The Literacy Unit is responsible for professional development opportunities aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects.
Intensive professional development offerings are multiple session courses designed to support the implementation of comprehensive literacy instruction aligned to the Common Core State Standards. They include:
ELLA is a two-year professional development designed to assist K-1 teachers and K-12 special education teachers in the implementation of a comprehensive literacy program. For more information, see ELLA in Related Files.
Effective Literacy for Grades 2-3 is a two-year professional development designed to assist teachers in grades 2-3 and K-12 special education teachers in the implementation of a comprehensive literacy program. For more information, see Effective Literacy in Related Files.
CLASS is a two-year professional development designed to assist 5-12 English Language Arts and special education teachers in the implementation of a comprehensive research-based approach to literacy instruction. For more information, see CLASS in Related Files.
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a professional development opportunity offered by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Career Education, education service cooperatives, and the university STEM centers in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). It focuses on the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and equipping junior high and high school students with the necessary reading and writing skills to be college and career ready. Teachers in ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Career/Technical Education use the LDC framework to build content within a coherent approach to literacy. For more information, see LDC in Related Files.
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) establish requirements for literacy development in all content areas. Reading and writing standards for the disciplines are meant to complement the specific demands of the disciplines, not replace them. For more information on this series of workshops, see the Related Files for Disciplinary Literacy.
Targeted literacy topics are professional learning opportunities focused on the big shifts in instruction under the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy.
Targeted literacy topics may be available face-to-face at local education service cooperatives, STEM center, districts or schools. These topics will also be available through asynchronous Moodle courses offered throughout the year through local education service cooperatives, as well as statewide. For more information on these literacy topics, see the Related Files for Targeted Literacy.
Literacy Intervention professional development offerings are courses and workshops designed to address the specific needs of struggling learners. They include:
Reading Recovery® is a short-term literacy intervention that provides intensive individual instruction for the children with the lowest reading performance in first grade. For more information, see Reading Recovery® in Related Files.
Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) is a one-day workshop designed to assist teachers in administering the DIBELS assessments. DIBELS are individually administered measures of student skills in each of the essential elements of reading. By looking at students’ success rates on the DIBELS measures, teachers can interpret the effectiveness of their reading instruction.
Intensive Reading Intervention is a one-day workshop that will assist teachers in designing reading interventions required for students who are shown to have a substantial deficiency in reading. Teachers will learn the essentials of what constitutes effective intervention, how to design an Intensive Reading Intervention (IRI) based on DIBELS results, how to monitor student progress, and how to utilize the online record keeping system.
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