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ABC Preschool Paraprofessional Position

Hot Springs Area - Garland County ABC Consortium

CDA or AA in early childhood

Please send resumes or questions to Shasta Pentecost at shasta.pentecost@dawsonesc.com


The Arkansas Department of Education – Special Education Unit (ADE-SEU) has an immediate opening for a statewide Arkansas Brain Injury Consultant. This position will require strong collaboration with internal and external stakeholders to support school districts in Arkansas with implementation and alignment of best practices for working with students with brain injury. This position is managed by the Dawson Educational Cooperative, and coordinated by the SSIP Coordinator at the ADE-SEU. The Arkansas Brain Injury Consultant must have a background in working with neuro-diverse students and with coaching and mentoring of educators through the use of adult learning principles.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Serve as a member of the Arkansas Collaborative Consultants (ACC) for students with brain injury to meet goals and priorities outlined in the State Systemic Improvement Plan (SSIP) of the ADE-SEU
  • Provide general and targeted seminars to education service cooperatives and districts concerning brain injury, including how mild, moderate, and severe brain injuries impact student behavior and learning
  • Provide general and targeted seminars for Arkansas educators concerning diseases and conditions of the brain that impact behavior and learning
  • Provide intensive training to school districts, school buildings, and/or education service cooperatives upon request
  • Provide training to school nurses around recognition, care, and referral for students with mild traumatic brain injury (concussion)
  • Promote capacity building efforts for districts interested in forming concussion management programs
  • Respond to referrals from CIRCUIT and from physicians concerning students with brain insults - both traumatic brain injury and acquired brain injury
  • Support school IEP teams in the implementation of high leverage and evidence-based practices for students with brain injury
  • Maintain consultation notes, data, and recommendations for students referred
  • Review files and conduct interviews and/or on-site observations, as needed for students who are referred through CIRCUIT
  • Provide written recommendations to referral source following on-site observations
  • Coordinate with other agencies to provide resources to schools and students in need of services
  • Meet with special education supervisors, teachers, therapists, and/or parents to provide information concerning diagnosis, educational planning, and program implementation
  • Work with physicians, social workers, nurses, and other health care professionals to provide seamless reintegration into the school setting post injury
  • Attend meetings of the Trauma System Rehabilitation Committee to continue to refine the traumatic brain injury registry
  • Collaborate with other ADE consultants to continuously improve the Child Find process in Arkansas
  • Collaborate with other ACC groups with systemic capacity building efforts aligned with ADE to support students with disabilities.

Required Qualifications: (a) Master’s degree (or above) in special education, speech-language pathology, psychology, occupational therapy or a related field; (b) credentialed as a Certified Brain Injury Specialist (CBIS) by the Brain Injury Association of America (c) experience with coaching and mentoring adult learners in schools; (d) significant experience working with neurological sequelae associated with brain injury; (e) extensive knowledge of the Individuals with Disabilities Act (IDEA), including IEP development and implementation; (f) knowledge of implementation science to build organizational capacity for sustaining initiatives and measuring impact; (g) knowledge of educational and medical models of service delivery for students with brain injury; (h) the professional and personal skills needed to provide professional development and technical assistance services to state, regional and district level teams in urban and rural settings; and (i) a working knowledge of the Arkansas ESSA Plan.

This is a full time position with a salary and benefits package that is competitive. The position will be based in Little Rock and is available immediately. Travel to participating districts and cooperatives across the state should be anticipated.

The review of applications will begin on Thursday, August 15, 2019. An interview will be required. Interested applicants should apply (or direct questions) via email to: Jeff Adams, SSIP Coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Education at: jeff.adams@arkansas.gov

The following application material is requested:

1.A current vitae/resume with educational background, work experience, and other relevant work information;

2.A statement detailing the individual’s professional experience, knowledge, and skills that are related/relevant to the position;

3.A salary history; and

4.Three professional references (with contact emails and phone numbers)

The Dawson Educational Service Cooperative is an Equal Opportunity Employer



HIPPY Coordinator     

Dawson Education Service Cooperative is advertising for the position of HIPPY Coordinator for the 2020-21 school year. The HIPPY coordinator is responsible for the oversight and day-to-day operational and fiscal management of the HIPPY home-based services program in accordance with HIPPY USA and HIPPY Arkansas rules and regulations, grant funding and government requirements. The HIPPY coordinator’s responsibilities include supervision/management of HIPPY home- based educators, ensuring that all program requirements are met, program data submissions, financial over-site, and program promotion. The HIPPY Coordinator works under the guidance of the Dawson Education Cooperative director as well as reporting directly to the HIPPY State Director. This position is grant funded, housed at Dawson Education Cooperative in Arkadelphia, and contingent upon funding availability.

Educational Qualifications: A Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, elementary education, family or adult education, social work or a related field is preferred. For degrees not education related, the coordinator must obtain a minimum of 24 training hours in early childhood development. Send resume to Darin Beckwith at darin.beckwith@dawsonesc.com.

General Qualifications:

  • Strong training and leadership capabilities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Knowledge of, and sensitivity to, the needs and interests of families from

    underserved communities (community resident is preferable)

  • Ability to forge strong partnerships and develop a spirit of teamwork
  • Demonstrated administrative and organizational skills and ability to multi-task
  • Prior experience in one or more of the following areas is an asset: education,

    program management, community mobilization, parent empowerment/family support, child/family advocacy or staff development.