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Sylvan Hills Elementary School

Written by: Beth Hendrix and Candace Barnes

Sylvan Hills Elementary School is one of the newest additions to the Arkansas A+ Schools network.  The school is located in Sherwood and is part of the Pulaski County Special School District.  It has 501 students in Pre-K through 5th grades.  In the spring, the faculty voted unanimously in favor of becoming an ARA+ school. Since then, the faculty has been working at making positive changes to their teaching methods and are already seeing great results.  A majority of the faculty attended the 5 day summer training and have been incorporating some of the techniques they learned into their classrooms. 

Most classes have utilized the Reader's Theatre and have seen improvements in fluency and comprehension. Just walking through the school you will notice that it is alive with creative learning activities and a variety of student work is on display.  

NASC: National A+ Schools Consortium
National A+ Schools Consortium 
Meets in Arkansas 

Did you know that ARA+ is part of a national consortium? The National A+ Schools
Consortium includes North Carolina, Oklahoma, Louisiana, and Arkansas. A+ s taff from each state met in Bentonville, Arkansas from October 28-30. 

The NASC meeting took place at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and presented the opportunity for each state to discuss how a new approach was implemented in the past year, and what benefits and risks were encountered with this change. This discussion is an excellent way for A+ states to learn from one another and continue to build a stronger national consortium. 

See our Facebook page for more photos for the NASC meeting!

Successfully using the arts as a catalyst  for transforming  schools since 1995.

Learn more about NASC at  www.nationalaplusschools.org

General Information Session
Are you interested in learning more about how Arkansas A+ Schools is transforming education in Arkansas? Please join us for a general information session! 

General Information Session
Thursday, December 3, 2015
6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Thea Foundation
401 Main Street 
North Little Rock, AR 72114 

This event is free and open to the public. 
For more information, please see our Facebook page or contact our office at 501.353.0832