ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-06-080

Date Created : 04/24/2006


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Special Assistant - Ms. Janinne Riggs
Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Debbie Coffman

Phone Number:


REGISTRATION DEADLINE (no exceptions): May 19, 2006

In support of the Smart Step and Next Step Initiatives, 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 and high school administrators and reading/language arts teachers (Grades 4-12) for the purpose of establishing exemplary classrooms using a comprehensive literacy approach to language arts instruction. Additional team members (Grades 4-12) may be considered for this training opportunity. The 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.

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

Orientation for administrators will be held in conjunction with the Literacy Decision Makers Teleconference on April 7, 2006.

Registration for Literacy Lab will begin April 7, 2006. All literacy lab forms are attached to the memo. Please complete all forms and follow the directions for submitting the documents. The “School Registration Form” must be emailed to Ben Ellis, and received by May 19, 2006.

The “School Commitment Form” and “Team Member Commitment Forms” should be mailed to Pam Celsor, Smart Step Literacy Lab Classroom Project, c/o Harding University, Box 12254, Searcy, AR 72149.


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