Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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English Language Arts / Literacy: Statewide PD

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. 

Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework

Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework is a professional development opportunity developed by literacy specialists from the Arkansas Department of Education and education service cooperatives to provide guidance and support in building and sustaining a comprehensive literacy system at the local level. As a whole, the modules serve as a complete course of study for reading and writing teachers in the following grade bands:  K-1, 2-3, 4-5, and 6-8. Each of the modules focuses on key components of a comprehensive system. Educators may register for individual modules to meet specific needs or complete the entire set of modules to gain in-depth understanding of all the components. The modules do not need to be taken in sequence; however, it is recommended that educators begin with the Overview Module if they intend to complete the entire series. Follow-up support and coaching for implementation is available.  For additional information on these modules, see Comprehensive Literacy Modules in the Related Files.  
The overarching goals of Implementing a Comprehensive Literacy Framework are to enable K-8 educators to:  
  • Deepen their understanding of the essential elements of reading, writing, speaking, and listening instruction. 
  • Apply knowledge of the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy in the disciplines to appropriate grade-level content in the appropriate grade-level classroom context.
  • Analyze data generated from student assessments to guide and adjust instruction to meet the needs of all students.
  • Select the most appropriate evidence-based instructional strategies and practices to support diverse student populations.

Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)

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. 

Disciplinary Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science and Technical Subjects

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 Common Core Literacy Topics

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 Topics

Literacy Intervention professional development offerings are courses and workshops designed to address the specific needs of struggling learners. They include:

Reading Recovery®

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)

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

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.

For more information, please contact:

Jane Dearworth, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Four Capitol Mall, Room 401-B
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-5612
Marshal Hurst, LDC/MDC Program Coordinator
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Learning Services
Western Arkansas Education Service Cooperative
3010 East Highway 22, Suite A 
Branch, AR 72928
Phone: 501-366-4342

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