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Thursday, September 23 • 12:15pm - 1:30pm
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Join us as we celebrate innovation in Arkansas Schools by recognizing the work, dedication, and transformation happening in Arkansas' Schools of Innovation! Arkansas law describes a School of Innovation (SOI) as one that 'transforms teaching and learning" and defines innovation as a "new or creative alternative to the existing instructional and administrative practices.' Schools of Innovation collaborate with staff, students, parents, and the community through a rigorous application process to design their School of Innovation. Schools commit to an ongoing cycle of inquiry that guides their next steps to improving teaching and learning.
We celebrate Arkansas Schools of Innovation for:
  • Being a School that "Works for All"
  • Transforming Learning to Emphasize 21st Century Skills
  • Creating a Student-Focused Culture of Learning, and
  • Intentional Engagement of all Stakeholders


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Ms. Stacy Smith

Deputy Commissioner, Arkansas Department of Education
Stacy Smith is a dedicated education professional currently serving as the Deputy Commissioner for the Arkansas Department of Education. With a passion for improving education in the state for all students and educators alike, she plays a pivotal role in shaping the state's educational... Read More →
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Denise Airola

Director, Office of Innovation for Education
Denise Airola founded the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) at the University of Arkansas in 2013 with a grant from the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE). The OIE focuses on enabling and accelerating innovative policies and practices to address barriers to educational... Read More →

Thursday September 23, 2021 12:15pm - 1:30pm CDT
Rock Island Ballroom