ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-06-086

Date Created : 04/25/2006


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

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Special Assistant - Ms. Janinne Riggs
AR Reading First Summer Reading Camp

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Glenda Nugent

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) invites schools to participate in the Arkansas Reading First Summer Reading Camp professional development. This five-day opportunity is designed to assist K-3 schools in the implementation of a scientifically based reading program that is consistent with the Guidelines of Reading First, the National Reading Panel Report, and the Arkansas English Language Arts Framework. Training will also assist schools in designing Intensive Reading Interventions for students not meeting grade level proficiency as required by Act 35.

Eleven Arkansas Reading First schools have been selected to host Summer Reading Camp for K-3 children. The K-3 Summer Reading Camp classrooms will be used as laboratories for learning and providing participants an opportunity to observe scientifically based reading instruction and practice effective strategies with children. The specific sites and dates for training at each site are provided in the attachment.

This five-day professional development will provide participants the following opportunities:

Observe in classrooms where scientifically based reading instruction (SBRI) is provided by Reading First teachers and coaches;
Learn to use the Arkansas Reading First Observation Protocol to improve instruction;
Engage in reflective discussions concerning instruction and its alignment to scientifically based reading research, the specific needs of struggling students, and to problem solve on instructional issues;
Learn a systematic process for analyzing the Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) to plan Tier 1, 2, and 3 instruction;
Use DIBELS assessment data to design Academic Improvement Plans for struggling readers;
Receive grade level specific training in all areas of SBRI; and
Network with area teachers.

Registration is open to all K-3 classroom teachers, intervention teachers, English Language Learner teachers, literacy coaches, and administrators. Special education teachers of all grade levels are encouraged to attend the five-day professional development session, as well as an additional two-day session provided by ADE Special Education staff. The two-day session will focus more specifically on interventions to meet the needs of students with disabilities. Though the Reading First Summer Camp focuses on grades K-3, the instructional strategies presented could be modified to benefit learners with disabilities, regardless of grade level.

The Arkansas Department of Education and Arkansas Reading First will provide registration, training materials, and professional texts at no cost to schools. Registration is available online by following the directions included in the attachment. Registration opens May 1, 2006.


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