Inclusive Practices Project

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The Arkansas Department of Education, Division of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE-OSE) 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 that gathers data regarding student achievement, teacher practices, and effective professional learning. By submitting an application, the school agrees to be part of any evaluation that is established between DESE and Solution Tree. 

2022-2023 Cohort: NEW

  • Cutter Morning Star Elementary School (Cutter Morning Star School District)
  • East Pointe Elementary School (Greenwood School District)
  • Magnet Cove Elementary School (Magnet Cove School District)
  • Main Street Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School (Hot Springs School District)
  • Northside Elementary School (Rogers School District)
  • Ridge Road Elementary School (North Little Rock School District)
  • Warren Middle School (Warren School District)
  • West Side Elementary School (West Side School District)

2021-2022 Cohort:

  • Carroll Smith Elementary School (Osceola School District)
  • Waldron Elementary School (Waldron School District)
  • Caldwell Elementary School (Benton School District)
  • McNair Middle School (Fayetteville School District)
  • Rivercrest Elementary School (Rivercrest School District)
  • Lakeside Junior High School (Lakeside School District – Hot Springs)
  • East Hills Middle School (Greenwood School District)

2020-2021 Pilot Cohort:

  • Prescott Elementary School (Prescott School District)
  • Angie Grant Elementary School (Benton School District)
  • Grace Hill Elementary School (Rogers School District)
  • Orr Elementary School (Fort Smith School District).

Inclusive Practices Project Webinar

To access the recording of the webinar held on February 25, 2022, view the video.  You may also view the presentation slides.

                             Projected Timeline

Webinar February 25, 2022 @ 2 pm Central Time 
Letters of Intent Due to DESEMarch 18, 2022
Application Emailed to Point of Contact April 1, 2022
Applications Due    April 15, 2022
Evaluation Period  April 18 – April 22, 2022
Finalist Interviews April 25 – May 6, 2022
Notification of Award                                                May 13, 2022
Tentative Project Start July 2022

For more information, please contact:

Matt Sewell, Director of Special Programs
Arkansas Department of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education               
Office of Special Education
1401 West Capitol, Suite 450
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501.682.4221
FAX:  501.682.5159