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ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : SI-04-050

Date Created : 03/25/2004


Co-op Directors
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   School Improvement and Professional Development - Ms. Janinne Riggs
Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Ben Ellis

Phone Number:


REGISTRATION DEADLINE (no exceptions): April 12, 2004

In support of the Smart Step Initiative, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) announces an opportunity for schools to participate in the Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project.

The goal of the project is to provide long-term professional development for teams of middle level (Grades 5-8) administrators and reading/language arts teachers for the purpose of establishing exemplary classrooms using the Readerís and Writerís Workshop approach to language arts instruction. ADE works collaboratively with Harding University and mid-level literacy professor, Ken Stamatis, to provide this professional development opportunity.

Participation requires a three-year commitment by the school administration and participating staff members. ADE will provide the following expenses for the professional development:

--classroom materials
--professional texts
--consultant expenses

School districts will be responsible for all training expenses. Administrators and teachers should read the attached documents carefully to fully understand the responsibilities of participating in the project.

An orientation will be held on April 21, 2004, to fully inform prospective participants of the goals, responsibilities, and timeline for the professional development. Schools interested in attending the orientation should return the INTENT TO PARTICIPATE form by April 12, 2004, to the following address:
Ben Ellis
K-12 Literacy Unit
Arkansas Department of Education
#4 Capitol Mall, Room 401 B
Little Rock, AR 72201


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