ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-08-155

Date Created : 06/06/2008


Co-op Directors
other: All Principals
LEA Supervisors
General/Special Ed Teachers
Ed. Intervention Staff
Related Svcs. Staff

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Diana Julian, Deputy Commissioner
Special Ed Programs: Computer-Assisted Instruction & Reading...- AR Alternate Assessment

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

Contact Person:
Mr. Bryan Ayres, Assistive Technology Consultant

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit and the Technology and Curriculum Access Center (TCC), Easter Seals Arkansas announce a Web-based professional development opportunity called Computer-Assisted Instruction for Reading, Writing and Math: AR Alternate Assessment. Dates for the Web training will be September 3, 2008, September 10, 2008, September 24, 2008 and October 8, 2008. The Web training begins at 2:30 and ends at 4:00 p.m.

This interactive Web training uses the Web Visual conferencing system to examine tools and strategies using computer-assisted instruction to address the demands of the Arkansas Alternate Portfolio. Professional Development certificates will only be issued to sites that supply a sign-in sheet and return workshop evaluations. Each session is limited to 15 computer sites (one e-mail address per site). More than one person can attend at a site, but material downloads are the responsibility of the computer site.

This workshop is intended for administrators, special education teachers, speech-language pathologists, paraprofessionals and other staff participating in the Arkansas Alternate Portfolio process for Grades 3-8 and 11 for eligible students with significant cognitive impairment. There is a $25 registration fee. Registration and payment must be received at least two weeks prior to the date of the selected training. No refunds will be issued.

For further information, contact Bryan Ayres, TCC at Easter Seals Arkansas by phone 501-227-3612, fax: 501-227-3601, toll-free: 877-533-3600, or e-mail, Registration materials are available on-line at or in the attachments.


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