Academic Signing Day
Since the spring of 2006, the North Little Rock Public Education Foundation has hosted an Academic Signing Day in May. At this event graduating high school seniors with commendable grade point averages who are receiving significant scholarships to colleges and universities are recognized. Over the past eleven years, approximately 250 students with scholarships totaling more than 23 million dollars have been recognized.
Academic excellence deserves special recognition. While the recognition of large scholarships is our intention, all state and local universities are represented at this event.
Innovative Teaching Grants
NLRPEF has supported a variety of learning initiatives to enhance classroom instruction. Innovative teaching grants have provided over $185,000 in additional funds to classroom teachers across the North Little Rock School District. These grants allow for teachers to extend beyond traditional budgetary constraints. This encourages innovative and creative teaching on all grade levels throughout the district.
"Homegrown" - Professional Development
This project was held on August 13, 2012, for ALL elementary school teachers in the North Little Rock School District. It was an opportunity for the teachers who had received Innovative Teaching Grants in the past to share their ideas with other teachers in the district. One of the original intents of the grant program was for those grants that were successful to be shared with other teachers. This event allowed for 17 past grants to be displayed and explained by the teacher who had the innovative idea. The teachers were allowed six rotations to attend the information session for the grants in which they were interested. The NLRPEF also had two booths available for teachers to assist them in applying for the grants. Approximately 300 teachers attended.
"Intro to Spanish" Pilot Project
This project began in two NLRSD elementary schools (Boone Park and Pike View) in the fall of 2008.
Using a certified Spanish teacher to teach students in K-5th grades,
the goal of the project was to provide the elementary students of the NLRSD the opportunity to learn Spanish and equip those students with the resources needed to graduate.
Two years of a foreign language are required to graduate with a Smart Core degree in the state of Arkansas. At the time, Spanish was the only foreign language offered in the NLRSD, but is was not offered until the ninth grade.
It is proven that young children have an easier time learning a second language.
The ultimate goal was to provide this learning opportunity in all of the North Little Rock elementary schools in an effort to prepare all of the students. Due to the success of the project, Spanish is now being offered in all of the elementary schools in the district.