Mission

The Arkansas Teacher Corps partners with school districts to recruit, train, license, and support committed Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day.

Vision

Arkansas schools will have the capacity to empower teachers and students as rigorous learners, resilient individuals, and responsive leaders.

The Arkansas Teacher Corps (ATC) is a partnership between the University of Arkansas, the Arkansas Department of Education, and Arkansas public school districts to recruit, train, license, and support Arkansans as empowered teachers facilitating excellent, equitable education every day.

Arkansas Teacher Corps aims to:

  • Recruit passionate, committed individuals from diverse backgrounds and all majors to teach a critical shortage content area for three years in an ATC partner school
  • Train, develop, and support Fellows as rigorous, data-literate, and culturally responsive classroom teachers
  • Partner with schools and communities to provide a grow-your-own pathway to teacher licensure for non-certified school staff and dedicated community members
  • Support students in realizing significant academic and social-emotional growth

Funding for the program has been made available by the U of A College of Education and Health Professions, the Walton Family Foundation, ADE, and individual donors through the Arkansas Teacher Corps Society.

Core Values

Continuous Learning

We leverage curiosity, reflection, and resilience to seek
understanding and grow through challenges.

Brave Vulnerability

We demonstrate courage through connection, authenticity,
and a sustained openness to change.

Collective Responsibility

We embrace collaboration and accountability to realize
a shared commitment to student success.

Leadership for Equity

We waive our own comfort in order to do the hard work
of challenging ourselves and inequitable systems.