Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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R.I.S.E. Academy

This intensive learning session provides high level training in the knowledge and skills of the science of reading as well as a foundational approach to understanding the research to shift instructional practices.  There are currently 80 RISE Academy trainer/coaches who have completed 14 rigorous days of training and passed the national LETRS certification exam. 
 
The first cohort of R.I.S.E. Academy participants began in the summer of 2017.  Targeting K-2 teachers first, and offered as a three-day beginning session with three additional training days throughout the year.  One thousand teachers began the year-long process which includes structured ongoing coaching from Literacy Specialists as they implement these practices in their classrooms.  An additional two thousand teachers were trained in the summer of 2018.  
 
The Academy model expanded to include Grades 3-6 teachers in summer 2018 with approximately 1,500 participants, and places emphasis on the continual cycle of learning to improve reading skills.  This program is two days of initial training followed by three additional trainings through out the year and a final three-day training the following summer.  
 
The vast reach of the R.I.S.E. Academy allows teachers to take part in a statewide conversation about the science of reading and the impact necessary to support our students with the skills necessary to learn to read.
 

For more information, please contact:

Kathy Mascuilli, Literacy Program Manager
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 204-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-683-2922
Email: Kathy.Mascuilli@arkansas.gov
 
Sandy Shepard, Lead Regional R.I.S.E. Specialist
Arkansas Department of Education
Four Capitol Mall, Room 204-B
Little Rock, Arkansas 72201
Phone: 501-682-9961
Email: sandy.shepard@dawsonesc.com

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