Southwest-A Education Renewal Zone
The ERZ is a multiyear Pre-K-16 initiative funded by the state of Arkansas to help improve public school performance and student achievement. This collaborative effort between renewal zone partners, including the Arkansas Department of Education's Division of ERZ, institutions of higher education (IHEs), regional education service cooperatives (ESC's), other technical assistance provider entities, schools, and participating communities. ERZ partnerships across the state are working to:
- Improve educational management strategies
- Take advantage of economies of scales concentrating and coordinating resources and technical assistance
- Maximize the use of distance learning technology to improve the perfomance of the state's most academically stressed public schools
Online Service Request Form
ERZ School Partners
2013 New Teacher Induction Retreat Registration
Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy
The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy is a privately funded partnership with Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Gurdon and Centerpoint Public Schools, and community leaders/organizations.The sole purpose for the Preparatory Academy is to reduce remediation rates and to increase college attendance and graduation rates.
Professional Development Collaborative
The Southwest-A ERZ collaborates with the Arkansas Department of Education, Dawson Service Cooperative, South Central Service Cooperative, South Arkansas Mathematics and Science Center, public school practitioners, Discovery Education Network, and Arkansas Consumer Education, to provide 2 days of on-site professional development to Henderson pre-service teachers, public school in-service teachers, non-traditional teachers enrolled in Master of Arts in Teaching Programs and non-practicing teachers continuing licensure requirements.
The HSU/ERZ Co-teach Collaborative is an extensive effort between various general and special education personnel from Henderson State University (HSU) and the Southwest-A Education Renewal Zone (ERZ). The ultimate goal of the collaborative effort is to improve academic and social outcomes of students with disabilities in the ERZ region by encouraging the implementation of inclusive education practices, especially effective co-teaching practices.
New Teacher Induction Retreat
Providing mentoring (induction) support for novice teachers, new teachers to ERZ school districts, nontraditional and career teachers identified by district administrator as in need of support can be an effective recruitment and retention strategy. Henderson, in collaboration with education service cooperatives, public schools and other service providers, provides a 2 1/2 day Induction Retreat for all ERZ schools.Participants are paired with higher education, education service cooperatives and South Arkansas Mathematics and Science Center mentors to provide support, academic assistance, and formative feedback.
2012 Induction Retreat Photos
2011 Induction Retreat Photos
2010 Induction Retreat Photos
2009 Induction Retreat Photos
2008 Induction Retreat Photos
2007 Induction Retreat Photos
2006 Induction Retreat Photos
In the Visiting Professor program university professors are partnered with classroom teachers to better enhance student success. As a team, teachers and professors share strategies and best practices in their given field, collaborate to create common assessments, and curriculum which will allow for an easier transition for students to the college level.
Common Core State Standards
SAU/HSU Bridging Algebra P-16 Partnership Project
Common Core Math Summit/Common Core Content Literacy Summit
Faculty Training-Dawson Education Service Cooperative
South Arkansas Math and Science Center
Education Service Cooperatives/Service Providers
Dawson Education Service Cooperative
South Central Education Service Cooperative
Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative
Southwest Education Service Cooperative
South Arkansas Math and Science Center (Henderson)
College of the Ouachitas (Malvern)