Arkansas Recipients of Presidential Awards for Excellence Announced
LITTLE ROCK — Two Arkansas teachers were recently selected as recipients of the 2019 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching.
The National Science Foundation, on behalf of The White House, oversees the program that recognizes teachers who have demonstrated a commitment to professional development, innovative teaching techniques, and technology use in their classrooms. Each recipient will receive a $10,000 award, presidential citation, and a trip to Washington, DC, for a series of recognition events, professional development activities, and an awards ceremony.
2019 Recipients

*   Mary Hatch, Environmental and Spatial Technology, Grades 6-8, Harrison Middle School, Harrison School District (Science Award)
*   Melodie Murray, Geometry, Pre-Calculus, AP Calculus, Advanced Topics and Mathematical Modeling, Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas School District (Math Award)
“Math and science principles are heavily ingrained in today’s jobs, as well as jobs of the future,” Arkansas Department of Education Secretary Johnny Key said. “In order to be prepared for the workforce, exceptional teachers in these fields are critical to success. I am happy to congratulate Ms. Hatch and Ms. Murray for receiving these presidential awards. This recognition is among the highest in the STEM field, and these two outstanding educators are well deserving of this honor.”
Each year math and science educators are nominated on the state level. State finalists then have the potential to receive national recognition. A national committee comprised of scientists, mathematicians, and educators reviews all state finalists and recommends up to 108 teachers to receive PAEMST awards in mathematics, science, and computer science. Winners are chosen from each state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the U.S. territories, and schools operated in the United States and overseas by the Department of Defense Education Activity.
To learn more about the awards program, go to;;sdata=ZdzgOiNxVn636mRuIHkd%2FU4fXzD3FdQ13CTC05LoXsY%3D&amp;reserved=0<;;sdata=1d9AqUOpTSjSBcRct9pXeSSdXpvtmdxHc6taBkqq2ns%3D&amp;reserved=0>.

You, too, can use online virtual meetings – like Zoom – effectively for distance teaching with the Learning Blade STEM and CS system.
Attend this 30-minute webinar to hear more about:
  • Using Learning Blade Online Content for Student Use or Class Discussions
  • Using Learning Blade Offline Activities for Class Engagement
  • Using Learning Blade Videos and Other Resources
Pick your 30-minute session!
Tuesday, August 4
3 PM ET / 2 PM CT
Thursday August 6
10 AM ET / 9 AM CT
or join directly on one of those dates with this link

Please see the below information regarding ADE DESE virtual PD for Quantitative Literacy and SREB Transitional Math Ready. Additional summer PD can be found HERE<;;sdata=q0%2B3Qsvp8EP9bHB66P7BbUemKxvImgL6dOPIDJAsgiA%3D&amp;reserved=0> or through local education service cooperatives. Also, the Arkansas Council of Teachers of Mathematics 2020 Conference will be virtual this fall;;sdata=RK%2BoniOfGEzunSotY5d2%2B1kNRAwvRrsO0y5E6Yf3oHI%3D&amp;reserved=0.

2020-DESE-Quantitative Literacy
Monday 7.20.2020
This training explores the Quantitative Literacy (QL) content standards and course overview. QL addresses the mathematics of personal and business finance, modeling, statistics and probability, and numerical reasoning. Students will analyze real world situations and represent their reasoning and conclusions numerically, graphically, symbolically, and verbally. Activities and resources will be shared with participants including access to an online repository. This session is for participants who have not previously attended QL training. Participants will need a computer with camera, microphone, and a stable internet connection. Zoom link and additional information will be sent prior to training for participants to familiarize themselves with Zoom norms and virtual platforms. There is no cost for registration.
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2020-DESE-SREB Transitional Math Ready
Monday & Tuesday 8.3.2020 & 8.4.2020
For schools to offer SREB Transitional Math Ready, teachers must attend professional development for the course.  ADE DESE will offer this required training virtually on August 3-4, 2020. All participants will need a computer with a stable internet connection and audio/video capabilities. There is no cost for registration. Upon completion of training, participants will receive access to the recently updated SREB Transitional Math Ready curriculum materials for students and teachers.
SREB Transitional Math Ready emphasizes understanding of mathematics concepts rather than just memorizing procedures.  By engaging students in real-world applications, Math Ready develops critical thinking skills that students will use in college and careers.
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Good resource related to equity and access attached or downloadable here:;;sdata=KehWxLN9EE2L6W0zi8WK9ueA7fKh0Duw1B15Dokuekk%3D&amp;reserved=0. (It does require you to enter an email address.)

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COE Professional Development

This summer, the College of Education is proud to present virtual professional development (PD) sessions to Arkansas teachers via Zoom. PD credit hours approved by DESE/ADE will be offered for each session. Please scroll through this page for session and presenter information.

These sessions are NO COST! Space is limited, but session recordings will be available at a later date for no PD credit. 

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].

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Please join us for the FREE Virtual ADE Summit 2020 this June. Here is the schedule for math-focused sessions on June 17th which include Margaret “Peg” Smith and Jennifer Bay-Williams.;;sdata=U5oPo%2BcFbCEcf2TDAE4zX8iDzX%2BsQ1pBOBQQN9vbfgg%3D&amp;reserved=0

This is a reminder about NCTM’s 100 Days of Professional Development.
All webinars have great information and recordings can be accessed through
This is a great opportunity to strengthen instructional strategies to help students learn mathematics. There are sessions for all audiences and grade levels.
Certificates of attendance are given for registering and attending live webinars or listening to recorded webinars.