Monthly Calls

Monthly TA Calls

We invite you to join us for our monthly LEA call, Thursday, April 29, 2021, from 3:00 – 4:00 P.M. The April call will focus on the following topics: 
Annual Performance Report (APR) Determinations, State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Updates, and ongoing statewide implementation efforts for the Strategic Instructional Model to support High Leverage Practice #14 – Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Support Learning and Independence.  

Presentation Slides

April 29, 2021

Call Details:

3:00 – 4:00 PM

Monthly Call Join Link

You may also join by Telephone: Dial: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 646-568-7788 (US Toll)
Webinar ID: 99293762545

Monthly TA calls are recorded and archived on the ADE Special Education Unit website on the Monthly Call page. The Monthly Call tab is found under Related Links on the lower right side of the homepage or may be reached by clicking here.

As a reminder, we will be using ZOOM for the calls and participants will be able to see and hear the presenters but will not be able to be heard or seen on the webcam. Pre-submitted questions will be answered during the call, so if you would like to submit questions or ideas for future topics, please provide that information to us by clicking here.


Previous Calls:

Thursday, April 29, 2021

Annual Performance Report (APR) Determinations, State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Updates, and ongoing statewide implementation efforts for the Strategic Instructional Model to support High Leverage Practice #14 – Cognitive and Metacognitive Strategies to Support Learning and Independence.

Thursday, February 25, 2021

Topics: State’s VI-B Application and Input on Distribution of Funds; Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS); Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CCEIS); and Early Childhood to Kindergarten Transition.


Thursday, January 28, 2021

Topics: Behavior tips to support virtual learning, FBA modules, and strategies that can be implemented quickly to improve student engagement and success.
Thursday, November 19, 2020
Topics: High Cost Occurrence, Facilitated IEPs and Mediation Process. 

Thursday, October 29, 2020

Topics: Dynamic Learning Maps (DLM), The Role of School Psychology Specialists, and High Leverage Practices (HLP).

Presentation Slides
October Video Recording


Thursday, August 27, 2020

Topics: Sonja Wright-McMurray, Associate Director for Accountability, Career Readiness, and Technical Programs and Sarah Shamburger, Program Coordinator for Accountability and Funding, Division of Career and Technical Education (CTE), will provide information on CTE-Perkins Accountability and TRIAND and eSchool coding issues for students with disabilities. Suzie Baker, Director of Easterseals Arkansas Outreach Program and Technology Services, will be discussing two capacity building projects that Easterseals is involved in that support LEAs. The call will include Special Education updates as well.

Presentation Slides
August Video Recording

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Topics: Faith Park and Rebecca Walters, teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing, will provide information on Meeting the needs of Deaf/HH Students in a Remote Way and How to Address the Science of Reading with Deaf/HH Students. Dr. Jeff Adams, State Systemic Improvement Plan Coordinator, will share some information about High Leverage Practices.
Presentation Slides
May Video Recording

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Topics: COVID-19 guidance and updates
Presentation Slides
April Video Recording

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Topics: Matt Sewell, Director of Special Education, will discuss the State’s VI-B Application and input will be solicited on the distribution of funds among activities in the State’s Annual Part B Grant Application. Jeff Adams, State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) Coordinator, will follow up on High Leverage Practices (HLP) part 3.
Presentation Slides
March Video Recording

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Topics: Coordinated Early Intervening Service (CEIS) and Comprehensive Coordinated Early Intervening Service (CCEIS) application processes and associated deadlines
Presentation Slides
February Video Recording

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Topics: Catastrophic Reimbursement
Presentation Slides
January Video Recording

Thursday, December 19, 2019

Topics: Catastophic Reimbursement
Presentation Slides
December Video Recording

Thursday, October 31, 2019

Topics: Behavior Support and Hot Topics in Monitoring
PowerPoint Presentation
October Video Recording


Thursday, September 26, 2019

Topics: IEP Facilitation and Mediation, and Dispute-Related Issues
PowerPoint Presentation
September Video Recording

Thursday, August 29, 2019

Topics: Jerri Clark the Director of School Health Services will provide information on ARMAC and MITS.
PowerPoint Presentation
August Video Recording


Thursday, May 30, 2019

Topics: Tiah Frazier, State Personnel Development Grant (SPDG) Director, will explain how dyslexia intervention and core literacy instruction fit under the RTI umbrella.
PowerPoint Presentation
May Video Recording


Thursday, April 25, 2019

Topics: Sandy Shepard, the ADE Lead Regional R.I.S.E Specialist, will provide information on core literacy instruction.
April Video Recording


