Head of computer science education chosen
Kelly Griffin is Arkansas’ new director of computer science education, replacing Anthony Owen who resigned from the Arkansas Department of Education this summer to become senior director of government affairs at the state for Code.org.
Griffin, a Certified Educator, previously served as a Senior IT Specialist on the agency’s IT team, a position she had held since 2016. In that role, she participated in the Cybersecurity Task Force Governor’s Office, helped revise the state’s computer science standards, participated in the Governor’s coding tours of schools, and helped develop a computer toolkit, which was distributed to the national scale.
She began her career in education as an administrative assistant before becoming a teacher.
Governor Asa Hutchinson lobbied for the expansion of computer science education throughout his tenure as governor. He signed a law in 2015, the year he took office, that required all public high schools to offer computer science — the first state to do so.
Now, starting in the ninth grade this school year, every student will be required to earn a credit in a high school computer science course or a computer science course for graduation. From the 2023-2024 school year, each public high school must employ at least one teacher with a high school computer science degree.
City Year looking for student coaches
City Year Little Rock is seeking Student Success Coaches to work in the Little Rock School District.
Through September 27, the nonprofit organization City Year Little Rock, which is affiliated with AmeriCorps, is accepting applications and nominations for mid-year AmeriCorps members.
If selected, individuals will begin service on October 17.
“City Year Little Rock delivers proven results for Central Arkansas students and AmeriCorps members,” said Jennifer Cobb, senior vice president and executive director.
“Throughout their service, these young adults learn in-demand skills, from effective communication to time management, that are essential for future workforce success,” Cobb said.
As members of AmeriCorps, Student Success Coaches will receive a bi-weekly stipend, health insurance, education award, access to scholarships, and over 200 hours of professional development.
More information about applying or nominating someone to serve with City Year Little Rock from October 2022 through June 2023 is available at bit.ly/cityyearlittlerock.
Baroni moves to the Resource Center
Luanne Baroni, Assistant Superintendent/Director of Communications for the LISA Academy Charter School System, has moved to a new position at the Arkansas Public Schools Resource Center.
Baroni is the center’s new director of charter development, according to Christina Fowler, director of communications for the center.
Baroni replaces Joanna Lever, who is now vice president of education at Goodwill Industries of Arkansas.