Joel Lookadoo, NBCT

Joel Lookadoo, NBCT, was recently announced as the 2020 Arkansas Teacher of the Year. He received his National Board Certification in 2018. Joel received his Bachelor’s Degree in Secondary Math Education from the University of Central Arkansas and his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Arkansas State University. He is ESL certified and in his seventh year of teaching in Springdale, Arkansas. Joel has taught Algebra 1 and currently serves as a Math and Science Instructional Facilitator.
First Believe, Then Achieve
Joel Lookadoo, NBCTNovember 14, 2019

“Whether you think you can or you think you can’t, you’re right.” – Henry Ford I believe Henry Ford’s quote to be particularly true in the realm of education. When teachers and students believe they can learn, they will. But the same is true for the opposite. John Hattie, a professor and researcher in education from the University of Melbourne in Australia, has synthesized research studies to look at how different factors impact student achievement. The list of factors, which can be found at, shows that Collective Teacher Efficacy has the greatest impact on student achievement. This outperforms other…

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