Updated May 5, 2020

Summer 2020 Professional Development Update

AR AIMS will be hosting on-line Summer Professional Development as an orientation to the curriculum on our Google Sites.  Eight hours of professional development will be offered in July, with sixteen more hours offered during the school year.  Visit your content page below for more detailed information and registration links! 

English Page

Math Page

Science Page

AR AIMS LTF professional development meets the requirements for ADE’s PreAP Certification; ADE requires that teachers attend a sanctioned outlet to obtain PreAP Certification at least every 5 years.  

Teachers receive access to an AR AIMS PAP Google Site when they attend a 24 hour training in their content area. Teachers will have access to the site for three years.  


2020-21  AP & PAP Workshops

FALL 2020

  • MATH:  October 5 & 6, 2020

  • SCIENCE:  October 26 & 27, 2020

  • ENGLISH:  November 2 & 3, 2020

SPRING 2021:

  • ENGLISH:  February 22 & 23, 2021

  • MATH & SCIENCE:  April 8 & 9, 2021



Dear Arkansas AIMS Partners,

Arkansas school buildings will be officially closed for the remainder of the school year.  During this challenging time, the health and safety of the Arkansas AIMS staff and our schools’ staff and students are our utmost concern.  Our Directors and Consultants will be available via email and with synchronous (live) and asynchronous (recorded) virtual meetings. Throughout the week, teachers and principals will receive instructions from the Content Directors and we will notify you of any instructions from CollegeBoard concerning AP Exams. 

AR AIMS has created new Google Sites that will be of benefit during the Pandemic!

Please contact slharrison2@ualr.edu if you have questions and take care of yourself and of each other.

Lynn Harrison-Bullard, AR AIMS President 


Please utilize the resources on the AR AIMS Google Sites, especially the Zoom videos, if your school closes.  Check your AP Google Site, email, and this website regularly for updates.  If we hear any credible information from CollegeBoard we will post it.  Our AR AIMS staff will continue to work from home, so please do not hesitate to contact us at our emails listed below:

  • AIMS President:  Lynn Harrison-Bullard, slharrison2@ualr.edu
  • AIMS Program Director:  Rhonda Riggin, rxriggin@ualr.edu
  • AIMS English Director:  Susan Skinkle, slskinkle@ualr.edu
  • AIMS Math Director: Summer Vaught, slvaught1@ualr.edu
  • AIMS Science Director:  Debbie Bilyeu, ddbilyeu@ualr.edu
  • AIMS Program Assistant:  Ginger Abernathy, ghabernathy@ualr.edu


In 2007 Arkansas AIMS received a grant from the National Math and Science Initiative to increase the number of Arkansas students participating in and earning college-qualifying scores for rigorous AP classes. In 2020, Arkansas AIMS continues to open doors for high school and now middle/junior high school students to reach their academic potential. AR AIMS basic belief remains that student success begins with teachers who are knowledgeable in their subject matter, skilled at instructing diverse classrooms, and capable of preparing students to be confident and creative problem-solvers. As Arkansas AIMS continues for the 12th year, our multi-year longitudinal research continues to reveal the benefits of our partnership to ensure strong academic opportunities for students to prepare them for college and career.


In 2020 86 Arkansas schools are AR AIMS partners with 48 schools receiving Active Services to ensure teacher effectiveness and efficacy and student equity and achievement.

Check us out on Facebook @Arkansas Advanced Initiative for Math & Science, Instagram @ar_aims, and Twitter @AR_AAIMS.



  by Cynthia Howell | February 8, 2020, at 9:08 a.m.

AR Democrat-Gazette

“The number of Arkansas students who took Advanced Placement exams to earn college credit dipped in 2019 as did the number of exams taken. But the number of exams receiving desired scores of 3, 4 or 5 (which provides college credit) hit a new high…”

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