The primary goal of the Literacy Department at Dawson Education Services Cooperative is to provide assistance to the schools within our service area that result in increased student achievement. The Arkansas Department of Education provides training through the Dawson Education Cooperative. The goals are aligned with both state and national initiatives that include research-based principles for initiating and sustaining literacy improvements that result in increased student achievement. Classroom support is available for implementing specific comprehensive strategies to improve comprehension in content areas such as Cornell note-taking, RAFT, QAR, Affinity, Anticipation guides, GIST, Concept definition map, Reciprocal teaching, Writing to learn, Pairs read, Interactive reading guide, and others upon request.
Early Literacy Learning in Arkansas (ELLA)
ELLA is a two-year professional development for teachers in Grades K-1. Teachers learn how to implement a comprehensive literacy approach in their classrooms. Content covered includes: a comprehensive literacy schedule, the reading process, writing development, phonics/word work and reading strategies. It includes best teaching practices that are based on scientific research with authentic assessments to guide instruction.
Effective Literacy for Grades 2-4 (ELF)
Effective Literacy for Grades 2-4 is a two-year professional development designed to assist teachers in grades 2-4 and K-12 special education teachers in the implementation of a comprehensive literacy program. For more information, see Effective Literacy in Related Files.
Reading Recovery® is a short-term literacy intervention that provides intensive individual instruction for the children with the lowest reading performance in first grade. For more information, see Reading Recovery® in Related Files.
Comprehensive Literacy for Adolescent Student Success (CLASS)
CLASS is a two-year professional development designed to assist 5-12 English Language Arts and special education teachers in the implementation of a comprehensive research-based approach to literacy instruction. For more information, see CLASS in Related Files.
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC)
Literacy Design Collaborative (LDC) is a professional development opportunity offered by the Arkansas Department of Education, Arkansas Department of Career Education, education service cooperatives, and the university STEM centers in partnership with the Southern Regional Education Board (SREB). It focuses on the Common Core State Standards for ELA/Literacy and equipping junior high and high school students with the necessary reading and writing skills to be college and career ready. Teachers in ELA, Social Studies, Science, and Career/Technical Education use the LDC framework to build content within a coherent approach to literacy. For more information, see LDC in Related Files.