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AETN launches TESS website for Arkansas educators

AETN launches TESS website for Arkansas educators

New system helps ensure quality leadership, instruction, student achievement

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) – As part of the Arkansas Educational Television Network’s (AETN) commitment to the Arkansas Department of Education, educators and administrators across the state, AETN has created a specialized website to complement the Teacher Excellence and Support System (TESS).

The ADE created TESS to ensure high-quality instruction and instructional leadership that will impact teaching, learning and student achievement throughout Arkansas schools.

“AETN works to help both teachers and students succeed in the classroom,” AETN Director of Education Bryan Fields, M.Ed., said. “To guarantee that happens, it’s imperative that we react quickly and accurately to ADE initiatives.

Pulaski Tech commencement set for May 18

Pulaski Tech commencement  set for May 18

Pulaski Technical College’s commencement exercises will begin at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Verizon Arena in North Little Rock.

 This spring, 1,397 students have completed associate degrees, technical certificates and certificates of proficiency during the academic year. Many have earned multiple degrees, bringing the total to 2,054 degrees to be conferred. Nearly 900 students plan to participate in commencement exercises. As customary, members of the Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees will assist in the awarding of diplomas.

 Arkansas Sen. Linda Chesterfield, D-Little Rock, will deliver the commencement address.

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

ADEQ, students celebrate Earth Week

Once again, the annual Earth Week observance at the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality (ADEQ) will actually stretch over two full weeks this year in order to accommodate several large groups of visiting students from five different Arkansas schools. In addition, a presentation for grown-ups about green building construction is scheduled, and the observance will conclude with the annual presentation of the Arkansas Environmental Stewardship Award (ENVY Award), recognizing the efforts of an individual or organization to protect and enhance the state’s natural resources.

New cultural exchange program launched in Central Arkansas

New cultural exchange program launched in Central Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK - The Council for Educational Travel USA (CETUSA) is looking for qualified families in Central Arkansas interested in hosting a student from abroad for the 2013-14 school year.

 

CETUSA, a non-profit organization that has been bringing international students to live and study in the United States since 1995, is expanding into Arkansas in an effort to increase international understanding of the Natural State, according to Scott Zielstra, who is leading CETUSA's efforts here.

 

"We want to build more insight about what Arkansas is really like and what it has to offer," Zielstra says. "Hosting a CETUSA student is also a way for families to become lifelong cultural learners with open minds and hearts."

 

Thea announces 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship winners

Thea announces 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship winners

The Thea Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of its 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition, which took place on Saturday, February 2, 2013, at the Argenta Community Theater.  120 high school seniors representing 56 Arkansas schools auditioned by vocal, dance or theater performance in hopes of receiving one of the ten scholarships, a combined total of $25,000, Thea awards annually in the performing arts category.     

The Thea Foundation would like to congratulate the winners, and express its greatest appreciation for every student who auditioned.  The level of talent and courage exhibited collectively by the participants was incredibly high, and we encourage every student to continue to pursue creativity in the future.  

The winners of Thea’s 2013 Performing Arts Scholarship Competition are as follows:

Tuition at Pulaski Tech to increase 5.5 percent

Tuition at Pulaski Tech to increase 5.5 percent

Tuition at Pulaski Technical College will increase by 5.5 percent beginning with the fall 2013 semester.

The Pulaski Technical College Board of Trustees approved the increase Jan. 28 and also approved changes to some fees. The Board reviews tuition adjustments in January each year in order to give current and new students plenty of time to prepare for the fall semester and to publicize the information.

Tuition costs will increase $5 per credit hour, from $90 to $95. Although the majority of fees will remain the same for the 2013-14 academic school year, the board approved the following four fee changes:

National Choice Week promotes quality education

National Choice Week promotes quality education

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – As the events of National School Choice Week (www.schoolchoiceweek.com) unfold, thousands of people across the country are expected to attend events and raise awareness for education reform.

Events are planned in all fifty states and participants are expected to include national and state lawmakers, media personalities, and celebrities.

National School Choice Week, a collaborative effort by more than 150 organizations, is designed to raise public awareness about education choice, including public charter schools and virtual education. Nationwide events to promote school choice will include movie screenings, rallies, town hall meetings, panel discussions, and briefings for elected officials.