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CONTENTS Arkansas Public School Resource Center Victory Building 1401 West Capitol, Suite 435 Little Rock, AR 72201 Telephone: 501-492-4300 Fax: 501-492-4305 Scott Smith

Executive Director

Bobbie Davis

Finance Services Director

Harry Dickens

Technology Specialist

Patsy Hammond

Financial Analyst

Beth McCullough

Communications Director

Gary Parish

Financial Specialist

Kay Tepera

Technology Specialist

Lisa Walters

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4 NWEA Testing Find out how the partnership between NWEA and APSRC can benefit your school and improve test scores.

6 APSRC has partnered with to provide your school with $100,000 in grant money for the classroom. Find out how easy it is for your teachers, librarians, coaches, etc. to get the supplies they need.

NEWS National Teacher Appreciation Day Each May, schools across the country celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Day to celebrate the hard work and efforts of our nation’s teachers. This year’s celebration was held May 5, 2009, and Hector School District honored their teachers by providing massages and make overs.

Welcome wagon APSRC hired two new staff members this summer to better serve you, our members. Join us in welcoming Kay Tepera as the new technology specialist and Gary Parish as the new financial specialist. ADVANTAGE| Summer 2009 | 3

DREAM ON with NWEA & APSRC The Arkansas Public School Resource Center is teaming up with the Northwest Evaluation Association to give educators the data and resources they need to place the child at the center of the educational experience. APSRC members are now eligible for reduced rates through NWEA – and organization that has been putting kids first since 1977.

What is NWEA? Northwest Evaluation Association (NWEA) is a national not-for-profit educational services organization that provides research-based educational growth measures, professional training, and consulting services to improve teaching and learning. Partnering with school districts, states, and other education organizations, NWEA delivers computerized assessment services to more than 3,400 education agencies and approximately 4 million students. Additionally, its Growth Research Database, the most extensive collection of student growth data in the country, provides a rich source for the study of academic achievement. Reports are available at individual, classroom, school, program and district levels so all stakeholders can participate in the resulting discussions. Students see their scores immediately and teachers see detailed reports within 24 hours. Within 72 hours, principals and other administrators can access reports of aggregated data that show student growth, proficiency and norms. To learn more about the partnership with NWEA and what it can do for you school, contact Harry Dickens at or 501-492-4300. 4| Summer 2009 | ADVANTAGE

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Getting the most f

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for your classroom APSRC is partnering with - an online charity that connects individual “citizen philanthropists� with classrooms in need - to provide $100,000 in funding for rural and charter schools through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation.


What does this mean for your school?


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What is DonorsCho is an online charity connecti What is

Who can submit proposals? is a non-profit website invites front-line

where public school teachers describe

educators at public schools to submit

specific educational projects for their

proposals, including teachers, librarians,

classrooms and individuals can choose

guidance counselors, school nurses and

which projects to fund.

coaches. These educators must work

How does it work?

directly with students and teach full-time.

At, teachers submit

What can educators ask for?

ideas for resources that their students need

Educators can ask for any materials that

in order to learn. Then, individuals search

directly benefit students (art supplies,

proposals, learn about classroom needs,

books, technology, sports equipment,

and choose which projects to fund.

musical instruments, etc.). Proposals cannot indirectly benefit students

Teachers shop for specific materials online

(e.g. professional development) or

using our vendors, and once a project is


funded, ships the materials directly to the teacher’s classroom.

How much does the average proposal cost? The average proposal costs $400. Most proposals under $400 are funded within 3 months.

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ing individuals to classrooms in need. What are the chances of getting funded? Proposals stay on the website for 5 months. About 65% of projects are fully funded. How many proposals can a teacher submit? works based on a points system: first-time users begin with 3 points, which allows them to submit up to 3 proposals at one time. As teachers earn points, they can submit more proposals, as well as different types of proposals. Does it work? Absolutely! Since 2000, has delivered more than $22 million in resources to more than one million students across the country. Questions? Go to, or contact Associate Director Kirk Smiley at

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Ready to be the ne APSRC is proud to partner with – an online charity

It’s ! easy

that connects individual “citizen philanthropists” with classrooms in need – to provide $100,000 in funding for rural and charter schools across the state through a grant from the Walton Family Foundation. Teachers, librarians, nurses, social workers, guidance counselors –

any front-line student worker who is employed by the school – can submit a project to the Web site to request money for classroom projects that exceed their limited budgets. Educators can ask for anything from books visual learning tools to science and technology equipment. Each qualifying classroom project at an APSRC member school will automatically be half-funded through a Double Your Impact grant while donors from across the country will complete the other half of the funding to make the classroom idea a reality. APSRC will fund half of the request, and donors can log on to to fund the remaining 50 percent. All you have to do it log on to, click the “Teachers Go Here!” link and get started! Please encourage your teachers to take advantage of this exciting APSRC member benefit. Visit the DonorsChoose section of the APSRC Web site ( to find information and materials to provide to your teachers and other front-line student workers.

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ext success story? “We are excited by the number of Arkansas students who will benefit from this partnership. Thanks to the Arkansas Public School Resource Center and the generosity of the Walton Family Foundation, more Arkansas teachers will have the resources they need in the classroom, and thousands of students will have improved learning opportunities.� -- Charles Best, Founder and CEO of

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More than 90,000 projects have been brough

Your classro

How It Works Submit a Project It’s simple to register – tell where you teach

Donors Choose Word to the wise: projects under $400 have the best chance of being funded.

and confirm you can receive e-mails. Upload a photo that provides a window

Check back often – a donor may leave

into your classroom. Now, you’re ready

a personal message for you and your

to submit a project!

classroom letting you know why he or she chose to give to your project.

The system allows you to find what you need online, and you choose the exact materials you need for your classroom. Next, you’ll aim to inspire donors by

Send thanks

When your project is funded, ships the materials straight to your school.

describing what you need, why you

In return, you and your students

need it, and how your project will

will write thank-you letters and take

change your students’ lives for the

photographs of the project in action to


share your thanks with your donors, who love to see the impact of their gifts!

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ht to life ...

oom could be next! Why grew out of a Bronx high school where teachers experienced first-hand the scarcity of learning materials in our public schools. Charles Best, then a social studies teacher, sensed that many people would like to help distressed public schools, but were frustrated by a lack of influence over their donations. He created so that individuals could connect directly with classrooms in need. Since launching in 2000, has empowered more than 200,000 teachers and citizen philanthropists to become change makers. envisions a nation where students in every community have the resources they need to learn.

projects have brought learning alive for students, 75,000+ classroom primarily in high poverty neighborhoods received books, technology, supplies, field 2,000,000+ students trips, class visitors and other resources philanthropists had the satisfaction of 115,000+citizen making a tangible difference ADVANTAGE| Summer 2009 | 13

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