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

 

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
 

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Upcoming Workshops

 

Transitioning from PECS to Speech Generating Devices

Presented by JoAnne Matteo

Hosted by Easter Seals Outreach Program

 

Course Description: With the current influx of communication devices and apps to the market, how do we ensure that basic functional communication skills are maintained and taught right from the beginning? Speech Generating Devices (SGDs) were first introduced for people with motor difficulties like cerebral palsy and now these devices are being introduced to our learners with autism and other related communication difficulties. For these populations, language and cognition are often compromised and basic social and communication skills have not always been mastered prior to the introductions of a device. Because of this, the way we teach the use of SGDs needs to be specifically tailored to fit the needs of each individual paying attention to devices capabilities vs. user capabilities. This full-day workshop will describe procedures for analyzing a learner's current PECS skills to determine candidacy for transitioning to a Speech Generating Device (SGD), choosing a device, and teaching functional use of the device, and why we must teach the basic principles of communication to our learner first to ensure positive outcomes are achieved.

 

Topics to be covered:

The unique challenges of learners with complex communication needs

Describe and demonstrate the specific teaching strategies from the PECS protocol that will be used in teaching SGD use

Compare features available on SGDs and choose a device based on student’s current PECS skills

How to write task analysis for navigation and picture selection for use with a specific SGD

Demonstrate PECS teaching strategies with SGDs

 

Registration Fee: $180 per participant. Seating limited. Please register early. ASHA CEUs .55 are available.

  •  Workshop Dates:  September 30, 2014; Location: The Jones Center, 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764; Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 am);  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

 

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 per participant. Seating limited. ASHA CEUs are available (1.3)

  •        Workshop Dates:  October 2-3, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212; Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 am);  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.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.

What participants will learn:

•Developmental curriculum content appropriate for children with autism

•Curriculum-based assessment techniques for baseline and progress monitoring

•To use applied behavior analysis (ABA) lesson plans

•Teach children with autism using the discrete trial training method

•Be familiar with the method of pivotal response training and the research

•Teach children with autism to be independent and to generalize skills learned in discrete trial and pivotal response training within their daily functional routines

•The critical skills students with autism need to learn

•To teach communication skills, academic skills and social interaction & play skills to a variety of children with autism

 

Registration Fee: $325 per participant. Seating limited  

  • Workshop Dates:  October 13-14, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212; Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 am);  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

  

LINKS 2-Day Comprehensive Workshop

 

Each participant will need to bring a laptop or ipad for this workshop!

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

 

What participants will learn:

•Developmentally appropriate curriculum content for secondary students with autism and other developmental disabilities

•To conduct global and targeted assessments

•To collect baseline and ongoing data to assess a student’s level of independence

•To identify specific routine steps, skills, and concepts appropriate for instruction

•To individualize instruction and teach skills relating to responding to language, communicating with others, functional academics, and engaging in diverse activities

•To monitor student progress over time

 Registration Fee: $325 per participant. Seating limited.

  • Workshop Dates:  October 15-16, 2014; Location: Easter Seals Outreach Training Facility, 3724 Woodland Heights Road, Little Rock, AR 72212; Time: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Registration begins at 8:00 am);  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

 

 

 

Incorporating PECS Across the Day

 

Presented by JoAnne Matteo

Hosted by Easter Seals Outreach Program

 

Course Description: This workshop explores incorporation of communication, advanced language and PECS implementation throughout the day. Both receptive and expressive communication skills are explored, with a focus on incorporating skills into a variety of functional activities. Ideas for advanced language lessons for learners using any modality (i.e. speech generating devices, sign language, speech, etc.) are discussed. The day ends with information specifically related to incorporating PECS opportunities throughout the day. Concepts are explored via a combination of videos, discussions and small group activities.

 

 Topics to be covered:

Identify communication opportunities and incorporate communication into functional activities throughout the day

Design advanced language lessons

Analyze a classroom day and program communicative opportunities into all activities

Strategies for teaching linguistic concepts via PECS within functional routines across the day

 

Registration Fee: $180 per participant. 0.65 ASHA CEUs Available. Space is limited please register early.

  • Workshop Dates:  October 1, 2014; Location: The Jones Center, 922 E Emma Ave, Springdale, AR 72764; Time: 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:30 am);  Contact Person/Agency: Dianna Griffe Easter Seals Arkansas Outreach; Contact Phone Number: 501-227-3770; Email: dgriffe@eastersealsar.com; Website: www.eastersealsar.com.

PECS 2-Day Basic Training

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