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Arkansas 91st Legislative Session Update
posted by: Alix | January 13, 2017, 10:09 am   

 

As of 12/11/2016, 71 bills have been introduced for the 2017 Arkansas Legislative Session. Stay in the know with ASTA! As a professional association serving educators in Arkansas, ASTA works with legislators to convey member opinions, recommendations, and concerns about proposed policy. We believe in working with legislators in a professional manner that builds and sustains positive relationships. We look forward to representing your views in the New Year!

 

 
Even Beginners Can Participate in this Week's Hour of Code
posted by: Alana | December 06, 2016, 12:03 pm   

 

This week educators across the nation are participating in the “Hour of Code.” Celebrated annually during Computer Science Week, Hour of Code 2016 is being recognized from the 5th to the 11th December.

 

 
DeVos Nominated Secretary of Education
posted by: Alana | November 28, 2016, 02:14 pm   

 

Last week, President Elect Donald Trump had a big announcement to deliver about his education agenda. Four days after meeting with the President-elect, Betsy DeVos, 58, has been nominated to serve as the next U.S. Secretary of Education. Who is Betsy DeVos you might ask? A high-profile advocate for school choice, Ms. DeVos is chair of the American Federation for Children, a Washington, D.C.-based organization devoted to expanding school of choice options across the country. She also sits on the board of the Foundation for Excellence in Education.

 

 
Advice for Overworked Teachers: How to Get Relief During the School Year
posted by: Alana | November 21, 2016, 04:42 pm   

 

Teachers are asked to do a lot, often with very little. You aren’t simply an educator. At any given time during a day in the classroom, you’ll be asked to play the role of parent, mentor, friend, disciplinarian, and more...and that’s all while working to ensure your overcrowded classroom of students meets their ever-changing testing requirements.

 

This clash of responsibilities and the fact that teachers must work long hours, adds up to a lot of stress. So, what can you do to get a little relief during the school year? Here are a few suggestions:

 

 
What People Are Saying About Civics Education
posted by: Alana | November 18, 2016, 12:35 pm   

 

Last week, the United States finished one of the most contentious and bitter elections in recent memory. While there are a lot of things that could be said about the election, one thing that became clear to people on all sides is that the US has neglected teaching civics in its schools. According to The Atlantic:

 

 
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