Johnny Key

Commissioner of Education

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A Division of the Arkansas Department of Education

Inclusive Practices Project


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Guideline for Letter of Intent

The Letter of Intent to participate in the Inclusive Practices PLC Project is due by March 5, 2020. For details, please go to Guideline for Letter of Intent.

Introduction to Inclusive Practices Project Webinar

To access the recording of the webinar held February 18, 2020, visit


The Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and Solution Tree have established a partnership to develop and expand the Professional Learning Communities (PLC) at Work® process within select schools. These sites will serve as working laboratory schools for the PLC at Work® process, conducting action research and sharing best inclusive practices with other schools throughout the state.

This project will have an intentional focus on inclusive practices ensuring students who are IEP eligible as well as other groups of struggling learners have meaningful access to core instruction and established systems of intervention. Participating schools will be part of a collaborative evaluation process (Solution Tree and DESE) that gathers data regarding student achievement, teacher practices, and effective professional development. By submitting an application, the school agrees to be part of any evaluation that is established between DESE and Solution Tree.


                             Projected Timeline

Webinar  2 p.m., February 18, 2020
Letters of Intent Due to ADE  March 5, 2020
Application Emailed to Point of Contact  March 31, 2020
Applications Due     April 15, 2020
Evaluation Period   April 20 – April 24, 2020
Finalist Interviews  April 27 – May 8, 2020
Notification of Award                                                 May 15, 2020
Tentative Project Start  July 2020

For more information, please contact:

Missy Walley, Director of Special Projects
Arkansas Department  of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4475
Matt Sewell, Director of Special Education
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education               
Special Education Unit
1401 West Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501.682.4221
FAX:  501.682.5159

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