The Education Renewal Zone, created by legislation in 2005, is a broad-based P-20 Initiative assigned the task of concentrating and coordinating available resources to improve school performance and student achievement. The ERZ, serving as a bridge between P-12 schools and Higher Education, strives to positively impact both present and future educators. Currently, there are six ERZ Offices in Arkansas located at four-year universities with teacher education programs (Arkansas State University, Henderson State University, Southern Arkansas University, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith, and University of Arkansas at Monticello). However, these six ERZs provide statewide support for all public schools, education cooperatives, and higher education institutions in Arkansas.
Since April 2020, the directors have met weekly to develop ongoing support and resources for all state initiatives, which include the High Reliability School model and processes, the Professional Learning Communities at Work model and processes, Highly Effective Schools accreditation, High Reliability Teachers certification, and other school improvement strategies.
The Office of Education Renewal Zones will be offering ongoing professional development workshops to support Professional Learning Communities (PLCs) at Work, High Reliability Schools, Highly Effective Schools, and school improvement. All workshops are listed on the esc Works Website.
You can also find a link to each of our workshops via this Google Calendar.