ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : LIC-10-036

Date Created : 04/28/2010


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Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: No
Section:   Human Resources/Licensure - Beverly A. Williams, Assistant Commissioner
Algebra I Grade 8 Professional Development

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Dr. Charles D. Watson

Phone Number:


In 2008, the State Board of Education adopted guidelines for adding an area of licensure endorsement that will approve teachers with middle level licensure to teach Algebra I at Grade 8. Those guidelines are found at the following URL:

Two of the three options for qualification for the endorsement require professional development specifically designed to assist those teachers with meeting the expectations of a secondary Algebra I program and meeting the expectations of the Middle Level Math Praxis exam.

This summer three different workshops are planned and announced for teachers seeking the Algebra I at Grade 8 endorsement.

Harding University June 21-25 Interested participants can contact Tim Brister, Mathematics Specialist at Harding University, 501-279-4621 or e-mail There is a registration fee of $100 per participant for this session.

Ozarks Unlimited Resources Cooperative Harrison, AR July 19, 20, and 21 with two follow-up days during the fall semester that are yet to be determined Interested participants can contact Shane Flud, Mathematics Specialist OUR Cooperative, e-mail .

University of Arkansas at Fort Smith July 14, 15, and 16 with two follow-up days, also to be determined, during the fall semester. Interested participants can contact Darlynn Cast, Director, Institute for Math and Science Education, University of Arkansas at Fort Smith 479-788-7244 or e-mail

The attachment to this memo provides more information about this training and includes a registration form. For direct questions about the endorsement or additional training options contact Dr. Charles D. Watson, Associate Professor of Mathematics, University of Central Arkansas, 501-450-5681 or

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