Welcome To Arkansas Learn

Welcome to the Arkansas Local Education Agency Resource Network, your  state wide partner to assist in meeting the challenges of providing 21st century special education services. The mission is to promote sound research-based building and classroom educational practices to achieve the educational results required by the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) and the Arkansas Department of Education. It is the desire of AR LEARN to be able to respond to statewide needs as well as those of individual school districts. ARLEARN is particularly interested in working with districts that have been determined by this office to be in the "needs assistance" category for full state and federal compliance. The state wide professional development program is designed to build the capacity of local special education personnel and, to the extent appropriate, that of general educational professionals, as well. Professional development credit will be awarded by the Dawson ESC for any training attended. You can contact the professionals at AR LEARN by going to the website www.arlearn.org and clicking on "contact us."




AR Co-Teaching Project’s Comprehensive
Professional Development Package
The Arkansas (AR) Co-Teaching Project’s comprehensive Co-Teaching Model professional development package includes a yearlong combination of traditional and “hands on” guided practice face-to-face trainings, online support, and onsite coaching visits. The package would be appropriate for:  
  • Schools implementing the co-teaching model for the first time this year
  • Schools with an existing co-teaching program interested in improving implementation fidelity
  • Schools that have participated in previous professional development through this project and are interested in continued support
Based on research conducted on the Co-Teaching Model, as well as data obtained from schools that have participated in previous professional development activities, the effectiveness of the model is dependent upon the degree to which general and special educators combine their instructional expertise and develop a collaborative co-teaching relationship, as well as the level of system support available to the school’s co-teaching program. To this end, the co-teaching package includes three phases of professional development. The three phases are designed to (a) address system support through the creation of a building leadership team charged with implementation planning and ongoing oversight, (b) foundational and “hands on” training for the co-teaching partnerships, and (c) follow-up support including onsite coaching and a series of topical webinars.
Deadline September 26, 2014
For more information, contact Rose Merry Kirkpatrick, AR Co-Teaching Project, (501) 319-7333 or rosemerry.kirkpatrick@arkansas.gov



Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) - 2 Training


Basic Training - November 3rd and 4th

8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Cost: $350.00 per participant (30 max)

Location: NWAESC in Farmington

(The training is posted on escWorks. The session number is 229602.)

Conducted by Dr. Rachel Hundley, Psychologist, Vanderbilt University- Nashville, TN
This is a 12 hour training, conducted by a national expert, that will expose participants to the “gold standard” for observational assessment of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs).  The ADOS-2 is a semi-structured, standardized assessment of communication, social interaction, play, and restricted and repetitive behaviors. By observing and coding these behaviors, you can obtain information that informs diagnosis, intervention, treatment planning, and educational placement. - See more at: http://www.wpspublish.com/store/p/2648/autism-diagnostic-observation-schedule-second-edition-ados-2#sthash.okIHYU3r.dpuf


Contact: Mary Ann Mcintyre (mmcintyre@starfishw.org)
Phone: 479-267-7450