ADE Director's Communication Memo Form


Memo Number : COM-08-133

Date Created : 05/05/2008

Attention:

Superintendents
Co-op Directors
other: LEAs
All Principals
General Ed Teachers K-3
Special Ed Teachers P-4
Speech Paths
Reading Spec.

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
   
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Subject:
Special Ed Programs: Closing the...Gap and PixWriter Literacy & Written Language

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

Contact Person:
Mr. Bryan Ayres, Assistive Technology Consultant

Phone Number:
501-227-3600

E-mail:
bayres@ar.easterseals.com

The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE) Closing the Achievement Gap initiative is an effective model to plan and evaluate Response to Intervention (RtI) Tier I and II interventions. This hands-on, computer lab training pairs a computer application, PixWriter, and collaboration between general and special education staff to target written language, vocabulary and fluency to improve Tier I and Tier II interventions and promote improved literacy outcomes. The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit (SEU) and the Technology and Curriculum Outcome Center, Easter Seals Arkansas will present six, three-hour sessions at Easter Seals Arkansas, 3920 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, Arkansas 72212 on May 13, 2008, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.; and June 10, 2008, and August 5, 2008, at the same times. Cost is $50 per participant. Each of the six sessions will be limited to 15 participants. This workshop is recommended for Kindergarten through Grade 3 Teachers, P-4 Special Educators, Reading Specialists, Title I Reading Support Staff, Reading Recovery Teachers and Speech-Language Pathologists. Presenters include Roxanne Butterfield, Slater Software, and Bryan Ayres, Director, Technology and Curriculum Access Center.

For further information, contact Bryan Ayres, Assistive Technology Consultant with the TCC at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone (local) 501-227-3600, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, bayres@ar.easterseals.com. Registration materials are available in the attachment or on-line at www.ar.easterseals.com.

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