Education Renewal Zones


The Educational Renewal Zones (ERZ) are a multiyear Pre-K-16 initiative funded by the state of Arkansas to help improve public school performance and student academic achievement. This is a 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 scale by concentrating and coordinating resources and technical assistance
  • Maximize the use of distance learning technology to improve the performance of the state's most academically distressed public schools

ERZ Concepts

  • Collaboration: Partners collaborate effectively to promote a shared vision and economies of scale.
  • Community and Parent Involvement: Systems are in place for parents and community to be active partners in the academic work of students and the school.
  • Distance Learning: Partners effectively use distance-learning technology for professional development and course delivery. 
  • Faculty Sharing: Partners share faculty to meet staffing needs.
  • Mentoring: IHEs and ESCs offer novice and veteran teachers and school leaders sustained job-embedded professional development and mentoring opportunities.
  • Professional Development: IHEs and ESCs offer novice and veteran teachers and leaders ongoing, seamless professional development.
  • Recruitment and Retention: Recruitment and retention systems are in place to support novice and veteran teachers.
  • Teacher Preparation Programs: IHEs redesign teacher preparation programs to integrate and implement state and national initiatives/requirements.


For more information, please contact:

Dr. Beverley Romanin, Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Scholastic Audit/Educational Renewal Zones
Four Capitol Mall, Room 302-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4468
Fax: 501-683-5609

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