ADE Director's Communication Memo Form

Memo Number : ACC-99-025

Date Created : 11/04/1998


Co-op Directors
Secondary Principals
Elementary Principals
Middle School Principals
High School Principals
other: LEA Special

Type of Memo: Informational
Response Required: Yes
Section:   Accountability - Dr. Charity Smith
Regional Transition Training

Regulatory Authority:
Public Law 94-142, as amended

Contact Person:
Virginia Clements

Phone Number:


The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) Amendments of 1997 were signed into law by the President on June 4, 1997. A number of substantive changes were made in Part B of the IDEA which set forth requirements for education of all children with disabilities. Significant changes were made to the Individualized Education Program (IEP) content and process, including changes in the transition planning process which now begins at age 14. Additional changes in the format of the IEP forms were mandated in September of 1998.

To assist local school districts with implementation of changes relevant to Transition Plan Development, the Arkansas Department of Education (ADE), Special Education Unit, Transition Staff, has scheduled statewide training. To maximize school district staff time away from the classroom, a new training format has been developed. The morning session will focus on "basic" Transition information and the afternoon session will provide training on how to use the Life Centered Career Education (LCCE) Assessment and Curriculum. Both training opportunities will be offered on the same day. All training materials have been updated by the Transition staff to reflect September 1998 changes in IEP forms.

Regional training will be provided. This training will be beneficial to LEA Supervisors, special educators (teachers of students 14 and up), general educators (teachers of students 14 and up), principals, paraprofessionals, etc. Training will begin each day at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 3:30 p.m. The upcoming ten training dates and locations are:

City Date Location

Hope December 2, 1998 Southwest Arkansas Educational Cooperative

Melbourne December 3, 1998 Northcentral Arkansas Education Service Center

Springdale December 3, 1998 Harvey and Bernice Jones Center

Little Rock January 12, 1999 Arkansas Teacher Retirement Building, Rm. 200

Plumerville January 14, 1999 Arch Ford Education Service Cooperative

Forrest City January 14, 1999 East Arkansas Community College

Monticello January 28, 1999 Southeast Arkansas Education Service Cooperative

Harrisburg February 16, 1999 Crowley's Ridge Educational Cooperative

Little Rock February 16, 1999 Arkansas Teacher Retirement Building, Rm. 200

El Dorado February 24, 1999 Carver Building

The above trainings are provided to districts at no charge. Registration is limited to 50 people per site, therefore, reservations will be on a first come, first serve basis. The attached registration form must be turned in no later than November 18, 1998, to:

Virginia Clements
Arkansas Department of Education
Special Education Unit, Transition
#4 Capitol Mall, Room 105-C,
Little Rock, AR 72201

Phone 501-682-4299 or Fax 501-682-5168



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