The Science of Reading
The first course of the 18-hour learning path The Science of Reading is now available, with new courses in the learning path rolling out periodically over the next several years. Produced in response to the Right to Read Act (Act 1063 of 2017), The Science of Reading connects what we know from neuroscience about how the brain learns to K-12 instructional classroom practice.
Hosted by ADE Assistant Commissioner of Learning Services Stacy Smith, the learning path will consist of 18 hours of PD presented by experts in scientific reading instruction. Taking all eighteen hours in The Science of Reading learning path is one of the ADE-approved ways for Arkansas educators to develop an awareness of the best practices of scientific reading instruction.
Computer Science Initiative - OverviewThis course is an overview of the Arkansas Computer Science Initiative. Anthony Owen, State Director of Computer Science Education, and panel members, Russellville Superintendent Dr. Mark Gotcher, Lake Hamilton 8-12 Computer Science Teacher Karma Turner, and Bryant K-12 Science Specialist Greg Wertenberger discuss the need for an appropriate computer science education.
Human Trafficking: Arkansas Act 765 of 2017 - Arkansas CasesThis course features descriptions of Arkansas human trafficking cases as told by Homeland Security Special Agent Jeffrey Pryor and Louise Allison and Casonia Vinson, the director and outreach coordinator for the victim advocacy organization, PATH.
The Science of Reading: The Right to Read ActIn this introductory course, Johnny Key, Arkansas Commissioner of Education, and Stacy Smith, Assistant Commissioner for Learning Services, explain the importance of having that basic knowledge of the science of reading and why it is important to use evidence-based research to inform literacy instruction. The discussion also encompasses goals of the Reading Initiative for Student Excellence (R.I.S.E.) and The Right to Read Act (Act 1063 of 2017).
Family & Community Engagement: Inviting Caregivers & Community Partners Into SchoolIn this course, parental involvement consultant Dave Shepard introduces steps educators can take to invite caregivers into the daily operations and activities of schools. Melissa Dunbar-Gates moderates discussions on broadening the definition of parental involvement toward a more inclusive, community-based definition that encompasses all types of caregivers.
Neuroscience and the Classroom: Different BrainsThe human brain is a complex and mysterious organ that continues to amaze scientists even today. In Different Brains, the first unit in the Annenberg Learner series Neuroscience and the Classroom, you will learn about the history of neuroscience as well as modern imaging technology and research methods from a variety of current neuroscientists.
Micro:Bit in the LibraryIn this course, Tammy Glass, Leslie Savall, and Kelly Griffin, three computer science specialists for the state of Arkansas, provide training on the use of the BBC micro:bit. Projects presented within this course address literacy, math and science concepts, data collection, coding, computational thinking, and problem solving.
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