Schools of Innovation Application portal



Portal For - SOI Application, Designation & Renewal

Timeline

SOI Application

September
September 22-23, 2021 Innovation Rally.
October
October 13, 2021, SOI Application Informational Zoom Meeting from 10:00-11:30 a.m.
November 1, 2021
December
Personalized support by the Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Office of Innovation for Education (OIE) through regional meetings, Zoom, webinar opportunities, and school site visits.
January
  • Personalized support by DESE and OIE through regional meetings, Zoom webinar opportunities, and school site visits.
  • Using Data to Set Goals training (Section 6 & 7 of the SOI Application).
February
SOI Application Meeting for all schools to finalize their application. Legal services and other DESE staff will be available to discuss waivers, course approvals, CTE, and other information.
March
  • March 1, 2022, draft of SOI Application submitted online to DESE by 4:30 p.m.
  • Initial feedback from DESE and OIE is available in the SOI portal for schools
April
Feedback from DESE and OIE available in the SOI portal for schools to make appropriate revisions and edits to the application.
May
  • May 1, 2022 final SOI Application due to DESE by 4:30 p.m.
  • SOI committee reviews SOI Applications and makes recommendation to the Secretary of Education.
June
  • Secretary of Education review of SOI Applications for approval.
  • Secretary of Education notifies schools of his decision.

Designation

September
Innovation Rally
October
SOI Designation meeting
(explanation of all sections of the designation application, expectations, overview of SOI process)
November
Personalized coaching and support
December
Draft of SOI designation form due. Feedback on draft SOI designation form
January
Feedback on draft SOI designation form. Submit any waiver revisions to legal.
February
Final submission of SOI designation form due Schools request on-site designation review Designation site visits scheduled in February-March and April.
March
Designation site visits scheduled in February-March and April.
April
Designation site visits scheduled in February-March and April.
June
Designation notification

Renewal

September
Innovation Rally
October
SOI Renewal meeting
(explanation of all sections of the Renewal application, expectations, overview of SOI process)
November
Personalized coaching and support
December
Personalized coaching and support check-in
January
Follow up by visit/zoom/phone
February
Draft of SOI Renewal form due Feedback on draft SOI Renewal form
March
Feedback on SOI Renewal form
April
Final submission of SOI renewal form due by April 1st.
Schools request renewal review.
Renewal site visits/zoom scheduled in April-May.
May
Renewal site visits/zoom scheduled in April-May
June
Renewal notification

Resources

Creating Accounts

Who is required to create the account?

To minimize errors, we recommend only one account for a school. The account can be created by anyone in the school who will be completing the application online. However, notfications and all automated emails will be sent to the Principal, Superintendent and the email registered with the account.

The site will allow a view-only account for principals, superintendents and adminstrators.


Account Creation For SOI Application

After completion of the Intent to Apply form, an automated email is sent with a link to create a new account. If you did not receive the email, you can access the link to create accounts from the Check Status button for Intent To Apply.


Account Creation For Designation & Renewal Application

Accounts for Designation & Renewal Applications have to be requested. Please contact our office.


Account Creation For Principals, Superintendents & Adminstrators

Accounts for Principals, Superintendents & Adminstrators have to be requested. Please contact our office.


Intent To Apply

Email not received for superintendent's signature
These are automated emails that can land in the spam folder. if the email is not found in the spam folder, please click on the Check Status button. The status page will allow you to copy a link that can be emailed to the superintendent.

Email not received for Account Registration
These are automated emails that can land in the spam folder. if the email is not found in the spam folder, please click on the Check Status button. The status page has a register button if your Intent to Apply form is complete.

About

Ark. Code Ann. § 6-15-2801 states that a School of Innovation (SOI) is a school that “transforms teaching and learning,” and defines innovation as “a new or creative alternative to the existing instructional and administrative practices.” SOI-designated schools are engaged in practices that are intended to improve academic performance and learning for all students. Arkansas school administrators who aspire to lead a School of Innovation are encouraged to design new and creative alternatives to the existing instructional and administrative practices in their schools.

The first step to becoming a School of Innovation is the submission of an Intent to Apply Form to the ADE Office of Educational Options. This generally occurs in October and is followed up with a required technical assistance meeting to review the application process and requirements in the law. Technical assistance continues throughout the application process with on-site support and trainings by the Office of Innovation for Education at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. The final application is reviewed by a team of educators and submitted to the Commissioner of Education.

Designation as a School of Innovation occurs after successful implementation has been demonstrated. A school is recommended for designation as a School of Innovation based on an ADE team review of that implementation. The Commissioner of Education makes the final approval for designation as an Arkansas School of Innovation, and School of Innovation status is granted for a four-year period.

For more information, please contact:
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5780
Fax: 501-683-6809

About



Approved Applications

Support

For Application Support & Feedback, email - Marsha Hash (hash@uark.edu)

For Questions or issues with the portal, email - Santhosh Anand (ssanand@uark.edu)


Contact

Office of Innovation for Education
University of Arkansas
346 N. West Ave. WAAX
Fayetteville, AR 72701

Phone: (479)575 4499
Fax: (479)575 7791
Email: OIE@uark.edu

Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-683-5780
Fax: 501-683-6809