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."

 

Announcements

 

Vocabulary Startegies for SLP's

 

Vocabulary development is a key to a student’s ability to access the curriculum. Based primarily on the work of Judy Montgomery and Isabel Beck, this workshop will examine four types of vocabulary and their relationship to the CCSS, review key attributes of “word learning,” demonstrate how to choose appropriate target vocabulary, and explain how to design efficient intervention strategies and measure student progress for direct vocabulary intervention. Consultation and collaboration with classroom teachers, which is essential to providing more effective, integrated vocabulary instruction, will also be discussed.

 

Workshop Dates

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Upcoming Workshops

Meeting the Needs of Students with Severe/Multiple Disabilities: Doing What Works!
A workshop presented by Joni Whitener, M.S., CAYSI Project, ADE/SEU and Barbara Haynes, M.S.E., Easter Seals Outreach, "Meeting the Needs of Students with Severe/Multiple Disabilities: Doing What Works!". The intended audience for this workshop is teachers, therapists and support staff who have students with severe educational needs, two or more disabilities, and/or sensory impairments; teachers new to self-contained classrooms or combination RR/SC classrooms; and teachers participating in alternative licensure programs. 
This workshop will include evidence-based practices that improve outcomes for low-incidence students, our "top 10" instructional strategies, hands-on practice of strategies, no-tech and low-tech ways to increase communication and active participation of all students, video clips and auditory/vision simulations, and samples of appropriate IEP goals/objectives that are aligned with the Common Core Standards.
The workshop will be at two different locations:
  • Tuesday, April 1, 2014 from 8:30 am - 3:30 pm at Shirley School District/Professional Development Lab, 199 School Drive, Shirley, AR 72153. Contact Person or Agency: Easter Seals Outreach, Dianna Griffe at 501-227-3770 or email her at dgriffe@eastersealsar.com. Registration fee is $110.00 and Bring your own lunch or $5.00 for catered sandwiches.
  • Thursday, April 17, 2014 from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212. Contact Person or Agency: Easter Seals Outreach, Dianna Griffe at 501-227-3770 or email her at dgriffe@eastersealsar.com. Registration fee is $110.00 and Bring your own lunch.
 
PECS 2-Day Basic Training
In cooperation with Pyramid Educational Consultants, Inc., Easter Seals Outreach Program will be offering two-day Basic Picture Exchange Communication System (PECS) training. PECS is a language training package that is used to teach communication skills rapidly to those with limited functional speech. It promotes communication within a social context, without lengthy prerequisite training. Training in PECS begins by teaching a spontaneous request and goes on to teach additional communicative functions such as responding to questions and commenting. An added attraction for preschool children with autism and related disabilities is the high proportion of children who acquire independent speech. Participants will learn how to implement the six phases of PECS, including attributes, through presenter demonstrations, video examples and role-play opportunities. Participants will leave the workshop with an understanding of how to implement PECS with individuals with autism, related developmental disabilities, and/or limited communication skills. 

 

 

What you will learn:

  • The key Pyramid components to designing effective educational environments
  • Strategies to create an abundance of opportunities for communication
  •  How to discuss in detail the Picture Exchange Communication System and its relationship to traditional training programs.
  • How to implement behavior with target individuals using behavior analytic orientation
  • The criteria for transitioning from PECS to other communication modalities

 

Registration fee: $390.00 per participant. Seating limited to 40 participants. ASHA CEUs are available (1.3)

 

Workshop Dates: March 10-11, 2014 from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm (Registration begins at 7:30 am.) at Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212. Contact Person or Agency: Easter Seals Outreach, Dianna Griffe; 501-227-3770 or email her at dgriffe@eastersealsar.com. Contact Person or Agency Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Outreach Program. Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.easterseals.com.

 
STAR 2-Day Comprehensive Workshop
Presented by STAR Autism Support and hosted by Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach Program.  STAR Workshop Participants will learn the techniques of discrete trial training, pivotal response training and teaching functional routines.  Participants will receive examples of the STAR program lesson plans at each instructional level in order to practice their skills in implementing the program.  The workshop content will include the following:
  • Learn important curriculum content to teach students with autism.
  • An overview of the three instructional methods (discrete trial, pivotal response training and functional routines) and how they are used in combination to form the STAR Program.
  • A comprehensive "how to" training on the use of discrete trial training.
  • An introduction on how to implement pivotal response training to teach expressive language and play skills.
  • An introduction on how to implement functional routines to teach independence.

Registration fee: $325.00 per participant.  Seating limited to 55 participants.  

Workshop Dates: April 21-22, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212.  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Outreach Program; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770, Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.easterseals.com.

 
LINKS 2-Day Comprehensive Workshop  

***LINKS IS NOW A 2 DAY WORKSHOP!!!***

 

Links is a comprehensive curriculum designed to promote student independence in natural environments.  The Links online system utilizes a curriculum-based assessment to individualize routines for every student.  The Links school and community lesson plans provide the used with the tools necessary to teach both individual skills and independence in daily routines.

Links Workshop participants will learn to integrate assessment and instruction to meet the educational needs of students at upper elementary, middle, high school and post-secondary.  Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders and other developmental disabilities may particularly benefit from the Links Curriculum.  All participants will receive an extended 6 week free preview of four routines and associated lessons of the Links Online Curriculum. 

 

Registration fee:  $325.00 includes the workshop, an extended 6 week free preview and the Links Manual.

 

Workshop Dates: April 23-24, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212; Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Outreach Program; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.  

 

Food for Thoughts: Addressing Feeding and Swallowing Concerns for Preschool and School-age Children

Presenters: Aleecia Starkey MSP, CCC-SLP & Jeff Adams M.S., CCC-SLP

Intended Audience:

     *Part A: SLPs, OTs, Nurses, Special Education Teachers and Administrators

     *Part B: Schedule to be announced for paraprofessionals and others providing hands-on feeding.

 

Course Description:

The number of children with feeding and swallowing disorders is increasing in preschool and school settings, garnering national and state attention. Research has shown that successful meal/snack times have a significant impact on student access to free and appropriate public education. In order to promote effective mealtime participation with students who are at risk, information related to feeding and swallowing needs to be available to all members of the school or early intervention team. Participants will learn practical strategies for working with children who have feeding and swallowing problems in schools. Problem-based learning will be used to address the myriad of issues that can co-occur.

 

What you will learn:

  1. The relationship between nutritious, safe, and pleasant meal/snack times to academic development in preschool and school-age settings.
  2. Ways to identify the signs of feeding and swallowing problems.
  3. Strategies for building communication and learning opportunities into meal/snack times.
  4. Collaborative teaming options to enhance overall meal/snack time in schools.
  5. Methods to facilitate information exchange between schools and parents/caregivers.

Registration fee: $110.00

Online Registration: www.eastersealsar.com "Trainings" or Fax registrations to 501-227-3771

  1. Workshop Date: Tuesday, May 6, 2014; Location: Comfort Inn and Suites, 320 Nash Street, Hot Springs, AR 71913; Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.
  2. Workshop Date: Tuesday, May 13, 2014; Location: Southwest AR Ed Coop, 2502 South Main Street, Hope, AR 71801; Contact Person: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.
  3. Workshop Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212; Contact Person: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.
  4. Workshop Date: Friday, April 25, 2014; University of AR Global Campus, Pinnacle One Building Suite 421, 330 Market Street, Rogers, AR 72758; Contact Person: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

iPad Bootcamp

Workshop Date: Thursday, April 24, 2014; Location: University of AR Global Campus, Pinnace One Building Suite 421, 3300 Market Street, Rogers, AR 72758; Contact Person: Dianna Griffe, Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

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