Thursday, March 28, 2019

Topics: Vicki King, Dyslexia Specialist for the Arkansas Department of Education will explain components of dyslexia intervention
March Video Recording


Thursday, February 28, 2019

Topics: Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS) application process and associated deadlines
February PowerPoint Presentation


Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Topics: Proposed Catastrophic Reimbursement Rule Changes

January PowerPoint Presentation
January Video Recording

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Topics: Catastrophic Occurrences Funding

November PowerPoint Presentation (Updated 09/05/2019)

Thursday, October 25, 2018

Topics: Debbie Young from ADE Assessment shares accommodations for statewide assessments, General Updates

October PowerPoint Presentation
October Video Recording

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Topics: Assistive Technology Loan Programs, 2018 LEA Annual Determinations, General Updates

August PowerPoint Presentation
August Video Recording

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Topics: Student Success Plans, Catastrophic Funding, and development of alternate standards for courses that are currently required for graduation
May Monthly Call PowerPoint Presentation
Video Part 1: Student Success Plans
Video Part 2: Alternate Pathway to Graduation
Thursday, April 26, 2018
Topics: Compliance Matrix

April Monthly Call PowerPoint Presentation
April Video Recording

Thursday, March 29, 2018
Topics: Title VI-B Application

March Monthly Call PowerPoint Presentation
Excess Cost Worksheet
Excess Cost PowerPoint Presentation
March Video Recording

Thursday, February 22, 2018
Topics: Coordinated Early Intervening Services (CEIS)
Thursday, January 25, 2018
Topics: Alternative Methods of Instruction (AMI)

Thursday, November 30, 2017
Topics: Catastrophic Reimbursement

Thursday, October 26, 2017
Topics: Status update on the consideration of offering an Alternate Diploma option for students with the most significant cognitive disabilities along with information from the Dispute Resolution and Assessment sections.

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Topics: Updates on Finance, Dispute Resolution, and Assessment; Professional Training modules; frequently asked questions about Dyslexia and students with IEPs.
Google Presentation

September Video Recording

Friday, August 31, 2017
Topics: Restructuring of ARMITS, training opportunities, and new monitoring activies for 2017-2018
Friday, April 14, 2017
Topics: Student GPS
April Call Documents:
Friday, March 10, 2017
Topics: June 1, 2017 Annual Application for Title VI-B funds
March Call Documents:
Friday, February 10, 2017
Topics: Special Education Paperwork Guidance Document
February Call Documents:
Friday, January 13, 2017 
Topics: Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Curriculum and Assessment Update, Diploma Options for students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities, Special Education Website changes, and General Information and Reminders
January Call Documents:
Friday, December 9, 2016 
Topics: Catastrophic Reimbursement 
December Call Documents:
Friday, November 11, 2016 
The monthly conference call scheduled for Friday, November 11, 2016, has been cancelled. We will re-schedule the call for a later date and, as always, we appreciate your active participation. If you have questions that you would like addressed on the next monthly call or would like to submit ideas for future topics, please provide that information to us by filling Monthly Calls Questionnaire/Ideas Form
Friday, October 14, 2016 
Topics: Special Education Updates and Evidence Based Practices 
October Call Documents:
Friday, August 05, 2016 
Topics: Paperwork Reduction, highlighting the new forms to be piloted. 
Friday, June 10, 2016 
The monthly conference call scheduled for this Friday, June 10, has been cancelled
Friday, May 13, 2016 
Topics: PepNet, LRE Calculation, Paperwork Reduction and Special Education Updates.
Friday, April 8, 2016 
Topic: Statewide Field Test for Title VI-B Annual Application
Friday, March 11, 2016 
Topics: Statewide Field Test for Fiscal State Application for Title VI-B, RTI Resources, and Disproportionality
Friday, February 12, 2016 
Topics: SEU Partnership with School Improvement, Paperwork Reduction Update, Dispute Resolution Update, Fiscal Update (Statewide Field Test),Curriculum and Assessment Update (Unified English Braille Transition, Dyslexia Update), State Program Development (Paraprofessional Module Update).
Friday, January 8, 2016 
Topics: Updated Alternate Assessment Guidance.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Topics: Catastrophic Submission and Fiscal Monitoring Risk Assessment.
November 13, 2015 Call
Topics: Paper reduction survey, IDEA Part B fiscal accountability procedures, and a review of the tiered monitoring system.
October 26, 2015 Call
Topics: ADE’s procedure for responding to parent calls, and communication techniques to support productive conversations in IEP meetings