ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-09-190

Date Created : 06/02/2009


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
other: Professional Development Coord; Co-Teachers; Classroom Teachers

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Optional
Section:   Special Assistant - Dee Cox
AR Adolescent Literacy Intervention (AALI)

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Renee Calhoon

Phone Number:


The Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), in partnership with the University of Central Arkansas Mashburn Center for Learning, announces an opportunity for educators to participate in the Arkansas Adolescent Literacy Intervention (AALI). The AALI is a researched validated methodology based on the Strategic Instruction Model (SIM) developed by Dr. Don Deshler, contributor to Reading Next, and the University of Kansas Research Center on Learning (KU-CRL). More information about Reading Next can be found online at

This learning opportunity will provide high quality professional development in Content Enhancement Routine (CER), on-site coaching, and fidelity checks. The CERís are Tier I interventions that support a rigorous core curriculum. CER's will assist educators in effective and efficient planning for student learning using visual devices. The CERís simplify complex content increasing the likelihood of academic success. The SIM has been clinically tested for over 30 years. Significant gains in achievement for students with and without mild disabilities have been proven with fidelity of implementation.

AALI professional learning may be offered onĖsite or regionally. It is recommended that a complete grade level participate. The estimated cost is $1,000 per person per year. For individuals interested in this professional learning, complete the interest form below and e-mail to An AALI representative will provide interested persons with more information, upon receipt of the interest form.


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