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The Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix
Developed through the
State Improvement Grant (2003-2009)
Arkansas Department of Education—
Special Education Unit
Marcia Harding, Associate Director
Howard M. Knoff, State Improvement Grant Director
Lisa Haley, State Improvement Grant Literacy Coordinator
Within the ADE, the Literacy Intervention Task Force was formed, made up of SIG Consultants and Literacy Experts across the state, including literacy specialists, Reading First Staff, special education teachers, general education teachers, speech language pathologists, special education supervisors, principals and university professors who met and worked together from November 2004 through January 2006 to enhance existing Arkansas Smart Start, Smart Step and Next Step literacy curricular approaches. The result was the Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix, a resource consisting of instructional materials for grades K12 addressing the five essential areas of literacy; phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, fluency, and comprehension, plus two additional components--oral language and writing. The core of the Matrix is sample lessons and interventions for students in Tier's I-V.
The completion of the Arkansas Literacy Intervention Matrix was supported by the State Improvement Grant received from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education (H323A030002). Content and any opinions or recommendations reflected in this tool do not necessarily reflect the position of the U.S. Department of Education, and such endorsement should not be inferred.
As with any document involving the identification and integration of research-based interventions developed by multiple authors in the field, great care has been taken to appropriately reference these authors' work and to respect the copyright of all materials. Nonetheless, if any author or representative believes that a different level of acknowledgement is due, we invite the party to contact us directly so that we may address the issue caused by any inadvertent oversight and provide the full credit necessary.
The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit would like to express its sincere gratitude for the expertise and dedication of the members of the ADE-SEU Literacy Task Force (2004-2006). Due to their hard work and commitment to the children of Arkansas, we now have an outstanding resource that teachers across the state, and possibly the nation, will be able to implement in their classrooms so all students can be successful learners.
Kathy Ayres Special Education Teacher, Bee Branch School District
Vicki Brantly K-12 Literacy Specialist, Mountain Home School District
Rosemary Burks SIG Literacy Consultant, Arkansas Department of Education/Special Education Unit
Dr. Clara Carroll Associate Professor of Education, Chair of Professional Field Services, Harding University
Karen Carter Principal of Meadowcliff Elementary, Little Rock School District
Debra Crouch Speech-Language Pathologist, Fayetteville School District
Debbie Dilse Educational Consultant, Arkansas Special Education Resource Center
Susan Friberg SIG Literacy Consultant, Arkansas Department of Education/Special Education Unit
Susan Grogan K-4 Literacy Specialist, Wilbur Mills Cooperative, Beebe
Rose Merry Kirkpatrick Educational Consultant, Arkansas Department of Education
Dr. Patricia Kohler-Evans Assistant Professor of Education in Department of Early Childhood/Special Education, Univ. of Central Arkansas.
Dr. Jan Morgan Associate Professor of Education, Director of Middle Level Education & Special Education, Harding University
Glenda Nugent AR Reading First Professional Development Associate, Arkansas Department of Education
Danny Osburne Supervisor of Special Education, Stuttgart, Arkansas
Opal Owens Supervisor of Special Education, Camden, Arkansas
Gloria Phillips Principal of Luxora Elementary, Luxora School District
Rick Porter Speech-Language Pathologist, Arkansas School for the Deaf
Dee Price Speech-Language Pathologist, Pearcy School District
Nancy Rahn Assistant Director of Special Education, Cabot School District
Dr. Lynn Springfield Educational Consultant, Arkansas Department of Education
Aleecia Starkey Consultant for Students with Traumatic Brain Injury, Arkansas Special Education Resource Center
Jo Ann Steed General Education Teacher, Jonesboro School District
Diane Stockman Special Education Teacher, Cabot School District
Cheryl Wade Special Education Teacher, Crossett School District
Shelley Wier State Consultant for School-Based Speech-Language Pathology Services, Easter Seals
Judy Winslett Assistant Principal of Gentry High School, Gentry School District