Arkansas - Professional Development on Family Engagement: Staff Qualifications and Professional Development

Area: 
Staff Qualifications And Professional Development
Policy Type: 
statute; regulation
Summary: 

State law requires districts to provide professional development for school personnel on parent and family engagement.

2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1705. Incorporation of parental involvement into teacher education programs

The Department of Education and the Department of Higher Education shall collaborate with institutions of higher education to incorporate into teacher and administrator education programs instruction regarding:

  • (1) The importance of parental involvement;
  • (2) Successful strategies for encouraging a parent to be a partner in his or her child's education; and
  • (3) The relationship between cultural diversity and parental involvement.

Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.15.15-005 Rules Governing Professional Development

6.00 Scheduled Professional Development

  • 6.04.2 Parent Involvement
    • 6.04.2.1 In the 2014-2015 school year and every fourth school year thereafter, each educator shall be required to have two (2) hours of professional development designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies.
    • 6.04.2.2 In the 2014-2015 school year and every fourth school year thereafter, each administrator shall be required to have two (2) hours of professional development designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies and the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parent participation.
      Arkansas Secretary of State

Arkansas Administrative Rules 005.22.18-001 Rules Governing Parental Involvement Plans

4.00 PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT RESPONSIBILITIES

  • 4.01 Every licensed teacher, unlicensed teacher, and other licensed employee other than an administrator, in each public school district shall be required to have no less than two (2) hours of professional development designed to enhance understanding of effective parental involvement strategies. These two (2) hours may be included in the sixty (60) hours of professional development required by the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development.
  • 4.02 Every administrator, whether licensed or not, in each public school district shall be required to have no less than two (2) hours of professional development designed to enhance understanding of effective parent involvement strategies, the importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations, and creating a climate conducive to parental participation. These two (2) hours may be included in the sixty (60) hours of professional development required by the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development.
  • 4.03 Notwithstanding the provisions of sections 4.01 and 4.02, licensed school personnel may substitute for the required number of hours of staff development on parental involvement plans an equal number of hours of child maltreatment recognition training obtained under Ark. Code Ann. § 6-61-133. Substitution of hours shall be governed by the Arkansas Department of Education Rules Governing Professional Development.
  • 4.04 Each public school district shall provide training at least annually for volunteers who assist in an instructional program for parents.
  • 4.05 Every public school district shall annually review and approve the parental involvement plan for each public school under the district's authority.
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2017 Arkansas Code 6-15-1703. Professional development

(a) The State Board of Education's Standards for Accreditation of Arkansas Public Schools and School Districts shall require the following professional development hours according to the professional development schedule under § 6-17-709:

  • (1) Two (2) hours of professional development as part of the minimum number of hours of professional development required for teachers, designed to enhance understanding of effective parental involvement strategies; and
  • (2) Two (2) hours of professional development as part of the minimum number of hours of professional development required for administrators, designed to enhance understanding of:
    • (A) Effective parent involvement strategies; and
    • (B) The importance of administrative leadership in setting expectations and creating a climate conducive to parental participation.

(b) A school district shall provide training at least annually for volunteers who assist in an instructional program for parents.

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