State Agency: Equity

Equity Essential

When stakeholders from different needs, backgrounds, and perspectives come together to plan and apply solutions that enhance development, then ALL students, schools, families and community members will grow together toward a common purpose.

Resources are organized according to the order in which they are received.

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A. Create opportunities for diverse groups to foster more well-rounded environments for the betterment of the community.

Parents 2016: Hearts & Minds of Parents in an Uncertain World – This report includes survey results from parents that explores what keeps parents up at night, their aspirations as parents, how they view the importance of their role in their child’s academic and developmental success, and what they need to help their child succeed in school, and in life. https://r50gh2ss1ic2mww8s3uvjvq1-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/LearningHeroes-Report-english.pdf

The Center For Exceptional Families (TCFEF) - The center’s mission is to improve educational opportunities for students with disabilities, including students transitioning to adult life beyond high school. This is done by collaborating with families and their local school districts to promote an innovative approach to special education services for an individual with disabilities http://www.thecenterforexceptionalfamilies.org

ARKSPED Portal- This webpage hosts information regarding resources to support Special Education in the state of Arkansas. https://arksped.k12.ar.us

Special Education Information - This webpage supports the commitment to improving educational results for students with disabilities through statewide leadership, support, and service to schools, educators, students, families, and other stakeholders.

http://www.arkansased.gov/divisions/learning-services/special-education

Centralized Intake and Referral / Consultant Unified Intervention Team (CIRCUIT)-Direct and supportive service activities, to improve results for children with disabilities, ages 3 to 21, by ensuring a free, appropriate public education, in the least restrictive environment. CIRCUIT services can be requested by parents, guardians, or district school administrators (i.e., special education supervisors, principals, and superintendents).https://arksped.k12.ar.us/sections/CIRCUIT.html

Supporting Working Families with Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education –Highlights actions that the Obama Administration undertook to support states and communities to help working families access high-quality early care and education, as well as some results of those investments. https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/supporting-working-families.pdf

Communities for Education and Action - This video highlights importance of developing leadership among parents as a key path to strengthening the community through advocacy and family leadership. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Is4sykEWxg&feature=youtu.be

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines and Free Learning Tools - UDL is a framework for designing educational environments that help all students gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. The concept of UDL was inspired by the universal design movement in product development and architecture, which calls for the design of structures that anticipate the needs of individuals with disabilities and accommodate these needs from the outset. Using this framework, educators can improve outcomes for diverse learners by applying the principles to the development of goals, instructional methods, classroom materials, and assessments. http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.XM9y0ehKjIU

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/

B. Establish open, honest, and ongoing conversations in order to identify, acknowledge and overcome barriers.

English Learner Tool Kit -Helps state and local education agencies help English Learners (ELs) by fulfilling legal obligations. https://ncela.ed.gov/files/english_learner_toolkit/OELA_2017_ELsToolkit_508C.pdf

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

Asociación para Acción Comunitaria- La Asociación para Acción Comunitaria ha trabajado para construir comunidades resistentes y saludables en el Valle del Sur de Albuquerque y en todo Nuevo México desde 1990. La PCA se centra en cuestiones fundamentales para la comunidad tal como educación, economía sostenible, y derechos para los inmigrantes. Por medio de la concientización y al aprovecharnos de unas oportunidades de interceder, apoyamos a la gente y a sus familias para que se conviertan en líderes fuertes en sus vecindades y en el estado de Nuevo México. http://forcommunityaction.org/acerca-de-nosotros/mision-e-historia/?lang=es

Partnership for Community Action - Community based organization in Albuquerque’s South Valley focuses on critical community issues like education, economic sustainability, wellness and immigrant rights. Through raising awareness and advocacy opportunities, the Partnership for Community Action supports people and families to become strong leaders in their neighborhoods. http://forcommunityaction.org/

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/

The Carnegie Foundation's Classification for Community Engagement - College and University Engagement Initiative (CUEI). CUEI contributes to the fields of community engagement and social innovation through collaboration with students, faculty, community partners, institutions of higher education and networks for community engagement and social innovation. https://www.brown.edu/swearer/carnegie

C. Partner with diverse representatives and organizations to create community-wide plans focused on local needs.

Supporting Working Families with Access to High-Quality Early Care and Education –Highlights actions that the Obama Administration undertook to support states and communities to help working families access high-quality early care and education, as well as some results of those investments. https://www2.ed.gov/about/inits/ed/earlylearning/supporting-working-families.pdf

ThinkCollege - Think College is a national organization dedicated to developing, expanding, and improving inclusive higher education options for people with intellectual disability. With a commitment to equity and excellence, it supports evidence-based and student-centered research and practice by generating and sharing knowledge, guiding institutional change, informing public policy, and engaging with students, professionals and families. https://thinkcollege.net/about/what-is-think-college

How Family, School, and Community Engagement can Improve Student Achievement and Influence School Reform - This literature review strives to address the following two questions: 1) What are the key components of promising family-school partnerships that support school- and district-level reform? and 2) How do promising partnerships involve families and communities in education reform? https://www.nmefoundation.org/getattachment/67f7c030-df45-4076-a23f-0d7f0596983f/Final-Report-Family-Engagement-AIR.pdf?lang=en-US&ext=.pdf

CAST Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Guidelines and Free Learning Tools - UDL is a framework for designing educational environments that help all students gain knowledge, skills, and enthusiasm for learning. The concept of UDL was inspired by the universal design movement in product development and architecture, which calls for the design of structures that anticipate the needs of individuals with disabilities and accommodate these needs from the outset. Using this framework, educators can improve outcomes for diverse learners by applying the principles to the development of goals, instructional methods, classroom materials, and assessments. http://www.cast.org/our-work/about-udl.html#.XM9y0ehKjIU

UA System Partners for Inclusive Communities - Partners achieves its mission by assessing the needs of individuals with disabilities, then addressing those needs through research, education, community service, training, technical assistance and collecting and sharing information. https://uofapartners.uark.edu/projects/