“As a former STRIVE participant and mentor, I can honestly say I have become a better educator because of this program. By working with local businesses in the community, I have been able to identify and implement the critical skills students need after graduation. What is the one question all students ask when doing their work? …WHY? Well, I can tell you that the why has been answered in my classroom! I am able to relate the essential skills and learning targets to real-world concepts and ideas with each lesson unit. The STRIVE program has not only given me the experience of a lifetime, it has given my students the experience of a lifetime as well.”

-Whitney Major, STRIVE participant and mentor, Science Teacher at Lake Hamilton Jr. High.

The STRIVE program is looking for qualified, motivated, STEM educators to participate in a 5-week program through UALR and local businesses in the community. The applicant will be placed with a business during the summer to work with the employers during a 5-week period where they will be compensated $750 a week!

The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between what is being taught in the classroom and the skills in which employers look for in a new employee. During the placement, the educator will learn about different job skills, qualifications, and expectations (educational, job duties, etc.) within the business. They will then use the information learned during the placement to create a meaningful lesson centered around the implementation of STEM skills. Applicants will be required to gather pre and post data (assessments, surveys, etc.) in order to show how their student has grown in a specific skill set or content area using STEM skills.

They have potential placement opportunities in the following towns: El Dorado, Fort Smith, Hot Springs, Jonesboro, Little Rock, McGhee, Mountain View/Fifty Six, Norfork, and North Little Rock.

See the handouts below for more information OR contact Dr. Mark Baillie through email: mtbaillie@ualr.edu.

The deadline has been extended to April 11, 2021!

Application Link: ualr.edu/strive.

We have some great news in Arkansas STEM! The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) plans to support middle school and high school STEM education in Arkansas by means of the Pathways Academy community engagement program.

The University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) is launching a new community engagement program to support science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education in public middle schools and high schools in Arkansas.

UAMS’ Division for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion has received a $800,000 grant to establish the Pathways Academy. The grant comes from the Arkansas Division of Workforce Services Temporary Assistance for Needed Families program and is renewable for up to five years, representing a potential $4 million investment.

This STEM education program will utilize online tools to aid students whose families qualify for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families. These Pathway Scholars will receive assistance and preparation for careers in the STEM and health care fields.

Some of the resources the Pathways Academy will provide including mentoring, tutoring, opportunities to attend conference and seminars, internships, summer programming and technical training. The program will also work with the students’ parents to help them support their children’s academic careers.

“The Pathways Academy is meant to not only give students the opportunity to explore and pursue careers in science and health care fields, but to build bridges of community engagement and education in communities with underrepresented minority populations, opening doors for clinical and translation research as well,” Brian Gittens, Ed.D., MPA, UAMS vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, said in a statement.

According to Gittens, the program’s first priority is developing a staff to create curriculum, program development and administration. The team will then begin recruiting students, parents and teachers.

The long-term goals for the program is to grow to approximately 1,200 students in Arkansas, Gittens said.

Courtesy of Arkansas Money & Politics, March 11, 2021

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Department of Education is pleased to announce the five educators selected as finalists for the 2021 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year award.

“The ADE Office of Computer Science received many quality applications,” Anthony Owen, the state director of Computer Science Education, said. “This year’s applications were some of the most competitive we have seen in the three years of this award. Unfortunately, our team could only select five, and we selected the educators who best demonstrated both a long-term and ongoing commitment to, passion for, and impact on computer science education in Arkansas and the nation. These educators have earned and deserve this recognition.”

The 2021 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year Finalists are as follows.

  • Carl Frank – Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
  • Ashley Kincannon – Lake Hamilton Junior High School (Lake Hamilton School District)
  • Kimberly Raup – Conway High School (Conway School District)
  • Stacy Reynolds – McGehee High School (McGehee School District)
  • Lauren Taylor – Dardanelle High School (Dardanelle School District)

Each finalist will receive a $2,500 award from the ADE Office of Computer Science. A panel of representatives from the ADE Computer Science Unit, the 2020 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year, external industry leaders, and other education experts will review the finalists’ applications and select the 2021 Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year based on a rubric scoring system. The winner, who will be announced at a later date, will receive an additional $12,500 award.

(Courtesy of the Arkansas Department of Education, March 16, 2021)

We congratulate all winning finalists and participants for the Arkansas Computer Science Educator of the Year, and we thank all educators for their service!


There’s Still Time to Participate in This Year’s National Day of Design, Virtual Voyagers! The Virtual Voyagers mission encourages students to employ critical thinking skills, teamwork, STEM principles, and an entrepreneurial mindset to create a solution to a real-world, relevant challenge — cybersecurity.


On December 10, 2020, for the first time in Arkansas, Nettleton STEAM will host an In-Flight Educational Downlink, a live, 20-minute conversation with Expedition 64 astronauts aboard the International Space Station! This is an exciting opportunity for Nettleton STEAM students, both onsite and virtually, and students across the state of Arkansas. Nettleton STEAM has partnered with A-State and other entities, including the Arkansas Department of Education Division of Elementary and Secondary Education, for this collaborative effort.

Arkansas PBS will live-stream the event through their various digital platforms and record it for a special broadcast date for a future date to be determined.  It will also be broadcast through Facebook Live, NASA website, KASU and NASA TV.

