ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-140

Date Created : 03/10/2009


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: Curriculum Supervisors

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Communications - Julie Thompson, Director
2009 Talent Pool Recommendation--Requesting Confidential Information

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Gloria Stephens

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education(ADE) is looking for candidates of the following description: a relatively new educator illustrative not only of Arkansas' best, but also the nation's best; Whose lessons provide models for others; A Teacher distinguished above and beyond established top-quality education professionals. Anyone is encouraged to recommend an educator for this recognition. Further guidance is outlined below.

The selected individual may ultimately receive prestigious recognition both state- and nationwide. Recommendations for minorty educators are encouraged. Only the unsung heroes will be eligible for this recommendation.

The Arkansas Department of Education maintains a file of emerging classroom leaders that consists of a cadre of distinguished teachers and principals. The educators may be considered for membership on advisory committees and task forces, feedback on key issues, and/or consideration for awards.

This year, the focus will be on secondary school educators (6-12). Teachers recommended should have between five (5) and 18 years of experience, principals 10 years as an administrator and no more than 20 years total experience. The recommended individuals are typically classroom teachers as opposed to specialists and are recognized by peers and supervisors as unique in growth. Occasionally, a principal or specialist is considered.
Please forward recommendations for one to three candidates using the attached recommendation form, according to submission guidelines:

• Include a one-page, typewritten narrative with this recommendation form that addresses how the candidate meets the criteria
• Include a copy of the candidate’s resume'
• List references and provide an alternate reference name for each reference separately

It is of the utmost importance that the information provided be of high quality and reflect the depth of the candidate. Please be descriptive and include specific information that, in essence, provides evidence of and a convincing case for an exemplary educator. Evidence of student achievement and value-added impact on students is a high priority. Please keep this recommendation CONFIDENTIAL and do not share it with the nominated individual.

Individuals making recommendations should allow adequate time to provide requested information. If necessary, please assign the request to an associate. Complete information must be sent by Friday, March 27, 2009, to:

Gloria Stephens, Coordinator of Special Programs
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 403-A
Little Rock, AR 72201


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