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 19, 2021. For details, please go to Guideline for Letter of Intent.

Inclusive Practices Project Webinar

To access the recording of the webinar held February 24, 2021, visit You may also view the presentation slides.


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 23, 2021
Letters of Intent Due to ADE March 19, 2021
Application Emailed to Point of Contact March 31, 2021
Applications Due    April 15, 2021
Evaluation Period  April 19 – April 23, 2021
Finalist Interviews April 26 – May 7, 2021
Notification of Award                                                May 14, 2021
Tentative Project Start July 2021

For more information, please contact:

Dr. Missy Walley, Director of Special Projects
Arkansas Department  of Education
Division of Elementary and Secondary Education
Four Capitol Mall
Little Rock, AR 72201
Phone: 501-682-4988
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