Arkansas Governor Implements CrashCourse Statewide
Today, Governor Asa Hutchinson, in partnership with TeachAids, announced that Arkansas will be the first state in the country to implement the concussion education program CrashCourse in every high school across the state.
CrashCourse follows the state’s successful partnership with Facebook, donating $1 million worth of virtual reality equipment to the state. Arkansas became the first state in the nation to incorporate VR into all public high schools. Taking this education initiative to the next level, the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Health, and Arkansas Activities Association have joined forces with TeachAids to provide compelling concussion education for youth.
“Arkansas is setting a precedent for the rest of the nation in providing cutting-edge VR education to its students,” stated Governor Asa Hutchinson. “Through our unique partnership with TeachAids, this groundbreaking concussion education experience will empower young people to solve real-world problems in our increasingly technology-driven society.”
The announcement of this historical partnership will take place at a pre-game function as part of the Arkansas High School 7A State Championship. The function will be commenced by Shane Broadway, former Speaker of the Arkansas House of Representatives and former Director of the Arkansas Department of Higher Education. A special CrashCourse PSA will play at all four of the High School State Championship Games on Saturday and Sunday. At the event:
- Arkansas Department of Health, will be represented by Dr. Greg Brown (Branch Chief of Trauma, Public Health Preparedness and EMS)
- Arkansas Activities Association, will be represented by Derek Walter (Assistant Executive Director)
- Arkansas Department of Education and Governor Hutchinson’s Computer Science Initiative, will be represented by Anthony Owen (Chief State STEM Officer and State Director of Computer Science Education)
Under the leadership of Owen, the CrashCourse interactive curricula will be instituted into schools after the start of the new year. Successful implementation will take place through partnerships with organizations such as the EAST Initiative, known for their school wide technology programs.
TeachAids would like to commend Governor Asa Hutchinson who not only has brought his great vision of Computer Science education to Arkansas, but who also helps our nation by co-chairing the national Governor’s for Computer Science group with Governor Jay Inslee from the State of Washington.
TeachAids is proud to partner with the state of Arkansas in this historic progression. Working together with local government forces, and other key stakeholders, we will be able to enhance the way we teach kids about concussions for generations to come. Thank you Arkansas for being the first to accomplish this education mission statewide!