Technical Assistance (TA) and Professional Development (PD) can be provided in many ways!
The Arkansas Department of Education, Special Education Unit supports three types of TA.
At this time, General (or Universal) TA services for speech-language pathologists and LEAs include the provision of information relevant to, and frequently asked about, speech and language practice in Arkansas’ schools, which is readily available through Shelly’s Communication Board and/or shared via the consultant’s SLP/LEA email distribution system or by phone (on request).
A free, live workshop is also provided statewide each year, designed specifically for SLPs, to address current professional topics and important school-related issues within the state. Topics are chosen based on needs assessment, current issues, input from colleagues, professional development attended, and/or training needed to prepare SLPs/LEAs for an initiative or state-level change.
At this time, Targeted (or Specialized) TA services for speech-language pathologists and LEAs are obtained by request and may be provided onsite or online, as time, topic and need dictate.
TA may involve mini-presentations, conference calls, Q&A/group discussions, focused problem-solving, or planning/work sessions dedicated either to an individual student's IEP needs, or to a specific topic/issue, such as speech-language evaluation methods, state regulations & documentation, service delivery options, caseload/workload management, Medicaid eligibility, or a workshop topic "complement" (e.g. After attending a Language Processing workshop, you can schedule a topic overview, explicit training, and recommendations for local implementation).
The SLP Consultant is also available *to help identify, facilitate, or co-host expert speaker presentations, to organize work groups for specific tasks, and to facilitate focus groups that analyze, develop, or troubleshoot specific materials or procedures. *An SLP Consultant Advisory Group coordinates and assists with these activities.
Consideration of potential speech-language practices that would necessitate Intensive (or Sustained) TA for successful implementation, is ongoing and based on concerns reported by SLPs and LEAs, as well as current professional research and evidence-based practices.
Intensive TA service provision requires, at a minimum, time and participation assurances from various district level administrators and appropriate staff, prior to initiation of service, to establish shared concern for, value in, and long-term commitment to the work to come.
AN EDUCATIONAL MODEL OF SPEECH-LANGUAGE SERVICE DELIVERY
School districts and education service cooperatives that are considering the expansion, innovation, or restructuring of their SLP services can request information about this project, currently under development and soon-to-be seeking participants to pilot the model.
Go to the Workshop Archive page of this website to view the materials for the introductory training for this model.
Consultation and technical assistance are available to interested districts and cooperatives upon request.
SLP SUPPORT PERSONNEL PROGRAM
As of June 2018, the state consultant also coordinates the SLP Support Personnel Program for the school districts and education cooperatives that have been approved to use this speech-language service delivery model, including...
Management of the program approval process,
Provision of training and technical assistance, and
Review of compliance status.
Go to the SLP Support Personnel page of this website for more information.