Program Benefits

Do you want to become a better teacher? At the Arkansas Academy for Educational Equity, our mission is to develop outstanding educators and serve high-need school districts across the state. Our fully-subsidized teaching program offers a two-year Equity Fellowship designed to create exponential professional growth for teachers. After two years, participants earn the Master of Education in Educational Equity from the University of Arkansas.

Fellows teach full time while receiving personalized mentoring, instructional training, and practical coursework. We train teachers in innovative best practices so they can make a substantial impact on students and communities experiencing inequity.

At the Academy, you have the opportunity to become a leader for social justice and educational reform.

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Every time we get together as a team and meet with our coaches and the executive director, the experience is always more than what we expected it to be.

Michelle Joyner

Math Teacher, KIPP Delta Collegiate High, KIPP Delta Public Schools

I appreciate the fact that the program focuses on providing an equitable education for all children in Arkansas.

Iesha Green

English Language Arts Teacher, Exalt Academy of Southwest Little Rock, Exalt Education


We are dedicated to helping good teachers become exceptional teachers. That’s why we offer the Equity Fellowship. Participants in early cohorts will earn a Master of Education in Educational Equity at no cost to them. At the Academy, our Equity Fellows graduate without financial burden so they can focus on helping dismantle inequity in their classrooms and communities. We believe this feature of our program is essential for our teachers to be successful.


The program is designed to help you take the time and space to improve your teaching through intentional reflection, learning, and one-on-one coaching and mentoring. Expert coaches support our teachers in the field with real-time feedback through frequent training sessions and class observations. You will work closely with national, state, and local advocates and educational change agents to grow your expertise. Since our unique program combines theory and practice, participants can immediately apply new skills to accelerate student success.


As part of the Equity Fellowship, you will receive a contract to teach full-time with one of our partner schools while completing the two-year master’s in education program. We work with school districts and charter networks across the state to target and meet teacher shortages. Students in high-need areas deserve quality teachers — that’s why we work to respond to the needs of underserved schools. Every day, you will have the opportunity to improve as an educator as well as deeply impact the community where you live and teach.


At the Academy, you’ll be part of a cohort of experienced, talented educators from across the country. Some relocated to Arkansas to enroll in our program, while others are from Arkansas and are already teaching in the state. Each Equity Fellow brings his or her own teaching style, background, content expertise, and goals to the table. In your cohort, you’ll be supported and encouraged by a diverse group of fellow teachers.


Ready to Elevate Your Instruction and Make an Impact?

Are you an educator who has demonstrated effectiveness in the classroom and a passion for educational equity? Do you wish all students could experience an education that is fair, unbiased, and inclusive?

If so, we look forward to meeting you!

Request more information to get started on your next chapter.

In our cohort, we’re all different but we have a common goal: to see all students treated equally, taught equally, and given the same opportunities.

Pate Bauldree

Math Teacher, El Dorado High School