BCN Staff – July 10, 2021 – Washington, D.C.-based Teach Plus, a national nonprofit that empowers teachers to lead improvements in education policy and practice, has named former Arkansas Teacher of the Year and longtime Little Rock School District educator Stacey McAdoo as its new state director for Arkansas.
In her new role as state director of Teach Plus Arkansas, McAdoo will lead the organization’s policy and teacher leadership work in the state, including launching the first cohort of Arkansas Policy Fellows this August. The Teach Plus fellows’ program is a highly selective educational bootcamp for top teachers who want to deepen their knowledge, expand their influence, and lead in shaping education policy and advocacy.
“Stacey is an outstanding leader who brings a deep commitment to elevating and empowering teachers to make change on behalf of Arkansas’ students. She understands the critical issues that impact equity and student success and how to work with educators to improve opportunities and outcomes for all learners,” said Teach Plus President and CEO Roberto Rodríguez.
Through its policy and instructional leadership programs, Teach Plus develops, prepares, and supports teachers to lead systemic change in education that yields greater opportunity for students. In 2019, McAdoo was named Teach Plus’s Arkansas Teacher of the Year and member of group’s inaugural Arkansas Teacher Policy Advisory Board.
“I couldn’t be more excited to join Teach Plus and to work with teachers from across our state in advocating for systemic changes that directly improve the lives of their students,” McAdoo said. “By elevating teacher voice, building relationships, and engaging with our communities, I hope to raise awareness of the critical issues classroom practitioners and students face and to bring forth teacher-informed solutions.”
Prior to joining Teach Plus, McAdoo spent 19 years in the Little Rock School District as a classroom teacher and served as college and career readiness coordinator for the district’s AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program. Among other things, as a professional development facilitator, McAdoo has designed and led sessions on best practices, instructional strategies, empowering student, and teacher voice, and promoting equity and the success of diverse learners.
As noted, McAdoo received Arkansas’ highest educational honor as the state Department of Education’s teacher of the year in 2019. As part of the award sponsored annually by the Walton Family Foundation, Gov. Asa Hutchinson and State Education Secretary Johnny Key presented a $14,000 check to McAdoo. She also received a paid, year-long sabbatical that lasted through the summer of 2020.
Locally, McAdoo is widely known as a writer, educator, and literacy advocate. She has participated in several literacy and spoken word organizations throughout the years and has conducted various workshops and poetry readings at local schools, libraries, universities, and cultural enrichment programs.
The powerhouse Arkansas teacher and educator is also the sponsor of a spoken word youth collective called Writeous Poets. Her packaged teaching strategies and philosophy are also the exclusive subject of a PBS Arkansas Ideas docuseries entitled “Teaching to Close the Opportunity Gap,” and the poetry coaching professional development course called “Go in Poet.”
McAdoo holds a B.A. in professional and technical writing, and a Master of Arts degree in teaching. She currently serves as the lead mentor for all novice teachers in the LR School District, which was removed from state Department of Education’s “Level 5 intensive support” on Thursday (see BlackConsumerNews.com story here.) To learn more about Ms. McAdoo or to read and listen to some of her work, visit her blog at www.stillstacey.com.
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