the focus areas as outlined by the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development. In addition, sessions are offered based on the needs assessment survey results, SAI data, and CWT data from the 16 districts served.