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 (ESCs), 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 performance of the state's most academically stressed public schools
Education Service Cooperatives/Service Providers
Dawson Education Service Cooperative
South Central Service Cooperative
Wilbur D. Mills Education Service Cooperative
Southwest Arkansas Education Cooperative
South Arkansas Math and Science(STEM) Center(Henderson)
College of the Ouachitas(Malvern)
Professional Development Collaborative Conference
Please sign up for the November 13, 2013 Best Practices Instructional Strategies Conference here.
Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy
The Southwest Arkansas College Preparatory Academy is a privately funded partnership with Henderson State University, Arkadelphia, Gurdon, Centerpoint Public Schools, and community leaders/organizations. The sole purpose of the Preparatory Academy is to reduce remediation rates and to increase college attendance and graduation rates.
New Teacher Induction Retreat
Providing mentoring (induction) support for novice teachers, new teachers to ERZ school districts, nontraditional and career teachers identified by district administrators 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.
2013 Induction Photo Gallery
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.
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. and students from other colleges. Based on school needs, evaluation of pre-service teachers, and response from higher education faculty, a professional development conference is held biannually.
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 assessments, and curriculum, which allow for an easier transition for students to the college level.