Sports Medicine Instructor (High School)

Virtual Arkansas is seeking to hire an experienced candidate to serve as an instructor of Sports Medicine for the 2020-2021 school year. The individual hired will be asked to provide instruction, guidance, and personalized student support in a digital, online environment. VA Teachers are asked to monitor student progress through the Virtual Arkansas learning management system and work actively with students, parents, and local school personnel to advance each student’s academic achievement.


  • Applicants must possess a valid Arkansas teaching license which lists code 625.


  • Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or higher degree in the career area to be taught and a minimum of two (2) years’ experience in the career or technical area to be taught.


  • Applicants must have a high school diploma or high school equivalency credential and a minimum of four (4) years of experience in the career or technical area to be taught.
  • Proven experience in a related field.
  • Proficient computer skills.
  • Reside in the state of Arkansas.


  • Providing instruction and monitoring student progress.
  • Planning and preparation of digital lessons
  • Effectively utilize the learning management system and student information system to communicate with and provide assignment and assessment feedback to students.
  • Provide intervention and support to students as needed and required.
  • Maintaining the virtual classroom environment.
  • Collaborate with all stakeholders (e.g. students, parents, colleagues, facilitators, etc.) for the purpose of establishing and maintaining rapport and positive relationships while focusing on high expectations and continuous improvement for student learning
  • Provide required 504/IEP/ELL accommodations and modifications as specified for identified students
  • Maintaining professional responsibilities.
  • Completing other duties consistent with online, digital teaching.
  • Be available for a full instructional day Monday through Friday 8:00 – 3:30.


  • Applicants may reside in any location within the state of Arkansas where robust internet connectivity is present.
  • This position will be employed through the Dawson Education Cooperative with the salary being aligned to the Dawson Education Virtual Arkansas Teacher salary schedule.
  • Contract beginning date is July 1, 2020.
  • Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

To apply, please send a resume to James.malcom@virtualarkansas.org or a paper copy can be mailed to the following address:

Attention of James Malcom

Dawson Education Cooperative

711 Clinton Street

Arkadelphia, AR 71923

If you have any questions about this position, please contact James Malcom via phone at 870-246-3077 or through the following email james.malcom@virtualarkansas.org.

HIPPY Home Based Educator Position

Poyen Area

High School Diploma or equivalent, CDA-Child Development, A.A. in Early Childhood or higher degree in early Childhood. Be able to Identify with the community in which you serve.

Must have dependable transportation. Daily travel to recruited HIPPY families required. HIPPY families must be served in their homes and not In the HIPPY office unless first approved by the Coordinator in writing. Mileage reimbursement is provided with the approval supporting documents submitted to the Coordinator and through our computer based system. Mileage is submitted at the beginning of each month for the previous months home visits.

Role Play is the only form of curriculum delivery. HIPPY works with the parents in the home and not the child. HIPPY home visits will last on average 45-60 minutes depending on the curriculum age.

Weekly Staff training In Bryant is mandatory unless there is prior approval from the Coordinator. Training begins at 9:00 a.m. and can last until 3:00 p.m. Weekly in-home packets and prop bags will be required for training.

30 hours of professional development is required per year. Travel to Little Rock and other cities will be required to fulfill these hours for training.

Must be organized, have time management skills and be willing to work independently. You will not be in an office setting with other employees during your week therefore self-motivation Is crucial.

Have good oral communication, reading and writing skills. Read with expression and enthusiasm.

Computer skills are needed to perform basic data entry for mileage reimbursement, documentation of home visits, and more duties that may be assigned by the Coordinator.

Be comfortable visiting in family homes of the community of all social-economic backgrounds. Must be able to work with dads as well as moms in curriculum role play. A Caseload of 27 families is required. Retention of families is very important.

Plan and Implement monthly parent meetings. This includes set-up, duties during the event and clean up. The meetings can take place day or evening.

Assist with program requirements and other duties as assigned by the Coordinator.

Professional In behavior, attitude and appearance. Enjoy being around people. Collect materials accurately. Turn in required forms on time. Inform Coordinator of Changes in Schedule.

Please send resumes or questions to Cindy Rowlan - crowlan@bryantschools.org

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.