ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-08-109

Date Created : 03/24/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Training on Parental Involvement

Regulatory Authority:
20 U.S.C.A. Section 1400 et seq.

Contact Person:
Ms. Sharon LeBlanc,

Phone Number:


The Easter Seals Arkansas Technology and Curriculum Access Center, in collaboration with the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), will offer workshops on the topic of Parental Involvement - A Variety of Perspectives from Parents and Teachers of Children with Disabilities. This workshop will be offered on the following dates and locations:

May 7, 2008, 1:00-4:00 Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock
May 21, 2008, 1:00-4:00 Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock
June 5, 2008, 1:00-4:00 Arch Ford Education Service Co-op, Plumerville
June 11, 2008, 1:00-4:00 Arkansas River Education Service Co-op, Pine Bluff
June 13, 2008, 9:00-12:00 Dawson Education Service Co-op, Arkadelpia
June 16, 2008, 1:00-4:00 Wilbur D. Mills, Education Service Co-op, Beebe
June 18, 2008, 9:00-12:00 Easter Seals Arkansas, Little Rock

The workshop is intended for special education teachers, related services providers, paraprofessionals and administrators. It is designed to assist staff in enhancing parental involvement in the schools and classrooms. Participants will view aspects of parental involvement from the perspective of teachers, parents and administrators. Workshop topics include increasing sensitivity to parental issues, things every family should know, reinforcing understanding of parent and student rights under Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and finding materials and resources to educate professionals. The workshop format is cooperative learning and demonstration. Seating is limited. Participants will receive three (3) hours of parental involvement professional development at the end of the workshop. Cost of the workshop is $50.00 per participant.

For further information, contact Sharon LeBlanc, M.Ed., Education Consultant with the TCC, at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3611, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration forms are available on-line at or in the attachment.


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