ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : COM-10-201

Date Created : 05/26/2010


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Central Administration - Dr. Tom W. Kimbrell, Commissioner
Distance Learning Classroom Facilitator Training

Regulatory Authority:

Contact Person:
Tammy Harrell

Phone Number:


In order to promote effective distance learning classrooms, the Distance Learning Initiative plans to offer training for new and experienced classroom facilitators. Facilitators will complete a series of online modules and attend a face-to-face training at the district’s local education service cooperative.

Each public school district that utilizes distance education courses from the following content providers is required to send a facilitator:

Arch Ford Distance Learning Center (Plumerville)
Arkansas Department of Education Distance Learning Center (Maumelle)
Arkansas Early College High School (Monticello)
Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts Office of
Distance Education (Hot Springs)
Arkansas Virtual High School (Plumerville)
Dawson Center for Distance Learning (Arkadelphia)
Arkansas Preparatory Center for Distance Learning (Walnut Ridge)
Arkansas Strategic Foreign Language Distance Learning Center

Please be advised that each content provider may require additional training conducted over compressed interactive video to cover specific operating procedures.

The goals of this coordinated professional development opportunity are to:

1) Promote more efficient use of time and money by sending a facilitator to only one training
2) Allow time to begin/continue building a working relationship with the providing instructor(s)
3) Sharpen skills in classroom management, organization, and communication 4) Develop skills in testing ethics and procedures
5) Develop the necessary technology skills needed in a distance learning environment,
6) Provide hands-on training for the Tandberg and Polycom distance learning systems
7) Provide time to share ideas and network with other experienced facilitators
8) Inspire and motivate facilitators for the up-coming year

The dates for the face-to-face portion of the distance learning classroom facilitator trainings are as follows:

August 12, 2010: Western, Crowley’s Ridge, Arch Ford, Northeast, Southeast, Dawson, Ozarks Unlimited Resources, Great Rivers, Southwest, Wilbur D. Mills, Northwest, Northcentral, Arkansas River

August 13, 2010: South Central, DeQueen, Mena

August 17, 2010: Tri District

Registration is located on the Arkansas Distance Learning Portal ( and will open May 26, 2010. For additional information, contact the local cooperative distance learning coordinator or distance learning content provider.

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