Frequently asked questions
What is ARK for Teachers?
ARK for Teachers is a professional development series that gives teachers, principals, and school districts the tools they need to promote a nurturing learning environment, encourage responsibility, and create more effective teacher/student relationships. The concepts embodied in ARK (Adults Relating to Kids) are proven tools for elevating academic performance and reducing violence in our schools. ARK for Teachers utilizes a small group, peer-mentoring format with other teachers supporting you through your journey to become a better teacher. The course is broken into eleven sessions, providing eleven professional development hours. The process gives teachers practical, easy-to-apply materials and information on how to nurture and discipline children and elevate their self-concept. Many schools also offer the ARK for Parents series to interested parents. To order ARK products for your school or school district, visit our online store. You can contact us at 888-ARK-8922 (888-275-0744), or email the ARK Group to discuss ARK for Teachers resources and options.
Who can benefit from ARK for Teachers?
Many school districts today are looking for ways to help their schools foster a more positive learning environment. The ARK process has been proven effective at schools around the country, at all levels from pre-K up through high school. Whether the school is exemplary or low-performing, in a high or low socioeconomic area, ALL schools can benefit from ARK.
What is the ARK philosophy?
ARK helps teachers create nurturing classroom environments and caring relationships with students—key factors in elevating academic performance, reducing the dropout rate, and preventing classroom disruption and violence in our schools.
How is ARK different from other professional development programs?
ARK for Teachers is a process designed to elevate the social/emotional climate of a school. It does not provide canned replies or responses to student behaviors, nor does it rely upon worksheets or single-event workshops designed to improve teachers' skill sets. ARK focuses upon the creation of caring teacher/student relationships—a key factor in elevating academic performance, lowering the dropout rate, and reducing the potential for violence on the campus.
Research shows that human beings must deal with a concept for a minimum of six to eight weeks in order for a paradigm shift to take place. ARK for Teachers brings teachers together in a small-group setting for one-hour sessions twice a month for the first six months of the school year. In addition to assimilating cutting-edge teaching techniques, teachers have the opportunity to engage in a peer-mentoring, problem-solving process that deals with the specific issues and problems they encounter in the classroom.
Another unique feature about ARK for Teachers is that ARK groups requires no outside preparation upon the part of a leader or Facilitator. All lesson materials are on video.
Is ARK for Teachers curriculum designed for different grade levels?
ARK for Teachers materials are designed for three major grade groupings: ARK for Pre-K and Kindergarten Teachers, ARK for Elementary Teachers, and ARK for Secondary Teachers.
Can ARK collaborate with other campus improvement programs at schools?
ARK for Teachers can work in conjunction with other organizations as part of a school's campus improvement plan. One example is the SOAR Project at Amelia Earhart Elementary School in the Dallas ISD. Watch the video here SOAR: A Collective-Impact Education Initiative.
We also help schools collaborate with foundations, businesses, and individuals to raise funds in order to implement ARK for Teachers on their campuses.
Are there studies on the effectiveness of ARK for Teachers?
Yes. One example is "The Aldine Middle School Dropout Prevention Project."
What are some benefits that schools receive from ARK for Teachers?
The ARK for Teachers process benefits the learning process in the following ways:
- Improves test grades and scores—A nurturing classroom environment is essential in order for children to maximize the learning opportunity.
- Lessens the potential for classroom violence—The key figure in removing student violence and disruption from the classroom is a nurturing teacher.
- Decreases school truancy rate—Children will want to go to school if they feel valued and nurtured there.
- Provides a venue for teachers to bond as a team—ARK's peer-mentoring format is an ideal setting in which teachers can share and problem-solve.
- Helps teachers and parents to support each other's efforts—ARK helps teachers and parents to collaborate in terms of their shared goals in educating and nurturing children.
Keeping kids in school requires two things: (1) parents who share with their kids the importance of education and who encourage their kids to stay in school; and (2) teachers who let their students know that they care about them. The ARK for Teachers process gives teachers, principals, and school districts the tools they need to promote a nurturing learning environment, encourage responsibility, and create more effective teacher/student relationships. The concepts embodied in ARK are proven tools for elevating academic performance and reducing violence in our schools. ARK for Teachers utilizes a small group, peer-mentoring format with other teachers supporting you through your journey to become a better teacher.
How many professional development hours—Certified Education Units (CEUs)—are available through ARK for Teachers?
Participation in ARK for Teachers class sessions provides teachers a total of eleven CEU credit hours.
An additional fifteen CEU hours can be acquired through the online ARK for Teachers course. ARK is a State-Certified Provider of Teacher Continuing Education. ARK's Texas Certified Provider number is 500597. For further information, please see www.sbec.state.tx.us/SBECOnline/certinfo/cpe.pdf.
How do I start ARK for Teachers at my school?
ARK for Teachers can be implemented through school districts, feeder patterns, or individual schools. The process requires one ARK-trained Facilitator per fifteen teachers. (For example, a staff of 60 teachers would require four Facilitators.) The school principal selects outstanding staff members (teachers, counselors, community liasons or social workers) to be trained as Facilitators.
We provide the ARK for Teachers manuals and DVDs, the Facilitator training, and on-going program supervision. To get started, visit our online store or contact us at 888-ARK-8922 (888-275-0744), or email the ARK Group.
How can I find out more about ARK for Teachers?
Contact us at 888-ARK-8922 (888-275-0744), or email the ARK Group to discuss ARK for Teachers resources and options.