Nettleton STEAM will be notified by December 3rd of the exact time slot for the live downlink, which is currently scheduled to occur sometime between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m.

We hope students all over the state will join this event to witness history being made in Arkansas. For classrooms with the opportunity to view the downlink, please send the name of your school, classroom grade, and the number of students in the class to Jill Clogston, A-State Education Renewal Zone Director at jclogston@astate.edu<mailto:jclogston@astate.edu>. Virtual attendance information will be provided to NASA after the event.

Tag your class watch parties with #STEAMandAStateEducatingforthefinalfrontier

For additional information, please contact Kelli Cochran, Nettleton STEAM Facilitator at kelli.cochran@nettletonschools.net<mailto:kelli.cochran@nettletonschools.net>.

Although tonight will be the last live sessions for the ACTM Month of Math Virtual Conference, it is not too late to register for the conference to have access to the recordings and materials for all the presentations.

I also wanted to share with everyone an example of a highly valuable resource that was provided during this week’s presentation by Dr. Kim McComas, Lorie Huff, and Teresa Ellis-Stevenson on “Growth Mindset for Sustaining Student Agency through a Pandemic.” The presenters gave us permission to share this Tic Tac Grow Choice Board with all educators to use with students to foster a growth mindset: https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fdocs.google.com%2Fpresentation%2Fd%2F18McZ7arU2JjlDbHtuNCNd9EAvNMvJKfZE4lndWlcox0%2Fedit%3Fusp%3Dsharing&amp;data=04%7C01%7CARMATH%40listserv.uark.edu%7C00fa9ca001ac432c587208d87c1ffc05%7C79c742c4e61c4fa5be89a3cb566a80d1%7C0%7C0%7C637395824095814609%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C1000&amp;sdata=zHOHsaSQktzdqnh66p63qlIhRVuoTC%2BXN0aBwG6e7Mg%3D&amp;reserved=0

Please note the new option to add a Geometry endorsement to a standard educator license:


This may be beneficial, for example, to teachers with an existing Middle Level Math licensure.

The ACTM Month of Math starts THIS week with a keynote from NCTM President Trena Wilkerson & AAML pre-conference keynote with NCSM President Mona Toncheff. https://nam11.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Farkansasctm.org%2F&amp;data=02%7C01%7CARMATH%40listserv.uark.edu%7Cdc341744862b42dafd7d08d8648d03fc%7C79c742c4e61c4fa5be89a3cb566a80d1%7C0%7C0%7C637369904123534255&amp;sdata=Nhsdvd5MCNsCH3E2HqL7s0m1u2PW%2BdejYqq%2FSZMM5nw%3D&amp;reserved=0 We realize the demands on educators are more than ever before, and we hope the topics of the sessions will support your efforts during this especially challenging year.

Virtual Conference registration gets you an annual ACTM membership and access to webinar recordings.

The Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math and Science would like to invite you to join us for our virtual fall two-day workshop in AP Calculus and AP Statistics. This workshop will be held via zoom October 5th and 6th from 8:30am until 3:30pm. We are very excited to have secured two of the best content developers and presenters in both Calculus and Statistics!
Attending the AR AIMS Fall Two-Day workshop along with the Spring Two-Day Mock Reading will provide AP Endorsement Recertification from the Arkansas Department of Education. For more information on this and other AR AIMS workshops, visit http://www.ualr.edu/aaims.
AP Statistics with Josh Tabor

Josh Tabor has been a grader of the AP Statistics exam since 1999, a table leader from 2001–2006, and a question leader from 2007–2019. He also served on the AP Statistics Test Development Committee from 2005–2009. In 2013, he was named to the SAT Mathematics Development Committee. Josh is the co-author of The Practice of Statistics 6e for AP Statistics, and the author of the Annotated Teacher’s Edition for The Practice of Statistics 4e and 5e.  He is also the co-author of two on-level statistics textbooks: Statistical Reasoning in Sports, which introduces students to the concepts of statistical reasoning in a simulation-based, student-friendly manner and Statistics and Probability with Applications, which features short, direct lessons that make teaching and learning statistics enjoyable for both teachers and students. Josh has presented at regional, national, and international conferences and has taught one-day and week-long AP Statistics workshops for many years. He enjoys the opportunity to share his love of statistics and learn from the experiences of participants.

AP Calculus with Bryan Passwater
Bryan Passwater has trained, mentored and supported over 1000 AP calculus teachers around the country. Bryan has led dozens of 1-day, 2-day and week long AP workshops from San Francisco to New York City and has been an AP reader since 2013.  He is passionate about teaching AP calculus and is highly motivated to provide great trainings, support, resources and encouragement to AP Calculus teachers everywhere.  In 2017, Bryan decided to go back to the classroom full time and currently teaches AP Calculus AB, AP Calculus BC, and pre-calculus in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Bryan was a member of the College Board’s AP Calculus Instructional Design Committee committed to providing the support that AP Calculus teachers need to build and grow a successful AP Calculus classroom. Additionally, he has helped develop the AP Calculus curriculum for the KIPP foundation schools across the country and written AP Calculus resources for Propel, Applied Practice, the College Board and The National Math and Science Initiative.  Recently, Bryan has been a question writer for the AP Calculus exams (MC) through ETS and just finished 8 weeks of AP Calculus Live lessons through the CB on YouTube for the 2020 AP Calculus exams.