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.


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. 



The Arkansas State Legislature enacted Act 1294 of the 2013 regular session to ensure that children with dyslexia have their needs met by all Arkansas public school systems.  ACT 1268 of 2015 amended parts of the original legislation.  The legislation defines dyslexia, describes required screening and intervention, and lists required actions of the state, education cooperatives, and school districts.  


Dyslexia professional awareness can be accessed from Dawson Education Service Cooperative.  The dyslexia specialist is available to provide necessary information and support to our local districts.


The link below provides Dyslexia resources, rules governing How to Meet the Needs of Children with Dyslexia and the Dyslexia Resource Guide for Arkansas teachers.



R.I.S.E. (Reading Initiative for Student Excellence) Arkansas encourages a culture of reading by coordinating a statewide reading campaign with community partners, parents, and teachers to establish the importance of reading in homes, schools, and communities.


Literacy Specialists

Tammy Boyette

Gayanne Coleman

Mollie Doolin

Robin Phelan

Corby Scully

Sandy Shepard

Kimberly Turner